Crossy | Gladstone – Adelaide |252.4 km
Jacob | Yarra Junction – Bruthen| 288.2 km incl 2689m of climbing!
After a hearty breakfast supplied by Gwen at Gladstone Caravan Park for which I was very grateful, the day once again started early. Not as cold this morning, with my destination being Adelaide CBD.
Today I would reach the halfway point, making me closer to home than where my adventure began in Fremantle, WA. Surprisingly a small triumph mentally, it was very surreal experiencing it
The good feelings were short lived when just after the halfway I got a puncture. Using my only remaining spare tube, meant that I had to make Adelaide puncture free from here in.
I was overwhelmed at all the dot watchers that followed my tracker and met me on route. I loved hearing their stories and that they gave up their spare time to meet and encourage me. Totally blew me away.
A mate from home even sent his brother to check up on me. He was running as fast as I could ride! Thanks Rhett & Clint Pattison, the encouragement was appreciated.
Jacob is 18 and rode out to meet me. Thanks buddy!
Riding into Adelaide with Craig Turnbull and Clint Halliday.
Thanks to Craig Turnbull (an old friend) who has put me up tonight. Familiar faces and a comfy bed when away from home are a real treat.
This journey has been the most time I have spent away from Tan and the kids. I miss them and although they’re so supportive of me doing this event, it has been a struggle for us all so far. Riding solo for the last four days has given me a lot of thinking time and I often think of them and what they’re doing. It won’t be long though till I am back and you’ll be wishing I was still on the bike!! I owe ya’s.
Only one image of the illusive PBP today from the dot watchers. Just under 2700m of climbing today pal, I have it all in front of me, but you seem to be taking it in your stride. Well done.
Riding through Tyres earlier today.
STATE OF THE NATION – DAY TWELVE