Day 8: finishing our crossing to the Goldfields

Today we only had to travel 85km to reach the Goldfield town of Coolgardie. There’s a street festival tomorrow which Dan has been looking forward to since we were at Kellerberrin. It’s been warming up with a maximum of 31 today. Our sun protection measure of white sun sleeves sewn onto his jersey and sun arms worn as legs (in Daniel’s case as that was the only way to get some to fit him). Any spot exposed was getting burnt. I found a few burnt spots on my hand where there were vents in my gloves.

Being hot and tired we have treated ourselves to a motel for the night, watched a movie together and enjoying not having to unpack and repackage everything. Tomorrow we’ll head to the fair and then head south toward the start of the famous Nullarbor. We need to do at least 68ks so we’re in a good position to resupply at Norseman before the crossing. I’m getting excited about the Nullarbor now, it’s only 2 days away.

Apologies to those trying to follow along on Strava. The Garmin sync tool I use is experiencing issues and not updating Strava. In the meantime you can look at our rides on Garmin Connect.

Day 7: The country is changing

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Today we left the wheat belt and green farm lands as we headed East. It was a significant day as it was out first ‘crossing’, taking more than a day between towns. We measured one straight stretch of road at 14.5km.

We found a nice bush camp 107km in with a dam that had Yabbies to Dan’s delight.

We also met our first ‘trail angels’ who gave us some apples, mandarins and a block of dark Lindt chocolate!

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Going offline for 186km

Today we are heading East to Coolgardie. It’ll take us two days of cycling to get there with no coverage in between, so we’ll be offline until then. We’ll send an update via satellite (SPOT) tonight.

See you all the other side of the crossing.

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Dan replying to comments on his blog

Day 6: The Golden Pipeline

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Distance: 51km

For days we have been riding along this pipeline called the Golden Pipeline.

The Golden Pipeline (also known as the Goldfield Pipeline) is 530km (330 miles) long. It is the longest pipeline in the world. It goes from Perth to Kalgoorlie on the side of the highway.

It takes water to the super pit in Kalgoorlie. The super pit is Australia’s biggest gold mine.

Go to Golden Pipeline.

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On the road again

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We’re back into the swing of things today. 58ks down before an early lunch at Merredin. We will probably be wild camping tonight so our full day update may have to wait until we have coverage.

The temperature is still cold and there is a lot of wind around. The wind is helping us some, but gusty too.

We’ve seen a lot of wild flowers along the way. Time to get out of the wind and eat some lunch.

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Chocolate milk is good for muscle recovery 🙂

Day 4: Zero Day

Ahoy Matey. We hope ye all have a mighty fine day at Point Clare Public School all talking like me matey’s parrot. Arrr Thank you for all me shipmates support for Chinese HIV+ orphans.

Today was a rest day for me and my capt’n. I have been coming down with a cold like a bilge rat drinking sea water so we didn’t do any riding today. We did some food shopping, and made a video on my trusty ship bike.

Tomorrow we hope to hoist our sails and set sail on smooth seas. The for’cast is for a beauty of a down wind-der.

(For those not following it’s international talk like a pirate day)

Day 3. Rolling hills and gusty winds

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Today we cracked the 100k barrier for the first time this trip, woohoo. The hills became easier and less sharp. The whole day saw strong winds from our left hand side/back. They certainly pushed us along some with a higher average speed. But the strong side gusts also made keeping a bike out of the way of passing road trains more difficult.

Today we saw 16 road trains. We’ve been riding through some very beautiful farmland which is the WA wheat
Belt. We’re now in Kerraberrin with more storm fronts coming through and the best $12 dinner (for both of us) that you’ve ever seen.

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Our muscles are pretty tired. We’re watching our soreness and thinking about when we should have a bit of a rest day. The rain has now arrived.

Distance: 102km
Elevation: 500m or so (the garmin is back at camp)

Day 2. Mundaring to Northam

Today saw more hills than yesterday. Lots of climbing and descending with a heavy bike. We’re definitely away from Perth now.

82ks
920m elevation

A chocolate milk, snickers, banana, BBQ chook, croissants, rice crackers, muesli bar and a few other food items later.

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Day 1

Our first day went well. With showers and occasional thunderstorms around we had a lazy morning leaving Applecross around 8:45. We headed West to Cottesloe beach, our most Westerly point to get some photos and water from the Indian Ocean to drag across the continent. A storm cell decided to pass us too close for my liking, but at least the wind was mostly behind us. Then we were led by Marty our trusted local and a friend from way back through some Perth back streets and bike paths, past the city and out to Midlands.

Being a bit wet we headed inside for some lunch. Then it was off to the foot of the hill where our guide would leave us. We started up the hill on the bike path while that latest. Unfortunately it wasn’t as long as we’d like. After battling with no shoulders, rain and quickly dropping temperatures and then riding on soggy gravel with a heavy bike we finally made it to Mundaring. We stopped in at the local supermarket to get some basic supplies. Feeling soft we headed to a nearby motel for a hot shower and a chance to dry out.

Distance: 70km
Elevation gain 609m
4:12 hours riding
Marty’s house (Applecross) – Cottesloe Beach – Mundaring

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