Day 77 – Boxwood Hill to Ravensthorpe

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

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2 comments

  1. Tom, you have obviously lead an extremely sheltered life to date, were you never in the Scouts, living in tents was all the rage in my day. Snakes, well rather you than me, makes me shiver just thinking about it. Been a glorious day up here in the NE, I was thinking of you at 5.30 this morning as I pedalled along the coast, only the birds and beautiful sunrise to keep me company.

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  2. Great work Thomas, well done. For your information Ravensthorpe is home to one of the bigger Nickel projects in Australia and these things are more often built in the middle of nowhere. It wouldn’t surprise if they were also wondering “how and why” you are currently gracing them. Have a great day tomorrow. Go well, Will

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