My Great Outback Adventure
DARWIN TO BROOME CYCLE
Travelling over the Gibb River Road, approximately 1.900 kms, across the top of Australia in 21 days.
I am doing this on my own, a way of putting myself outside ‘the comfit zone’ and dealing with the demons that still persist in my head from the invasive sexual abuse I received in the Navy as a young sixteen year old lad. I read a small note one day on Facebook which simply said, “Sometimes, you find yourself in the middle of nowhere; and sometimes, in the middle of nowhere, you find yourself”.
That said………“This is not a ride for the faint hearted.”
I have read,’ that any reasonably fit person can do it – whether you are 30 or 70. You don’t have to be super fit – just committed enough to ride 5 to 12 hours a day for at least 5 days consecutively at a time’.
Of course my current training mileage will help enormously. Every section of the ride is a little different and I do have a 100 mile (sounds easier than writing 160km) day early on in the ride and I will have to ride 4 days over 100 kms consecutively.
There will be five rest days during journey, they are for recovery (in a hotel or caravan park – hot showers, oh yeh) , replenishments and repairs, also there is time to do some writing, posting photos and maybe even tourist stuff.
But I must stay focused and be happy to ride those 2 and 3 consecutive days covering 100 kms a day. There are five nights where I will sleep in the bush on the side of the road.
On the second last day just before I get to Broome I will attempt to do a 186 km ride so that the last day is a nice 34 km ride into Broome getting there mid the morning.
I have been asked by many how they can support me or if they can make a donation. For those of you who wish to make a donation we have set up a fundraising page to raise awareness and money for Bravehearts.
Bravehearts is a fantastic Australian Organisation that raises money to educate, empower and protect Australian kids from Sexual Abuse. It also provides ongoing support for those who have been abused.
If you wish to make a donation please click on the “Bravehearts White Balloon Day” Link below.