Tuesday 13 March. Singapore to Bognor Regis.
Weather in Singapore today was overcast with some light rain due later and temperatures up to 29C. I seem to have timed my return home quite well with dry sunny weather forecast back home for the rest of the week.
The flight back was at a civilised time of 12.40pm. After a good buffet breakfast at the hotel I checked out and got a taxi to the Airport and collected the bike from left luggage.
The fight left close to on time and was far from full so I swapped seats and got a row to myself.
The plane flew north along the Malaysian Peninsula gradually leaving grey skies behind and I was able to get some shots as we flew over Penang. The flight continued with clear skies over the Straits of Malacca and Bay of Bengal.
Then over the dry plains of northern India and great clear views of the Himalayas. Then across Afganistan and Europe to Heathrow on a 12 1/2 hour flight. As the plane chased the setting Sun Tuesday ended up lasting 32 hours!
Next some facts and impressions. Over the 8 weeks in Australia I cycled 2291 miles or approx. 3600 Kilometres. The feet of climbing was 64,422 or equal to cycling more than twice up Everest!
Over the 2 months I took 39 rolls of 36 slides (1404) I also took 4690 digital pictures taken at medium resolution and spread over 4 memory cards totalling 4 1/2 Gigabytes.
I found cycling in Australia to be very enjoyable helped by consistent high temperatures and an escape from the English winter.
The people in Australia were always very friendly. It was a refreshing change to have car drivers in country areas wave in greeting rather than be yelled at by yobs as happens too often in the UK now.
The food and accommodation were very good. The trip was really made by the frequent wildlife sightings and by everything from mammals to birds to trees being so different.
The only things not to like were Road Trains and bush flies, both pests to the cyclist and of course headwinds of which we had more than our fair share.
Although it is always nice to come home I am also sorry the trip is ending and would certainly like to return sometime.
Posted by Edwin
at 8:24 PM NZT