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Welcome to Andrew and Jen's Travel Page. Here is where we will be keeping a record of our travels for all of you to read. Please feel free to leave a comment for us.

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Tuesday, 03 July 2007

Location: Broome, Australia

We have finally made it to Broome and we have decided that we will chill out here for a week or so. We plan to explore Cape Leveque by 4WD. We have decided to head back to Perth and have booked flights for the 10th July so we look forward to catching up with everyone in Perth soon. Not looking forward to the winter as we have avoided it so far.

We have cycled over 2000k's which is about double what we have done on any other cycling tour. Cycling in the monsoonal north is fantastic! There was still water available (perhaps too much water from the sky though in parts).

However, we have decided that the distances in the arid areas of WA are too far and we would have to carry too much water (i.e. oaver 20 litres of water each!) if we were to continue down to Perth. Also we feel that we have had a good trip and have done heaps of the scenic parts on bike.

We will keep the diary going once we get to Perth to let you all know how we progress in Perth.

Saturday, 09 June 2007

Location: Australia

We're the boys from the bush and we're back in town!!

It's getting further in distance between coffee shops but the riding has been very spectacular. Lots of boabs, birds and bulldust.

Kunanurra is a german backpackers dream. Warm and sunny days, plenty of work around. We're enjoying being back in a town again and have been eating heaps!

Thinking of heading off to the Gibb around next Tuesday so we might be back in Kunanurra if it is too tough. Otherwise it will be about 2 weeks before we can update our blog.

Hope you are all keeping warm.

Thursday, 31 May 2007

So far so good. Made it to Katherine, over 300 km's from Darwin but with over 500km's on our odometer including all our side trips.

The roads have been in fairly good condition with usually a shoulder. We seem to be going in the right direction as more traffic is going north at the moment. Lots of grey nomads about.

We have been riding into a headwind so far but hopefully that is about to change as we turn west. We have both found the riding hot and have been trying to finish our ride by lunchtime. Katherine has a good bike shop, so Jen has bought a gel seat cover and Andrew bought a new seat. We must be getting old.

Our requirement is that the caravan park must have a swimming pool to cool us off at the end of the ride. However, from here on there won't be as many pools on the way to Kunnanurra. Hope to leave for Kunnanurra this Sunday 3rd June.

We feel we have seen heaps on our trip so far and by the time we leave NT, I think we will have seen most areas that interest us. You can see from our photos. Well best sign off because we are off to the hot spring in town today.

Tuesday, 15 May 2007

Location: Darwin, Australia

Finally made it to Darwin. Met Jenny off her flight after midnight. Was still 27 degrees and 72% humidity.

Spent our first day finding a campsite and lying around the pool. Acclimatising I call it! More tomorrow, but off to Kakadu on the 19th.

Thursday, 22 March 2007

Location: Melbourne, Australia

Here is the travel plan in outline. Dont hold us to this as we intend to take detours or even skip the desert bits. We intend to leave Melbourne around 26-27 April and travel seperately to visit family in Perth and the Gold Coast. We will then meet up in Darwin on 14 May to start the trip.

Monday, 15 May 2006 Darwin
Darwin tropical markets
Kakudu NP
Adelaide River
Emerald Springs RH
Douglas Hot Springs
Pine Creek
Katherine
Katherine Gorge
324 kms

Monday, 22 May 2006 Katherine
Victoria River
Timber Creek
Kununurra
Larke Argyle
Ord River (canoe/fish)
Purnulu (Bungle Bungle)
Whyndam
510 kms

Thursday, 1 June 2006 Kununurra
Emma Gorge
Home Valley Stn
Ellenbrae Stn
Mt Barnett RH
Imitji AC
Winjana Gorge NP
Fitzroy Crossing
Visit Geike Gorge
704 kms (ibb river road is gravel for over 600 kms!)

Sunday, 11 June 2006 Fitzroy Crossing
Derby
258

Wednesday, 14 June 2006 Derby
Willare Br RH
Roebuck RH
Broome
223kms
Rest days in Broome (beach, pearls,diamonds, tropical markets)

Thursday, 22 June 2006 Broome
Roebuck RH
Sandfire RH
8 Mile Beach CP
Pardoo RH Port Hedland
615 kms
big distance with no towns
290 kilometres from Port Hedland and 320 from Broome, Sandfire is the ONLY fuel/water stop in 610 kilometres of road (take a bus instead?)

