That’s it, my time’s up! I thought when I saw the 4WD, flashy twirling, pull over to the side of the road having just passed me. Just as I was thinking I could speed past, the driver stepped out waving something red in his hand, obviously flagging me down. I was on BHP’s rail access road and I shouldn’t have been, but it provides safer access to Port Hedland than the busy highway. As I got closer I saw that he was smiling. The red object in his hand became clear and I became relieved. It was an ice-cold can of coke. He told me he is a keen mountain-biker so we had a chat about cycling while I enjoyed the cold drink. As we talked another 4WD pulled up and a senior worker stepped out. Bugger! Now we’re both in trouble. He strolled over and offered me the bag of fruit in his hand. My lucky day! I rode on with a smile on my face. By the end of the day I had met many of the local BHPBIO workers as they stopped for chats. Not one of them questioned my presence, at least in terms of my being permitted to be there – they all questioned why a guy on a bike would be out in the middle of nowhere though. They also all offered kind words of support and checked to see if I had enough water. In the midst of this, I got my first flat tyre. I am devastated I can no longer say proudly I haven’t had a flat tyre. Still, one flat in 5,300km isn’t bad at all.

Beautiful wide open spaces

Beautiful wide open spaces

Accommodation Free-camp (bush)
Distance ridden today 63.11km
Average cycling speed 13.5kph
Total distance ridden 5,393km