Photo Gallery - The Kimberley Tour 2009
Day 1Day 1 Report
The line of bikes waiting for the start
The riders getting a few final words from Phil before rolling out
I suppose that is one way to advertise. Personally, I'll be watching the start of the Tour
The crowd of cyclists getting their first feed and water for the day
I suppose anywhere can have a Knitting Circle
The Australian Rugby Union Team at Practice
How the tragedy of War usually hits home...
A casualty from the first bombing of Darwin, he wasn't able to be recognised
The monument to the civilians who perished in the Bombing of Darwin. Specifically to the Postmaster and his Family.
He died on the 5th September, 1939, 2 days after war was declared.
Day 2Day 2 Report
The Fantastic Four looking resplendent in matching Kit. This was for the Kinglake Ride.
How many cyclists does it take to change a flat?
Graeme leading Pat, the early morning bunch.
The leafy corridor that made the first part of the day so enjoyable.
Proof that Road Trains still use the old road. Luckily, we didn't have to deal with him on the road.
Two riders are the casualties of this bunch, I helped them get back on.
The riders getting fed at Hayes Creek, sheltering under the shade.
Half of the torched truck.
The other half of the torched truck.
Day 3Day 3 Report
Pine Creek, early morning
Phil waiting in the trailer for the delivery of bags. It was pretty much full every day.
An early morning shot of the Windmill in Pine Creek.
Smoke from some backburning the previous night.
Some of the rocks piled up on the way into Edith Falls.
More piles of Rocks, they reminded me of the Devils Marbles.
It was really clear on this day, I was glad that I came in a second time.
Our base camp at Edith Falls
If you don't know where it leads, you probably shouldn't be on it...
These rocks were on the way into Katherine. It certainly broke the scenery up
Day 4Day 4 Report
Our canoes at the end of the First Gorge
A boulder field between the First and Second Gorge.
Our group at the end of the walk into the Second Gorge.
The logo for Nitmiluk National Park, it is based on the Aboriginal Dreamtime Story that tells of the Gorge's Creation
The source of the Katherine Hot Springs
One of the cascades leading through the Hot Springs, there was quite a flow from them.
The washing line at the Hotel. Anything to get stuff dry.
The engine painted with an Aboriginal Design.
The old railway bridge, now a pedestrian walkway over the river. The railway lines were still in place.
The Katherine River
The Depth Markers on the side of the old railway bridge.
Day 5Day 5 Report
John's Dinosaur Steak
Looking back towards Katherine for the sunrise
The Western Sky at Sunrise
The sunlight hitting the top of the trees
One of the early morning bunches on the way to Morning Tea
Chasing another Horizon
Do you think that it's hot?
Renee's Tyre blowout
Sue's Scroggin, melted, it was actually quite nice once it solidifed the next day
Starting the descent towards Victoria River
The Victoria River
Day 6Day 6 Report
Sunrise hitting the hills around Victoria River
Sunrise at Victoria River
Only a short day today to Timber Creek
The early morning sun on the hills was magical
Down near the old Crossing, this was as far as I was prepared to go on the road bike
Beautiful Scenery was the staple of the day
One of the last hills in the range, it started to flatten out after this
The termite mounds are back to the small ones.
Lowering the Ambience of the place...
A Boab in the campground
The small stream out the back of the Hotel.
Day 7Day 7 Report
trusty dusty steed
Sunset over the Victoria River from Policeman's Lookout
The view from the WWII Lookout, the climb was worth the view.
The Victoria River from the Badfield Bridge. The other side of this was a Military Test Range
Some of the hills boarding Saddle Rest Area
Trying to claim a good camping spot. But where is the shade going to be in an hour?
The tents going up (even if it is by reading the instructions)
The hill that Phil, Pat and Peter climbed
enjoying our dinner
Day 8Day 8 Report
The spectacular sunrise from Saddle Rest Area
A Lone Boab
Riders pulling into the Beef Road Monument
Colin, loaded to the gills.
I have ridden the entire black line, and the red line to the West
WA takes it's quarantine very seriously. This is also where we cross 127 degrees east of meridian
Mobolising the troops for the group photo
The riders stretching away after the boarding crossing
Kununurra is close, but Broome is still to make a mention.
