Day 96 – Penola to Portland

Today was cold and pretty wet. Despite the weather forecast saying ‘showers’, I was somehow soaked all day. I have discovered that even if it only rains for a few minutes; when it rains – you know about it. The wind didn’t fancy helping me today either.

Not all that much happened throughout the morning, although I did get the fright of my life when I mistook a toy snake for a real one. My overly dramatic swerve probably looked rather odd to anyone watching.

The remainder of the ride was much of the same – cold, wet but still fairly enjoyable. I also saw a very funny looking animal, which, after some assistance from Google and someone slightly more intelligent, I have identified as a Spinifex Hopping Mouse. I’ve also learned that the Red-tailed Black Cockatoo is endangered so I thought I’d let any bird-lovers know that I saw some of them just over a week ago; I just didn’t think it was interesting enough to mention at the time… or if I did mention it then I’ve forgotten.

The waitress who served my dinner this evening deserves a special mention. Although not necessarily for the right reasons. To be fair to her (maybe him), she did a decent job and I don’t mean to criticise her waitressing skills… (apart from the interacting with other people part.) I think ‘forceful’ is a good way to describe her and I’ll leave it at that.

I’m not completely sure what tomorrow holds, but somehow I doubt it will be 20 degrees and sunny.

Distance: 100.4 miles / 161.5 km
Riding Time: 7:11:08
Av. Speed: 14.0 mph / 22.5 kph

2 Replies to “Day 96 – Penola to Portland”

  1. Hey Tom how come you are getting wet, what’s happened to your Elite Pro? If you have lost it or left it as a trophy somewhere, let me know and we will get another one posted out to you.


    1. I wasn’t very clear… My body (ie the jacket) was fine, but my shoe covers are not from Showers Pass! And to be honest having wet feet feels like everything else may as well be wet. Do not worry, the jacket is performing brilliantly!


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