Cycling The Globe

A Cycle Touring Expedition Around The World

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Day 836: Eden – Bermagui

Posted by Thomas Andersen Posted on Jan - 22 - 2013

Distance: 89.35 km
Ridetime: 4:39:52
Average: 19.2 km/h
Max speed: 41.6 km/h
Total distance: 17667 km

In the night it had started to rain, and to my surprise it continued throughout the whole day. I can’t remember when I last time cycled in rain all day. Not in Australia for sure. In SE Asia I would often encounter a tropical shower in the afternoon, but after half an hour it was usually over and I could continue. With the temperature down at around 18-20 degrees I was freezing.

In Tathra I met Sarah from England in a coffee shop. Usually my budget doesn’t allow for 4$ coffee’s but in the cold and rainy weather I thought I would spoil myself. Sarah was also looking for a place to recharge her laptop, so I thought she had to be a cyclist as well. She is planning to cycle from Sydney to Perth on her first bike trip.

A bit further down the road I was surprised to meet even more cyclists. Tina and Jason had just begun their warm up trip from Sydney til Melbourne. Later this year they plan to cycle in Europe. It is always a pleasure to catch up with other members of this special sub-culture of bicycle tourists.

It seemed like the rain would be easing off so I continued north. Unfortunately it never stopped. When I came to Bermagui I was really freezing. I considered to pay for a camp site but I figured out I would be equally wet if I just wild camped as I had done every night since Melbourne.

On the other hand I was badly in need of a warm shower. In the end I sneaked into a nearby camp site to have my shower there. Afterwards everything looked brighter, even the sunset was visible between the clouds as I put up my tent on a little path next to the ocean.

Rain is never much fun on a bicycle. I hope tomorrow will be dry.

Categories: Australia
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