Friday, 30 June 2006 Port Hedland
South Hedland
Auski RH
262 kms

Monday, 3 July 2006
Auski RH
Karijini NP (Dales Camp, Savananh Camp)
Tom Price
211 kms
Tour Karrijni NP (pilbara gorges), gravel roads

Saturday, 8 July 2006 Tom Price
Mt Florance Stn
Millstream NP (Deep Reach Camp, Python Pool Camp)
Roeburne
Point Samson
383
Sampson has best fish and chips in Aust

Thursday, 13 July 2006 Point Samson
Roeburne
Karratha
Dampier
62kms Dampier Archipelgo (boat trip)

Sunday, 16 July 2006 Dampier
Karratha RH
Fortescue RH
Nanutarra RH
Giralia Stn
Learmonth Exmouth
530kms big distance with no towns

Sunday, 23 July 2006 Exmouth
NW Cape
Ningaloo NP
Exmouth
174 kms Camp at Ningaloo?
Diving trip perhaps (corals and Whale Sharks)

Saturday, 29 July 2006 Exmouth
Coral Bay
Minilya RH
Carnarvon
250 kms Rest at Coral Bay?

Thursday, 3 August 2006 Carnarvon
Hamelin Pool
Nanga Station
Shark Bay (Denham)
Kalbarri
695 kms Hamelin Pool to Shark Bay is 270 return detour
Maybe a fishing boat Carnarvon to Denham would cut distance (bit expensive)
Rest days at kalbarri (visit gorges)

Saturday, 12 August 2006 Kalbarri
Geraldton
153 kms Biggest town since darwin
Simon's cousin Julie lives here

Tuesday, 15 August 2006
Leeman
Jurien
Moora
Joondalup
Perth
493 kms Our new home in Perth?

TOTAL 5847 kms


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Recent Messages

From Piotr & Liz
Hi Andrew & Jenny
My your much gamer than Liz & I would have been taking on all that cycling. As long as you have enjoy the trip and had a great experience doining good for you. Thanks for keeping us informed by sms messages we have enjoyed receiving them.
Take care
Love
P & L
Response: We had a great time and scenery through NT and Kimberley exceeded our expectations. Did a great star gazing tour last night too.
From Wally
Congratulations on your epic. I just don't know how you guys did it (I could only manage if I had a tractor seat). If you are doing Cape Leveque go via a tour of the Willie Creek Pearl farm. Also catcha a Queennie at the Town Jetty. Look forward to seeing you soon.

go dockers (do or die).

ps. that is a mean sunset shot.
Response: We had to buy new seats in Katherine. Look forward to chilling out in Cape Leveque from tomorrow. Had a lovely lunch and cigars (AD) at Matso's brewery. See you in about a week
From martin kay
Hi. Good to see some fellow masochists around the place. is there a film shoot at kunanurra?
Response: I think silly cyclists is the what we are being referred to. If only we knew what we were going to be in for- oh well, it's been an adventure anyway. Would you believe that there was a beach volleyball court at the pub we visited in Derby last night? Weird, hey?
From Kathleen
Hi Andrew and Jenny,
Saturday was a sparkling day for the Collingwood Children's Market and there was a stall devoted to orange-pink pine mushrooms that only grow in pine forests when they feel like it. We missed having a market-inspired dinner with you. Michael sauteed the pine mushrooms and served them on polenta.

We've been cooking our way through the wonderful larder that you left us from your kitchen including a great borlotti bean and leek casserole with cream and hearty lentil barley stew.

I've volunteered Jo, Anne and Michael to help me with a presentation on the Gippsland Wilderness Bike ride for the July 19 DBUG meeting so I may grab some of your images off the net to use.

We had a very frosty morning with an overnight low of 3C in Melbourne and -2 in the Yarra Valley.

Happy pedalling!
Response: That food all sounds great with our cyclists apetite! We are eating like horses. And people think that petrol is expensive. Good luck with the presentation. We finished our trip now (Broome) and will update with pictures shortly.
From HG & Patrick
Footy report: "Fremantle have kept their season alive, but in unconvincing fashion" (that's the West for you) - Dockers beat Tigers by 21 points yesterday. Better than Eagles who led by 30 at half time only to lose by the smallest of possible margins to the Bombers on Friday night...


Response: We camped next to some West Coast supporters the other night. They were the biggest bogans we have ever had the misfortuned of camping next to. Jenny has even decided that West Coast is now her most hated team.
From the Canuck
You've left a big void at CAV - you're irreplaceable mate! and miss the weekly cycling yarns.
Remember, if the bottoms get sore, bang your knees with a brick - it'll take your mind off the daily pressure pts. All the very best to you Jenny & ABD
Response: We finally finished the Gibb. We got rained in 3 times- so much for the dry season. It was a lovely trip but I don't know if I would be recommending anyone else to ride the Gibb- too many corregations, sand, mud.... We are very happy to be in Derby which says a lot.

