about 200 km in a canoe on a weird flip-flop on the Wilderness Waterway in the Everglades in Florida
1.770 km on foot on the Florida Trail
1.287 km on the Arizona Trail
about 2.000 km on bicycle in Utah, Nevada and California
223 km on foot on the Larapinta Trail in the Northern Territory in Australia
about 1.700 km on bicycle from Darwin to Alice Springs
250 km on foot on the Great South West Walk in Victoria, Australia
1.200 km on foot on the Heysen Trail in Southern Australia
4.500 km in a campervan through New South Wales and Queensland (luckily with my friend Maik driving...)
440 km on foot on the Hume and Hovell Track
1.000 km on foot on the Bibbulmun Track
Best towns: Salt Lake City in the US and Adelaide in South Australia
Biggest problem: Constant bad weather - I was flooded and drenched wherever I went, even in Outback Australia
Saddest event: To learn of the death of my hiking friend Dave Blumenthal in a mountain bike accident
Worst accident: To fall into an unpredictable underground cave on the Heysen Trail
|On the AZT|
Nicest people I have met: My couchsurfing host Monte in Sacramento and my warm showers host Gray in Adelaide - I came as a guest and left as a friend. And of course the farmers who "rescued" me after my accident on the Heysen trail.
Equipment problems: 2 broken Garmin GPS (one brand new!), 1 defect Suunto outdoor watch (brand new, too), 1 worn out zipper on my sleeping bag, twice zippers worn out on tarptent, 3 defect Platypus bottles, 2 defects on the Therma-a-Rest, my backpack had to be stitched up at least 5 times and I ruined 5 pairs of socks, 5 pairs of shoes, 1 T-shirt, 1 shirt, 1 outdoor pants, 1 cap (lost in accident)
|On the AZT|
So what is next? I will spend 2 months in Singapore and Malaysia just as a normal tourist, backpacking and sightseeing and eating... In March I will fly back to Germany and prepare the next adventures.
April and May I will spend hiking in Germany - after one year in swamps, deserts and Eucalypt forest I am longing for German pine trees..
|Giving a speech on the FT|
From September on I do not have any definite plans yet. I might do some more hiking in Alaska if I find a decent trail or hike John O'Groats to Land's End in the UK. Remember, I try to hike with the exchange rate and the British Pound is pretty low now. But no matter what, I think it is going to be a pretty exciting year 2011.