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.
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.
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.
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.
Today we celebrated a number of changes in our journey.
- We left the main national Highway 1 for some back roads
- We left the arid lands we’ve been traveling through for so long
- We left the flat roads and stared crossing the Southern Flinders Range
We’re now heading Easterly again. Today was a fun day riding, and really surmised the adventure we are on. New places, time riding together and an adventure all while working to achieve an epic goal.
We had hills all day long as we rode 92km through some very small country towns. The scenery was beautiful. Perhaps we hadn’t realised just how much we’d missed farms and green.
Our distances are more determine by where the towns are now. We saw lots of wheat fields covering all the hills. We also had our first flat tire of the trip. Pretty good after 2,588km.
Midnight Oil fans – we saw the old ruined house that the band has made famous.