Saturday, July 28, 2018
Monday, July 23, 2018
My world walk blog Australia 81 - Nearing the finish of Australia.
Nearing the finish of Australia.
One day I met a Swiss man called David who was doing somewhat of a world tour on a solar powered electric bike. From what I could understand it wasn't really working out for him and he was having so many problems. He had so many solar panels that his trailer was a few meters long. Apparently many countries refused to let him travel on their roads and it was costing a fortune to ship. Besides the solar thing wasn't really working out. He mentioned that when it's too hot, like now, and it's winter here that the solar panels don't charge up. The day I met him he was looking for a campsite to charge up. I left him and wished him luck but didn't really understand his project.
A couple of days later I met a nice family who were taking a year out to cycle around Australia. They are from the Goldcoast and he was originally from the Netherlands, hence serious bicycle DNA
Their two children a girl aged sixteen and a boy aged fourteen sure were getting to know their country close up at such a young age. Their mission was to raise awareness about motorone disease as his father died from it a year to the day that I met them. They were celebrating his memory with a big meal at the Adelaide River roadhouse.
Then with another big 47 kilometre day I made it to Manson Dam Wall Rest Area.
On the way I met a man who was getting paid for living his dream. For many years he wanted to travel in the Northern Territory. He also worked as a service technician for pokey machines. He wanted to take a year off work but his boss didn't want to let him do it. But it seemed there was a logistic problem for the company in so far as machines were breaking down in so many remote areas and the company didn't have the manpower to cope. His boss said that he couldn't give him time off because of the problem and the shortage of manpower. Then the man I met suggested that he does his trip and services the machines at the same time! The boss thought it was a great idea and now he is travelling in a caravan owned by the boss and petrol and expenses are paid too!
I had another chat with a man called Philip from Victoria in the south of the country. He says that he comes up north at thus time of the year for some sun treatment for his cancer. He has Urticaria Pigmentiosa and according to him his doctors back up north didn't know much about the condition. After researching it himself he discovered that constant sunshine is key.
He also mentioned that his house was burnt down in the deadly bushfires about ten years ago. He was still pretty beat up about it, a big loss was all of the personal stuff, letters photos and all.
It seemed there were a lot of people scamming insurance companies. People whose houses were untouched by the fires just took photos of Phillips house and told the insurance companies that it was their house that was burnt down. Overwhellemed, many insurance companies just settled and paid out.
That day I walked on many minor roads. It took me off the busy highway but added an extra six-kilometres to my day
All in all it was well worth it. Around seven pm I made it to Humpty Doo town centre and met my friend Terry Cleary who commuted me to his Darwin home.
We returned in the morning and after an interview with the ABC radio Grandstand sports show I walked 35 kilometres mostly along bicycle paths and finished at the junction of Route 1 and Bagot Road. I had only seven kilometres left to walk in the continent. I would walk them in three days time, on July 10th to honour my late brother Brian who died from a heart attack when I was on the road in China.
Sunday, July 1, 2018
My world walk blog - Australia 80 - Thanks so much to the Pine Creek Railway Resort for a wonderful stay
Thanks so much to the Pine Creek Railway Resort for a wonderful stay
Thanks a million to Sandie, the manager at the Pine Creek Railway Resort for a lovely room in their luxurious resort
It's always so nice to have a comfortable bed after a hard day on the road!
Well, it wasn't a tough day, still my body is playing a great game of catch. Today, Sunday was just a leisurely 19-kilometre, four-hour stroll from where I finished yesterday to the Railway Resort. I didn't even have to push Karma and had a lovely cooling headwind.
At thirty-two degrees Celcius and high humidity its been a bit of an effort this last month as I walk further north and closer to the equator. Since I started walking on this continent fourteen-months ago the temperature has rarely dropped below thirty degrees C. Even now, and this is the winter. By contrast in the south of the country current temperatures are typically twenty-degrees lower and even below zero overnight. Also I have only experienced two rainy days in the fourteen months. One was in South Australia and the other was in New Zealand. I can't imagine rain again, but I'm sure I will have to face it, perhaps back in asia.
I mentioned in my last post that my great friend Terry Cleary and Gabby, his wife came out to check on me yesterday. Terry walked about ten kilometres with me. They had booked cabins for Saturday night at the Railway Resort. When we were done walking we marked my finishing spot for my return the following morning. I only go forward under the strict condition that I will return to the exact same spot so as I will have no road gaps in this walk. I never go forward without returning, to me that's cheating.
Just then Gabby came out to commute us the remaining 19-kilometres to the hotel. While we were walking Terry mentioned that he knows the owner of the next roadhouse in Emerald Springs and he would surely look after me when I arrive. Only trouble was it is a little more than fifty-kilometres from where I stopped on Saturday. So, it seemed sensible to stop at the Railway Resort another night, tonight, Sunday.
Naturally, I was delighted when Sandie, the manager of the resort offered to sponsor me for that night! Another night of luxury and the pool
Tomorrow, Monday I will walk the thirty-something kilometres to Emerald Springs. I will also have a lighter load as I gave Terry my baggage that I don't need at the moment.
As I close in on Darwin the roadhouses are getting closer to each other and the traffic has picked up a few notches this last couple of weeks. From where I am tonight, I'm 230 kilometres from Darwin, the state capital and my final destination on this continent.
Oceania is the smallest of the worlds seven continents and needless-to-say with just over thirty million inhabitants it's also the most sparcely populated continent.
That Sunday, July 1 was also the Northern Territories state day. Also known as Territory Day, and there were impressive fireworks in the village park and the fun continued with some terrific live music in the Lazy Lizard bar.
Pine Creek with it's population of 300 is the fourth largest community on the Stuart Hjghway between Alice Springs and Darwin, it's 1,500 plus kilometres away.
I asked Terry what the Territory Day is all about and what the state was before. This is his reply:
"Prior to that NT was fully governed from Canberra. Forty years ago got state like government. Australia is a federation of colony states that at 1900 they agreed on having a national government with a constitution that defines Commonwealth and state responsibility. It's a problem that needs to change but too difficult to alter the constitution..."
Prior to that NT was fully governed from Canberra. Forty years ago got state like government. Australia is a federation of colony states that at 1900 they agreed on having a national government with a constitution that defines Commonwealth and state responsibility. It's a problem that needs to change but too difficult to alter the constitution..."
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