Distance Thursday 85km at 21km/hr average
TOTALS: Distance 6705km. Donations $8570.09. Days remaining 46. Deserts: Sturt Stony, Strzelecki, Tirari, Gibson, Great Victorian, Little Sandy Desert, Great Sandy Desert. Tracks: Birdsville Development Road, Birdsville Track, Oodnadatta Track, Red Centre Way, Great Central Road, Goldfields Highway, Wiluna North Road, Marble Bar Road, Great Northern Highway.
Note to new readers: I am travelling with my bike who’s name is Banjo. I often refer to ‘we’ meaning Banjo and I. ‘We’ have an amazing support team of family, friends, sponsors and folk we meet each day. But it’s still up to ‘us’ to face the challenge and tackle each day one peddle at a time.
It’s 730pm on Sunday the 1 August 2021.
Another awesome day super yay!!! I woke with the sunrise and started packing up camp when Sam and Verrel invited me for a coffee. They’re just fun and we had belly laughs to kick the day off with a bang. Thanks ladies!!!
I got underway about 9am. The day was a bit headwindy to start so I chipped away at the kms doing 15km blocks. It worked a treat and I settled into the ride focused and relaxed.
At the first couple of breaks I had phone reception and was able to call Dawn and Mum and Dad to see how the family was going in lockdown.
The scenery was beautiful with flowering natives adding bursts of colour amongst the gums, anthills and grasses.
I found a great spot under a tree to take it all in when I called the folks.
We were 85km into the day when I passed the sign to Mary Pool Rest Area. It was 1km off the road but I was keen to check it out with the other caravans that were turning off. So glad I did!!! That was us for the day. The rest area is on a cattle property right on the river. There’s plenty of room to find a spot under the gums which line the river bank. The trees are full of birdlife and the water is fresh for swimming. Oh bliss!!!
I found my campsite and beelined it down to the water for a swim.
There’s 2 bars of 4G reception here and a great chance to upload some photos from the last 10 days. Videos eventually load standing on 1 leg with the phone held in the air so I kept them to a minimum 🤣
I settled in for the next 4 hours going back over the posts and reliving the last stint from Marble Bar.
I really appreciated going back over this time which felt a bit of a blur until now. Photos really help me to sequence events in my head especially when the days are so full of experience. I had planned to do this in Halls Creek so today was awesome time spent and a big job done in a beautiful place ✔️ It allows me to move forward now and concentrate on preparations for the Tanami.
I stopped to enjoy sunset o’clock with the corellas.
It’s another 110kms into Halls Creek which means an early start to arrive in time to find somewhere to stay that’s secure for Banjo. I plan to pop into the local police station to ask their advice and take it from there. For now it’s time for dinner and bed. Night and talk soon xx