Another week goes by, and I’ve still not heard from the hospital. This week I’ve been looking back to 2012 when I was on my World tour. And on this day, 25th-March-2012, I was in Australia fast approaching the end of my ride. But between my finish in Brisbane and myself was the Nullarbor Plain, 1000 miles of flat, treeless desert.
At this stage of my ride, I hadn’t quite decided to turn it into a World tour, although I think I may have started to think about it.
Sunday 25th-March-2012 Merredin to Yellowdine. 90 miles.
I didn’t get off to the best of starts this morning. I got half a mile down the road from the motel when I realised I’d left my gloves behind. The sun’s still pretty strong here. I don’t fancy getting my hand burnt again. It took a while to find the gloves. I eventually found them on the bed. The bedspread was very similar in colour to my gloves, hence why I never noticed them in the first place.
I intended to stop in Southern Cross tonight, the next big town on my map. But the landlady of the only hotel thought different. She was one of the most unhelpful people I’ve ever met! I walked into the hotel reception, but there was nobody there. However, there was a sign saying to ring the bell for service. What bell? There wasn’t one anywhere in sight.
Not All Landladies Are Good
I heard some noise coming from down the corridor, so I went to see if I could find somebody. After walking past a little dog, that wouldn’t stop growling. I found the kitchen. A strange-looking woman was pottering around. I explained that I couldn’t find the bell, which is why I came looking, she told me it was in the bar, and if I went and rang it, somebody would come. Back I went to find the bell, rang it and out came the strange lady, who said they don’t have any rooms!!
Luckily I found a roadhouse about twenty miles down the road with accommodation. And what a good choice it was. Dinner was heavenly. I had roast beef with all the trimmings. I’ve been dreaming of a roast for months!
After another headwind today, I’ve resigned myself that it’s going to be like that all the way across Australia. But then, if it isn’t, it’ll be a bonus. I’ve had a headache ever since I arrived in Australia. But today, I worked out what’s been causing it. I’m upside down! (it’s been a long day!) I was a bit surprised today. It rained this afternoon. I thought it didn’t rain very often in Australia. That’ll probably all change now I’m here!