Anyway, we are hoping to update our blog with some photos in the next couple of days.
From Jenny A.
CAV staff are missing you- it is soooo quiet here now!
The team is diminishing even further with Richard F. being head hunted & off to the business world:(
The flurry of the PAEC hearing is over & the Corporate Plan is next on the agenda.....I bet you don't care about any of this!!!! Keep well & happy - looking forward to the Kunnanurra news & photos.
From K&M
Bon anniversare Jen, Et Andrew pour avant. Hope it is/was a good un. xx
Response: Merci. Cest magnifique.
From Michael & Karyn
Happy birthday to you both - I gather we missed Andrews but know today is Jens. Hope you get the chance to celebrate with an australian champagne (beer). Glad to see that I'm not the only one suffering from tender bottom syndrome. Photos looking good - keep it up. From one of them it looks like andy has talked you into his hairstyle - I suppose its practical for where you are and the tuft at the back looks cute. Cant wait to see photos of you in a few months though so I can tease you about having a mullet. No more payouts - its your birthday. Have a good one and happy bleated to you andrew.
M&K XX
Response: Thanks! I think. Saw a cracker mullet last night that I'm hoping to aspire to in the future.

Baaa
From simone
Hi Jen & AD,
Hope you're doing ok. Happy Birthday Jen!!! Was there birthday cake? Thanks for the kids' books, they love them.
Simone xox
Response: Glad to know the books made it. No birthday cake but 120 Kms riding with an camp in the wilderness (with 18 caravans).
From Mick
Great Pics guys, get some more sun Jen you are a whitey
Response: I am intending to go commando on the Gibb River Road. Keep an eye out for those photos!
From Slack
After spending Friday night freezing at the MCG I'm rather jealous. The only comment I,ve got is who are the grey nomads. Love you both
Response: Bloody Dockers, so close and yet the seasons slipping away. The grey nomads are the retirees in their caravans. They give us cakes and biscuits and iced cordials!
From Michael and Kathleen
We've been thinking of you both and your trip. Now, finally I open the link to your blog! Great to hear of your journey, and the pictures look great. Cheers
From Rod
hope the birthday suit kept the crocs away at Edith Falls...
From karen & Marg
Scenery fantastic but dont see a lot of grapevines about - you must be thirsty! With you both in mind we cracked a very nice red last night. Hope the 'gel' has done the trick Jen. Keep on riding, riding, riding...... Love from us
Response: Too hot for wine so we are just having shandys. Glad to hear that you are making up for us on the wine front though.
From Karyn & Michael
Bon voyage! Bon courage! Et beaucoup des photos. Hope you became appropriately acclimatised and have enjoyed Kakadu, the rivers and springs. Looking forward to the next instalment. xx
Response: Le voyage est magnifigue mais les bottoms est tres fatigue. How mangled!
From HG & Patrick
Great result for the Dockers on Friday night against the Saints...but heartbreaking for Melbourne today - 7 unanswered goals in last quarter but Kangaroos still won by one point...hang on a minute...that should keep Jen happy right?
Response: The dockers have some way to catch up to the roos. keep the footy updates coming through, we dont get to here or see the games.
From Kon
Fantastic...Will tune into the daily adventures of the travelling Duncans.....

Love these blogs....I feel unihibited communicating with this technology. So much so that I'm typing this in wearing nothing but my G and tie....

Well its just tripped over to 5 o'clock....... time to leave work...CU :)
Response: Thats a visual that excites! Bit like the grey nomads.
From Anna
Hi guys, hope the travels so far have been kind on your legs and bums. Take care.
Response: Oh my aching arss. Got new seats though.
From Andrea
I went to that National Trust house in Darwin guys and had the best chocolate mud cake ever!!!!! If you haven't yet left, you must go back and totally indulge, have a peice for me too! Onya bike!
A
Response: Any advice of places to eat etc are always welcome. Petrol prices may be on the rise but so if our fuel intake. Thanks for the email. Think I might need a bit of cheesecake from this cafe- they look devine and 4 different varieties!
From Pommies
Hey dudes

Hope the travel goes well, sounds like it is off to a great start with the pool action. Did you do some pre-ride knick tan fotos? How about chamiox cream, did you get the heavy duty kill all germ stuff?

Dont be afraid of the goannas they make delicious eating!

Look after yourselves and dont sing really annoying repetatitive songs.

A and V
Response: Weve eaten it all, lizard, croc, frog, snake. Sorry have to rush off to the toilet.
From beth duncan
Cheers! Rob has connected me to the Internet. I'm still terrified. Hope you have a fabulous trip to Kakadu and Arnhem Land.
Response: Finally online. Lovely to hear from you and thank you for looking after our gear.
From Simone
Hi guys, Sore buts yet!? Who rides up front and cops the wind?
Stay safe.
Response: Guess who is on the front and who is grovelling behind. AD
From Malini
Hi guys
I meant to ring you before you started on your trip but guess it's a bit late now! I'll try and catch up with you later.
Have a great time! Maybe you'll inspire me to actually get back on my bike!! :)
Malini
Response: Its lovely in the dirt Malini.
From Chris Thompson
Less lounging by the pool you two - more cycling!

Hope the xams went well and that you are both well
Response: Thanks. It's so humid here today so more lounging by the pool is required. Just putting up our first photos so have a look.