One advantage of cycling kit, you can swim in it too
In the event of a drowing, proceed as follows, remove person from the water
A Red Tailed Black Cockatoo in flight
Day 9Day 9 Report
Lake Argyle with the Dam Wall
The Osmand Ranges, they were once thought to be higher than the Himalayas
The Bungle Bungle Ranges
The Elephant Domes. It doesn't show up well in the photo, but there is also a hole forming an eye
The beehive domes of the Bungle Bungle Ranges
There are many fault lines through the Ranges, sometimes forming cracks like this one
The pool of water at the end of the Cathedral Gorge
The entract to Echidna Chasm
Walking through Echidna Chasm
Argyle Diamond Mine, the worlds largest diamond mine
Day 10Day 10 Report
Lake Kununurra, which is fed from Lake Argyle
Another Giant Boab, some where small, some like this were huge
The ranges in the Distance, later on in the day, we threaded our way between a lot ofthem
Our morning tea stop, hiding under any shelter we could
After the climb, comes the downhill, it isn't very steep, but anything down is a bonus, and we have great scenery to look at
As old as the hills...
Scenery as far as the eye can see. No wonder I took so many photographs
When you think you are out of the hills, you always found more
Day 11Day 11 Report
The early morning bunch
153km remaining for the day, we took another 3 days to reach Fitzroy Crossing
The hills covered with spinifex
The start of the hill for the day, seriously, it looked like Alpe d'Huez on the profile
This is how you access the Bungle Bungle Ranges by road, and it is about 50km of dirt from here
The Ord River, no really, it's a river
A Big Group for the day
There is an end to the road, actually, I hope there isn't
We are mostly out of the hills by now, so the horizon is a lot further away
Day 12Day 12 Report
Finally, Broome makes a distance marker
Chasing down the late leaving bunch, after I stopped to take a picture
Stopping for another puncture, the road ahead is calling me
Tanami Rd, I passed the other end of it just north of Alice Springs. At this point, I have covered about 2,800km to get to here
The quick way to Alice Springs, as long as you don't mind passing the Wolfe Creek Crater
Another sign that this area is geologically old
I gave up chasing rainbows up here, it doesn't rain. So I started chasing the horizon, much more rewarding
Everythings happening at the camp, fires are burning, dinner is being prepared by the girls, and the guys are playing cards
It's a showroom model!
Day 13Day 13 Report
The Mary River
Big Horizon Country
The Red Centre, the soil colour changed a lot throughout the entire trip, and even during the day
Green Spinifex in Red Soil, the colour was amazing
Our Morning Tea Stop
Descending down Nglenban Cliffs
Nglenban Cliffs, the scenery here was stunning
Lots of small mesa's beyond the cliffs
The willy willy that I passed at the side of the road, the winds in it were terrifying
Our Safari Tent for the night
Day 14Day 14 Report
The Fitzroy River, with yes, a single lane bridge spanning it
The shopping mall, an electronics shop, and a take away, all go up in smoke. I heard later that they were trucking extra food in
The Peleton riding out to Geikie Gorge
Keeping as a bunch on the way to the Gorge
New Plan, Leg It! A Freshie makes a dash for freedom
Don't tell the yanks, we have an effigy of one of their presidents
The boarder between the white and red is the average wet season flood height
The limestone had been shaped into amazing forms
Not a saltie, just a freshwater crocodile
The distance is coming down. Can we just keep going?
A floodplain just outside Fitzroy Crossing
Sunset at our campsite
Dee helping to finish off the chocolate mousse
Day 15Day 15 Report
Another giant Boab
Corner, what's that?
Horses grazing at the side of the road, they were unconcerned by us riders
Waiting for Phil and Susan, Gill and Trevor decided that this couldn't possibly be the rest stop
This part of the country is spectacular
It is going to be over soon
A Giant Boab at the junction to Derby
That puts it all into perspective
Most of the drinks are water, does that tell you something?
The skulls around the wall at Willare
Day 16Day 16 Report
Touring by Camel Power, Phil and Susan met this chap on the Nullabour a few years ago
The bikes racked up at Morning Tea
Graeme getting the jump on everyone else for the next stage
Trip Down, 99.99km. After 5 weeks, less than 100km of cycling to go
Getting ready for the last let into Broome
The peleton in matching jerseys riding in formation to Broome
At the end of the line
The beautiful colour of Roebuck Bay
Phil and Susan
Our Camel Train on Cable Beach
Peter and I on Randy
Camels on Cable Beach at Sunset
Sunset on Cable Beach
Staircase to the Moon