Tour De Oz - The End
End of Tour De Oz
“It’s over. I made it.” … these were the first thoughts that went through my mind as I stopped to set up a photo of my bike with the world famous Sydney Opera House in the background. And there I found myself suddenly filled with a mixed bag of emotions...
Firstly, I felt sad that it's over. Such a great adventure, so many incredible landscapes, terrains and people along the way.
But then I thought – I did it!
Riding solo around Australia has always been one of my dreams in life, and I realise how lucky I am to be able to have fulfilled this dream. Not everyone gets the chance to drop everything and go on an adventure, and what an adventure it has been!
All in all, I'd say that was smooth sailing: I've travelled 19,000 kms through countless terrain types, and have done it all without a flat tire, without a brake down, and only a couple of minor falls (on to nice, soft sand).
On a side note: while travelling around this spectacular and diverse country, I not only gained a greater appreciation for this wondrous continent, but also learnt a lot about myself. I've overcome some fears (mostly of writing!) and pushed my boundaries: not just figuratively either, I literally had to give it all to pick up my heavily loaded bike.
Last but not least, I feel much more experienced and comfortable riding (and camping) in extreme temperatures: from the high 40's down to 0, from 99% humidity down to bitter, frosty nights.
So it's there that this journey ends, but there'll be more to come: as I said, riding solo around Australia has always been one of my dreams … and I'm already planning the next adventure … so stay tuned and thank you for all your comments and support!
Tour de Oz
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Bike: 2013 BMW F800 GS
Duration: 58 days
Distance: c. 19,000 kms
Average: 330 kms/day
Max. no. kms in a day: 670 km
Fuel cost: c. $2900 AUD
Total accommodation costs: $ 1,050 AUD
Average accommodation per night: $18 AUD