Day Three - 82km

 

Back is shot, decided to hit the train station and speed up the journey, as the current setup had three back to back 100 mile days in the mountains. Aint gonna be doing that easily. Train guy said I couldn’t get on as I didn’t have the bike in a box! So just cracked up west to my Warmshowers host in Canberra, but had to find another camp spot. Found the camp spot but some how it wasn’t there, so with it being 3pm already, had 2 hours of light to knock out another 40km on heavy gravel roads to the next spot, a local pub with a garden.

Too good to be true, as they can’t have campers anymore, so instead I went down the road to a local park and camped there. After 10 minutes in trying to sleep with the sound of fast trucks, the light from the nearby toilet and a small generator nearby, I decided to try opening the door to a little hut, which was open! Bingo, put my inflatable mat and sleeping bag in and had a mostly decent sleep. (I say decent, this is usually waking up several times, worried about the bike, where I am and finding a new position to sleep in.)

 
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Big Climb, Gravel Roads and Game of Thrones.

Didn’t take a huge amount of photos today, usually because I’m on a mission to cover the distance. Luckily, after sitting in McDonald’s for 2 hours downloading Game of Thrones, it all worked out with a decent campsite and fire.

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Disappearing Campsite

This was one of those fight of flight moments. After arriving at my campsite, there was nothing there. I had no phone signal and the app I was using wouldn’t work without. I was stuck. My maps wasn’t loading either so with a few pins on a grid, I had to piece together the next destination. With only 2 hours of light left, I just went, cycled hard and hit gravel the rest of the way.

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Pub Garden to Local Park

The next disappointing leg, having arrived pretty much in the dark, I entered the pub to request a sleep in the garden which they have listed on a camping app called “WikiCamps”. I got a stern no, due to some issue with toilets, so I’n my despaire I mentioned my issue. He pointed to a local park down the road, so I weren’t there and pitched up. It turned out the place I pitched was near a toilet light, generator and traffic. So after an hour of trying to sleep, I remembered a nearby empty block and went to discover if it was open, which it was. So a slightly more comfortable and quiet sleep than I expected.

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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