Cycling The Globe

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Day 287: Woodforde Well – Alice Springs!

Posted by Thomas Andersen Posted on Dec - 09 - 2011

Distance: 146.95 km
Ridetime: 8:01:46
Average: 18.3 km/h
Total distance: 14289 km

Last night I stayed at a camp site and met a couple of German backpackers who are travelling around Australia in their wan. Like me they were also almost completely out of money – they did however share one of their last beers with me 🙂 Friendly bunch the Germans!

In the morning as my new friends passed me on the highway, they even stopped with a cup of hot tea. Danke!

The rest of the day my mind was solely focused on reaching Alice Springs or “The Alice” as she is also called: a name that has been on my mind a lot lately. I knew from the morning that it would be a long day, and with the wind back in its usual direction (right in my face) it did require all my mental and physical focus to keep pushing.

Somewhere along the road I passed the Tropic of Capricorn. I’m now once again a fair distance from the equator which I remember crossing on a boat between two Indonesian islands. Soon thereafter I reached the highest point marker on Stuart Highway. I knew that from that point it would be downhill for the rest of the day, and I silently started to celebrate.

I felt very relieved to finally arrive in Alice Springs. I had now made it half way across Australia – the bike and myself intact.

Since leaving Denmark I have not been staying in the same place for more than 7 days. This is likely to change now if finding work in Alice Springs is as easy as they say. Wish me luck!

Categories: Australia
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