Slow Travel, Mate

Hi there! It’s been a while.

New Zealand-based artist Fleur Wickes took this photo of me. Go check out some of her her amazing work! http://fleurwickes.co.nz/

Life has been happening at full force. Let me do my best to fill ya’ll in.

SLOW TRAVEL, MATE:

I found out just a few days ago that my Australia visa extension went through. This means I can wander about this wonderfully massive island through November 15! With any luck I’ll find a boat to take me to Indonesia next.

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Here comes the sun.

PLACES HAVE SO MANY LAYERS:

A few mornings ago I woke up before 3am to climb Mt. Warning for a summit sunrise––the first rays of sun to hit Australia.

Wollumbin is a sacred aboriginal site. Many others climbed, but I hope it wasn’t insensitive to do so. This place is steeped in life.

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There were about sixty of us at the top freezing our buns off in anticipation of this sunrise. Oh, the glory!

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On the way down I got to take my time enjoying the rainforest that I had climbed through in the dark. I saw seven glow worms on the way up––how cool is that?!

MOUNTAIN SHADOW:

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I find that the pain of a long, steep hill (on the bicycle or on foot) lends itself to a kind of clarity that wouldn’t have been possible otherwise.

Also fact: lunch tastes better with a view.

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PROGRESS:

Early on in the trip when the going got rough, I used to daydream about being picked up by the cars that pass me by. Now the only thing I wish for is longer daylight hours. Oh, and a surprise visit from the Indigo Girls (but that’s more of a stretch).

I’m getting tougher. Somehow.

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& IT WILL HAPPEN. Someday. Even if I have to ride my bicycle to an Indigo Girls concert in North America. #motivation

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love these two goddesses

LIVE FROM AUSTRALIA:

Joey & Roo.

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This photo is from The Eco Village, a collection of homes near the Gold Coast built on principles of sustainability and community. I was so glad to be able to spend the night there and learn a bit more about this kind of large-scale communal living. In uni I lived in a cooperative house with 32 people, and it’s beautiful to see those same kind of principles extending to a community with over a hundred homes… and permaculture gardens, to boot! The mangoes were absolutely delicious. Thank you so much, Kerstein, for showing me around.

AT THE BORDERLANDS:

I only spent a day in Queensland before looping back down to New South Wales, but WOOHOO did it feel good to make it there! Hello, distance. borderlands

I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again:

There are no straight lines.

THE RUNNING COMMENTARY:

Some guy points at my bicycle: “What is this, Tour de France rejects?”

Lol yes, clearly.

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Things kids say when I ride by: “Why are there so many bags on that bicycle?!”

SMALL JOYS:
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One of the things I like most about bike touring is that I have an excuse to be outside all day, every day.

The little things become so beautiful.

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&  YOU BEST BELIEVE I’M HAVING A TON O’ FUN:

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you can’t make this up.

WONDERBAARLIJK:

When your friends teach you untranslatable words that apply so perfectly to the feeling of crossing a bridge by bike in the winter sun and knowing you are going somewhere, and somewhere is the right direction to be.

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I CAUGHT MY FIRST WAVE:
… and wiped out a whole bunch of times after that. But wow, do I love being in the water.
More stories to come.
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5 thoughts on “Slow Travel, Mate

  1. I love the Indigo Girls too. If you find yourself in Brisbane and want a Warm Showers host, hit me up. I live at Scarborough across the road from a beach (not a surf beach but still a beautiful place). I will be going to Indonesia soon but if I am home, my partner and I would welcome our first Warm Showers guest because so many people have been kind to me during my cycle travels the past year.

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