I am in the midst of a Kimberley storm. Heavy rain is spattering my swaying tent and the whole interior is being illuminated every few seconds by lightning. The sky is rumbling and the trees are swishing, creating an awesome roar no surround system could imitate. The rain started as I finished cooking dinner. I put my cookware under the tent fly, took my sweaty shirt off, then turned my campstool to face the lightning storm, eating dinner in the rain and receiving a cooling wash at the same time. Earlier in the day I crossed into the Northern Territory and breached 7,500km. At the border I scored some fresh fruit and vegetables from people heading into Western Australia (such items are banned from travelling in a westerly direction across the border in an attempt to restrict the spread of fruit fly). It was so hot I had to stop and rest several times to lower my body temperature. I think I will have to start having a long siesta in the middle of each day to avoid the midday heat. It’s getting up to 45°C every day now. The only good thing about the heat is that it promotes the build-up of storms each afternoon, which provide welcome cloud cover. I got a flat tyre today at the Keep River National park turnoff.
|Distance ridden today||81.66km|
|Average cycling speed||16.9kph|
|Total distance ridden||7,575km|