After three weeks of medical treatment and recovering in Norseman, on Oct. 16th the trucker took me and my stuff back to Caiguna. what a great help and hospitality !
I will miss him, his wife and their funny dog very much ! hope to see them again!
After such a long time of doing nothing, my endurance was very bad. first day then was only a 65 km ride to Cocklebiddy Roadhouse.
I wanna be honest, but cycling through the Nullarbor desert/on the Eyre Highway is a very boring event. Every 100 or 200 k a roadhouse, the whole highway is sealed. The only challenge are the bloody headwinds. I always checked the weather forecasts, but most of the time they were wrong. Those headwinds and strong gusts make the day very bad, and if a roadtrain is coming from the opposite direction, his headwind is like a hammer.70 % of my whole Nullarbor crossing was with strong gusts and headwinds. at Border Village I left Western Australia, entered South Australia and cycling becomes more difficult, because there is only a very small sealed shoulder. If a roadtrain or a caravan approaches, I have to leave the comfortable road and cycle into the gravelled shoulder; this is not funny if you are too fast. yes, it was a tough trip.
In 2012 I already cycled through the desert of Kazachstan, from Aktau to the border of Uzbekistan, where there was no sealed track, only smooth rock, sand-and dustholes, sometimes gravel, and temperatures up to 48 degrees Celsius. this was much tougher, but more exciting.
I do not complain, it is only a statement. I had always big fun with the people who I met on the road or in the roadhouses. After a hard day of cycling this was a very relaxing and important part for me.
|rescue eagle at Cocklebiddy Roadhouse|
|German meeting at Madura Roadhouse with Mathias from Bremen and Stefan from Dresden|
|this car must be from the movie "Mad Max" with Mel Gibson ;-)|
|Museum at Eucla Roadhouse|
|first iPhone ;-)|
|still some kilometers to cycle .|
|camel , wombatr and roos....|
|giant load .....|
|leave the road as much you can ;-)|
|with purifying tablets no problem.|
|short 2nd German meeting.|
|campsite at a rest area.|
|quick pic, bloody marchflies (in German: Bremsen) were chasing me....|
|Aboriginal land, no access without a permit !|
|landscape is changing. now huge sheep farms.|
|windmills pumping groundwater|
|Takashita Sokichi, walking from Perth to Sydney !|
|Ceduna and the end of the Nullarbor crossing ! yeah !|
|Ceduna is famous for oysters.|
|hosting Takashita was a big honour and pleasure for me.|
|Goodbye my friend and keep safe !|
|he forget his shampoo, and when I brought it to him , a Japanese couple had a small talk with him... such a small world :-)|
|a fridge as postbox, the owner lives 40km far away in the outback.|
|on the truck to Caiguna|
|another walker, he is from New Zealand.|
|demonstration of an outback caravan.|
|so true :-)|
|Sam from Great Britain, with a single-speed bike.|