Gulf2Gulf

Gulf2Gulf screened at the Mont24 film festival

Gulf2Gulf screened at the Mont24 film festival

Mushypea’s Gulf2Gulf was lucky enough to have been selected to be shown at the Mont24 mountain bike race film festival at Sparrow Hill forest, Canberra.  It was great to see her on the big screen last Saturday evening during the night racing.  With team mates out on the course racing around the 19km circuit, Fergal and I [...]


Gulf2Gulf goes full length

Gulf2Gulf goes full length

After almost a year the final cut of the Gulf2Gulf DVD came hot off the mac production line last night. If anyone is thinking of doing this trip (I know there a few) then let me know and I’d be happy to pop a copy in the post.
The DVD is split into two parts, [...]


Front Cover of Adventure Cyclist

Front Cover of Adventure Cyclist

The Aussie Birdsville Track makes the front cover of Adventure Cyclist magazine in the USA. The Yellow Pages advertises the latest and greatest in bike components and travel accessories from trailers to fleeces and maps. 45,000 copies will be distributed nationwide to members and will also be available on the interweb.
Adventure Cycling Association’s [...]


AMB G2G in the shops 8th July

AMB G2G in the shops 8th July

Australian Mountain Bike mag are printing this Monday and the Gulf2Gulf story will be in the shops on 8th July running for 6 weeks, I wonder how the photos will come out??
We covered:

The Route
Water Health Life
Carrying capacity restrictions
Escaping the heat on the Birdsville Track
Essential Kit Lists


Jeff’s 15 minutes of fame

Jeff’s 15 minutes of fame

Jeff Johnson (www.jeffswalk.com) will be on Local Radio tomorrow talking about his amazing walk from Gulf 2 Gulf.
I am to be interviewed about the walk and the book on the ABC local radio on
Friday (12th) by Richard Fidler on his “Conversation hour”. It starts at
11am and sometimes is one interviewee and sometimes two. So I [...]


Gulf2Gulf on You Tube

Gulf2Gulf on You Tube

Photos are up

Photos are up

I just finished loading the photos from the trip on to mushypea.net, they can be found on the following link:
http://www.mushypea.net/photos/g2g/
The video trailer is coming along and should be finished in the next week – we had one video camera break on the last day so Tim dropped the last of the footage from the back [...]


Mushypea Industries – now a registered business name

Mushypea Industries – now a registered business name

Mushypea Industries goes live!  I can’t quite believe my old mountain bike colour is now a grown up business name.


Jeff Johnson – The Long Walk

Jeff Johnson – The Long Walk

Tim and I thought we did it tough, but check out this guy, www.jeffswalk.com
Jeff Johnson (aged 66) walked the same route we cycled in 2009 and it took him 5 months to do the crossing.
I first spotted Jeff’s book in Normanton at the local shop and was inspired by his ‘get out there’ spirit [...]


Thanks to everyone for their blogs and donations!

Thanks to everyone for their blogs and donations!

Well, here I am back in Sydney editing video and photos from the trip, in my element!  I’m enjoying a couple of glasses of SA red wine and some good music and I must say the trip now seems a long time ago.
Tim flew back to Sydney last week and I got back on Friday [...]


It’s all coming to an end..

It’s all coming to an end..

Onwards to the Gulf!
With the end in sight we felt a renewed energy and were really getting the most out of the bikes, the cameras and the breath taking scenery.  We did lots more video as all of a sudden more and more wildlife sprung up on the side of the roads, in and around [...]


Killer millipedes, crocodylus porosus and final 5am stretches!

Killer millipedes, crocodylus porosus and final 5am stretches!

On the subject of dangerous animals, did I mention the nasty killer millipede that bit me on my little toe in the night between Burke & Wills and Normanton – the night of the big thunder storm?  I seriously thought it was a spider and freaked out when it bit me at 2am.  I bounced [...]


We make it to Normanton – the end is in sight – 70km to go!

