It is two years since I decided I was going to do this and one month since I quit my job as a zoologist to do it. In recent days I realised the excitement I expected I would feel had been quashed by the stress and busy-ness of preparing to leave and loosening my ties with the life I have been leading. It almost felt like an anticlimax when I jumped on my bike and started on down the road. My mate Jayden had just dropped me off near Southern Cross in Western Australia and for the next however-long I will be cycling around southwest Australia as a prelude to my round-the-world journey. My up-tightness evaporated, however, when I turned my head to say a final bye and instantly sent my heavily-laden bike into an uncontrolled wobble. Jayden’s laugh was the last thing I heard before I hit the bitumen and looked to the horizon. I couldn’t help but let out a Whoooo! It’s finally happening after all this time.
|Distance ridden today||32.2km|
|Average cycling speed||14.9kph|
|Total distance ridden||32km|