Bike-Ride to Australia 21st-April-2012

Bike-Ride to Australia Saturday 21st-April-2012 Gunning to Mittagong. 83 miles. I started the day off with another puncture and a broken rear rack! I’d had a rattling coming from the back of the bike for a few days now, so I knew something had broken, but I just couldn’t see it. Not until I took the wheel off to fix the puncture. One of the bolts connecting the rack to the bike frame had sheered. And the rack was knocking against the frame. Luckily I had spare bolts, as this happened a couple of years ago when I was touring Ireland. And since then, I’ve always carried a couple of spare ones. So it was a quick fix, and I was soon on my way again!

Road sign by a tree
Crossing the Great Dividing Range

I crossed over the Great Dividing Range today at 723 metres, not exactly that high, but it’s been a pleasant couple of days in the hills. Much better than those long flat straight roads. It’s also getting pretty green now. Compared to the sun-scorched fields and desert I’ve had since Perth!

I’m going to stop in Sydney and play the tourist for a few days. Jenny, the lady I met on my last day in Bali, has invited me to stay at her apartment. It’ll be nice to stay in somebodies home. It saves on hotel bills! It’ll also give me a chance to get some new bits for my bike and enjoy some home cooking. I’m looking forward to staying with Jenny and her partner Noel.

It’s just like a Saturday night at home here tonight. A few beers down the pub, then pick up a chicken curry, fried rice and chips on the way home!

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