Port Augusta to Port Pirie – 92km

Today marked the start of the 4th week of our transcontintel crossing (on land, on Australia). Our peloton has grown to 11 and the day started with the usual packing of the vehicles, breakfast and bike checks on a crisp, autumn morning. First up, crossing the causeway with the magestic Flinders Ranges flanking us to the east and the Spencer Gulf to our west.

After riding through our first set of traffic lights since Kalgoorlie, we hit the highway, forming 2 bunches with support vehicles working over time notifying riders of passing cars, caravans and road trains. Certainly the traffic levels were the highest we had seen for kilometres.

Morning tea was soon upon us with a rest stop nestled away in a red gum lined gulley with old gums forming a wonderful canopy. The serenity was soon interupted by a blue and yellow 3 engine Pacific National freight train sharing our space. The drivers were suitable entertained by Janette's pom pom work and the train also allowed some close up "action shots".

The revitalised peloton continued south down the Augusta Highway and the Flinders Ranges were progresively illuminated by the ever advancing sun. Majestic. As we crossed the railway overpass there was more breathtaking vistas of the range.

The final 30kms provided many examples of big equipment as farms sowed canola crops. The day finished with an early lunch at the local bakery, media commitments and general town sightseeing.

Richard Cooke