Friday, 9 January 2009

Ride Down Under Summary

Ride Down Under Summary
Ah well, this is the last part of the long trip. Summarising the data collected during the trip and read the diary through. These information will be utilized for the next ride. Yes, cycling is science.
Ride Facts
23Days (From 17-December-2008 to 08-January-09)
Total Cycle Distance

Average speed

Visited municipalities
Perth, Rockingham, Mandurah, Dawsville, Myalup Beach, Australind, Bunbury, Busselton, Dunsborough, Yallingup, Gracetown, Margaret River,Prevelly, Augusta, East Augusta, Nannup, Manjimup, Pemberton, Northcliffe, Walpole, Valley of Giants, Parry Beach, Denmark, Mount Barker, Albany, Stirling Range National Park, Bremer Bay, Jerrangup, Ravensthrope, Munglinup, Esperance



Course Summary
Perth – Busselton (Flat Busy Ride)
Difficulty: 1 / Fun: 3
Suggested Duration: 2-3 days
Beautiful Coast lines and some forest ride, but a lot of traffic.
Busselton - Augusta (Fun and Tipsy Ride)
Difficulty: 2 / Fun: 5
Suggested Duration: 2-3 days
There are so many attractions such as caves, beaches, wineries on the way. Cave Rode is thinner road compare to highways but much less traffic and sceneries are beautiful. Need to be careful to ride in the afternoon, as drivers from wineries are getting tipsy.
Wineries, Margaret River Region
Augusta – Walpole (Mountain Hill Ride)
Difficulty: 4 / Fun 5
Suggested Duration: 3-4 days
If you like hilly roads this area would be perfect. If you ride in the early morning, you wouldn't see any traffic. And there are so many sealed minor roads which would be ideal for touring. Don’t forget to take a good map.
Leeuwin Lighthouse, Augusta
WalpoleAlbany Ride (Costal Flat Ride)
Difficulty: 2 / Fun 5
Suggested Duration: 3-4 days
This area is also fun part as there are attraction like Tree Top Walk, William Bay, and pretty little towns like Walpole and Denmark every 50km.There is a bit of traffic but wouldn't be problematic.Tree Top Walk, The Valley of Giants
Albany to Esperance (Challenge Ride)
Difficulty: 4 / Fun 1
Suggested Duration: 4-5 days
This part is only for feelings of achievement. Not many major attractions on the way (apart from Bremer Bay and Hopetown). The way is basically flat mostly bush, very few towns (most of them are very small) and shops every 100km. You definitely need need tent and enough food and drink to complete this ride.
Great Ocean Drive, Esperance
Over all Course (Perth - Esperance)
Difficulty : 3 (Beginner to Intermediate)
The route from Perth to Esperance via Margaret river region and Albany would be very suitable for beginner to intermediate bike tourists as the ways are mostly flat and traffic wouldn’t be too much concern apart from the part between Perth and Mandura. However, there ARE some steep hills as well particularly near Nunnup, Manjmup and Pemberton. So that you need to be reasonably fit, (but you would be fit enough by the time you get to the hilly area if you start from Perth)

Recommended revel: Very High
Even though I didn’t see many bike tourists through the trip this course particularly from Busselton to Albany is one of the things you must do before you die. There were diverse nature of deserts, bushes, deep forests, mountains, rivers and beautiful beaches. So this changes would made you wonder what's going on next and also the animals. I encountered many animals through the trip, the most memorable one was in the deep forest near Pemberton, I saw 2 kangaroos jumping next to me for a while.
And this part of WA is one of the most popular tourist destinations as well so you would see a lot of unforgettable, interesting and funny people on the way for sure!!

I met so many different types of people during the trip local farmar, worker, tourists, foreing tourists, backpackers, working holidaymakers, students, hippies, and families. From what I experienced, I realised that there were so many people having totally different lifestyles and even they are all diferent they enjoy their lives very much. As I grow up in Japan and haven't seen such a diverse way of living like some people are living in Caravans and moving from one to another in weekly or monthly basis. Can you believe that? Well, there are not many people travelling on bike like me though.

To the end
Well, this is the end of this blog, Ride Down Under at this moment. Thank you for reading my blog patiently since I think my English is partly hardly understandable. I hope you will take your bike in the garage instead of the car or train for your next trip.
If you find this form of travel very interesting and want to know more about bike touring, I would like to help you. If you leave a message on this blog or e-mail me ( I will do what I can.
Then, see you next time. This blog won't be updated for a while but I will still writing something in my personal blog, Yohei's Blog. So If you are kind enough to read my un understandable English, please check out as well.

Have a great year.

09 January 2009
Mad Japanese Bike Tourist


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