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Title: Middlesbrough to Melbourne
Post by: mike61yorkie on March 14, 2018, 08:53:16 AM
Hi everyone
I set off from Middlesbrough, England on the 7th March 2018 with the plan to cycle to Australia!  Iím a total newbie to the world of cycle touring and will be making plenty of mistakes along the way, but hopefully having plenty of fun.
I purchased a Thorn Nomad for the trip and after only a hundred miles Iím congratulating myself for choosing such a brilliant bike. I know itís a bit of a tank, but it just Ďfeels Ď so capable and nothing will stop it!
Iím not particularly very techno/social media savvy, so my daughter has set up a Facebook page ĎWhereís Dools?í , where I will post regular updates along the way.
Iím looking forward to being part of the Thorn community, so any tips and advice would be greatly welcomed .   Cheers Mike
Title: Re: Middlesbrough to Melbourne
Post by: Repeat on March 14, 2018, 12:09:35 PM
Great stuff - living the dream (or at least my dream). What route are you planning on taking?
Title: Re: Middlesbrough to Melbourne
Post by: PH on March 14, 2018, 01:08:03 PM
Sounds like a great trip, but I can't find the facebook page (Though that may be my lack of social media savvy...)
Title: Re: Middlesbrough to Melbourne
Post by: jags on March 14, 2018, 01:52:21 PM
well fair play to you that's gonna be some adventure way beyond anything i'd do on a bike  8)

advice have a blast dont come home with a pocket full of money  ;)

anto. .
Title: Re: Middlesbrough to Melbourne
Post by: Danneaux on March 14, 2018, 06:27:29 PM
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Iím looking forward to being part of the Thorn community, so any tips and advice would be greatly welcomed
We're surely glad to have you, Mike; welcome aboard!

Folks here are good about helping with questions, and don't forget the archives! Many topics have been covered before, so using the Forum search function may provide answers even more quickly than floating a question. These tips may prove helpful:
http://thorncyclesforum.co.uk/index.php?topic=4390.0

Take care and happy times on your big tour.

Best,

Dan.
Title: Re: Middlesbrough to Melbourne
Post by: John Saxby on March 15, 2018, 05:34:21 AM
Great stuff, Mike, and a welcome and my best wishes for your adventure!

You've chosen the bike to take you Down Unda, and you've come to a forum full of helpful and informed people -- the place for all things Thorn-mit-Rohloff.

A suggestion: try to time the Australian stage of your journey for the cooler part of the year, say May-Sept. It can get dangerously hot in Oz. My cycling experience there is limited to SE Queensland and NE New South Wales, but there are several 'Strayans in the forum who can give you detailed advice.

Look forward to reading your stories and seeing your photos.

Cheers,  John
Title: Re: Middlesbrough to Melbourne
Post by: in4 on March 15, 2018, 09:43:54 AM
What a truly exciting adventure to set out upon. I shall be following this one with more than a passive interest.
The tropical north of Australia is a wonderful place but from around September to circa. March its the cyclone season. This brings increasing humidity through until January then high rainfall from thereon. It can be tiring cycling and roads do close due to flooding. You'll not go thirsty though and warm showers will keep you clean at regular intervals!
PM for more info if you wish.

Title: Re: Middlesbrough to Melbourne
Post by: energyman on March 15, 2018, 04:33:29 PM
Best wishes and enjoy the ride.
Please keep us posted.
Title: Re: Middlesbrough to Melbourne
Post by: mike61yorkie on March 18, 2018, 09:04:30 AM
Thank you all kindly for your words of advice and encouragement, itís greatly appreciated.
Iíve only made  it to Matlock Bath so far, just pottering down visiting friends along the way and trying to keep out of the snow and easterly winds!
Iíve tried to find the link to my Facebook page Whereís Dools?   So that I could share my page, but unfortunately I canít find/see it!
Iím in total awe of my Thorn Nomad bike, it seems totally capable in any situation!
Title: Re: Middlesbrough to Melbourne
Post by: mike61yorkie on March 18, 2018, 09:22:03 AM
Ps.  I canít find the Facebook link, but I do have a YouTube link  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCZhTIRlIgG7enQl3OKD_GJA

