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BLOG 2  #  15/12/18                                                                                       THE STIPWAY
 

I have been in Down Under for 3 weeks now. Time flies. The jetlag has been gone for a while and I've also got used to the high temperatures and 'the Aussie lifestyle'!

I have also been able to buy a second-hand mountainbike. The bicycle here is a perfect transportation to explore the area. The traffic in Darwin is quiet, although the cycling infrastructure is not so good and there are not too many traffic rules for cyclists. But overall it is pleasant to cycle here. Meanwhile, I have lost some weight. I suspect 0.00001 kilograms!! It's a start...

 
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Unfortunately I did not participate in the race because I did not have a bike, but from February there are weekly races on the cycling track so there are plenty of opportunities. In the past few days I have made several contacts regarding our projects, even in Fiji. People are quite enthusiastic and curious. I will meet a number of people in Adelaide and Melbourne. But also in C3 church where I try to go every Sunday morning there are cyclists in Darwin and even bicycle groups in Sydney.


In the coming weeks there is a lot on the program. On Monday I'll go for 9 days to Bali, an Indonesian island. I'm going to see how locals use the bicycle as a means of transport and I will also look for recreational bicycle groups. I am very curious how the cycling culture in Bali has developed. Traffic will be much busier and more chaotic than in Darwin. Many taxi drivers and scooters, beeping and yelling of impatient car drivers.

 
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On Christmas Day I fly back to Darwin. So I'm going to celebrate Christmas high in the sky. But that can also be fun. Who knows, maybe there will be a Christmas tree, Christmas lights and we will sing Christmas carols on the plane! The next day on Boxing Day, my girlfriend and I travel from Darwin to Adelaide. Not by plane but by car right through the outback via the Stuart Highway. This is the only road to the south and the distance between Darwin and Adelaide is about 3000 km. About the same distance from Belgium to the African country Algeria. The journey will take four or five days, but it will definitely be an adventure. If everything goes well, we will arrive on New Year's Day in Adelaide.
I like being someone who maps out his own route, his own 'Stipway'.  But that will not work in the outback so we will keep following the Stuart Higway.

    
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From 13 to 20 January 2019 there will be the Santos Tour Down Under in Adelaide. This is a UCI-Pro Tour competition for men and women elites and is the largest stage race in Australia. The best cyclists in the world like Peter Sagan have already confirmed their participation. I will also be there as a 'promoboy' for PaxX! Later more details ...
 
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I also make time to explore the area here in Darwin. Nature and animals continue to fascinate me here again and again. Sunsets are stunning here. I also made a nice photo of a pelican near the harbor during an evening walk. And also a picture of a tortoise chilling on the back of a small crocodile. It looks like this turtle and crocodile are best 'mates'!
 
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 Some animals don't like me. I was recently attacked by a 'Magpie', a typical Australian bird that mainly attacks hikers and cyclists to protect their bird's nest. The bird looks innocent but they are quite aggressive. So they bite their beak several times in your head and I can assure you that is pretty painful. I have not been attacked by a Magpie while riding, but fortunately I always wear a helmet during a bike ride. Although a helmet is not sufficient for some cyclists. See video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U0cS4090Tvg
 
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See you later terminators!
 
Stippy
 

 
BLOG 1  #  23/11/18                                                                                         RUN MICHAEL RUN
 
Hi friends, 
 
My first week in Down Under is over. On November 23 at 5.30 am I landed safely in Darwin after a long journey of 38 hours.
 
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Of course it is very hot with temperatures of 35 ° with sun but regularly very bright rain showers and thunderstorms. Not comparable with in Belgium. The mosquitoes are also swarming around my head and Australian animals from all over the place appear in your home like a gecko (sort of lizard). I have not come across the big Aussie animals, but that will not be long, I fear. The landscape is breathtakingly beautiful and the people here are very friendly.
 
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The jetlag was in my body for five days. My intestines also literally caused some 'excitement' !! But now I am back fit, although my form is very bad.  Time to do something about it. I do not have a bike yet, so I put on my running shoes and explored Darwin while running. Click here for the video.
 
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I have noticed that there is not much cycling in Darwin, but one of the first things I had seen in Darwin when I arrived was a cycling track. No indoor but outdoor velodrome. Tomorrow there is a competition for children and adults on this velodrome. We will definitely take a look and hopefully make some contacts. On 8 December there will be another competition. If I have a bike by then I certainly participate. My goal is to become the best Belgian !! 
 

That was it for now. I will keep you informed.

See you later alligators.

Stippy

 

On November 21, I (Michaël Stippelmans) travel to Down Under. Not to lie on the beach with my butt, to surf in the sea or to go to a barbeque every day. No, I'm going with a mission that has been carefully thought about. After weeks of preparation, everything starts to fall into its fold to start a new adventure on the other side of the world. Read my objectives below.

On this blog I will regularly mention updates of my Aussie adventure or on this facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/PaxXTCC/

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It will be quite a challenge to realize all this. But take it from me. Something that does not exist yet, we want to go for it ... Because of this attitude we have been able to achieve many goals successfully in recent years. In 2013 I could taste Australia for a while and that has only increased my enthusiasm to promote the bicycle in various aspects.

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Contacts are currently being made in different regions. Australia is a huge country. If you put it over Europe, it would be almost the same size. So logistics is not a senicure. And also the heat plays a big role, not to mention the dangerous species that you can encounter along the way (see photo) !!!

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As most of you know, I am a believer and I also follow God's guidance. He is my guide. Nothing is impossible for those who believe (Mark 8:23).

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Sometimes I ask myself why we like cycling. Apparently it must be a fantastic feeling! We ride to school or work by bicycle. We cycle to a nearby café or shopping center, we make long bike rides on a road bike in the weekend, or put a number on a jersey to ride a race. Not to mention those cycling world travelers. We can do so much with a bicycle.

So do not start to see and whine that you can not do something like that. If you stay on your buttocks, nothing will happen. Therefore a message for you. No matter how young or old you are. If you feel that you are ready for a next step in your life, do not wait any longer, go ahead and take your next step. Whatever that may be ....

See you later alligators!

Stippy

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