mardi 14 janvier 2014

The last post : Calm after the storm

Arrived in Darwin for 3 weeks during the Build up season, Sleep in outside where ever, bite so much by the mosquitos and woke up many times by the storm. I worked one week as a Pedicab rider for purpose to buy a trailer and to cycling with my friend to Kakadu. worked from 6 pm to 6 am every nights, very hard to sleep during the day : wake up sweating by the terrible heat and humidity... So happy to get the trailer !

Think about Denise, My Ozi Mummy ! who find me sitting on the street and propose me to stay in her room of the hostel for few days to have some rest. I was so Happy to met such a fun and lovely lady, and to sleep during the day in a cool place :P for few days, have a shower etc... We still keep contact.

And then I cycling with Ching Wei From Darwin to Kakadu during the build up, every day the storm manifests itself, Start by feel the wind and see that the clouds is already above you, see the amazing lightening and startled by the powerful thunderstorm. Was amazing cycling every day, But quite hard with the Hot (35-40 degree with humidity) and the big rains. 
My mind continue to have new perspective, its mean a lots to me. I realize that traveling with a constant movement, brought me many discovery about my self and the country, and I learnt enough now to realize that its time to travel by remaining, Time to Involve in the country to Live, to share, to built, to help...To Have a deep relation with the country, with the population and many others important fact that I couldn't have in movement. And from now, I can keep Learning and discovery by the spirituality where ever I am and what ever I do, Something that I ignored, but my journey changed it.

My friend and I stayed longer in Jabiru because I burnt my foot badly with boiling water and have to wait that I recovery. The clinic was free and a nurse look after me very well, a loveling meeting, A men with a big heart, who share it with his childrens and the aboriginals kids of differents communities around Jabiru.
After 10 days, When I start to move without the crutches, my friend got the opportunities to work in a supermarket, so he worked, and I got a job as a kitchen hand and dish washer in a golf club, I was without any money so we need it. After a week, we feel that is not right because we are vegan and doesn't fit with our living, so we quiet the job and decided to fly to Melbourne and have a balancing life, living with all our heart.

Now, I am in Melbourne and wish to settle down here for a while. I looking for a ethical work, and then a share house (Idealy with vegetarian/vegan or conscious people), involve in vegan/humanity associations, volunteering in community garden and dancing tango argentino, salsa and 5 rythms. 
 and Let it go !

Expect to travel in New Zealand and Asia.. or Come back to France and Traveling from Europe to Asia... But from now,I will not try to go every where, but choose the places or the places will choose me, not for see the beings living but to live with the beings and see... 

I understand better now why I hear many times : "you can not go everywhere" it is not about the possibility, the distance and the time...

The detachment

Living with my push bike for 9 months in a Country where I didn't feel familiar at all, in a simple living and in a constantly movement I practiced the detachment. The material detachment, but  also the inner detachment who will lead me to the inner peace, the eternal happiness and Harmony life that I looking for with the environement and all beings.

mardi 8 octobre 2013

follow what I feeling

The only things we can plan is to be surprise. That's totally right. But any way I don't have any plan, I follow my way without any obligation. My rythme is free, I don't need to rush or to compromise, I stay if I feel that I have something to live in and i leave when its time To live something else somewhere else.

I dont care about the time, about the money or the distance. What ever the weither forcast, my only guide is my intuition.

And then I continue my journey under the heat, get harder and harder, I got two spokes broken, my wheel turning not right at all. And then I decided to hitch hike to Katherine for fix my wheel. I got two road train, one aboriginal truck driver and the other one Maori (from NZ), both of them shared them culture, was nice time again on the road.

I want to tell you that my purpose is not to cross the country on all the road by bicycle, its not about a pride or a success, its about to live right with my heart. We don't need any possession for to be glad. Simple pleasure give you more time for you in the present time.

Arriving at Katherine, so hot and humid, I become sick the first days, terrible head sore, But was until I use to of this new temperature. Its incredible how my body cure so quickly.

