Had a look at some writing guides to make for interesting reading about bike rides. They said don't talk too much about the weather, wind, speed or rain. So my reports from now on will be very short. Thats all we think about all day long. That and the calf muscles of the guy in front of you....
It was raining when we left Bruce Rock, headed north back towards Great Eastern Highway. The winds were really strong across us so we kept it down to an average 24.5 km/h for the 45 km to Merredin. It was hard work to get there. Would have taken hours and hours if we couldn't draft off each other.
Optus surprisingly has coverage so could make a quick call home. Still feeling cold and wet at this stage.
The run to lunch finally has the wind behind us, we can now go for a ride ! The sun broke through a few times as we started to sit on a steady 38+ Seeing the larger road trains now. Their spray of dust and stones can be scary. Not sure who is more nervous, us or them.
The Red Bull VW Beetle on the way to the Karlgoorlie Cup stops and hands us a bag of sugar free Red Bull. We have decided that Red Bull Gives You Wind. Mmmm the writing guide didn't say anything about bodily functions.....
After lunch the speed picks up again and we see long periods over 40 km/h. These tail winds are making riding as much fun as you can get. The seat area discomfort and leg cramps are about the same intensity so that probably means that I'm doing ok. We have 15 hours now before we pack up and leave again so we are all counting on this being good healing time.
Tonight we bunk down on the floor of the Yilgarn Sporting Complex in Southern Cross.