Day 41: Wearily made it to Wagga Wagga

Today was one of our hardest days so far. We knew the 160km to Wagga Wagga would be long, but the wind decided to make it even harder than we’d hoped.

We had a plan and stuck to it. Today the urge to stop steadily increased throughout the day. The incoming trucks and their shockwave didn’t help the motivation as we stopped dead each time one passed.

Kudos to Dan today. It was our longest ride time. We had hills and lots of wind for a imperial century and he did it like a champion. Every time I looked in my mirror he was there riding hard. He has earned any respect he gets today. Good work Dan.

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Tonight we are resting at a friends place in Wagga Wagga. We look forward to the Hume tomorrow.

Day 40: Bigger than Le Tour De France

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This wind was blowing strongly this morning. Our thoughts turned to those to the North East of us who were expecting a devastating day with the bush fires. We are glad it didn’t get as bad as they feared.

Before leaving Hay we visited the local primary school. Thanks to Hay public for hosting us. The kids had a lot of good questions for us before we left.

As we headed East across the Hay plains we cruised at 30kph without too much trouble. We now were following the Murrumbidgee River more closely. We were looking forward to visiting the area a friend grew up in and staying with her parents at Darlington Point.

As we look at how far we’ve traveled across the country we are amazed. Daniel has ridden so far now. He’s ridden further than the 2013 Le Tour De France which was 3404km. Admittedly they did it a little quicker than us!

We are off to bed early as we are hoping to make it to Wagga Wagga tomorrow, 160km away.

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Radio interview today 11:25-11:40

You can listen to us on Hope1032 with Katrina Roe today between 11:25 and 11:40. You can listen online so if you aren’t in Sydney listen online.

http://www.hope1032.com.au/shows/listen-to-hope-1032/

Day 39: Across the Hay Plains to a warm welcome

20131022-224346.jpgIt was time to put on some distance again. We had a big task in front of us – 400km in 3 days. Partly motivated by the desire to get closer to home with some time up our sleeve and partly because of the spacing of towns here.

Balranald – Hay: 133km
Hay – Darlington Point: 115km
Darlington Point – Wagga Wagga: 159km

We headed East into the wind. It wasn’t strong in the morning, but it was enough to keep our average below 20kph. We slogged a couple of hours into the wind before it showed any signs of weakening. The countryside changed to the Hay Plains. Wide open plains with few trees on it. It felt very different to the Nullarbor, the land around us was farming land, wool, beef and corn and most recently cotton.

Stopping at lunch I check for coverage and found a comment from a Hay local. Apparently her husband and son were hoping to meet us at the gate to a farm about 40ks West of Hay. We looked at the time and each other and thought of a cold drink. We rode and watched the K’s pass until we finally met these mysterious trail angels. Tom and his son Will offered us a cold can of drink and some water. They offered to show us around town later in the day. Refreshed and having replaced some energy we used the now tail winds to ride into town at over 30kph, making up for our slow start this morning.

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We ended up getting the insider tour of Hay along with some insights into its history before having our first home cooked meal in over 5 weeks. We both enjoyed the company, food and a chance to feel normal.

Thanks to these strangers who made themselves known to us and welcomed us.

Finishing at Terrigal on Saturday 2 November

We are planning on finishing on Saturday 2nd November between 11am and 12 noon at Terrigal Haven. All are invited to cheer him on.

Dan will have:

  • Ridden over 4,100km
  • Climbed about 18,000m
  • Spent about 196 hours on his bike
  • Drunk over 30 litres of chocolate milk

You can join a bunch ride from Hawkesbury River on Saturday morning with us. We’d like as many as possible to join us. You’ll need to be able to ride at 20-25kph. Alternatively you can join along the route such as West Gosford or Erina.

Children will be able to ride a lap of the Haven with Daniel.

BYO picnic or get some fish and chips from the local shop.

Details and updates on the Facebook Event.

Please consider sharing this with other like minded people.

Day 37: Hot in Western NSW

We knew today was going to be hot so we packed up early to ride an easy 80km to Balranald. Our minds were focused on the cold drink and ice cream we’d get as a reward for our efforts. The temperature on the GPS hit 42C (in the sun so it would read higher than the air temperature).

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The day went quickly as we played games. We arrived at lunch time and had our cold drink and ice cream then we relaxed in air conditioning and watched the Australian motoGP at Philip Island.

It’s going to be hot again tomorrow. We have to ride across the Hay plains 132km so we are working out the best way to approach that.

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Day 36: Into New South Wales

We are now in our home state! It feels like the trip is drawing to a close but we’ve still got a few Km and lots of hills to get over. The Great Dividing Range in fact.

Today was hot so we made out way to the next town only 80km away. It was a short and easy ride. I think how we look at distances has changed since the beginning of the trip.

We have a finish date!
After planning and working through our itinerary will be finishing at Terrigal on the NSW Central Coast around 12 noon on Saturday the 2nd November. Will hope you will be able to come and cheer Daniel in as he completes this epic journey. A ride in will be available for road cyclists and a victory lap of the Haven with kids. More details to come in the following week.

T-Shirts available
We are going to get danmallo T-Shirts printed. Cost is $30 + postage. Contact us using the contact form if you would like one. This is a limited print. We need to know orders by COB Monday 21st October.

Day 35: Day off in Mildura

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We’ve spent the day restocking, refreshing and servicing the bikes. First up was a good breakfast before we found a local bike shop. I got a new mirror to replace the ones that had broken earlier on our trip along with a new pair of cycling glasses for Dan.

The owner let us use his workshop so we could give our drive chains an overdue clean and service. They should see us home now.

Day 34: Into Victoria on a very Windy day

Strong winds pummeled us as we struggled to leave Renmark. It seemed South Australia didn’t want to let us go. We rode about 20kms with strong side winds and head winds doing less than 10kph at times. But the road turned East and we enjoyed being pushed by the wind over the border.

We crossed over the border into our 3rd state and 4th time zone. We are now in the same time zone as home.

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We cycled 142km and feel pretty good. We must be getting stronger. About 3/4
of the trip has been completed. We have sampled many different varieties of flavoured milk.

Mildura will serve as a resupply and rest point for us before we embark on the last leg of our journey across the continent.

We currently think we will finish at Terrigal haven on Sat 2nd of November. All are welcome to cheer Daniel in and finish the ride with him. More details will come when we are closer.

Today we saw our first road sign for Sydney, won’t be long now.

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Day 33: Last night in South Australia

It can be hard to motivate yourself (and each other) to ride when it’s hot and you’ve ridden over 80ks and you’ve found a quiet little pub with a cold drink and ice cream on the Murray River.

We didn’t know the pub was there until we saw the signs a couple of K’s from it. But it was a welcome relief from the over 30C temperatures we had been riding in. Our goal was Renmark, the last town before the Eastern border of South Australia and Victoria.

We had been watching out water as we were starting to get low. Now we sat in a little oasis, Daniel drinking a local ginger beer and me a local brewed beer. We could stay the night here you know? But it was time to move on.

We have found many small hidden spots just like this one. I guess we’ll just have to come back with the rest of the family.

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