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Day 150 (Australia – Dampierland)

I think today was the first day I truly began to understand why I am doing this. I think the answer has eluded me insofar because it is quite simple. When I first tried to write about why I am doing this, I produced this wordy statement: To embark on an epic adventure into the great unknown so that I may be confronted with a diversity of experiences that challenge me mentally, physically and spiritually and ultimately give me the tools with which I can continue to construct a happy, successful life. This might sound great, but it speaks more to the effects of the adventure rather than its cause and it fails capture the underlying reason why I am putting myself through this. So, why am I doing this? When it comes right down to it, I am doing this because the vision of riding a bicycle all the way around the planet naively entered my head and I knew that I would forever regret it if I didn’t give it a go. This adventure is simply me giving it a go.

Hiding on the narrow strip of scrub between the road and private land

Hiding on the narrow strip of scrub between the road and private land

Accommodation Free-camp (bush)
Distance ridden today 107.6km
Average cycling speed 17.2kph
Total distance ridden 5,681km

4 Responses to “Day 150 (Australia – Dampierland)”

  1. Scot McPhie

    Mate you’re on the right track – literally and mentally 🙂 Wait to you hit overseas it will be awe inspiring and overwhelming in completely new ways. I’ve done a bit of touring in Australia and overseas (UK and Europe) in younger days – haven’t got a journal of it – but if you want a really fun read about cycling overseas check out http://goingslowly.com/ if you haven’t already seen it.

    I remember on one of my tours (Toowoomba – Gladstone) in 1985 with some school mates – we stopped in at a shop to get a drink and the bloke came out afterwards and said “I hope you find what you’re looking for” – and I thought at the time I’m not actually searching for something, but it was a really nice thing for him to say. And I’m sure you’ll find what you’re looking for – even if you’re not looking for it!

    All the best – and keep up the great journalling!

    Scot 🙂

    • Budgie Escapee

      Hi Scot. Yeah it’s funny. On the one hand I’m not actually searching, just having a look…but on the other hand so many answers are coming in thick and fast that I may as well be searching for what I want in life!

      It was early on in my research that I came across Going Slowly and recognised it as one of the better records of cycle touring. I will have to check back in and see what happened with the house they started building (which is the last thing I remember reading).

      Thanks got the kind words. Now I’ve started the daily thing I can’t stop it so plenty more to come!

  2. Scot McPhie

    Wow – and now I’ve just read your disclaimer – you’re in Thailand – that’s great!! It would be great if you could bring your journal up to real time – or with in a week of it – so we can follow and interact as closely as possible! But either way keep up the great work!

    • Budgie Escapee

      Yes it was a big decision to delay the telling of the story, but it means I can tell it smoothly day by day. For up to date news and stories you are welcome to join my newsletter email list. Just check out the Newsletters tab at the top ☺


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