Merredin to Southern Cross – 109km

We rose to a beautiful morning, light westerly breeze that was welcomed by all. After breakfast at the BP service station (which was pretty good) we headed east leaving a sleepy Merredin at 7:30 am. Before I cover today's ride I would like to acknowledge the amazing ladies doing this ride they are all much stronger riders than me, thank goodness for Cam & Baz for keeping the male image in tact.

Today's ride Merredin to Southern Cross was a leisurely 109 kms over rolling hills and plenty flat open road. As on previous days, traffic was very cautious and courteous particularly the trucks.Our first drinks stop was at Burracoppin (22 kms), water everywhere after thunderstorms last night. The old pub on the corner had water running past the door step. A further 2 kms on we had photo shoot at Rabbit Proof Fence tourist rest area. Where the longest ever fence was erected in 1901, length of 1,837 kms and completed in 1903.

A short ride onto Carrabin Roadhouse/Hotel/Motel for morning tea. What a neat and tidy outfit, something you might expect in a county town of 1-2 thousand people not 5-10 persons. It was nice to see the country side looking so good and green. Following a short drinks break between Bodallin and Moorine Rock we rolled on into Southern Cross at 1 pm (4 hours in the saddle) for lunch at the Commercial Hotel and a well earned rest before we tackle the 226 kms to Kalgoorlie tomorrow, all the best I know we can do it.

Richard Cooke