The first half of the day consisted of a battle with a strong headwind. My morning culminated in disappointment and exhaustion when I realised I had to ride 10km further than what I thought I did to reach my planned lunch stop. I rested at Roebuck Roadhouse for a while, treating myself to a burger and chips, can of coke, Powerade and two ice creams (all on top of my normal packed lunch!). I feel like I’m returning to caveman times, surviving on relatively little food for a while (now it’s dried fruit, nuts and beans) before gorging myself with a huge feast whenever more becomes available. As I ate I contemplated my options. (1) I could ride into Broome. (2) I could stop and spend the night at the roadhouse. (3) I could push on towards Derby. I chose number 3. And wow-oh-wee I almost forgot what it was like to have a tailwind. Turning east from the roadhouse, I flew along at almost double my previous pace. The world is changing around me as I leave behind the long boring stretch skirting the Sandy Desert and enter the Kimberley.
|Distance ridden today||106.02km|
|Average cycling speed||18kph|
|Total distance ridden||6,085km|