7 Weeks Cycling in the Eyes of a 10 Year Old

I wanted to ride across Australia so we could raise money for Elim Kids, so I could break the record of the youngest person to ride from Perth to Sydney (Terrigal) and for a big adventure.

Then we prepared for the trip and packed our panniers and our bikes. We packed our clothes, food, general gear and camping gear into our panniers. I felt nervous, excited and happy. Then we left for the airport. Once we got to the airport, we said good bye to mum and my little brother Will, then we left.

It was a long, 4 1/2 hour trip to Perth. Once we got to Perth, we met Dad’s friend Marty. We went to his house for the night and built our bikes. The next morning it was rainy and we collected water from the Indian Ocean to put into the Pacific Ocean when we completed our journey.

Then we rode a long 70 km out of Perth. We stayed at a motel for the night. The motel was called the travellers motel. I felt cold and horrible that night. We woke up the next morning and I felt better and ready to keep riding. Within the next few days we made it to Coolgardie in time for a fair. Then we made our way down to Norseman to start the Nullarbor. Just 30 km from Norseman, we realized I had lost 3 out of 5 chain ring bolts. If we lost another one, I wouldn’t be able to ride my bike and we would have to walk into Norseman. Once we got into Norseman a caravaner was nice enough to give me one chain ring bolt so we could start the Nullarbor the next day.

We rode the Nullarbor from Norseman to Ceduna in 11 days.  I had my birthday about halfway through the Nullarbor crossing. Coming into Mundrabilla that day, we rode 116 km in 3 hours and 16 minutes. I got a free chocolate and honeycomb sundae.  After Mundrabilla, it got tougher because of the heat and flies. When we got to Ceduna, we spent a rest day there. During the rest day we went down to the Ceduna Oyster Fest.

During the next week we made our way to Port Augusta, SA and Mildura, VIC. Coming into Port Augusta, I wanted to quit because of the hot weather and the flies. Over the next few days I decided to keep going on because I thought the trip was important. As we came into Mildura, I had a stack. We had a rest day at Mildura, we cleaned our bikes at the bike shop there called Bicycle Center. I got new sunnies there. After Mildura we went through Hay, Darlington Point, Wagga Wagga, Gundegai, Yass, Goulburn, Bundanoon and Campbelltown. Sydney at last. Then we made our way to Terrigal for the finish. We spent our last night at Brooklyn. The next day we rode with friends from the CCCC up to Terrigal for the finish. The finish was exciting. My friends and family were waiting for me at the finish line and rode a victory lap with me around Terrigal Haven. After my victory lap, we walked down to the water and poured the water we had collected from the Indian Ocean into the Pacific Ocean. Our journey was finally complete after a long 7 weeks of riding.

Finishing at Terrigal on Saturday 2 November

We are planning on finishing on Saturday 2nd November between 11am and 12 noon at Terrigal Haven. All are invited to cheer him on.

Dan will have:

  • Ridden over 4,100km
  • Climbed about 18,000m
  • Spent about 196 hours on his bike
  • Drunk over 30 litres of chocolate milk

You can join a bunch ride from Hawkesbury River on Saturday morning with us. We’d like as many as possible to join us. You’ll need to be able to ride at 20-25kph. Alternatively you can join along the route such as West Gosford or Erina.

Children will be able to ride a lap of the Haven with Daniel.

BYO picnic or get some fish and chips from the local shop.

Details and updates on the Facebook Event.

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Day 35: Day off in Mildura

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We’ve spent the day restocking, refreshing and servicing the bikes. First up was a good breakfast before we found a local bike shop. I got a new mirror to replace the ones that had broken earlier on our trip along with a new pair of cycling glasses for Dan.

The owner let us use his workshop so we could give our drive chains an overdue clean and service. They should see us home now.

Day 32: Down to the Murray River

We were yelping for joy as we cruised down the Flinders Ranger reaching 56.6kph without too much trouble. It was a good day to be out riding.

Today was another milestone, we reached one of Australia’s most important rivers, the Murray river. We were going to be following it for a couple of days now.

At Morgan we arrived early hoping to go looking for fossils. It didn’t take long and we saw whale vertebrae and then lots of shells and coral.

One more day until the border to Victoria.

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Day 29: lazy day to a little gem of a place

Today was a lazy morning. After a sleep in we went to a cafe for breakfast. A big breakie with eggs, mushrooms, bacon, tomato…

Then we headed to the first bike shop in a couple of thousand kilometers. Geoff’s bar tape was showing signs of wear and so it was replaced. Dan’s bike gained a bike computer so he too can track our speeds and distance.

It wasn’t until 1pm we headed out of town with the wind to our backs. The temperature was now about 32C, but this didn’t seem too bad compared to some of our previous days.

Dan put a sprint on along the flat and broke his record riding at 48.50kph!

We only rode 71km to a little town on the Gulf of Spencer called Port Germein.

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Port Germein has the longest wooden pier in Australia. We measured it (thanks to a GPS) at 1,420m. We are staying in a cabin at the waterfront caravan park thanks to Joy from the park graciously upgrading us from an unpowered site!

Sunset was delightful.

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Leaving WA and into South Australia

We are just eating lunch at Eucla Roadhouse. Dan’s bike is sporting a new set of chain ring bolts and we now have spares too. We’ll be wild camping for the next couple of nights so I’ll doubt we’ll have coverage to update you.

I’m excited as today we saw our first glimpse of the southern Ocean. I can’t wait for the cliffs.

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On the road again

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We’re back into the swing of things today. 58ks down before an early lunch at Merredin. We will probably be wild camping tonight so our full day update may have to wait until we have coverage.

The temperature is still cold and there is a lot of wind around. The wind is helping us some, but gusty too.

We’ve seen a lot of wild flowers along the way. Time to get out of the wind and eat some lunch.

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Chocolate milk is good for muscle recovery 🙂

Day 2. Mundaring to Northam

Today saw more hills than yesterday. Lots of climbing and descending with a heavy bike. We’re definitely away from Perth now.

82ks
920m elevation

A chocolate milk, snickers, banana, BBQ chook, croissants, rice crackers, muesli bar and a few other food items later.

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