I reckon the SA Govt hired a Roman as a roading engineer when they planned the roads here. Ancient Roman Roads were always straight. This Roman, like all Romans, must have liked his wines. I reckon he drew a line along his ruler on the map, had a wine, and then drew another line with his ruler. The slight bends were his wine sipping....
Yesterday I had been on a straight for at least 10km when I hit 100km, and set up camp. This morning that same straight continued for at least 30km of the 35km into Ceduna.
I ran around the campsite in a frenzie this morning. Not only was rain approaching, but the mosquitos were out, and vicious. Gosh Aussie has a collection of nasties. Speaking of which... All us kiwis have seen the lovely young thing romping on a sunny beach in her bikini, saying "Where the hell are You?" Well she is a nasty young thing as well, because she certainly wasn't in this part of Aussie. More very wet downpours today, and no bikinis.
Saw two foxes today, both making rapid tracks across a field, and then risking it all by running across the road in front of me. Mind you, the odd dead bunny on the road would have to have been very unlucky or very stupid. The traffic along this highway was minimal.
And then I hit the junction. Wow, the Eyre Highway. The road that heads across the Nullabor. Exciting really. This is why I have cycled almost 2000km. Then the first vehicle to pass me is a flat bed truck, that must have been at least 100m long, followed by two humongous triple trailer monster rigs. Woohoo.
I had been told that Ceduna was not much, and I was worried that being a Sunday that things wouldn't be open, but managed to get groceries, ( my trailer overflows), get wifi from the lovely lady at the Info Centre, recharge my stuff, talk to Lisa and Tim, answer a few emails, buy a Pizza, and fill all my water containers.
Sadly (very sadly) I missed talking to Ju. She's been having a very busy time on Heli, and is spending a few days in Hanmer. Look after her please people.
I bought the BIGGEST pizza, ate half of it for brunch, then carried it on the bike for 50km, and ate the rest for dinner. Yom, yom, yom.
I'm having problems with my Facebook pages, so some of you may be missing blogs. And now I'm on the "Nullabor" I'm sure Internet will be sketchy. Just a few messages....
Kerry, great hearing from you mate. You may think not much happens at home. Well really, not much happening here either. Just legs going round and round, with more rain in the face.
Ben, Fletch, Chris. Your potential(???) training for marathons inspires me to do the distances each day. Since I'm on a bike I reckon I need to double your distances, so trying for at least two marathons a day. Keep it up guys.
Dr John.....I want photos from the party.
Mr Phil North. Every day you remind me to take extreme care when taking a drink on the move. When I am getting tired, and thirsty, I stop before I reach for my drink bottle. Thank you for suffering for me.
Megan. Enough of the lounging in the hot pools when I'm getting rained on by salty torrents in Australia.
Karryn. Every day as I put up my tent reminds me how much you wouldn't want to be experiencing this with me. Enjoy your cruise sweet lady.
A little birdie tells me the Test of Time are playing on the coast on 6th August. Pass it on (especially to your coaster family and mates). They're trying to raise funds to come to a gig in San Francisco in 2016 to celebrate my completed global lap.....so go out and enjoy a great night. More details I'm sure will be available at Hanmer Holiday Homes.
Juliet. I hope WA isn't like this. I'm glad we're not sharing this part of the trip. I have a feeling you might not have enjoyed the long straights, the wind, and the rain, although I know you would have smiled lots, because you were with me. Love you.