Day 2 - Lancelin to Jurien Bay 126km

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Today started with a brisk roll out of the hotel to breakfast a couple of km’s down the road at the Lobster Trap Cafe. This was followed by a steady roll up out of town (yes what went down yesterday had to go up today) and north onto Indian Ocean Drive. Once we hit the road and were quickly immersed in the amazing wildlife and nature. Some of us lucky enough to see a huge flock of black cockatoos, which were all happy and chirpy to see us, and a couple of Australia’s own – a large emu standing in the middle of the road and a not so large echidna on the side of the road.

47km’s down the road was our morning tea stop today at Wedge Lookout. What a beautiful vast view of the Indian Ocean we had, and what better weather might I just add! Here our team mascots Patsy and Mandy found themselves amongst the group and getting amongst all the ‘happy snaps’ – even getting a selfie!

Cycling doesn’t get much better than what the group experienced after morning tea. The peloton / cycle train grew in numbers as we rolled along the undulating roads with some spectacular views of sand dunes in the distance. A 5km turn off brought us to the Pinnacles - limestone pillars that stand 5metres high in a sea of sand. Simply incredible.

I know we are only 2 days in but I’d like to say the food so far has been nothing short of beautiful (and plentiful). And lunch at the Seashells Café at Cervantes lived up this today, and meeting some of the locals bought about our first roving donation, $50 thanks ladies!

The cycle road train grew longer again as we left lunch and rolled the last 30km into Jurien Bay, in time for massage, visit to the beach and over due laundry (for some). And a sad farewell to Matt who joined us for days one an two. A Sunday roast was on the menu for dinner and our first ‘fine’ session was held by Rob, sharing some highlights and low lights (for some) of the past couple of days. An early start tomorrow sees us depart for Dongara at 7.30am. Off to bed now!

Richard Cooke