Bike-Ride to Australia 28th-April-2012

Garry McGivern’s bike-ride to Australia Saturday 28th-April-2012 Gosford to Karuah. 86 miles. The first five kilometres were all downhill! A good start to the day. The riding is so much more interesting now, with a lot more variety. The roads twist and down and also go up and down. It’s a far cry from a couple of weeks ago when I was in the Nullarbor, and it was day after day of long straight roads. I can’t actually believe I’m enjoying cycling up hills!

Pelican in water
Pelican in the Tuggerah lake

I saw some pelicans today out in the Tuggerah Lake. Blimey, they’re big! Speaking of big, I passed a train today that was over two kilometres long and had three engines to pull it. I stopped at a McDonald’s for lunch. It’s the only place where I can get free wifi.

You can certainly see the British influence in the names of towns. Lunch was in Swansea, and I came through Newcastle earlier. I’ve also picked up my first sign saying Brisbane, although it is still nine hundred kilometres away!

The old boy who runs tonight’s motel is a country and western singer. There are loads of CDs that he’s recorded for sale in reception. He was a jolly chap, and I don’t think he could quite believe that I’d cycled from England. Supper tonight was in the Karuah RSL. Eat as much as you like Chinese buffet for eighteen dollars. I wish I’d discovered these clubs a lot earlier in my journey.

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