Day 48: Through the suburbs

Today Dan woke early and was keen to get riding. We were going to ride past the radio station Hope1032 and do another interview in person. We enjoyed our ride once we made it onto the M7 cycleway and off the busy freeways and the morning traffic.

We spoke live on air with Katrina Roe who had some Moove chocolate milk for us.

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Before leaving we spoke with our local TV news station. We cycled on to Macquarie Park where we dropped in to work and caught up with some friends.

The gastro bug has returned tonight unexpectedly at dinner time. So we are taking it easy before a short day tomorrow. I’m hoping we can enjoy riding through some oft training grounds at Bobbin Head and the Old Pacific Highway.

NBN local news story

Our local news outlet did a story on Dan. Just visit their website to watch.

http://www.nbnnews.com.au/index.php/2013/10/31/10-year-old-boy-to-break-cycling-record/

Riding to Hope1032 for a studio interview

Bike track at last!

Today we pass by Hope1032’s studios where we’ll stop and speak with Katrina Roe. Listen online at http://www.hope1032.com.au/shows/listen-to-hope-1032/

It will be between 11am and 12pm

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Daniel riding along the Hume highway. Traffic
Doesn’t bother us too much now.

Day 47: Hello Sydney

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Last night was my turn to be sick. Dan was getting better slowly. By the time the morning came we were tired and dehydrated but able to hold water and a little food down. So we decided to head out.

We had two options, we could stay at Bargo or we’d have to make up the whole distance we dropped yesterday and make it to Campbelltown. There is no where to stay in between a 56km and 93km day here. I was doubtful we’d be in good enough shape to make Campbelltown, so I had alternate plans for the next few days.

We set out of Bundanoon after getting some hydrolite. It was nice riding through the Southern Highlands with small towns so close together. It was such a contrast to the long distances between towns we’d often had. Plus this was green and hilly. But not too hilly for a cyclist.

By the time we were in Bowral we felt ok. We’d been riding slowly. There were no attempts to break a speed record today. We stopped and had a good long lunch. We both agreed Campbelltown it was. We had the time to just sit and spin our way there slowly.

We pasted areas that were in the recent bush fires. I had another flat from unavoidable glass spread across the whole shoulder. We also rode our 4,000th KM. What an effort. We cycled past the “Welcome to Sydney” sign. I’ll admit there must have been some dust from a truck in the air as my eyes got watery as we congratulated each other and begun to realise the enormity of what we have been through.

Day 46: Sickness Slows Progress

We have cut today short after Daniel started vomiting at lunch time. He managed to ride another 17km to the nearest town with accommodation, Bundanoon. We are resting here at The Ravensworth (thanks to Jenny who donated tonight’s accommodation) but the vomiting continues. We are unsure at the moment how this will affect the trip. We are hoping and praying that this will be short lived and we can keep moving tomorrow. We have some room in our schedule to absorb a delay.

Today wasn’t all bad though. We had a good breakfast and cleaned our bikes this morning thanks to Peter at The Green Grocer Cycling Cafe in Goulburn. We also saw an echidna up close.

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Day 45: Cruising in Capital Country

How would today go? The riding would be easy, but we had to say goodbye to our family today. They would drive with us to Gunning where we would leave the Hume after having a nice lunch with them. They stayed with us a little further up the hill before returning home.

We were now in a really nice groove with our riding. Just cruising along. We didn’t have any big days left. We can do shorter days and really enjoy the ride. We can take in the scene and choose routes that are not the fastest, but a quality bike ride.

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We also met Tim in Gunning, a friend who lives in Canberra who was going to ride with us today. He drove to Goulburn and was going to ride towards as we made our way along back roads. This added a few K’s to our journey, but the countryside was beautiful and enjoyable to ride through.

We met Tim and rode into Goulburn for a milkshake at The Green Grocer, a well known bike shop here. We ended up riding 96km and climbing 1,216m, a little longer than the direct route, but very enjoyable.

Below our route for tomorrow.

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We are getting close. Daniel is excited to be so close to finishing this epic ride across Australia. We are looking forward to the ride together for the finish with club members and friends.

How to Change a Bike Tube

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Today was a day off with our family so we’ve uploaded this video we made in balranald on our last day off.

In this video Daniel shows you how to change a bike tube when you have a flat. Getting you back on the road again

Script and all editing by Dan.

Day 43: Family Reunion

Today we saw the rest of our family for the first time in 6 weeks. We thank them for their support, love and encouragement. Without this there is no way we could attempt a ride like this. Thanks to my beautiful wife Carrie for keeping the home fires burning (no pun intended) and to Linnhe, Sam and Will. We’ve missed you so much.

Today was a nice cafe hopping ride of 102km. We found a lovely cafe at Jugiong the “Long Track Pantry”. We’ll be taking the family there tomorrow.

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We climbed today more than any other day, 1,293m. We are spending the next couple of nights in Yass before our final push to finish our bicycle across Australia. It’s looking good for Daniel to become the youngest to ride from Perth to Sydney (and then Terrigal).

Day 42: We are in the hills

We had a nice long sleep in today and a slow morning. With only 90K’s to ride to Gundagai we could afford a bit of rest before we left.

Once we had re supplied for lunch we headed out of Wagga Wagga and it didn’t take long to get to some hills. After the flat of the Nullarbor and the Hay plains it was nice to work our way up a hill, then zoom down the other side.

We are now heading North on the Hume highway. Our route will take the old road a few times before we get to Sydney.

We’ve now ridden 3,679Km but more importantly we have less than 500Km to go.

We’ve been away from home for 6 weeks now, but we both are super excited to see the rest of the family tomorrow at Yass.