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Unfinished Business

The Great Indigo Bike Ride

By Ian Wallis
9,968 km (6,190 miles) over 415 days since May 1, 2023

Me

The luckiest person heart 24
More about me heart 32
My thoughts on Cycle Touring heart 20
Planning heart 13
What I ride heart 28
What I take heart 10
Where I go heart 12
Acknowledging our First Nations People heart 13
The indigo foundation - some questions and answers heart 9

A few stories, some quite long, not a photo in sight

Room 207 heart 4
Islam and the eye of the needle heart 5
The two Roghayehs heart 4
A night in the waiting room of Kiyohata Station, Hidaka, Hokkaido, Japan heart 4
The four agricultural scientists heart 3
Tragedy on the Nullarbor heart 3
A bicycle, buses and a train in China heart 2

The Ride from Canberra to Singapore

Day 1, May Day, Canberra to Yass heart 45
Day 2 - Yass to Boorowa, a short day made long heart 38
Day 3 The wind and hills to Cowra heart 25
Day 4 - One Perfect Day, Cowra to Forbes heart 41
Day 5 - Forbes to Condobolin via Bogan Gate heart 29
Day 6 - North towards Nymagee heart 14
Day 7 - Onwards to Cobar heart 16
Day 8 - To Bourke - the first triple heart 33
Day 9 - North of Bourke heart 18
Day 10 - Crossing into Queensland and on to Cunnamulla heart 26
Day 11 - The first burning hoop - Bradman also got ducks! heart 7
Day 12 - towards Wyandra heart 31
Day 13 - to Charleville heart 33
Day 14 - north of Charleville heart 37
Day 15 - Tambo and beyond heart 23
Day 16 - onwards to Barcaldine heart 15
Day 17 - Battling to Longreach heart 19
Day 18 - in the zone towards Winton heart 20
Day 19 - into and out of Winton heart 35
Day 20 - Through Kynuna, an 18 Bustard day heart 23
Day 21 - onwards to Cloncurry heart 22
Day 22 - West to Mount Isa heart 25
Day 23 - towards Camooweal and the Northern Territory border heart 25
Day 24 - to Camooweal and beyond heart 30
Day 25 - a surge towards the Stuart Highway heart 32
Day 26 - through Barkly Homestead and beyond heart 45
Day 27 - forwards and backwards heart 33
Day 28 - finally heading north again heart 18
Day 29 - through Elliott to a camp at "Termite Downs" heart 30
Day 30 - north with a detour to Daly Waters heart 24
Day 31 - north to Mataranka heart 23
Day 32 - and on to Katherine heart 21
Day 33 - north from Katherine; the hardest day heart 41
Day 34 - Hayes Creek to Acacia Hills heart 33
Day 35 The run into Darwin heart 62
Day 44 - Onwards to Dili heart 48
Day 45 - Meeting Juventude ba Dezenvolvimentu Nasional heart 23
Day 46 - An average day in Dili heart 39
Day 47 - an outing to a community with JDN heart 40
Day 48 - ever had a day that didn't quite go to plan? heart 25
Day 49 - The beauty of a novel heart 10
Day 50 - biting the bullet and exponential anguish heart 11
Day 51 - a mobile, a cemetery and a museum heart 32
Day 52 - a photo with Carmen and a JDN walking tour heart 37
Day 53 - Finally on the road again heart 106
Day 54 - A day trip to Balibo heart 42
Day 55 - Indonesia - a border crossing, a big climb and turning down an offer to sleep with a trainee Catholic priest heart 75
Day 56 - from one police station to the next heart 63
Day 57 - Soe finally, Kupang within reach and a hat-trick heart 60
Day 58 - A room with a view heart 49
Day 59 - Kupang heart 51
Days 60 and 61 - One white guy and his bike on a cruise heart 54
Day 62 - Towards Maumere heart 74
Day 63 - Today I traveled heart 49
Day 64 - Ricky Cowboy's: a photo essay heart 69
Day 65 - Upwards and downwards in gloom heart 49
Day 66 - A wind along the coast and a climb to Boawae heart 57
Day 67 - climbing in the morning and coasting in the afternoon heart 60
Day 68 - Up and up and up some more heart 81
