We are in Ceduna but we only rode for four hundred of the twelve hundred kilometres of the Nullarbor.
For the ten days of riding we did ride since leaving Kalgoorlie or about six hundred kilometres we only had two half days without a head wind.and we think that Barbara was pushing a bit hard and it gave her some tendinitis in the area of her right ankle. After six days of rest her ankle is a lot better so we will wait for at least another four of five days and then we will head of at about fifty kilometres a day towards Port Augusta which is about four hundred and fifty kilometres away with a couple of rest days and then south and into Adelaide in time to see the Poms defeat the Aussies in the second test.
Our first three hundred kilometres of hitchhiking from Cocklebiddy to Eucla was on a low loader carrying a forty foot luxury cruiser.
We actually slept on board the cruiser for one night as the wide loads are not permitted to travel after sunset. How many people have slept on a cruiser half way across the Nullarbor.
We then spent three nights at Eucla camping in the cold windy dusty camp site.Barbara saw the Flying Doctor Service nurse who was right about her prognosis but we decided to get to Ceduna so that we could have xrays taken so as to make sure there was no stuctural damage. Now that we know there isn't we will be on our way.
Our second hitch hike was the five hundred kilometres to Ceduna with our bikes on a truck and us in a car pulling a caravan.
We stopped at the head of the bight and and saw six whales with calves.
We did ride the length of the longest straight stretch of road in Australia (146 klms) and had a couple of great camp spots off road since Kalgoorlie.
We had 2 nights at Balladonia road house which we and 2 other cyclist arrived at within in hour of each other in pouring rain and so we all sat in the road house having chips and egg and bacon rolls and laughing all the time when talking about our experiences.
We are speaking at the two schools in Ceduna today and I am spending time in the sports store helping to assemble new bikes and helping with repairs. No better way of learning more and killing time.
Probably sailing this evening in the local yacht clubs twilight series.
When we think about it that we have now done about 17000 klms and this is the first problem we have had with our bodies we know if we take it easy for a few weeks all will be well and we will enjoy the rest of our trip.
After Adelaide we are of to Loxton which is near Renmark for six weeks of house sitting over the xmas school holidays as we do not want to be on the road over that period and then the short hop over to home in mid February.
It still amazes us how the early explorers walked this kind of country and found water and ended up where they did.
I think being on our bikes we get a real prospective of how hard it would have been.
Hope you are all well and enjoying the warmer weather.
Barbara and Peter.