Bike Across Oz

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

Tuesday, October 04, 2005

Day 8 - Amanda's Take On Things

We've come a long way- sorry about not updating, but internet access has been sparse. Pauline and I are sitting in the roadhouse in Caiguna, its 8:40am AEST, we've been up since 4:30.

The first day went well, the Sydney hills didn't bother Tristan like he thought - 450km in one day, to 21km east of Wagga Wagga.

Day 2 was a different matter. The weather came in bad - heavy rain and thunderstorms. Only made it 350km to Balranald, had a very cold Tristan on our hands, but we spent the night in a cabin (oh the luxury!).

Day 3: Relatively uneventful, made it through 3 states in one day (NSW, Vic, SA). Slept in a roadside parking bay on gravel.

Day 4: Everything looked on the rocks. Tristan tore a thigh muscle in the cold early morning. After a call to the doctor in Burra, discovered the damage wasn't permanent, and it all just depended on whether Tristan wanted to push through the pain. He decided to keep going, took it easy that day, stayed @ the caravan park in Crystal Brook. A luxury to set up tents and cook dinner in the daylight.

Day 5: Easy, giving leg a rest- seems to have worked!!. Made it to Minnipa in SA.

Day 6: 470ks across the nullarbor to the Nullarbor Roadhouse, where there were dingoes hanging around. I think everyone was starting to feel the strain. Tristan was exhausted, some of us were a bit snappy.

Day 7: Crossed the SA/WA border. Everyone seems in good spirits, we really believe he's going to make it- @ this rate Tristan will shave hours off the record.

Day 8: Today. Hoping to make it just south of Norseman. Tommorrow's destination is Southern Cross (mmm... caravan park... showers!). That'll leave Tristan with about 380kms to ride on the last day. Hopefully we'll get into Cottesloe around sunset. Come down and meet us!!

Keep an eye on (follow the links to Tristan's ride) for more up to date info.

Got to go chase Kelly and Taryn in the other car - plus the biggest centipede ever is crawling around my feet and I don't want to get bitten!!


  • At October 04, 2005 8:13 AM, Blogger womble said…

    GO TRISTAN GO!!!!!!!!

    All the best for the last stretch from your friends in the UK.


  • At October 04, 2005 4:50 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Fantastic news - go for iteveything crossed for the last stretch and no nails left now!!!

  • At October 04, 2005 5:55 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Go Tris. Norfolk is right behind you.

  • At October 05, 2005 7:10 AM, Blogger womble said…

    This is getting so exciting!!!! Fingers and everything else crossed for you, Tristan.


  • At October 05, 2005 9:32 PM, Blogger womble said…

    Getting nervous now. It's 2.30pm on Wednesday, here in London. So hopefully the team is fast asleep in preparation for the final onslaught.

    GOOD LUCK TRISTAN and love to everyone


  • At October 06, 2005 1:09 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    tristan, you're as hard as nails! or at least your back side must be by now. good luck for the last few kms! got my fingers crossed for you too.
    love kat x

  • At October 06, 2005 5:56 AM, Anonymous Nat said…

    Go Tristan Go!!!!!!
    The suspense.....i can't take it!
    Yay..I'm so proud of you Trist, in any case....good luck to the finish!!!

  • At October 06, 2005 2:30 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    You did it. How we wish we were with you. So proud of you and thanks to all your team. Dad and Mum.

  • At October 06, 2005 4:08 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    So proud of you mate, knew you would do it, your my hero, and I'll shall honour your achievement by sacraficing 20 goats and eating their hearts raw. You truely are great man, and behind every great man is 4 great women; go team!


  • At October 06, 2005 8:17 PM, Blogger womble said…



    Yes, caps lock on purpose!



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