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July 17th, 2002

Home Hill to Townsville
129 km (80.0 mi)

ugh, what a day today was....

Actually before you read all of this, it contains nothing really interesting. The only real out of the ordinary thing that happened is that chain-tool portion of my BLACKBURN MULTI-TOOL broke on me. Had I been way out in the outback I would have been screwed. Anyway on with the chaff..

Ate too much for breakfast, the slice of pizza at the bakery didn't help things much. This of course slowed me down all morning. The ride was back in the sugarcane fields on the busy two-lane highway.

Got into Ayr...couldn't find a bikeshop. Tried getting money from the ATM, damn thing wouldn't work, but made it so I couldn't get any cash for the rest of the day.

I went to drink some water about 10k out of town and discovered that the valve on my water hose fell off. Worse still was the fact that all my water ran out with it. Not a major crisis, just annoying.

Stopped in Nome. Quite different than the one in Alaska I'm guessing. The one I was at was just a gas station with a restaurant attached to it. Too bad there wasn't a sign otherwise I couldda got a pic for George in Alaska.

Finally made it into Townsville. Kinda like Tacoma, Washington, USA, granted I didn't see all of it. The port was kinda nice, but the outer parts were nothing unique. Townsville is the part where you can start to go to the west on up to Darwin. This is what Roff did in his National Geographic articles. I;m going north further and across the top....this should be more scenic and it is not on major highways.

Headed downtown assuming a bike shop would be there, nope. Found one though and slapped on a new cogset and chain. I think 6,100k is a chain/cog wearing record for me.

Ended up having to bike out of town in the dark since I oouldn't find a caravan park. Could have slept in one of the big vacant lots but didn't since I had no water, plus I needed to fix my chain since it was too long. Found a caravan park eventually. The Coconut Grove is a beaut, Situated right next to the highway and my tent is a stonss through from a busy railroad track. I can't wait till I'm out in the outback.

Took apart my chain and just as I got it apart, the Blackburn Multi-Tool broke on me. Here I am with a broken chain tool and undone chain. I can understand the chain breaking, but not the chain tool. Again, this was a BLACKBURN MULTI-TOOL that is CRAP! So I spent the next 1.5 hours shortening the chain and putting it back on with my bike clock (hammer), pliers, and the remainder of the chain tool.

Ok, enough rambling, I'm going to bed...

 

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Home Hill, QLD

Jessie the dog

Home Hill, QLD


inside the bakery

Home Hill, QLD



n of Ayr, QLD



n of Ayr, QLD



n of Ayr, QLD

dude man...

s of Townsville, QLD



Townsville, QLD

bike path!


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