Surprising, I met a Taiwanese living along Katherine river, so I join him to live in the tropical forest as long grass people. Living so close of the aboriginal, I spends lots of time with them and learn so much about them. In Katherine, I feel the aboriginal are more open of Alice springs, they welcome us without asking money at the end, they propose to join them or whenever I want to join them I was always welcome with joy. They was glad to teach me them languages, introduce me at them family and to looking after me. I love to spend sometimes with them because like they said, we are all family and The most important is to be together. I thinking about my family and friends in France that I miss and love so much.

I spend time in the hot springs, river and gorge of Katherine. Esley national park is wonderful, so much good time with my Taiwanese friends who join me every weekend, we have a lots of fun together, we do have lots of meetings, inhabitants with that we helped and they share with us by them lovely heart.

Many good memories in Katherines : The bats at 7pm flying along the river that I admired every day from the riverside, all the moment that I share with the aboriginal, played with the aboriginal kids in a hot springs and the river, help the inhabitant at them usual life and spend my times with Ching wei in this wonderful country. I feel so much more the true happyness when its share with somebody.

My home on the river side of Katherine river for One month.

Katherine Hot springs
Mataranka behind the hot springs

In Elsey National park, Swim with the fresh crocodile !

lundi 16 septembre 2013

New resolution

Attracted by Trephina Gorge throat this famous tree a hundred years Ghost Gum, I'm leaving this time filling my bags with fruits, vegetables and organic food. More expensive but I found again the pleasure of eating, to get better energy, better health and respect the earth by not participate with industrial product. and Also happy to share my delicious food with the nice people that I met during my journey.

The negative point is that it is also much heavier : Problems ! and no money for help me this time : Rear rack broken, tire damaged and spoke broken....Fortunately lovely people are in Alice Springs, gave me a new rear rack much more strong and change the spoke of the back wheel ! Thank you so much again to permit me to continue my journey ! (because all  my money was left again)

So i left Alice Springs with no money and hope the last food that i got will feed me until i find a job on the road. Lucky me, after 2 days, I found a Nice farmer gave me some work for 1 week
I continue my journey with plenty of money for feed me until Darwin (I hope) and offer me cold drink and ice in roadhouse !

Actually my back wheel is not straight but she'll be right ! xD hope will be fine until Darwin ! :S
Second resolution : buy a strong bike for touring and got front panniers or trailer to balance the weight.

Picture : East Macdonnell range

dimanche 11 août 2013

Back to the Freedom

Ride in West MacDonnell Ranges

Back on the road, open to the world, contacted with the wonders of nature. see the beautiful colours as the sun provide us hear the wonderful sounds of nature. Feel the earth that makes us live.


I share few days with Sven who travelling in Australia on a mountain bike mainly on dirt road (his blog :

Normally, as a single woman I didn't make fire to be discrete for more safety, one of the things nice to be with someone :)

We make fire each night, and was one thing keep you busy, I loved looking after woods in the bush, its the moment to explore our environment. Fire is the second Tv of the bush after the Sky at night time.


Lots of Up and Down, but mean nice and hilly and gave me challenging.

First Dirt Road ! only few km so was Fun !

Ellery Creek big Hole, lots of wild life, peaceful...
when there is not the tourist group.

Nice to met the Larapinta hiker
 along the West MacDonnell ranges,
person from everywhere of Australia and the World
who looking for some reflexion
away from influence in this beautiful Ranges. 
The Aboriginal name for Ellery Bighole is Udepata, and the permanent water made it a special meeting place for the Arrernte people on the fish and honey ant dreaming trails.

Serpentine Gorge
Ormiston Gorge

A Magnificent Mature Corymbia aparrerinja (Ghost Gum) in Ormiston Gorge

Glen Helen Gorge


Corymbia Aparrerinja, my favourite tree if you didn't guessed ;)

My sleeping bag was not worm enough, so the only solution to be not freezing at night
was to make a fire even alone and sleep on the side,
very friendly but have to woke up for put more wood all night.
(and my sleeping bag and mat have some hole...)

