Day 15 Thursday 27th June Elliston to Arno Bay
Looking outside first thing this morning it appeared gloomy but as the sun was not yet up it was difficult to determine what the day was going to be like. Within half an hour it was raining – real rain. And within a very short period of time there were puddles forming around the campervan
and the puddles got bigger and bigger. So a decision was made after first looking at the rain radars that showed rain was heading across the top half of the Eyre Peninsula and would continue for the rest of the day. Murray went and unplugged the power and we set off south towards Port Lincoln. After calling in to Lock Well Beach which is the place for salmon fishing supposedly we carried on down and stopped at Mount Hope.By this stage it had stopped raining and I got ready to jump on my bike.
My plan had changed and I was going to bike across the middle of the peninsula through Cummins over to Tumby Bay and then up to Arno Bay. M & M carried on down to Port Lincoln and planned on being back at Tumby Bay around 1pm where they would meet me for lunch. Unfortunately I had not looked at the map at all so did not realise that there were a few hills on this route. I did however have a good look around this lovely part of the Eyre Peninsula. ( Actually thought of Richard Sheehan and Averil Sheehan as I stopped and took a photo of a property and realised that the name on the letter box was “Sheehan” )
Friday 28th June Arno Bay to Lucky Bay to Port Wakefield Today I am doing a cheat – not really. But when the opportunity is there you may as well take it. So M & M arrived at the Sea SA ferry before me and we boarded for the crossing across the Spencer Gulf. 2 hour sailing time.
Then off the ferry and back on the bike after lunch with the aim of making it all the way to Port Wakefield. After a bit of a detour around Wallaroo as I had no idea how to get out of this place I was finally headed in the right direction. Heading a long towards Port Wakefield M & M passed me and then stopped on the side of the road to go and have a look in a pet shop. “Sorry guys you can’t take a pet snake home”
I couldn’t understand why I was in my little chain ring and why I was feeling like I was pedalling and not getting anywhere. It wasn’t until I reached a point where the signpost said 5 % gradient for next 2km that I realised I had been climbing. Loved the downhill as always. But the sun had set and M & M had gone flying past. Last time when they were stopped on the side of the road was just before the downhill sign and I told them my current speed and that I would take another hour at current speed.
Things changed on the downhill and they soon passed me again. As cars and trucks were now starting to come towards me with headlights on M & M finally decided that rather than passing me and then waiting a few kilometres up the road for me to go past again that they would tail me which was a far safer option for me at least. Another day down – one final little bit to do.
|a sense of achievement
Didn’t quite make 2500km but close enough for me
DO IT AGAIN? perhaps not
ANOTHER ADVENTURE DEFINITELY
And my final words.
Some of the great music that I have listened to has included “In my daughters eyes” – thinking of Monique and “Lucky”
I can’t sing to save myself but if anybody was riding along listening to me over the last few days they would have enjoyed “ Lucky to be in love with my best friend, Lucky to have been where I have been, Lucky to be going home again……”
I have had a bit of time to do some thinking. This ride was JUST A RIDE. Nothing spectacular. Nothing extraordinary. Any one of the people I ride with could have done the same but probably better. Journeys all have good parts and not so good parts, hills and valleys, sunny days and cloudy days. What inspires me is the strength and determination and courage faced by so many people as they face challenges in their lives/journeys. Some people will know that I am now and have been thinking of them on my journey. Your journey inspired and continues to inspire me. You are stronger and have more courage and determination than I will ever have. I send all my prayers and best wishes to you on your journey. To all the people that have helped me and wished me well on my journey – I sincerely thank you.
THAT IS MY STORY – TILL NEXT TIME
|York/ Bruce Rock
|Bruce Rock/Southern Cross
|Southern Cross /Coolgardie
|Elliston/ Arno Bay
|Arno Bay/Lucky Bay/Port Wakefield
|Port Wakefield/Two Wells