Bike-Ride to Australia Friday 20th-April-2012 Jugiong to Gunning. 63 miles. It was a foggy start to the day today. It was really thick at six o’clock, but when I left at seven, it started to lift, and the sun was coming out.
My evening in the OK Carroll last night was pretty enjoyable. Everybody was so friendly. And all the men seemed to be called Garry!
There was a nasty accident today between three lorries and two utes. (Utility van) I’d had a couple of police cars and an ambulance fly past me and thought there must be something up. The overhead signs on the freeway started to say slow down accident ahead. But it was a long time before I came across it. I suppose if you’re in a car doing 70mph, it doesn’t take long to cover twenty miles or so. But it takes somewhat longer on a bike, especially when it’s hilly!
I’d just ridden up this hill at 650 metres and enjoyed the freewheeling going down the other side when I came upon the accident. A petrol tanker was crossing over from one side of the freeway to exit when two lorries came up the highway on the opposite side, one in the fast lane and one in the slow lane came across the tanker. One lorry ended up in a field still upright. It looked pretty unscathed. The other lorry, which must have borne the brunt of the impact, was unrecognisable as a truck. Thankfully although the driver was hurt, he wasn’t killed, which by looking at the state of his rig was a bit of a miracle! And to top it all, the three utes had run into the back of all this! It all happened in thick fog.
Because of the accident, I’ve not got as far as I’d hoped. I can’t ride in the dark at the moment as my backlight broke and fell off.
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