Day 3 - Jurien Bay to Dongara 134km

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This morning started with a 6.30am breakfast at the hotel. We rolled 1.5km down the road before being stopped for 5mins for road works, however we managed an escort for the two km stretch before commencing our ride toward the town of Leeman for morning tea. A turn left off the main road at 44km meant we got to enjoy the amazing easterly (for 5min). There was a break away from the main peloton by Lesa who ensured she made it first to the toilets in a seamless transition off the bike.

The 1 km rolling turns continued out of Leeman as we faced strong north easterlies along the coastal road, with glimpses of the sea to our left and the back drop of sand dunes to the right. The head winds remained both consistent and persistent as we rolled another 52km into our lunch stop at Cliff Head North.

Much to Richard’s (All Trails Tour Manager) surprise the track to the beach from the main highway had been re vegetated. 5minutes later we were sitting down to lunch under make shift awning admiring the amazing coastal vista.

We set off after lunch into the farming country side, where Wagstaff was in fine form on the undulating roads heading to Dongara. After a left turn onto the Brand Hwy and soon after another left turn into Dongara, we passed by beautiful old limestone homesteads and streets lined with majestic Morton Bay fig trees.

The majority of riders were dropped off at the Dongara Hotel for a dip in the pool (for those who were brave enough) and a massage, meanwhile those camping continued through town to the Seaspray Beach Caravan Park where a dip in the ocean was a must and views of an another amazing sunset were enjoyed.

The food at dinner was once again delicious, Baz mentioning in passing to the staff that 4 lamb cutlets (instead of 6) would have been sufficient. A sleep in awaits for all riders tomorrow for our last day of stage one, a short day on the bike only 66km into Geraldton followed by a well earned day off the bike 9and much needed washing).

Richard Cooke