Day 69 - a day off the bike and a trip to the "hobbit" cave heart 58
Day 70 - Down and down other than the uphill bits heart 72
Day 71 - Overcoming tourist shock in Labuan Bajo heart 34
Day 72 - A day of sightseeing, snorkeling and dragon hunting. heart 44
Day 73 - A ferry ride to Sape, Sumbawa heart 69
Day 74 - Welcome to Sumbawa; Sape to Dompu heart 61
Day 75 - A better day: to Empang heart 71
Day 76 - Towards Sumbawa Besar with onions halfway heart 85
Day 77 - A day of celebration, another ferry and no hotel. But there's magic. heart 92
Day 78 - I discover my whereabouts and then pedal across Lombok heart 121
Day 79 - I've cycled to the Diamantina and Bali too and I won't be back until the cycling's done heart 56
Day 80 - A lazy ride to Ubud and a bunch of random photos heart 148
Day 81 - What's hard about bicycle touring? heart 101
Day 82 - Ubud to Lovina - 40 up, 40 down, 20 on the flat heart 134
Day 83 - A day of the finest travel - to Gilimanuk heart 127
Day 84 - a Wise move and getting to Java heart 56
Day 85 - A roach, a ride to Pasuruan and a celebration of cycling heart 91
Day 86 - A turn to the southwest with Yogya in sights heart 51
Day 87 - Opting for the hills heart 93
Day 88 - Bound for Surakarta, Solo heart 101
Day 89 - Solo: batik, murals and tofu heart 127
Day 90 - Solo: a day in three parts heart 262
Day 91 - Solo surprises, a boring ride and Prambanan heart 191
Day 92 - A red tie day and mushrooms heart 145
Day 93 - Kraton heart 243
Day 94 - Museum Affandi and making a little luck heart 177
Day 95 - delayed in Yogyakarta heart 139
Day 96 - delayed in Yogyakarta II; fitness declining rapidly heart 170
Day 97 - on the road again, leading with the nose. heart 130
Day 98 - I didn't reach Pangandaran but I did find Paradise. heart 120
Day 99 - I found Pangandaran the hard way. heart 104
Day 100 - a lazy 100 on day 100. heart 111
Day 101 - a classic coastal ride on the south Java coast heart 131
Day 102 - I just couldn't get things right! heart 140
Day 103 - why were things so like yesterday? heart 126
Day 104 - the right direction, waltzing to Daisy's. heart 177
Day 105 - a lazy day in Bogor with a Christo-inspired cathedral heart 120
Day 106 - an even lazier day in Bogor with a trip to a silk farm heart 177
Days 107:110 - meeting Arnold and flying to Singapore and back heart 212
Day 111 - a day in Bogor's magnificent botanic gardens heart 244
Day 112 - a hard ride to Rankasbitung or is it Panancangan? heart 107
Day 113 - Sumatra, I hope, on a red tie day. heart 141
Day 114 - a few percent out of Sumatra, I hope heart 157
Day 115 - an avalanche of misdirection; 90 km to the good. heart 139
Day 116 - north and I mean it! heart 178
Day 117 - 100 km to the good, and a photo essay on swiftlet houses heart 179
Day 118 - a big day north with an ending I didn't need heart 171
Day 119 - A race against spokes. heart 177
Day 120 - limping north into a massive traffic jam heart 157
Day 121 - a tropical triple and fifteen to spare heart 110
Day 122 - I got it all wrong on a red tie day. heart 164
Day 123 - finally, I get somewhere heart 135
Day 124 - towards the 300's heart 178
Day 125 - S < 0 < N heart 158
Day 126 - out of the undulations and into the 100's heart 230
Day 127 - a tricky ride to Dumai heart 231
Day 128 - I know how to make it tough heart 163
Day 129 - Singapore greets me with a drenching heart 190
The Grand Plan heart 19
Days 130-133 - lounging in Singapore heart 288
Days 134-136 - Sydney, parallels with Singapore heart 156
Day 137 - out of Sydney and over the Razorback heart 96
Day 138 - through Picton, an interview, lunch in Berrima and a sprint to Goulburn heart 86
Day 139 - is this the ultimate red tie day? heart 126
Postscript heart 18