|you know you're in #straya when....|
But, I have had the amazing opportunity to see the Australian countryside in New South Wales and Queensland and everything in Bali from the beaches to the jungle. Soon after arriving in Noosa, Australia, Luke & I commandeered his parents Motor Home and hit the road.
We stopped in beautiful beach towns on the way down to Sydney, training along the way. Running and cycling somewhere new every day is pretty incredible and definitely never boring....one part training, one part sightseeeing- the best way to truly see a new place I think is on foot or two wheels.
It's also quite amazing that there is an accessible 50-meter pool in nearly every town round here in Australia. Towns with literally only a post office and a pub will inevitably have a 50-meter pool at the town rec center. So awesomely convenient.
|two pools: 50 meter and an open water pool right next to it!|
On the way to Sydney, I also had the chance to meet up with my Australian athlete Kerensa and support her at Kingslcliff triathlon on the Gold Coast.
|Kerensa & I pre Kingscliff tri pep talk|
|Run to Byron Bay lighthouse....doesn't suck!|
|Run from Bronte to Bondi in Sydney|
|Black sand beachwalk in Bali|
Once we hit Sydney, we stored away the van for a few days and made my first trip to Asia....A short flight later, we landed in Bali, Indonesia. We did it all in 4 days- markets, traditional Balinese ceremonies, beaches, monkey forests, and getting to know the locals....
|our plunge pool in Ubud, Bali|
|View from our Bali villa|
|Monkey Forest! Ubud, Bali|
|Breakfast in Ubud, Bali|
|Ku De Ta, Bali|
Back in Sydney, Luke had some visa things to attend to & we saw my cousin Abby who lives in Sydney now....
|Luna Park, Sydney|
|Sydney Harbor Bridge & Opera House in the distance|
|Hunter Valley wine region (Northwest of Sydney)....Shiraz!|
|Run in Cronulla on Ladybird road.|