Home for the stay (except while riding)
It is spring in Australia
Heading from South Perth to Perth via ferry
Perth in the background
(looking from South Perth across the Swan River)
Leigh & Peter in downtown Perth
9 am in Perth
As seen at the hobby store
Henry at lunch.
We were watching the finals of Australian Rules Foodball.
First real Australian beer
Fish and Chips
My monster burger and chips
Palms in downtown Perth
More spring flowers
Drive thru liquor store
Wallabies vs Kangaroos
Graffiti on bamboo
Henry joining the Audax Boys on the ride to Fremantle
About 55 km round trip
Lunch in Fremantle
Hamish Mofatt (Vic) in the background.
This will be his first 1200 km.
Looking out into the Indian Ocean
Lennarth Wink (Sweden)
On the way back to Perth
The bike path is under the road.
Downtown Perth is in the distance.
Helmet with Magpie repellent
Henry's breakfast: toast and poached eggs
Even more spring flowers
Classic bikes at the bike check
Surly Traveler's Check
John Morris (living in NZ but from US)
Brakes set up like cyclocross.
He used the bike for an off-road 1200 km in NZ
Rode with this guy quite a bit the first day.
Didn't remember his name.
Jeff Mudrakoff's (BC) Marinoni.
I usually only saw the bike pulling away from me. Good to see the whole bike here.
Another view of John Morris' Surly
One of the three fixed wheels.
Julian Dyson from the UK.
He broke his geared bike before the ride and only had a fixed gear to do this ride on. His longest fixed ride before this event was 250 km.
Vincent Muoneke (Seattle) and Mark Thomas (Seattle) with Nick Dale (organizer)
Jos Verstegen (Holland) rode with us much of the ride.
A great but very busy Italian restaurant
The bike Henry borrowed from Nick's son.
My bike all ready to roll
Henry working on his journal
Thor won the world championship while we were in Australia.
He is Henry's favorite pro rider.
Little Creature Pale Ale
Henry ready to ride to the start of the ride.
Little and big flush
Perth at 4:30 am
Perth at nearly 5 am
On the bike path leading out of town
The ride left Perth on a bike path.
My mantra: Stay Left, Look Right
Greg (right) and Martin Fahjie (Minnesota)
Sunrise on day one
After an accident, I decided to let the pack go and settle into my pace.
The overcast sky made for a cool day. High around 18C
Henry's stamping my card at the first control
Back on the bike paths along the Indian Ocean
Martin Fahjie again getting ahead of me.
He slept a lot and passed me everyday.
Control set up on the shoulder of a double carriageway.
Jos to the right.
Soup at a control.
The wind was wearing me down.
Looking more chipper than I remember feeling.
Another section of bike path. The benefit was cutting down the headwind (some).
Near Margaret River
The overnight was before Pemberton.
A cold night. Got down to 5C.
Had the double curse, cold and sleepy.
To stay warm, I had to ride, to rest, I got cold. A very tough stretch into Pemberton.
Start of day two. In the forest (kept the wind down).
Nearing sunrise on day #2.
First and third 60(+) km stretches were quite lumpy. At least lumpy enough to make it hard for a fixed gear.
A very large tree!
Even more forest.
The wind was not a factor as in day #1.
We headed east when the road was exposed.
Result of bush fires.
Vincent Muoneke's Boxer
Notice the large handlebar bag
Mafac centerpull brakes
Sun starting to go down on the second day.
Day #2 video (evening)
sun going down on day #2
a river leading to the ocean
Third fixed gear at Albany (far head of me)
Henry at the second overnight
Jimi alive and well in Albany! (at a boarding school)
Bike park in Albany
"Big Brekky" in Albany
Maile Neel (DC) and Greg (Iowa)
Even in Australia
View from Mt. Clarence.
Start of day #3 in Albany.
Sun coming up on the Indian Ocean
Leaving Albany on a bike path.
Very cool (about 5C)
windy bike trail...
Example of sign posts in Australia
Road train (seeing only two of the three trailers)
Another example of Australian sign posts
Wide open country as head away from the coast
Stirling Range in the distance
Canola Fields (Canola Oil)
More Stirling Range...
Road Train again!
Mile Neel's bike.
Love the lugs!
Creamed rice saved my butt many times on this ride....
Plants in the Stirling Range
Notice the dark trunks from the bush fire
Towns that end in "up" are where wells are located
Fruit of the vine found along side the road
The trees look like something out of a Dr. Seus book
The ground cover is blooming
Elvis themed roadhouse
Ending of another day... (day #3)
Day 3, sunset before Wagin
Day #4. Left Williams at when the sun came up.
A pipeline was next to the road for a long ways.
Peter in the 2C temperatures.
Much colder than I thought it would be.
Looks nice but cold as hell...
Into yet another big forest
Bush fires were evident in many parts of this forest.
Another "up" town
Garden at the tea house
Looks like a very old tree
Back on the bike path heading for home...
I finished a few minutes before this.
Leigh & Peter (as well as Henry) at the end
Bianchi at the finish.
Henry with the route sign
Vincent Muoneke's Boxer at the finish
Peter Donnan's bike finished another 1200
Julian's bike at the finish
Finish line refreshments!
Mark Thomas' post-ride hierarchy of needs:
1) Beer 2) Food 3) Shower 4)Sleep
Hmmm, seems very close to mine.
Carnage of the low count wheels
Only bike problem was a broken decaleur
Another view of the broken piece.
Still another view of the decaleur
Yet, even another view.
Henry back at Quest
Barry Moore (left) and Peter at brekky (the day after)
Barry Moore lost his reading glasses. He is getting his new pair ready.
The vacuum at Quest.
Nice name, couldn't do better if I tried.
My feelings on riding 12s on a fixed gear...
Bike seen in South Perth.
5 Seeds Cider
See Mom, I did feed him even more Fish & Chips.
Mark Thomas next to Henry.
Henry got the camera
A young kid playing music in Perth
Last sleep before heading back to the US