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Edwins Bicycle Tour Downunder
Thursday, 25 January 2007
Thursday 25 January, Ouyen to Mildura.

Today the weather was again unbroken sunshine and temperatures up to 33C. We again had the benefit of a strong southerly tailwind. After breakfast in the room we stocked up for lunch at the local Supermarket.

With no alternative byroads we headed due north on the A79 main road. Traffic was quite light to start with, about a car every 3 minutes getting busier nearer Mildura.

We soon entered the Sunset Country Desert National Park with remote areas of Bush where Martin got his first puncture of the trip.

We stopped for a caf? break at a Service Station amongst the Bush at Hattah. We parked the bikes against a wall painting of Kangaroos and Malle Birds and then enjoyed bacon and eggs rolls. While we were there a house turned up on a lorry with a wide load escort.

Further up the road we came to signs for a fruit fly exclusion zone and requiring all fruit to be dumped in bins. We worried about the lunchtime bananas in our panniers but carried on.

There were a lot of other signs all along the road suggesting motorists take a powernap if they were tired so when we stopped for lunch at a rest stop I suggested to Peter T that he took a quick nap. We ate our picnic lunch including the bananas as seruptitiously as we could.

Tea was taken at a pizza bar in the town of Red Cliffs which was a welcome break in the heat.

We arrived at our motel in Mildura for 4.20. Martin cooled off in the pool. We went to a Greek Caf? in town for Dinner. We persuaded Martin not to eat baby goat which was on the menu so he had Kangaroo (descended from Skippy?) infused with chilli.

65 miles for the day and 551ft of climb.

Edwin


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