The first couple of kilometres today were actually really enjoyable. Riding at sunrise with a completely cloudless sky is not a bad way to spend a morning. Unfortunately the headwind soon took its toll and my mood quickly deteriorated. The first 110 kilometres or so weren’t as bad as the last few days. The perfect weather did manage to lift my spirits a bit, so instead of ‘awful’, the morning was just a bit below average.
Stopping in Mundrabilla, I met a 79-year-old cycling 20,000km around the coast of Australia for the 5th time in the last 9 years. He was going the other way so I didn’t ride with him at all but he really was a true inspiration. Amazing effort Douglas!
After the stop, there was a slight lull in the wind and I took full advantage. It was still in my face but it was only a breeze and for about half an hour I was pushing almost normal speeds – something I think I am now paying for as I’m struggling to stay awake.
Predictably, this didn’t last and the wind got worse and worse for the rest of the day – proving really quite challenging for the final 30 kilometres.
The last couple of kilometres held a short climb and I was able to see the sea for the first time in a few days. Although honestly I wasn’t that bothered. I was just glad to be finishing.
Wildlife watching today held a bit of excitement. I saw a couple of very big eagles – probably the biggest flying birds I’ve seen so it was lucky they weren’t coming after me I guess. And I also saw a porcupine – however whilst it looked undamaged, I suspect its slumber in the middle of the road was a bit more permanent than it would’ve liked.
Distance: 112.8 miles / 181.3 km
Riding Time: 8:45:37
Av. Speed: 12.9 mph / 20.7 kph