Climbing 500, down 630
Another camp group partied with loud music until about 3am, luckily I was on the furthest side from them so not as disturbed as some of the other riders. Also any time anyone got up to the toilet the camp dogs barked to prove their worth as watch dogs. All in all not a great night of sleep.
After breakfast the TDA staff burying organic waste were watched with great interest by 5 dogs who no doubt will have it dug up again as soon as we were gone.
The first 20 kilometres had stunning scenery going through the gorge, then further on there was a dam (Editor’s note: unfortunately you’ll just have to imagine the gorgeous scenery, as Kaye hasn’t sent me any photos . . . ).
At the town at 22 kilometres we were told it was the last chance to buy food / drink for the day. Like a number of other riders I bought supplies and carried to them to camp, only to find a restaurant / shop that sold everything we were carrying!
The rest of the day was long straightish roads with not much of a climb and a bit of wind.
We are bush camping again, in a place quite exposed again, and the wind picks up considerably in the late afternoon and evening.
Dinner was corn on cob with butter, and chicken.