Cleve to Lock 90km
When you're looking for a wild campsite there are a few things you look for: protection from the wind, not too close to the road, discrete, flat and smooth. Not always do you find a spot that has all these categories, as you can see if you've been watching my inReach plots. What ever you find, you still feel a little apprehensive....Until the morning, when all feels really familiar, comfortable and Cosy. Strange how an uninterrupted sleep can change you view of something.
The goal today was somewhere near Lock. I would have been reasonably happy with 80km, but there was a need for some hot, juicy food. Perhaps a pizza, or fish n Chips. The need drove me on through all sorts of pain.....only to find ya can't get anything like that in Lock......but I did manage a roasted chook from the IGA, which I have devoured.
A new dimension enroute today. Still had the wind, still had the looong straights, still had the rain, but not until 80km, and today the straights had hills. Not big ones, but I had to change down a couple of gears, and not really enough downhill to get up much speed into the wind.....
Today I met my very first Cycle Tourist of the trip. Ben, 32 years old, based in Hobart. He has taken 34 days riding from Perth to here, and is heading to Melbourne. He tells me of coasting at 30kph with the wind behind him.....I'm lucky to be averaging 15kph. He is shirtless, has no helmet and listening to his music as he rides. I've got four layers on.... His website: email@example.com.
Lots of big Grain Trucks
A couple of massive tractors
My bike falls over as I'm fishing in trailer. My foot gets trapped under the trailer, hooked on a bungee hook.
Same incident, and my flag pole snaps, but only the bottom 6 cm. Have to dig the broken end out with long nosed pliers. I'm 6 cm less conspicuous .
Every town, and some not towns, have huge silos and grain bunkers. This is definitely grainville. The silos have railway tracks to them. At two sites I watched them filling grain carriages from the silos.
Dear Dr John, Everytime I get on my bike, my knees go up and down, my feet move in circles, and I get hot and sweaty. Is this Spin Doctor? I thought it was normally a ladies problem, as I have heard my friends Aileen and Gill talking about it. However, I think that Mr Abbot, Duncan and O'Brien have had mild bouts of Spin Doctor. Do you know whether they have been exposed to Windfarms? A little worried.