Today was hard, but a few small happenings helped to break up the monotony. One guy stopped for a chat and gave me an orange. His name is Phil and he was on his way to the Mitchell Plateau to go fishing with a mate. He said there should be a bit of water at the Gibb River Crossing so I started thinking about that as a target point. Later, when I was resting just off the road next to a creek, I saw a car with two bikes on top go past. I had been back on the bike for a few minutes when the same car came back and stopped next to me. It was Rich and Anja, friends from Mornington. They are on their way to Brisbane. They had been watching my tyre tracks and when they realised the tracks had stopped, they turned around to look for me. Rich and Anja are two people who are just pure nice. It was really great seeing familiar faces and a boost to my morale. They gave me cold water, a cold apple juice and two sachets of electrolytes. Eventually, I made it to Gibb River Crossing and Phil was there. He shared a couple of beers (delicious Coopers orange) and we chatted by a campfire he built. I had misjudged Phil from his dishevelled appearance, but found him to be a genuine, interesting and super nice guy doing some really positive things for the community in which he works. Inspiring stuff. And there was indeed water in the river, so riding the 4km it was from the main road was well worth it. I am now washed and clean!
|Distance ridden today||56.88km|
|Average cycling speed||9.6kph|
|Total distance ridden||7,103km|