I woke up this morning to discover I hadn’t recovered quite as much as I’d hoped. My body was still tired and I had a headache which stayed with me for most of the day.
The situation did not improve as I started cycling. The wind had stuck around for a fifth day and the legs refused to wake from their slumber. At the 60 kilometre mark my low energy ran out. I’m not completely sure why – I’d eaten pretty much as normal but whatever the reason, it was then that I realised it was going to be a very long day.
I spent the occasional kilometre looking over a very picturesque ocean, but quite frankly I didn’t care. The next 90 kilometres went agonisingly slowly and I was really struggling.
My legs woke up a bit at about 150 kilometres, but then promptly died again after fighting a losing battle with the wind. I don’t think I’ve ever had such a short-lived burst of energy.
The last 20 kilometres were painful, and my mood was a stark contrast to what was one of the most amazing sunsets I’ve ever seen.
I’m absolutely shattered now and it’s been quite a while since my legs were this tired. I’m sorry for the short updates the last few days but this headwind is killing me on and off the bike.
Oh and by the way, as a couple of people pointed out; it was an echidna that I saw yesterday, not a porcupine.
Distance: 122.2 miles / 196.5 km
Riding Time: 9:35:31
Av. Speed: 12.7 mph / 20.5 kph
3 Replies to “Day 84 – Eucla to Nullabor”
Sounds really painful Tom, let’s just hope that wind eases off, it is such a bummer and nothing you can do to escape it, if it’s any consolation I think I would headed for the bar a long time back. Sleep well matey, tomorrow’s another day.
You only get points for a live echidna. That one was, by all accounts, dead.
Tom you doing great despite the huge challenges. We’re all cheering you on. Surprised you can’t hear! BTW you’re a legend in your cycle club where one of my colleagues goes and you are killing the Garmin record. You can do it.