Crossy | Poochera – Wudinna – Kimba | 173.1 km
Jacob | Portland – Port Fairy – Warrnambool – Apollo Bay – Lorne | 306 km
Tough day today, I just didn’t have the legs. Possibly went a little too far yesterday perhaps? I always knew I would pay the price today and I did. It was so good to sleep in a bed though I really wasn’t looking forward to roadside camping again! A shower is a new pleasure I have found in life. Passing through Ceduna yesterday I offered the Caravan Park owner $20 to let me use his shower and was declined. So was desperately wanting that in Poochera when I arrived.
Today I visited the local hospital as I was passing through Wudinna. The lovely young nurse, who I’m sure I’ve scarred for life, cleaned and dressed my battle wounds. She assured me it’s all in a days work for a nurse, but I’m pretty sure she wouldn’t have been expecting that when she got out of bed this morning! It was certainly great to get some decent treatment though and set my mind at ease that there is no infection and all is good.
Combining this time getting treatment with my fatigue meant a much shorter ride today than I’d planned, then throw in a puncture for good measure and my day was made. Those who ride with me can hear me now!
Still in high spirits though, it’s a mental game now. Focusing and planning each day ahead. Locking in what the day will look like and then trying to ride it. Calculating for Adelaide in 2-3 days where I hope to catch up with Craig Turnbull.
Still going strong at the front, my smiling buddy has extended his lead to around 600 km now. I can’t get the smile off my face when I catch up on his dot each night, so I’m not surprised he is riding with one. Pretty sure he’s calling it a day in Lorne, not sure I will make it to when he is off the bike so I’ll call it now and adjust tomorrow!
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