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I SURVIVED

A 19,000KM SOLO TRIP AROUND AUSTRALIA Five things that helped Polish adventurer Kinga Tanajewska survive a 58-day solo ride from the west to the east coast of Australia… and back. #1 Liking your own company. Riding solo through the most remote regions of Australia is a blast as long as you love travelling on your own. The more remote the area the better it was for me. When riding alone you can go at your own pace and if the scenery catches your fancy, you can stop and smell the roses. Don’t be afraid to take detours or make mistakes. #2 Roughing it. Australia offers an incredible diversity of landscapes and climates. Given my budget was minimal, more often than not I’d camp out in the bush with no toilet or showers for days. It meant I had to be resourceful and think on my feet. I stayed at backpacker’s motels just a handful of times, when I was drenched by days of rain or if I desperately needed a shower. #3 A great bike. When you’re heading out alone into the bush, you need a great bike. With me and the BMW F800GS it was like love at first ride. I could easily ride 700km a day with no neck, back, or wrist pains. As for learning to pick the bike up after crashing, I can now claim I’ve become an expert at it. #4 Resource planning. Travelling through the remotest parts of Australia means you’ll need food and water to survive for some time. I was always carrying supplies for a minimum of three days. You’ll need to plan on refueling too. On the main roads in the Northern Territory, petrol stations are spread at a minimum of 300km. If you like making detours like me, you’ll have to make sure you carry spare fuel. My four-liter canister saved my life a couple of times.

Enduro illustrated #15 May 2016  

Issue #15 of Enduro illustrated puts some of the industry’s hottest machinery under the spotlight. We review Yamaha’s YZ 250 two-stroke wood...

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