Day 7 - Kalbarri to Murchison River 84km

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After the wet and late arrival into Kalbarri last night, today the group enjoyed a leisurely start, heading off at 10am. But first things first – tonight is a bush camp, so the whole contingent rolled into the local bottle shop. It was likely a new experience for the lovely staff – to have 20 lycra clad cyclists stream in at opening time!!

Then we were off – a favourable westerly wind meant an enjoyable and speedy day in the saddle for everyone as we made our way through the spectacular Kalbarri National Park. There was chatter in the peloton and high spirits all round. Amazing what a tail wind can do!

Morning tea at the All Trails roaming café was located at the spectacular Ross Graham Lookout. Here the heavens opened momentarily giving everyone a drenching, but the ride back out of the gorge lookout was well worth the effort.

Then we continued through the National Park, eventually turning back on to the NW Coastal Highway. Fun and games continued at the back of the pack, with JB, our mechanic and all round good guy providing motivation and support for the stragglers. But everyone made the relatively short stage and soon the bush camp at Murchison River took shape.

With a camp fire lit, drinks in the esky, dinner in preparation and the sun setting, the whole group is settling in to a night of laughs and relaxation. We are now well on our way to the north!

Richard Cooke