... Must Come to an EndIt's been a week since the last day of our epic ride across the continent. We've unpacked, done all our dirty laundry (Di), put the bikes back together (Doug), cleaned the house (Di) and done some gardening (Doug.) We've been to the State Cinema to see a movie (Ricki and the Flash with Meryl Streep), had dinner with friends, out to breakfast this morning with some other friends and have even had a couple of rides. It doesn't feel weird anymore not getting up every morning and into our cycling gear straight away, so I guess we've generally settled back into being homebodies.
I figure there has been enough time - and space - between finishing the big ride and now to be able to look back and sum up the journey. Here are some raw numbers:
Total number of ride days: 44
Total number of rest days: 9
Total days from Perth to Melbourne: 53
Shortest stretch of consecutive days riding: 2 (the first two days; ~ 200 kilometres)
Longest stretch of consecutive days riding: 12 (Esperance to Ceduna; > 1400 kilometres)
Total distance: ~ 4700 kilometres
Best Moment Off the Bike
|Ahhh ... the simple pleasures of life!|
Worst Moment Off the Bike
Hardest Day Of Cycling
... Most Beautiful Moment On the Bike ...
Most Relaxing Morning Tea Break
Most Dramatic Finish
|Could this be another King?|
Most Rewarding Day
The other most rewarding day would have to be when we rode from Port Campbell to Wye River. The day started with some gorgeous riding along the coast before going up into the Otways, roller-coasting through thick temperate rainforest and then descending back to the coast and more riding beside the sea. We rode about 125 kilometres and climbed over 1800 metres - the most of any day on the whole route. Di, Neil and I rode together along the coast visiting scenic sites along the way, went at our own pace up to Lavers Hill and down the other side to lunch, then regrouped for the rest of the ride along the coast. It was one of those magic days on the bike.
Most Exhilarating Moment
Not Just the Nullarbor!
|Di with camel: another road train casualty|