I woke up in a tent this morning – so I was about as happy as you’d expect.
I had planned everything slightly better than last time though – by this I mean I had absolutely everything I needed in my tent. The upside of this being that I didn’t need to leave the relative warmth until the last minute. The downside was that I had very little (if any) space to move – so getting ready still took a while.
Once on my bike I felt much better. It’s weird to think that cycling 100 miles is actually the easy part of the day when I camp.
I had a tailwind for the first 60 kilometres which was good. However after about an hour I glanced behind me to see that it was bringing a bit of bad weather with it. It was a bit surreal seeing the road behind me get swallowed up by clouds whilst it was clear in front.
Eventually, the mist and the rain caught me and I then got wet. Luckily, I had prepared for such an eventuality by wearing shorts and a t-shirt!
After a stop at Jerramungup (the only place to buy food/water that I passed all day) I turned right and the tailwind became a crosswind. It wasn’t too bad, and it did blow the rest of the storm away from me, but I probably would’ve been better off without it.
The next 90 kilometres all looked extremely similar and very little happened. Although I did see a kangaroo hop across the road about 100 metres up ahead.
With about 25km to go, the trees suddenly opened up and I was presented with some spectacular views of not very much stretching for a very long way.
I also saw my first snake not long after that. I nearly ran the thing over and it gave me the fright of my life when I spotted it at the last minute. The fact that it was already dead did nothing to calm my heart rate.
In general, it was a really good day’s riding (despite the wind and weather going against me for the final 1km) and I’m now in a very small town. How and why anyone lives here I don’t know. But it means I can dry my tent rather than sleep in it so I’m not complaining.
Distance: 107.4 miles / 172.8 km
Riding Time: 7:01:33
Av. Speed: 15.3 mph / 24.6 kph