Bike Across Oz

A solo bike ride from Sydney to Perth in less than 10 days: Can Tristan break the world record?

Tuesday, September 27, 2005

Day 1 - Sydney to Wagga Wagga

And so the bike ride begins....

After what must have accumulated to only 2 hours of sleep last night (P.S. Don't stay at the rowdy Indy's Backpackers at Bondi - Red Hot Chili Peppers left on loud repeat ALL night) we were all up at 2.30am (AEST) to prepare for the journey!! We met the film crew of the Guiness World Record show down at the Bondi Beach Pavillion at 4am. Very windy and cool at that hour of the morning....or is it night? The filming seemed to take forever, but once it was done and the official witnesses arrived (the mayor and a policeman) Tristan was off and racing. The front car lead him out. We took a little bit of an accidental detour...but that was mostly just to get Tristan warmed up. The back car followed and tried to get a few witnesses along the way. Their were a surprising number of people on the streets considering the hour of day it was! Us little Perth-ites certainly aren't used to all this 24 hour city action! The film crew followed Tristan to the Hume Hwy which took us all the way out of Sydney and beyond!

Tristan seemed to manage just fine with the hills today - he certainly has proved he likes the mountains (Australian sized mountains). Good thing to have them on the first day and get them all over and done with. Hopefully he will pull up okay tomorrow.

For all you bike fans out there, this is the machine that is getting Tristan across Australia. Pretty isn't it? We aren't allowed to touch...yet!


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