It was very windy during the night and I didn’t sleep well. Then I slept through my alarm and had to rush to be ready to leave at 7am. I was feeling tired and irritable, and with a long day ahead it wasn’t a good way to start. I was also feeling homesick and missing my kids and partner. To top it off I had no phone reception so I couldn’t even talk to them.
Today we tried out a new system of taking turns in front. Every 20km the rider at the front would slow and move to the left of the lane to let the others past. It worked quite well and gave us something to think about and count down to.
It was very cold to begin with, and by the time we reached Camooweal I was shivering. Still no phone reception.
Entering the Northern Territory
The next leg, into the Northern Territory, was to be the longest without fuel or places to stop – 265km. We rode without stopping for just over 200km. After a short break at a rest spot the guys took off before I was ready and by the time I pulled out onto the road they were out of sight. This left me with the choice between speeding to catch up with them, or riding on my own to the next stop. I chose the latter and by the time I reached the stop I was fuming and I made sure they knew it. :-( Finally I had phone reception and a call home made me feel better.
This was the longest day so far. My perspective on distance has changed. 200km before morning tea, and another 200km before lunch seems normal, when that distance would usually be a whole day’s riding. The landscape gradually changed - it had been mostly grass for a long time, then it changed to scrub.
Three Ways is located at the intersection of the Barkly and Stuart Highways. It consists of a roadhouse and caravan park.
I was asleep by 8:00pm. Tomorrow will be even longer.
Today’s distance: 640km