Day One - 110km

 

Late start to the day, but got out of Sydney for a mostly heavy road down to Wollongong. Planned all the routes through Komoot for the next 11 days knowing there was some big days in there. Slogging up the hills isn’t as easy as I thought with all the added weight but heading into Wollongong was nice, even after hitting a fast downhill and deciding to see how hot they were. I did hear a sizzle and now can’t feel my fingertips.

Arrived at my warmshowers host place for a decent sleep in a bed and even given both dinner and breakfast.

I was pretty tired after day one even though it was 68 miles or  110km day, but I haven’t done that mileage for a long while.

Route available at bottom

 
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Late rollout of Sydney on bike lanes and straight onto the highway

I took the most direct route rather than hitting the coast, mostly because I spent all my morning hanging out with the Irish boys in Sydney watching the half-marathon in the town center. Still not ready and overloaded with things!

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Wrong way, detours and getting late

Headed into Wollongong after a bit of a longer day than I expected. I also decided to touch my rotor after a fast descent. Yes, I burnt my fingers. Rode the last few KM’s on paths as I had lost my lights the day before.

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Arriving on Bike Lanes

I was pretty surprised that Wollongong had such an extensive amount of bike lanes that flowed straight across the beach, all the way to my WarmShowers host. WHich I turned up to in the pitch black!

Thanks to Komoot for providing a sick app, which I only started using just as I was planning the ride down and since planned the whole adventure through it. At the time of writing this, I’ve since upgraded my phone from an iPhone 5s to iPhone 8, as the app would crash or wouldn’t track properly at certain points.

John Pears