Thursday, January 17, 2008

Day 113: Halls Gap to Dunkheld

Time: 5:20
Distance: 75.5 km
Avg Speed: 14.1 kph
Terrain: Rolling
Location: 37˚ 39’ 3.3” S, 142˚ 20’ 46.1” E

We started out of Halls Gap early this morning. Early being 9:00, but you should expect that by now. We were awoken by kookaburras in the trees and kangaroos running (or hopping) outside the tent. Last night we ran into town for some ice cream and that is when I saw what I thought was a giant rabbit. It took for Leslie to say something like ‘whoa’, before I realized that they weren’t rabbits at all but kangaroos. It was pretty cool to see them. We saw a lot more as the evening wore on.
The riding through Grampians National Park was pretty nice today. There was cool breeze in our faces that kept us from overheating and more importantly kept the flies at bay. The flies don’t bite (yet) but are really annoying. They like to flit around your face and crawl on your sunglass lenses. We had a longer climb today that took us on the leeward side of a hill where the wind was calm. The flies took the chance to introduce themselves to me. I like to give them voices so I can have a conversation with them. It makes the time go by faster. I made a deal with them that I wouldn’t shoo them if they stayed out of my eyes. We made it to the top with out incident and then the deal was off so I shooed them away, and away, and away. It took a ride downhill to escape them.
We got into Dunkeld without incident and decided to grab a bite to eat at the little take-away/pizzeria in town. We had inspected the general store and thought that we could eat better and cheaper on a pizza. I nominate pizza and Coke as the recovery food of choice from here forward. Our campsite is in the town domain and is run by the town. We are camped next to the ultimate outback rig. A Ford F-250 with a snorkel and custom tool topper pulling a 25’ trailer with a lift and diamond plate fenders. They do take their outback seriously here.
All for now.

1 comment:

JennSean said...

Our old roomie Lucy (from Australia) and her husband Jeremy are visiting this week & we were talking about where you have been so far & what you have done. They were blown away that you biked from the airport to town...and it was SO hot out!! They also said if you need a place to stay in Melbourne they have an empty room!