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Saturday, August 19, 2006

Hi!

I'm currently sat at the computer of my oldest friend (oldest friendship that is, she's only 22), on day two of my journey from England to Australia. I have a very sore posterior, having cycled about 40 miles yesterday from Dartford to Faversham. I'm supposed to be going to Dover today, but I'm not. I'm waiting until Monday, when I shall feel much better.

A quick recap, in the form of FAQs, for the benefit of anyone who's not spoken to me in 18months:

1: What are you doing?
: I'm trying to cycle from England to Australia

2: Why?
: I think it will be fun

3: Will you be cycling around the deck when you catch ferries?
: No

4: Will you make a point of not using any other form of transport?
: No

5: How long do you think it will take?
: About 12 months

6: Have you done any training?
: No

7: Are you doing it for charity?
: No, but if you want to donate some money in my honour, please feel free. Pick your own charity (I like Amnesty International and Liberty, at the moment)

8: What's the route?
: Subject to change at a moments notice, but today it is as follows; UK, France, Belgium, Germany, Czech Republic, Austria, Slovakia, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria, Turkey, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Oman, India, Burma, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia, Australia

A year on, the picture is a little different: UK, France, Belgium, Holland, Germany, Czech Republic, Austria, Slovakia, Hungary, Serbia, Romania, Bulgaria, Turkey, Syria, Jordan, Egypt, India, Pakistan, China, Tibet, China, [Philippines, but w/out bike] Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Australia.

9: Do you have a bike? (This is genuinely a frequently asked question. People can be very strange)
: Yes

10: In what sense are you cycling from Newcastle, UK to Newcastle, Oz?
: I came up with the plan while at university in Durham, which is near Newcastle, and I shall fly home from Sydney, which is near Newcastle, OK? What do you mean it's a bit of a stretch? Get over it.
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suebrewer
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Hi
Just a test to see if my messages get through now - Keep going and don't despair... the bruises and blisters will mend eventually. Love you. Mum

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