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Old 02-05-08, 10:00 PM   #1
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My 59th Birthday

4 months into my Australian Odesey, a tour around Australia I find myself on an unsealed road along the Snowy river, called the intersate Barry Highway: in the bush in the middle of a huge thunderstorm, camped in a picnic spot on the Border of NSW and Victoria.
It's 2 am and the heavens are pouring down and the lightning is followed by cracks of thunder which echo around the valley. this part of Australia is known for huge forest fires, 2006 saw a front of 100km ablaze for 6 weeks. My plan is to head for the river and sit in it if a fire starts.
Several hours later after a little sleep I break camp and a van turns up, it is driven by a ?Kevin who I met the day before, he makes coffee for me, then we part company.
I cycle about 60 kms and stop to make lunch at Jacobs Creek, a german Sven gives me a beer for my birthday. After pasta mixed with packet soup and some pepsi I start the 12 mile climb to 1000 mtrs, on the roughest "road" I have seen outside of South America. Carved out of the cliff, rocky in places, and then loose gravel, followed by compact earth, wet with rain.
At a lookout at 894 mtrs I stop for a look at the amazing scenery, a van pulls in and gives me a fill of water and Rob tells me the address of his friend who lives on the road I am on.
About 25miles later I am very wet and very tired and should be near Rob's friends house, but no sign, after 6 or 7 more miles of pushing the bike and trailer up every little slope I come to I finally find Hobbitt Farm. A rough track leads into fields but no house is in view. 3 fields and gates later I am at the house, then a car comes through the last gate with me,
the guy driving was Kerry Packer's chef, he is a Swiss named Olly, and he has brought a pack of 30 bottles of beer for Michael ( Rob's mate), Michael's partner Coralee comes out of the house and welcomes me with " Hi George, Rob phoned to say you were on your way. We were worried as it was getting late so I was just coming out to look for you!" Then many beers are sunk for George's birthday
A shower, dry clothes, a good meal and a warm cozy bed to sleep in finish the day
I started alone and finished the day with several new friends

What a great day!!

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Old 02-05-08, 10:20 PM   #2
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Very interesting, and good to hear from you again, George. Happy Birthday and keep posting whenever you can.
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Old 02-05-08, 10:27 PM   #3
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Thats what is all about!!! MAny happy returns... BTW good story!
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Old 02-05-08, 10:35 PM   #4
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My life suddenly seems so very mundane.
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Old 02-06-08, 12:01 AM   #5
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This is the stuff of which legends are made. Well done, and happy birthday!
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Old 02-06-08, 05:51 AM   #6
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It is my hope that when you return you can get this trip written into a book.
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Old 02-06-08, 07:48 AM   #7
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Well done, as always George,
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Old 02-06-08, 08:02 AM   #8
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Colour me green with envy. Happy Birthday!
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Old 02-06-08, 08:49 AM   #9
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Old 02-06-08, 08:51 AM   #10
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Wow. What an adventure. Happy birthday and the best of tailwinds.
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Old 02-06-08, 10:43 AM   #11
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Happy birthday and thanks for making the day here more interesting.
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Old 02-06-08, 11:26 AM   #12
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Sounds as though you have had to do a lot more than fitness training for this trip. Good job you only have one birthday a year to train for. All those beers must mean its weak beer or the training has been good enough.

Happy birthday and I would say have a beer on me- But That would be a bit belated now.
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Old 02-06-08, 11:46 AM   #13
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Happy Birthday George. I'm sat here in Bury, Lancashire UK reading about you in Australia on an American website. Aint the internet just grand. Good luck.
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Old 02-06-08, 02:14 PM   #14
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Thanks folks for all the kind words. Lets me know I am not alone :-)
I may have a few beers this weekend and think of you all.

I am resting in Canberra now and have updated the website ( link in sig), and uploaded a heap of photos

cheers

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