Now that was more like it.
Wind was going all night but as predicted dropped off and dawn. Loaded bags on the truck and wheeled the bikes to breakfast and were away about 7.30. The rail trail to Koroit was a pleasant roll through the paddocks with a few small bush remnants. Grabbed a coffee and toastie then rode up to tower hill and rejoined the main route for a while before turning back onto the rail trail. SO nice to have some quiet riding. Spectacular section of trail as it approached the dunes with a long boardwalk across the wetlands, finishing up with a roll along the Merri. Well worth the detour.
I think doing the morning at a relaxed pace let the legs recover a bit from yesterday, as was able to do a good pace from here until pretty close to the end. Other than a nasty little climb out of warrnambool, it was pretty flat with only the slightest of headwinds on the easterly stretches and was able to stretch out to 30 kph on the southerly bits. Broke my normal run of outs by getting to the rest area and finding that the Dev teas had NOT run out. Yum. Starting to warm up now but happy with that if the wind stays away.
Got to Bay of Islands and rear wheel was feeling a bit odd. Yep – had broken a spoke. Oh well – be thankful for disk brakes. The easterlies returned for the last bit through Peterborough and it got a bit tough, but finally got the 3 km run down toward Port Campbell – just a shame there were 2 steep hills between here and camp. All up 113 km but a great days riding. I did my token effort at bag collection – Trevor had been first in each day until now and we set up with scrub to our backs and the sleep easy tents in front. Colin the coffee man had a new potato twist on a stick, complete with chilli salt – may sound strange but very tasty. Decided clothes washing was more important than self washing and we met Robyn at dinner as she’d sagged from Peterborough. Got the news on next years ride – the north east with Tawonga Gap, Powers lookout and the Black Spur. Yippee!
A nice dinner with beer cider, wine and coffee and no need to get up at 5.30 – what more could you want