Today, Velophile & the trusty Kona Travesty completed their 2130km cycling trek across the Australian continent. Todays rough plan, (according to what was mentioned last evening), was a Triumphal Entry into the township of Karumba, followed by a swift trip to the pub for seafood, beer and a massive talkshit/debrief session. Pardon the cliche but I'm so proud he completed this cycling holiday, um, er, ordeal, now he just has to re-acclimatise to Melbourne winter......cats...dogs...work... Unfortunately whilst Velophile was in the desert wilderness, I've had to deal with a freaking three-ring circus courtesy of a major 'real estate' issue. When it's all over, then maybe I'll mention something about it....or maybe not. Back to topic, a history lesson for non-Aussies; this cycling journey was a homage following in the footsteps of the tragic Burke and Wills Expedition
In 1860, Burke and Wills set out from Melbourne to travel the length of the Australian continent to the Gulf of Carpentaria. Officially named the Victorian Exploring Expedition, this venture was funded entirely by the newly independent colony of Victoria.
From Outbike: [promotional guff]
On arrival into Karumba on May 25, the riders will be welcomed by the Carpentaria Shire Mayor, Ashley Gallagher. We are in the process of organizing a musician to entertain everyone, as was done at the send off in Pt Augusta. This will all take place at Karumba Point in front of Sunset Tavern, which sounds absolutely beautiful according to the ‘Gulf Savannah - Tropical North Queensland's Outback By The Sea’ website;
“Karumba Point beach is well worth walking and the sunsets are spectacular. “
“Experience the million dollar Sunsets, over the Gulf of Carpentaria, from the grounds of the Sunset Tavern.”
Karamba Point already has an international reputation and it is expected that there will be a tourist crowd of 100+ in the area before news even gets out about the riders reaching their final destination. The local media are also likely to be waiting at the finish line – stories like these are great promotional events for towns like Karamba!
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As I was blundering around trying to find a *little something special* to conclude Velophiles trip, this random fridge generator thingie was most fitting. I'm sure he'd agree, after over four weeks pedalling across Australia. Simply alter vultures to blowflies and steamy hot tub to hot artesian bore.
Bike n' Wheels trackback:
(Ay!) Karumba Countdown
I'm in the middle of the desert, and I've found a PUB!
Bike n' Wheels hits Mt Isa
It was bound to happen
Raining in Birdsville!
In low earth orbit around South Australia
Bike n' Wheels Expedition: Day 2
Big Desert Adventure!