Posts Tagged ‘30km from Katherine’


And there she stood, the Chinese girl dressed in her pink nightie and high heels on the side of the road next to the camping area. She followed us after changing her attire, and watched in fascination as we set up our tents. We took a shower (improvised using a drink bottle) in front of her for a bit of titulating amusement. ☺

Our Chinese friend

Our Chinese friend

Today was a day of meeting interesting people.
We crossed a solitary Japanese cyclist with minimal luggage. We had just completed a shopping spree for food for ten days, and our panniers were very very full. He just had two small back panniers and that was it. I don’t know how people like him do it.
We met a very friendly park ranger at Cutta Cutta caves who helped us out with food, water and information as we had a rest in the air-conditioning.

The park ranger

The park ranger

The Katherine hot springs were surprisingly nice. Lovely warm water flowing over rocks into a string of pools. It was perfect for removing 3 days of accumulated dust and dirt.

Katherine hot springs

Katherine hot springs

And then there was the road – straight and onward through the wooded dry landscape. Not many kilometres, though – we spent too much time shopping and relaxing in the hot springs.

Stuart Highway

Stuart Highway

And we slept next to Ned Kelly (aka Tony Abbott).

Ned Kelly

Ned Kelly


Cycling down the long, endless road, I was wrenched from my podcast by a toot. This was not a car – it was from above. A helicopter was flying above us. The toot could only have been for us. We were the only ones there. Outback cycling in Australia.

The Stuart Highway

The Stuart Highway

Today was cycling into the wind from resthouse to resthouse – between 30 and 50km apart. We ended up in a hidden little camping area and got chatting to a French couple. They’ve been travelling around Australia and New Zealand for several years, and had lots of stories to tell. They told of the road ahead. It is long, with a lot of nothing. I am looking forward to it.. ☺