Here's some info on a guy who's trying to break his own record time for riding around Australia.
Race Around Australia - Goal # 1 Achieved!
by Becky Leidy, Daily Peloton International Cycling News
Townsville, Queensland, Australia, November 15, 2002 - Canadian Perry Stone is currently doing the Race Around Australia. In a long race of this nature, it is imperative to set small goals. Perry’s first was to reach Townsville, 718 km from his starting point in Rockhampton, within 48 hours of his start. The call came in Friday morning at 8:15 am local (Queensland, Australia) time. Success!
Early on, in the wee hours of Friday, traffic was dense and winds were troublesome. Perry, who has a small cb hooked up to the bike for emergencies, actually heard the truckers talking about the “crazy cyclist” and some suggested that they put him out of his misery. During the night, however the winds shifted and Perry began to find his tempo. He was in very good spirits when I spoke with him. "God liked me" said Perry, in reference to the fact that the high temperature on the previous day was only about 30 C, a welcome relief.
The trip to Townsville is marked by the different landscapes that he passes through. Tracts of drought ridden sugarcane fields have been a major part of the scenery early on. He then moved into more lush green mango and cane fields. Highly traveled by trucks carrying the stuff, the ride from Yeppoon to Mackay was tedious because of the number of times he had done this route for training. Now that the left turn has been taken, he is heading into the outback, into the “abyss.” Now feeling like he is on the road, it is adventure time!
Keep in mind that Perry is dedicating this race to the victims of the Bali terrorist bombing just a short time ago. The Red Cross is accepting donations via the web. You can access their site by clicking here.
More information is available at the Daily Peloton, and at Perry's web site Bikestories.com.