The trip down to Augusta was something I was definitely looking forward to. I’d heard it was a good ride meandering through the Margaret River region.
Nearly the entire road has an over hanging canopy and the old giant trees started to appear.
Formerly known as Yalingup Caves, were my next stop. I’d been here before but a long time ago.
It started with me negotiating my first real stretch of gravel on my bike. This was something I’ve always been afraid of. This was also the nasty ball bearing gravel and was very much a “tighten your sphincter” moment.
Typing the bike over is easy if a wheel slips. Since the bike weighs in at over 320kg (without extra luggage), picking it up on gravel is almost impossible when you don’t have a decent foothold yourself. Anyway, practice makes perfect I guess. I managged it Ok but I’m still avoiding the damn stuff where possible.
Back to the travelog…
Caves were excellent. However, after 10 minutes I did remember something about then from my last visit: frigging humidity!
That with my high level of fitness (not)
Had me sweating profusely in no time. Not pleasant with all of that safety gear to put back on but well worth it nonetheless.
I did take some photos but they’ll need some work due to the poor lighting.
Well, it’s almost all sorted. It’s been about 6 months in the planning, but I think I’ve finally got it worked out. I do have to remember though, a plan is just a plan and is subject to change. While I think I have a good estimate for hours/day and KM/day of riding, I’m prepared to go with the flow.
Clearly anxiety is setting in. Only a few more days to go and I’m on my trip.
I’m now starting to watch the long range weather forecasts which are indicating a chance of a storm around Ravensthorpe as I’m passing through.
The rain doesn’t bother me, but I’m not looking forward to pitching a tent in a storm. Also, will it just follow me across the Nullabor and spoil the whole trip?
I guess this is part of the adventure. It wouldn’t be worth doing if it was boring.
My 1st blog post. I’ve had this site for a while, and now have a reason to use it. While Facebook might provide a solution, I’m after something that’s a little more web-typical for the older crinklier people in my life. A simple blog is all I need.