Today's mileage at 96 was the longest of the trip. I had been worried when planning the ride that the prevailing wind for the area was a hot northerly which would have given us a strong headwind and temperatures of 40C. In the event we got very lucky with a strong southerly tail wind all day and cooler? temperatures of 30C!
We woke up to the sound of many Kookaburras sounding like laughing together with the sounds of different types of parrots.To enable an early start we had Breakfast in the room using Supermarket bought supplies. This included Crumpets toasted in the rooms toaster one of which we overdid and set off the rooms smoke alarm!!
We were on the road by 7.00 am.The first 38 miles of the ride were pan flat across wheatfields and dead straight. The road was the B200 but as in Australia the A roads are reserved for major trunk roads it was really equivalent to a UK A road. The road surface and width were similar but traffic levels were a little different with about a car every 10 minutes.
With the benefit of the tail wind we got some speed up averaging 15 mph to Hopetoun which we reached before 10 and stopped for a 2nd breakfast combined early elevenses.
Soon after leaving Hopetoun we turned off on the C247 to Patchewollock. Traffic was a little lighter, a car every half hour. We were now seriously in the back of beyond with bush lining the road. 10 miles after the turnoff we rode alongside the Big Desert National Park. We stopped for a group photo in the middle of the road and I set up the Digital Camera on a mini travel tripod and used the timer to get in the picture.
We stopped for a picnic lunch in a clearing and then went on to stop for tea at the post office stores in the tiny bush town of Patchewollock. The stores owner said a number of people from England including some Cyclists had called in on the store. He was mystified why people would come all the way from England and then come to a back of beyond place like Patchewollock.
The last 20 miles was constant undulations but we got to our Motel in Ouyen by 4.20.
96 miles for the day and 708ft of climb. Average speed was 14.5 mph.