A pretty normal morning, except my tent was dry, and it wasnt raining, and there was no wind...so not really normal at all. On top of that, my riding gear was almost dry.......
Had a really weird dream. My flat mates were all leaving, as our flat, under a motorway overpass, was too noisy. I could see there point. Having camped about 10m from the road, the noise from the 70 wheeler trucks passing by all night, was shaking the ground. It honestly felt as if they were passing through the tent. Yep, some of these big trucks have 70 wheels.
So on the road....and I had a passenger....a very big spider was hanging out on my handle bars. Took a couple of ferocious swipes to get rid of him.
Penong was about 35 down the road, and I called into the roadhouse for a break, and to get a photo of one of the big rigs.
There I met a couple of young fellahs from NE NSW. They had driven 2000km to go surfing at Cactus Bay, just 30 min from here. On the way they had all but run out of gas, and had to sleep in their swags behind a closed gas station. They were now waiting for the pub to open to get a few for the week ahead. Their weather forcaste for the next few days is good for surfers and cyclists.
Then I met Jules and Li, two young ladies cycling from London to Sydney, on home made Bamboo Bikes. You can see their story on bambooodyssey.com. It was fantastic to chat to them about routes, tips and plans. Unfortunately, we were in a public area, and we kept being interrupted by lovely Gray Nomads, offering us cake, tea, water, chat....... Eventually we all, the cyclists not the nomads, were getting cold so said our goodbyes. Fantastic to meet these ladies, who I have been hearing about all week.
So I'm back on the road, and feeling weary, wondering how far I'll go today. Just done 68km, when a vehicle draws up and stops opposite me. I slow down in case they want to talk to me, and notice signage on the side : GrumGoesGlobal. What the Heck? Then the light changes and I recognize the driver and passenger......my sister and brother in law.....Gob Smacked.......and in tears.....me not them.
Rayma and Greg have just driven 2400km over two days to spend a week with me. Some people are just crazy.......but so, so great to see them. On meeting the girls I had thought how nice it would be to have some company to travel with. Rayma and Greg have never been down here, and since school holidays started yesterday, they thought they'd come and be support crew. How far did I want to go, because they would go ahead and set up camp, and cook some tea...... I'm very emotional, and for the next 25km the road is a blur.
What a lovely evening. I'm tired, hungry, thirsty and cold, and I'm waited on, looked after, and cared for. It's amazing. It's fantastic. It's the best day of the trip so far......and Ju had kept their coming a secret....brat. Clocked up 2009km today, with another double marathon effort. One month of riding in Australia. 2000km to Perth.