Over the course of this trip I have discovered that any plans I make in the evening very rarely materialise. This morning for instance – I had set the alarm for 5am and had half hoped that I’d be able to get going at about 6.15… I didn’t leave until nearly 7.00am.
This morning was cold again (maybe it’s not just Pemberton) and there was a very thick mist for the first hour and a half. However once it cleared, it revealed some more stunning scenery; and also allowed me to spot my first Kookaburra. At about 60 km I made it to Albany and I owe a big thank you to Jen who bought me a much needed cooked breakfast. Thank you Jen!
The next 80km didn’t go by that fast and I found myself thinking of the finish (which is saying a lot because I’m staying in a tent).
Upon arriving in Wellstead (160km), I met a very friendly roadhouse owner – originally from Aberystwyth – who had heard about me on Albany radio earlier that afternoon. After a brief chat, I was in a better mood and was able to enjoy the final 20 kilometres through some more rather picturesque scenes.
Upon finishing, I found somewhere to camp next to a roadhouse (so I have a toilet) and set about making a camp. Unfortunately I have done so on top of an ants’ nest so I’m not overly pleased about that. I haven’t really enjoyed my evening in my tiny quarters and apart from the spiders, the toilet is almost a more appealing place to sleep… It’s definitely warmer for one thing.
I realise that this update is not going to win me any writing prizes but quite frankly I can’t be bothered to do anything to change that. I will leave it on a positive note though – the stars are quite nice.
Distance: 110 miles / 178 km
Riding Time: 7:36:46
Av. Speed: 14.6 mph / 23.5 kph