Twelve Apostles; track to a homestead
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In Mildura we visit some friends from Holland and it is time to change our first rear tire on this trip. We replace the Continental TKC 70 that last for more than 33.000 kilometers. Thank you mister Conti. During the replacing of the tires we notice that the suspension lever of Udo's bike is worn out. Too many vibrations on corrugated roads. It take us a day to fix the problem. And we close the day with our friends with a barbie and a VB. Life is great!
Australia is divided into six states and two territories. They have their own traffic rules and laws. And some parts of the states are fruit fly free zones. To protected the fruit farms it is not allowed to bring fruit or vegetables into the zones. You have to dump your fruit at the zone entrance. Sometimes there are checkpoints and violating the law results in heavy fines. We just bought a kilo bananas when we pass a fruit fly zone. So we eat bananas till we get yellow...
The mining town Coober Pedy is famous for its opal. Just before we enter the city the flat landscape change into a moon landscape full of craters and cone shaped hills. Forty different nationalities are living here to find their fortune. A lot of pick-ups have winches and a sign "explosives". In some of the pick-ups we see a box of dynamite. Just laying in the sun to warm up...In the summer it gets really hot over here and a lot of houses and shops are build underground. Rooms and kitchens are dig out by hand or machine and are transformed into nice cool houses. In one of the underground opal shops they explain us about the different kinds of opal. With this knowledge we dig ourselves a few hours and find a fortune to buy one liter petrol!
We stop at a roadhouse to refill and have a drink. When we want to ride on Harald notice that his bike has a flat rear tire. When we try to fix it we see that the rim is cracked over a distance of 25 centimeters. The spokes are pushed through the rim and perforated the tube. Now we have a problem. The first city is