Monday 3rd January 2011 – Ride statistics:
Balcardine - Hughenden
Distance: 480 km
Total ride duration: 8 hours
Temperature: unbelievably hot!
Had the day off yesterday, but back on the road today.
Balcardine onwards saw the introduction of my first 3-trailer road trains. As I came out of Longreach I encountered 4 of them in a row so I got whipped all over the joint.
I set off at 6 am again so made good time to Winton, but the ride up the Kennedy Development Road to Hughenden, oh my god, I thought I wasn’t going to make it. Its 214km of single track, heavily rutted road without a single stopping place to offer any shade. I pulled over at the side of the road about 6 times to drink and soak myself in water but by the time I got to Hughenden, I was a jittering wreck. The man at the petrol station gave me a seat in his shady workshop and then let me use his shower as I was shaking with heat exposure. Although I made it to Hughenden by 2pm and could have tried to do another 100km or so, I figured I should quit while I was still alive, so booked into the local motel.
Tomorrow, Charters Towers, then somewhere up the Gregory Development Road, maybe Ravenshoe if I’m lucky.
Posted by Jill Maden at January 03, 2011 06:27 AM GMT