DAY 129 - 160km - Northam to Merredin

Trip Start Mar 21, 2013
Trip End Sep 02, 2013

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Flag of Australia  , Western Australia,
Monday, July 29, 2013

Time: 5:44:07
Distance: 164km
Average Speed: 29kmph
Maximum Speed: 49kmph
Ascent: +625m
Descent: -459m

Slept ok last night despite waking up a few times including a pee trip. The combination of the new Thermarest mattress and lightweight blanket worked a treat! It was soooo cold so I needed to wear 2 pairs of gloves. I managed to have breaks, pack up and get on the bike without getting hyperthermia.

The fog that we had to ride through for the first hour was so thick I could not see further than a few metres in front of me. It was also still bitterly cold. I found the best way to keep warm was to peddle fast so I rode to morning tea as hard as I could. When the fog finally cleared, i could see that the landscape was now split between fields of crops and pastures full of sheep.

I stopped along the way at Meckering which was the location of the 1968 earthquake which destroyed the town. Fascinating to read the details of the 40 second quake which recorded 6.9 on the Richter scale. No loss of life but massive amounts damage to the town.

.Back on the bike and I carried on to morning tea which was adjacent to the old substation for the goldfield water pipeline to Kalgoorlie. The sun had just begun to warm up so it was great to take my boots off and warm my poor frozen toes! After a bit of cake I continued the ride and once again pushed hard eventually arriving ahead of Kath&Collis for lunch.

After lunch I felt really good and the flem I had been coughing up appeared to dissipate as the day wore on.i had given Georg a fair amount of time to lead before I got on my bike so I had to work hard to catch up with him. I almost left it too late as I came across him with 5km to spare. I made my way into town and found the Rabo Merredin office a street behind the main drag. I met Ryan one of the guys from the office outside with someone from the local chamber of commerce doing publicity photos so it was quite good timing when I rolled in on my bike to say hello. After some pictures I was treated to a cup of tea and got to meet the rest of the office which was really nice. I rolled into camp shortly after and pitched tent.

It was Fliss' birthday tomorrow and I sent her some gifts. She opened them on the phone and I was elated to hear her delight. They had gone down well apparently. I like it when I do something right!

What a grand day!
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