Day 5 – Kalgoorlie to Norseman (Almost)

by admin on September 15, 2008

Hi, writing this from a campsite 15 kms north of Norseman, which is the start of the Nullarbor for us.

The day started a bit poorly with Jack waking up with a cold at 5 am.  We soon hit the road only to be confronted by strong headwinds.

Luckily we had Jack’s cousin Emily to share the load up the front as we battled for 100 kms into the headwind that just didn’t give up.

The hilly ride didn’t help and the uphills seemed so much longer than the downhills.

Rode Last 70 kms Standing Up

A fair bit of saddle soreness saw Jack ride the last 70 kms standing up to ease the pain.  The winds finally stopped and after a hard 8 1/2 hours in the saddle we’d covered just 170 kms to the campsite at 5.40 pm.

That’s 15 kms short of where we planned to be (in Norseman), but we plan to leave early tomorrow to make up the difference.

Ange has worked on Jack’s legs for hours and he’s exhausted but comfortable.

Everyone is in good spirits despite the tough day.

Jack and Brendon on the road to Norseman

The typical outback WA road

Jack at the end of the day

{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

Chris harris September 16, 2008 at 2:23 pm

From: Chris Harris.

Age: 14

Congrats on this great ride!!!

I can only just begin to imagine how much effete you are putting into this, its great to know I have the same mindset as someone else :), I Have Plans to try and accomplish a ride like yours.

It would be nice to maybe keep in contact through E-mail.

Best of luck on your amazing mission Jack (and others).

Jamie Harrop September 16, 2008 at 4:28 pm

It amazes me each morning when I think to myself that while I’ve been tucked up in bed for the last eight hours, you boys have been firing on all cylinders with two wheels attached. 🙂

I get saddle soreness after just 20 minutes. I can’t imagine what it’s like after several days! Ouch!

Keep rocking guys. You’re doing great!

Julie Mason September 16, 2008 at 9:48 pm

Way to go guys. Damn to the strong headwinds!!!Thinking of you often throughout the day and my thoughts are with you! Hi to all the gang .Mel, I hope you are feeling better. Miss you all and the memories will be with me. Juls xxx

Julie Mason September 16, 2008 at 9:58 pm

P.S meant to write forever after memories will be with me ……I am definitely acting “blonde” And Neil, I hope you are sticking to the midday rule! Juls XXXX

Seamus September 16, 2008 at 10:12 pm

Hi Guys,

I’m sure you were expecting and planned for tough days, but I’m also sure that can’t help with the soreness.

Come on Jack! I can’t imaging how hard it’s been so far. But keep your chin up!

You’re an inspiration. Both of you.


Stan James September 16, 2008 at 11:24 pm

Welcome to reality! The first few thousand K’s are the worst. Believe me, when you think about what you’ve done the sore rear and tired legs just don’t matter any more. There’s nothing more satisfying than the sense of achievement, that knowledge that “I did it!”

julie mason September 17, 2008 at 11:19 am

Hey guys – way to go!!! Damn those headwinds – keep fighting on. I miss you all and am following your daily blogs. I think of you all often throughout the day and the perth to Kal leg will be in my memory forever. Thanks for allowing me to share your adventure.Hippy Neil, remember the midday rule! love to all Juls xxx

Previous post:

Next post: