Brrr. Last night in the OzTent was really chilly. I expected to see frost but the temp was 6C. Can’t explain why I felt so cold from 4am onwards.
Took a long time to pack up and get going. Time just slipped away while I spent time watching the park bird life. It’s a Community run park, well looked after. They have a tame Magpie and it was teaching it’s young how to look cute and get fed. They are nice until the thing in their brain goes click and it’s dive bombing time.
The last shop in Dunkeld sells coffee. Tested 3 different places now and the coffee tastes the same in all of them. A local roaster supplies them – must be the same blend and I reckon it includes some Robusta beans. The taste is ‘robust’.
3 touring cyclists came across the road for a chat. The first cyclists I have seen touring. They are from Adelaide heading to Melbourne. I am the first touring cyclist they have seen.
Leaving town, up a slight hill, round a bend and, what’s this? A hard shoulder with good surface wide enough to take the trike. Brilliant.
For the next 8 ks the hard shoulder lasted until I turned right to pick up a quieter road. Then the magic began.
Yes, a delightful ride, the sort that makes the bad days worth having.
Along the way there were roadworks.
It was just more of the same all the way to Hamilton.
Hamilton itself is not cycling friendly. Narrow roads, cycle lanes filled with parked cars and busy roads thru the centre.
I will be here for 3 nights as some wet weather is forecast and I don’t fancy the roads complete with spray coming off the B doubles.