Bike-Ride to Australia Saturday 24th-March-2012 Northam to Merredin. 99 miles. I think this part of my journey is going to be a lot tougher than I thought, especially if this headwind persists! I’ve had it all day again. And I’ve had varying reports on whether it will stop or not. A man at the campsite said that the prevailing wind blows from the east, which I hope is wrong. Somebody else said that it’s the windy season. And the landlady in the motel tonight said it’s usually still!
The cycling has been pretty boring today, and I’m not even in the Nullarbor Plain yet. The few villages that I’ve passed through were like ghost towns. All there was, was the tumbleweed blowing down the high street! I’ve stopped at a couple of roadhouses to stock up on fluids and snacks, and they’re certainly not cheap. But then, is anything here? I’ve seen plenty of parrots and some grey and red birds that remind me a bit of a pigeon, but I don’t think they are.
I got stopped by the police this morning and got a fifty dollar fine, bastards! It was for not wearing a helmet, which I knew was the law. I was just hoping to get away with it by playing the dumb tourist. It didn’t work! But if it’s the law and the fact that I’ve now got a fine, I suppose I’d better buy one. There were no shops around today to buy one, and all the shops are closed tomorrow. Sundays are like Sundays used to be in England, with everything closed. I’ll just have to wait until Monday. I hope I remember!?!
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