Sunday 27th February 2011 Ė The last 395km from Lakes Entrance back to Melbourne should have been a beautiful ride along the South Gipsland Highway but unfortunately the weather broke for my final ride and I got completely soaked! The final approach to Melbourne meant joining the freeway system and navigating my way through roadworks, heavy traffic and a number of tricky junctions. As with the approach to any major city, this was a nerve wracking experience, but I managed to find all the right roads at the right time and made it back to my friendsí house without incident.
So thatís it Ė the ride is over. In the last 7 months Iíve ridden from one side of Australia to the other and back again, covered 15,630km, avoided floods, cyclones and heat exposure, met some of the kindest, most helpful and genuinely nice people I could have hoped for, and had the time of my life.
I fly out of Melbourne to Hong Kong on 10 March, spend a week with my brother, then from Hong Kong to London on 17 March. Between now and then Iíll have to try and sell the bike and squeeze my expanded load of luggage back into the 2 bags I came here with.
Iíll write again before I leave, but for now, thank you to everyone whoís been reading this blog Ė I hope youíve enjoyed reading it as much as Iíve enjoyed writing it.
Posted by Jill Maden at February 28, 2011 08:45 AM GMT