We make it to Normanton – the end is in sight – 70km to go!

The ride to Normanton was hot but fairly easy paced as we only had 65km to go before reaching the small town for brekkie.  We had time to set up some shots and relax a little before the sun got too hot.
We spent the morning chatting away with one of the Aboriginal locals, Michael who [...]


Easter on the road

Easter on the road

To be honest I had no idea it was Easter until Tim pulled a packet of hot cross buns out of his Bob trailer! Legend!
We were heading to Normanton and had another 110km to pull off this Easter Monday.  We found some shade at 10am and happily set about making our temporary home for the [...]


We make it to Carpenteria Shire!

We make it to Carpenteria Shire!

After leaving Burke and Wills at 4pm the day before, we camped in a paddock of cows again and watched a breath taking lightning show that night right above Boulia.  The sky lit up and flickered while we ate our pasta.
We missed the rain by only a few days and the next day we learnt [...]


Burke & Wills – a tough morning

Burke & Wills – a tough morning

The ride into the remote Burke and Wills roadhouse was extremely tough.  May be we thought the worst was over and we got a bit complacent. May be the heat was getting to us afterall this time on the road or may be the endless bitumen proved mentally hard to follow for hours on end.  [...]


53.1 degrees, Australia’s highest temperature: Cloncurry 1889

53.1 degrees, Australia’s highest temperature: Cloncurry 1889

Yep this place is hot and the further north we head the more humid the ride becomes.  We both enjoyed a lay in today – 6:30am start no less.
To be riding in the day light straight after brekkie seemed a bit odd. like we had missed a lot of the day already.  We had to [...]


Ghostly goings on at Mary Kathleen

Ghostly goings on at Mary Kathleen

Goodness it’s been a while since we had internet access but we do now!
The ride out of Mt Isa was beautiful.  It’s pretty hilly coming out of the Isa but the trailers were fairly light for the trip to Cloncurry (or as we named it, Clonkers).  Lots of 4WD’s beeped and waved us and a [...]


Time to leave Mt Isa – on the road again

Time to leave Mt Isa – on the road again

Our next stop is Cloncurry to the East.  We’ll be heading in to a head wind this evening and rain is on its way – time to test the MSR hubba hubba tent waterproof skin me thinks!
We’ll try to blog in Cloncurry tomorrow afternoon, failing that it will probably be Normanton as we have about [...]


While in Mt Isa..

While in Mt Isa..

While we’re here we have been lucky enough to be shown around the largest mine in Mt Isa, the Xtrata mine.  The mine dominates the town and Darren from Xtrata drove us around for a surface tour earlier today.  The mine is mainly used for Copper, Zinc and Lead mining - we were blown away with how [...]


Had fun at the ABC!

Had fun at the ABC!

Tim and I met with the guys at ABC North West Radio for the brekkie show with Stacey Katter.  We talked about the adventures of the outback we’ve had so far including dealing with the heat coming into Mungerannie and the Birdsville, how important carrying the right amount of water has been to the trip [...]


Boulia to Mt Isa – sealed roads all the way

Boulia to Mt Isa – sealed roads all the way

It’s great to be on sealed roads at last – though not as easy as we first thought.  We are trying to get in as many kilometres as possible in the morning from 4:30am (as usual) and so far we are averaging 100km per morning before brekkie at around 10am.
From Boulia we climbed on the [...]


Diverts, crashes and floods

Diverts, crashes and floods

We left Birdsville for the Channel Country that evening at 5pm hoping to make up some time but we probably pushed ourselves a little too much – Dave came off in the sand at night about half a dozen times and Tim managed to pick up a deep cut in the right foot (well he is riding 2,500km [...]


We arrive in Birdsville!

We arrive in Birdsville!

Next morning we are up at 4am again.  We stopped at 6am for a Verofit nutrition bar accompanied by the sound of howling dingos in the bush – best not hang around then :)
For the last three days on the track we were feeling very ferel and had been dreaming of ordering 4 beers at the [...]