– The adventures of a solo round the world cyclist –

Day 1 (Southwest Australia)

It is two years since I decided I was going to do this and one month since I quit my job as a zoologist to do it. In recent days I realised the excitement I expected I would feel had been quashed by the stress and busy-ness of preparing to leave and loosening my ties with the life I have been leading. It almost felt like an anticlimax when I jumped on my bike and started on down the road. My mate Jayden had just dropped me off near Southern Cross in Western Australia and for the next however-long I will be cycling around southwest Australia as a prelude to my round-the-world journey. My up-tightness evaporated, however, when I turned my head to say a final bye and instantly sent my heavily-laden bike into an uncontrolled wobble. Jayden’s laugh was the last thing I heard before I hit the bitumen and looked to the horizon. I couldn’t help but let out a Whoooo! It’s finally happening after all this time.

Day 1 (pic)

My first night on the road

Accommodation Free-camp (bush)
Distance ridden today 32.2km
Average cycling speed 14.9kph
Total distance ridden 32km

8 Responses to “Day 1 (Southwest Australia)”

  1. ozviking

    Good luck on your epic trip. I look forward to following you along the way. I feel as though I know you although we have never met. I did meet your father once on the Bibbulmun track and you worked with my son Paul. Lene

    • Budgie Escapee

      And Paul lent me your book to read before I set off! The one about the girl who cycled through South America. Thanks for the well wishes 🙂


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