This year I switched from hybrid bike to road bike with drop bars. I was curious and looking for new experiences. Drop bar for me is a symbol of profi cyclist. If all profies are cycling on such equipment I guess should be benefits in road bike. Occasionaly, I was lucky to buy a discounted but new one Trek One 1.2. It cost 60% from total price. The only one problem was is there are no eyelets on frame to attach the rear rack. I spent half summer to practise cycling road bike and then decided that I should solve this problem with rear rack. If you have at least holes for lower mounting on frame so that not a big deal. I will try to explain how to do this.
On next morning I found a family on Caravan Park. They have 3 bicycles and I share with them 2 tubes. I need to rid of most of my stuff. I put my dirty clothes in rubbish. Some pieces put inside dirty tent. I have unpacked nuts and bottle of water. I gave it to couple on bikes. They travel to East.
Bus departures from BP gas station. I have a plenty of time to dismantle bike and pack it in bag.
I had many dreams about my family, sisters and brothers. It seemed like I really missed them. I woke up at 6 am and in 20 minutes covered the last 15 km of the longest straight road in Australia. Despite the early morning many cars were on the road that day. I made my first 20 km easily. After 30km when the sun was already shining I made a stop for washing.
10km before Balladonia the road became hilly.
29th of April. It was a very cold night. I wore all my clothes and slept curled in my sleeping bag. Caiguna is 24hours opened roadhouse so I heard a sound of generators all night long.
I started to cycle at 6 am. The fog has covered everything around, but from the other side not a single car passed me for one hour of cycling. When the sun rose I made a stop to wash my face and brush my teeth. I put my warm sweater into the bag but immediately put it on again. It was still very cold that morning. Only when I made 40 km to the west from Caiguna I changed to my sleeveless jacket.
28th April. I started my day at 5-15. I cycled in the dark. My target was to reach Cocklebiddy that morning. I met a sunrise on 20km to roadhouse. There was a turn to Bird observation there but it means another 35km so I skipped it.This morning I was thinking about all my family. I missed them all.
10km to Cocklediddy a wind changed to strong western. I reached a roadhouse and decided to eat some soup. But there were only burgers on the menu. Other dishes were available from 5pm only. So I bought a coffee milk to prepare museli.
I cycled another 12km to Eucla – a small city. But it is on map only because they have a police station and a telegraph. A restaurant on a gas station offered less food than the Border Village. I used this place to make a call to Ivan and report to him that I’m ok and now continue my travel in the West.
I’ve entered Nullarbor. All night I was laid in tent and felt pain in legs and knees. Every turn brought me an uncomfortable feeling in my leg’s muscles.
In the morning I did not wait until some member of the Head of Bight staff would come up to me and left this beautiful place at 7 am. After 15 km I arrived at Nullarbor roadhouse and asked for soup in a cafe. They had chicken and vegies soup. I also wanted to buy a bottle of Cola, but only Diet Cola was available. It not my choice because it does not contain any sugar.
I already knew how to cycle in the dark. I realized it was much better to start cycling earlier in the morning. The fog is everywhere around. I put my jacket, polar hoodie and muffins on. After a few minutes I saw snow condensate on them.
After the sun rose I made a stop and finished my yesterday dinner. On the one the rest stop was a water tank and I found this water drinkable. I’ve reached Yalata at 11 am. There was nothing special to see here. The roadhouse was closed. Mini bus with some aboriginals passed me. They wished me a nice trip.
Next morning I used a shower room for charging my camera and phones. Packed fast and started to cycle Nullarbor. Manager office was closed so I didn’t say goodbye to Steven.
Perfect cycling and for the first part of day I’m planning to reach Pennong – a small city 70km from Ceduna. I easily covered that distance before the afternoon. I make a rest on a gas station. Ate an ice cream and drank some cold coffee.
I woke up early. Put a headlight on handlebar and cycled 1,5 hours in the darkness. Great feeling of free riding when no cars on the road, just a few road trains.
I was pushing hard because I needed to reach my next destination – Streaky Bay. I made 50 km towards the city and found a good foodmarket. It was time to buy some food for Nullarbor. I bought a lot of dried food, mostly nuts. The most expensive thing was a 500g pocket of dried apricots. I also bought fresh grapes and apples. My rear bags look heavy now.