Sunrise on the top of Mt Sonder, Freezing, but Amazing !

 From RedBank There is the section 12 of Larapinta, 3 hours to the top of Mount Sonder, I shared the walk with 3 nice ladies who started Larapinta, and met J.F a French man who live in Australia finishing Larapinta trail, help me a lot with gift of beanies, gloves, pull-over to keep wormer during night and gave me cereals bars and fruits with help of his group. Thank you again :)

Some cars don't care to put dirt in your face or forgot to decelerate,
but after one time, I anticipate.

This road, to Roma Gorge, Was the harder road I had in West Macs,
18km return and my rear rack remembers.

I spend my evening in a fantastic look out with a view on Gosse bluff (Tnorala)

According to Aboriginal belief, Tnorala was formed in the creation time, when a group of women danced across the sky as the Milky Way. During this dance, a mother put her baby aside, resting in it's wooden baby-carrier (a turna). The carrier toppled over the edge of the dancing area and crashed to earth where it was transformed into the circular rock walls of Tnorala.

The Aboriginal and scientific interpretation of the Bluff are similar in that both have a celestial origin.
Around 142.5 million years ago an object from space, believed to be a comet about 600 metres across, crashed to earth, blasting a crater some 20km across. Today's land surface is about 2km lower than the original impact surface and the bluff is about 5km in diameter, reduced over time by erosion.

1st SandRoad, Have to push the bike several times !

After Rocky Road to Roma Gorge, Sand Road to Goss Bluff and
Corrugation to Hermannsburg...I have got Everything in the same road
during some 20km one way.

on the sides there is too much sand, I couldn't ride.
Have to ride on the corrugation of sand to keep going.

A Beautiful place on the way that we can't see from the road. nice to be curious sometimes :)

Finke Gorge National Park

Buffel grass/Cenchrus ciliaris

• Buffel grass is widespread in central and northern Australia and has invaded a range of native plant communities.
• It can dominate the ground layer, displacing native grasses and other plants.
• Its rapid regrowth and high biomass may alter the intensity, frequency and extent of fires, changing vegetation structure and composition.
• Buffel grass is still spreading, assisted by continued planting and new cultivars.
• Its seed is readily dispersed by wind, water and animals.
• Control measures can reduce impacts at sites of high conservation significance.
• Mature plants are difficult to remove physically. Herbicide can be effective if applied when plants are actively growing and follow-up action is undertaken. Correct timing is essential.
• The value of buffel grass as a pasture species is well recognised and it is not a declared weed.
Public policy issues arising from its positive and negative aspects need to be resolved

Palm Valley, Livistona Mariae (Red Cabbage Palm)

 This region is a stronghold for rare and threatened plants. An outstanding 40 rare and relict species are known from the area including the easily seen MacDonnell Ranges Cycad Macrozamia macdonnelli, found along the Rungutjirpa Range and on the north side of the Park

Huge Mature Corymbia aparrerinja (Ghost Gum) in Simpson Gap

My time in the magnificent gorges reminded me the gap between the Aborigines and White Australians.
I noticed that the aborigines culture is unknown/unheeded/unrecognized by many people, many said me "there are no cultures and histories in Australia" While this is completely false, the Aborigines are set aside once Moreover, While these peoples take care of the lands since hundred years and have lots of different languages, stories, knowledge... Obviously the history and culture are more difficulty liveable and understandable for us since they are accessible by a small number of museums and tourists places. We missed this chance when the White people wanted to take control of their territory instead of to respect, to listen and to learn...
The Aborigines peoples don't share their knowledge with anyone and I can understand because its something from their family, part of their heart, I think its something personal.

I am aware when I walk through the land  that after hundreds of years a rich and strong culture to maintain in each rock, each earth, and each springs. 

 I wish to have the opportunities during my journey to share cultures with aboriginals.

 Maybe the people don't feel the Australian history because it's not finished?