I am now on my Dreaming Tour, riding from Darwin to Perth via as many dirt roads as I can cope with and hence this blog has gone into hibernation for awhile. I am anticipating that the ride will be over in about three months to you should expect this place to return to normal programming in October 2012.
If you wish you can follow my progress via SpotWalla (from Monday July 9, 2012) and read my quick updates as the Dreaming Tour progresses at Crazy Guy on a Bike [CGOAB). I will endeavour to regularly post updates to as the ride progresses. You can also support the work of The Centre for Cerebral Palsy, the organisation I am fundraising for on this ride. Please just click on the donate now link to make your credit card feel loved :).
My weapon of choice for this ride is my Surly Long Haul Trucker which will be towing my Extrawheel Voyager trailer. I have set the Surly up with Schwalbe Marathon Mondial 47-622 (28 x 1.75) tyres as my plan is to where possible (time and road choices permitting) to hit the dirt rather than the highways. There is something about getting away from it a bit more and exploring rather than riding endless kilometres of bitumen. My full gear list for the Dreaming Tour is available as an Excel file.
The planned general route is to leave Darwin via Mandorah (ferry crossing the harbour) and then to head south to Litchfield National Park. From Batchelor I will ride a mix of dirt roads and the Stuart Highway to Katherine. From Katherine I turn west and hopefully enjoy some tailwinds through to Kunnurra and Wyndham before getting back on to the dirt and the Gibb River Road through to Derby. Derby south to Port Hedland is all highway before once again the dirt beckons as I turn away from the coast to Karijini National Park, Tom Price and Mt Augustus. From Tom Price to Mt Augustus will be the most challenging part, needing to carry around five days of water and up to 20 days of food.
After Mt Augustus I eventually leave the Gascoyne coming out at Morawa for the final section through the wheat-belt to Northam then the Kep Track back into Perth and Fremantle for the end of the Dreaming Tour.