Wednesday, September 12, 2012

A Long Ride! Albany to Wellstead

Got away at 7.00am as usual.
Packed 3 extra litres of water in my trailer, and Del carried the day's food in his backpack.

Once out of the city we struck more roller coaster hills which made progress slow.
Had covered 50kms by 11.15am when we stopped for a snack.

Passed forests of Tasmanian and Australian Blue Gums which led to hectares of yellow rape fields interspersed with grazing cattle and sheep.

Farmland gradually gave way to regenerating bush - with signs of fairly recent bush fires.
Native shrubs and wild flowers were out in bloom amongst the young native trees.

Had to make lots of short stops - to get relief from our saddles and revitalise - but we still managed to reach Wellstead by 2.30pm.

No camp ground, but a woman at the small local store suggested that we could camp anywhere.
We settled on a secluded spot alongside the local football field.

Put up our tent and later feasted on salmon filled rolls, an orange and "Nice" biscuits - plus a bottle of red from the local store!

By 5.00pm it was already turning chilly. We changed into our sleepwear, thermals and socks, wrote our logs and prepared for an early night.

98kms today. Our biggest day so far!

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