Day 451. 45km. Moonscape – Moonscape

Posted: September 10, 2016 in Australia, Cycling
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Today I cycled naked for 8 hours through an amazing moonscape. While naked I cycled through the soft clay against a strong headwind, I pushed my bike through the mud, removed the clay from the wheels and carried out a river crossing carrying the bike above the flowing water. My 40000km challenge from Clement only required that I was naked for 6 hours, but I was enjoying it so much I continued on until evening.

The start of the challenge

The start of the challenge

Clement likes doing and giving challenges, and for my 40000km he gave me one that he knew would appeal to me. Six hours cycling completely naked. By completely naked he meant wearing absolutely nothing – no shoes, no hat, no sunglasses. The lack of shoes may have been the most challenging part, but the mud stuck to the bottom of my feet cushioning them from the rocks on the road.

The road to Coober Pedy

The road to Coober Pedy

Before I left on this bike trip, I used to watch lots of videos of world bicycle touring. The video that inspired me the most was ‘The Road to Karakol’. This video starts with a river crossing with a text that is similar to mine.
‘Hi! I’m Matthew and I’m naked here in Central Australia. You might ask – Matthew, why are you carrying your bike? Well, I don’t want to get the bottom bracket wet, so I’m naked, and here we go! This is river crossing in Central Australia.’

River crossing

River crossing

Taking a photo of Clement crossing the river

Taking a photo of Clement crossing the river

River crossing

River crossing

The road got more and more desolate.

The road to Coober Pedy

The road to Coober Pedy

The road to Coober Pedy

The road to Coober Pedy

Flowers at sunset

Flowers at sunset

Silhouette at sunset

Silhouette at sunset

We’re camping in the middle of absolutely nothing. A flat expanse of nothing – extending from horizon to horizon. It is so, so beautiful.

Comments
  1. Eliza Waters says:

    I guess you find ways to entertain and pass the endless hours of cycling. 🙂 I have never seen a more desolate landscape, so flat and interrupted by nothing.

  2. What a challenge! Not sure whether I’d do it, myself! But, you never know. 🙂

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