End Day 23 – Stormy Morning, Hot Afternoon

End Day 23 – Stormy Morning, Hot Afternoon

by admin on October 3, 2008

Friday, October 3, 2008 – 6.18 pm

A terrific day on the bike today with another 163 kms done and dusted.

The day started at 7.15 am riding off in stormy conditions: thunder, lighting and rain.

Jack and I stopped at a photo opportunity not to be missed.  You see, my brother is Peter Sinclair.  And it came as no surprise that the Peter Sinclair Bridge spans the Bogan River!  (Howdy Pete!)

The Sinclair boys take the best photo opportunity so far!

The rain soon stopped and moved ahead of us at about the same speed we were cycling at.  The cooler conditions were a welcome change and we did an easy 61 kms into the beautifully named Nevertire.

Of course we had our photo taken by the town sign with Jack insisting (!) I ham it up!

Jack and Brendon at Nevertire

Our rest was under the cover of a beautiful old shop in Nevertire.  One of the many old country town buildings we’ve seen that are slowly decaying.

Old shop in Nevertire

Another 42 kms to lunch as the day heated up to 31 degrees.  We passed through the beautiful little country town of Warren, where Jack had his photo taken under the Gilgandra sign.

Jack in Warren

Dave steamed us ahead and we were flying along at 47 km/hr on the flat with no wind.

Dave and Jack ride along towards Gilgandra

At lunch, Chris joined us for the 60 kms to Gilgandra.  This was soon interrupted when the Collie Hotel called out strongly as we passed and Chris insisted we support the small country community by having a  cool drink.

He’s a big guy so we did what he said!

Donation from Marianne at the Collie Hotel

A beer for the lads and a lemonade for Jack from Marianne was a fantastic relief.  Marianne then very kindly donated $10 to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Australia.  Thanks Marianne.

The day heated up and our pace slowed down as we rode to Gilgandra.  A swooping magpie had Chris, a 6 foot 4 inch man mountain, ducking for cover.

Crashed Straight Over The Handle Bars

He kept such a close eye on the magpie that he rode straight off the highway into a farmer’s field and crashed straight over the handle bars!

We checked he was okay, then spent the next 10 minutes laughing till we almost cried!

The last 30 kms into Gilgandra was a bit of a struggle after the heat took its toll.  We’re now safely in the local caravan park about to have Chicken Noodles for dinner.

We’re all tired, but getting excited as we get that much closer to our goal.

Jack at the end of the day

Cheers

Brendon

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