Which I hope works 😬
Title: Re: Middlesbrough to Melbourne
Post by: jags on March 18, 2018, 12:25:38 PM
Im confused is this video mikes start of the journey,I subscribed to the channel god start pity about miserable weather.
Title: Re: Middlesbrough to Melbourne
Post by: PH on March 18, 2018, 01:07:03 PM

Iíve only made  it to Matlock Bath so far,
You're talking like a World traveller already, remember that to most people Middlesbrough to Matlock is a huge distance on a bike!!
I'm just down the road in Derby, hope you weren't riding too far yesterday, I was out for an hour and it was bitter.
You could ride another 30 miles to the Derbyshire Melbourne and either claim the mission complete, or have ridden Melbourne to Melbourne.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Melbourne,_Derbyshire
Title: Re: Middlesbrough to Melbourne
Post by: mike61yorkie on March 18, 2018, 02:25:01 PM
Haha. I had no idea there was a Melbourne in Derbyshire!
Iím estimating it will take me two years to get to Ďthe otherí Melbourne in Australia.
Heading East towards Stamford tomorrow
Title: Re: Middlesbrough to Melbourne
Post by: mike61yorkie on March 18, 2018, 04:53:17 PM
Thanks to my daughter...... my Facebook link is
https://m.facebook.com/Wheres-Dools-2000063056702458/
Title: Re: Middlesbrough to Melbourne
Post by: geocycle on March 18, 2018, 06:56:07 PM
Haha. I had no idea there was a Melbourne in Derbyshire!
Iím estimating it will take me two years to get to Ďthe otherí Melbourne in Australia.
Heading East towards Stamford tomorrow

You also cycled passed Melbourne in Yorkshire, just SE of York! Have a great trip.
Title: Re: Middlesbrough to Melbourne
Post by: mike61yorkie on March 28, 2018, 08:52:56 AM
Iíve made in to London, to see one of my sons.  Staying here a few days before heading to Brighton to see more family.

https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=2027316890643741&id=2000063056702458
Title: Re: Middlesbrough to Melbourne
Post by: PH on March 28, 2018, 12:10:58 PM
Following you on FB, all good stuff, looking forward to your updates.
Title: Re: Middlesbrough to Melbourne
Post by: in4 on March 29, 2018, 10:25:07 AM
I'm enjoying this unfolding story too. Incidentally, which tent is the one in your wild camping photo?
Title: Re: Middlesbrough to Melbourne
Post by: mike61yorkie on March 30, 2018, 12:55:28 AM
Itís a Hilliberg Allak.   Probably bigger than I really needed, but I love the quality of it.
Title: Re: Middlesbrough to Melbourne
Post by: mike61yorkie on April 17, 2018, 04:02:13 PM
Me and my Nomad have reached Ypres!
Have a look at the FB & YouTube.... Whereís Dools?
Title: Re: Middlesbrough to Melbourne
Post by: Tiberius on April 17, 2018, 05:35:40 PM
Just subscribed to your YouTube page.

You are basically cycling from my neck of the woods (Scarborough) to my sister's neck of the woods (Hastings, on the Mornington Peninsula) ......a long way on a 'plane, never mind a bike !!

Anyway, have fun and best of luck with it all.

Title: Re: Middlesbrough to Melbourne
Post by: mike61yorkie on May 10, 2018, 07:58:39 PM
Cheers Tiberius.
Iíve made it to Germany and now heading north to Denmark!!
The Nomad is taking it easy on these civilised paths/roads.
Ask your sister to put the kettle on!!
Title: Re: Middlesbrough to Melbourne
Post by: mike61yorkie on July 04, 2018, 04:08:53 PM
My Nomad has taken me to Denmark (3000 miles).   
Iíve made a little video of my time in Germany.
https://youtu.be/iBMZ6PZgvRI