About Traffic and Termites

Where my road met the Peninsula developmental Road the track became a little less funny. I found that a lot of people heading North on this large and long dirt track ride with a ‘highway mentality“, as I call it. It means people are in a hurry to get somewhere, the top of Australia in…

Rainforest & Reef

After two lazy weeks I was ready to leave Cairns, as soon as the snake got off my bicycle. This was not much of a problem since the friendly Python belonged to Pete, Stuart’s friend, who let me stay at his place for a bit, as I tried sorting out my gear, my route, my plan…

The River and the Rodeo

I managed to meet up with Cleve at the Bowen River Rodeo. He plays a  good tune on the squeezebox. It made for a few great nights in the historic Bowen River Hotel. 8km before the Bowen  River Hotel, Strathmore homestead lies on the left hand side. It was there I first called in and was…

Shows and Showers

If you follow this road and turn left at the end, you get back to the main track. A friendly man painting his fence told me. So I followed the road. But there didn’t seem to be an end to it. So I turned left at random. But in this state forest all tracks look…

Coast and Country

I’m not the only cycling Dutch girl in the family. Meet Ineke. She is one of my grandmothers younger sisters. In 1951, as a 22-year-old, she married Dick Van Der Kley in the Netherlands. One year later they set off for Australia. They stayed in an old army camp in Bonegilla for a month before…

Summertime, And the livin’ is easy

If you have to take a shower, you might as well share it. With 100 frogs. You never know I figured. No luck so far. But there’s many more to go. And I have to admit, I rather be kept company by these little creatures where the most dangerous side-effect might be a salmonella-infection, than…