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September 30, 2010
WO MIKE Burrows, HMAS
Arunta's SWO, and his wife Trish
recently completed the holiday of a
lifetime cycling from Perth to Cairns
via The Great Central Road and pro-
moted the RAN along the way.
The couple are no strangers to epic
cycle rides. In 2007 they rode from
Port Augusta in South Australia to
Karumba in far north Queensland via
the Birdsville Track.
WO Burrows said the total distance
of their most recent ride was about
4200km, with the majority being on
"The trip took us along the newly-
promoted tourist route, 'The Outback
Way, aptly nicknamed 'Australia's
Longest Shortcut'," WO Burrows said.
"This section started in Laverton
in Western Australia and finished at
the home of Banjo Patterson, Winton
in Queensland. We were the only two
members of the party who completed
the entire inaugural ride."
WO Burrows said he took the
opportunity to raise awareness of
the RAN in the remote communities
and towns he passed through, includ-
ing Laverton, Tjukayirla, Warburton,
Docker River, Uluru, Alice Springs,
Harts Range, Jervois Station, Boulia
"I was amazed at the interest
shown by some of the locals," he said.
"I also met a few retired members
of the outfit who were out there enjoy-
ing what this country has to offer."
For the majority of the trip the
couple stayed in a tent either in bush
camps or caravan parks.
"We had bush showers and cooked
in camp ovens and open gas stoves in
camp," WO Burrows said.
"It is surprising how clean you can
get from a couple of litres of water
after riding an average of between
90-100km a day."
Recently, while attending the offi-
cial opening reception for Exercise
Kakadu aboard Arunta, WO Burrows
met and spoke with the Mayor of Alice
Springs Damien Ryan, who is the
chairman of the committee for The
"We discussed the progress and
vision that has seen this outback track
become a tourist destination," he said.
"The benefits are certainly being
felt by the regional towns and commu-
nities the track passes through."
WO Burrows said he could
relate the journey directly to Navy's
"I encourage everyone to get out
there and explore their own backyard,"
"Having traversed this country
from south to north and now west to
east on a mountain bike, I can honestly
say that anyone with a medium level
of fitness and some personal drive has
the ability to undertake a journey of
WO's mammoth ride
"It is surprising how
clean you can get from a
couple of litres of water
after riding an average
of between 90-100km a
-- WO Mike Burrows
PERSONAL DRIVE: WO Mike
Burrows, from HMAS Arunta, and
his wife Trish recently cycled from
Perth to Cairns and recommend
the trip to anyone.
Photos provided by WO Burrows
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