May 4, 1997
The weekend was spent being part of a race support crew with Paul. We were the
spectators as Henneke and Colleen rode in a three stage road cycle race in Atherton
Tablelands. Its always great to be on a winning team with Henneke taking first place. The
real hero was Mom for enduring the pain over and above her limits and placing a
May 10, 1997
I have been relaxing with the Geysens in Trinity Beach. My itinerary has changed
considerably. The Aussies have been too good to leave. I now intend on staying in
Australia until early November. The reason for this sudden change is I have accepted a
part in a 68 million dollar movie. The job is as an extra in "The Thin Red
Line,". It is a World War II film starring Sean Penn.
The journey is about where you are. So, I will give daily updates from behind the BIG
screen. Hopefully, I can provide the readers with some inside information on life in the
movies. Other than autograph seekers I am welcome to input-leave me an e-mail. The film is
due to begin in early June.
Stay tuned for more details. G'day, Tim.
May 16, 1997
Chilling with my dive buddy, David Biggelaar, in Cairns. Doing some R and R in town.
Tonight I will go party at the Woodshed with my dive class. See ya.
May 17, 1997
I actually rode my bike today. The Geysens have allowed me to store my gear at their
house. After another enlightening conversation with Colleen, I packed my bike and rode up
the Great Dividing Range towards the Tablelands. This area is not visited by many, however
it has a unique beauty. The Tablelands are the start of the outback in Northern
Queensland. Basically, the outback extends from this plateau to the other side of the
country. I intend on visiting some small outback locations over the next week. I set up
camp in Mareeba in the Botanical Gardens. A few locals advised me of this SWEET spot. The
Gardens have a nature walk lined with native trees and information...and on this night one
bike rider. BACK ON THE ROAD AGAIN!
May 18, 1997
I explored two waterfalls and flowing creeks outside of Mareeba. The first was Emerald
Creek Falls. The Falls were accessed by 10 km of rolling unpaved territory followed by a 2
km hike to the top of the falls. The view was worth all the effort, a spectacular
panoramic vista of the Tablelands. The second stop of the day was at Davies Creek National
Park. This would be my resting spot for the night. I camped along side the rushing creek
for a relaxing nights rest. The water in the creeks make for some mighty fine drinking
water. Some yuppies pay big money for it. Remember, give a hoot and don't pollute.
Happy trails, Tim
May 19, 1997
In the morning I went for a skinny dip on the top of Davies Creek Falls. The crystal
clear water had a strong current. With some caution I enjoyed my morning swim. Then some
tourists arrived. Good Morning! I spotted the intruders coming and prepared myself.
By dusk I had cycled some 70 km in the southwest direction and found myself in the
town of Dimbulah. The town is populated by 500 and elevated at 450 meters above sea level.
A couple working at the Shell station offered me some evening tea. The chow was some
hearty spilt pea and ham soup. WOW! I had gas that could have powered a NASA Space Shuttle
into orbit. The couple did provide me a location for a free campsite adjacent to a creek.
Luckily, the park contained a outhouse. Sweet Dreams, Tim.
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