Last night got a bit interesting when a ute full of Aboriginal people turned up at midnight, cracking cans, playing music and shouting. When a couple came bumping around my tent and bike I emerged to make my presence known and had a quick chat. They made a bed under the shelter I was using, laying out one layer of tarp on the concrete ground (must have been uncomfortable). Everyone quietened down after an hour or so. The couple I met were nice people, but overall the group were fairly inconsiderate campers. After waking up bright and early, I rode about 40km to my midday break spot, a 24hr rest area. I stayed there until the worst of the day’s heat passed, meeting interesting characters passing through. One Aboriginal guy called Razak was off to Halls Creek to make his fortune divining for gold – as in old-school divining with a metal rod. He said he had been developing his skills to such a point that he could eliminate other elements/compounds that cause a reaction (e.g. water and all other metals) and focus only on gold. I wished him luck! He was incredibly generous and gave me a bunch of food (dried apple and banana slices, two hard-boiled duck eggs and nuts) and a frozen bottle of water. Later, while I was still resting at the same spot, the couple with whom I watched the cricket back at Victoria River spotted me from the road and stopped in for a chat, sharing a can of Guinness. I got back on the bike around 4.45pm and rode another 25km to current my camp location, a parking area tucked just off the road behind a few rows of trees. When I was halfway here a blustery headwind slowed my progress dramatically. A campervan containing three backpackers is here too.
|Accommodation||Free-camp (Roadside parking area)|
|Distance ridden today||72.54km|
|Average cycling speed||18.2kph|
|Total distance ridden||7,986km|