Nullarbor to Nundroo – 144km

We awoke on the treeless plain this morning to a very light westerly, and an overcast cool morning. Perfect conditions for the 144km ride to Nundroo.

Janette had mentioned at our first water stop that she would find some more shelter for us for morning tea. We all laughed, as there were no plants over a foot tall anywhere to be seen. It was amazing how quickly the landscape changed. One minute we were riding through a vast area of flat nothingness, the next a few trees appeared, and then some rolling hills, just enough to remind the legs that today would not be all plain sailing. It was actually nice to get to roll downhill after the constant grind on the flat road.

We were happy for the trees and bushes during our breaks as our outdoor dunnies had been so sparse.

At 80km we celebrated the halfway point between Perth and Melbourne. Jan rang her bell in recognition and produced a toilet paper banner featuring all of us. It was a very rewarding moment – 1,777km ridden, 1,777km to go!

The km’s passed by quickly today and we were grateful to arrive at Nundroo Roadhouse by 3pm, giving us a bit of downtime. Of course there was another hole to play on the Nullabor Links Golf Course – The Wombat Hole. It was a par 5 hole on a greenless fairway. Cam and Renee managed to lose 2 balls in the rough leaving us with 3 left with 2 holes to play in Ceduna. We have a 3 iron and putter on board with both being used as chippers, wedges, and woods.

It seems unbelievable that we are now closer to Melbourne than Perth.

Richard Cooke