Nullarbor (Caiguna) to Nullarbor (South Australia Border)
Yesterday's blog was posted early, before we lost reception. About 30km down the road at 6:30pm (WA time), Reid stopped for dinner and a photo at the "90 mile straight" sign. The headwinds are back, with a vengence. He's feeling worn out and just so frustrated with "thousands of kilometers of headwinds". It seems that no matter which way he points his front wheel, the wind comes directly at him. It is a long hard slog and it is taking a massive toll on Reid’s body and mental state.
Travelling across the Nullarbor, we have met a few other crazy/inspirational people. One dude )(www.outbackfrog.com) was cycling Perth to Melbourne, supporting Mission Australia. His driver/support person will soon be heading off to climb Everest and run a half marathon at base camp, in support of Beyond Blue. We then came across a Dutch guy (www.oceanrower.eu) who is riding a modified bike/rowing machine from Brisbane to Perth, he’ll then row from Perth to Africa! We offered him a muesli bar.
In addition to the physical ride of this journey, it is also an emotional one. For the majority of the day Reid has looked exhausted and dejected by the relentless headwinds. By dinner (butter chicken with rice) time at 10pm things weren’t looking good. He fell asleep sitting in Flo (with his helmet still on). A 30 minute power nap and a shot of homemade, instant iced coffee saw him get back on the bike and ride on through Thursday night. (After driving for 5 hours, I switched roles with Tiff, and got some sleep as we travelled the next 70km).
We have just pulled up in “Border Village”, which (as you might guess) is on the border between WA and SA. Another dinner (mac cheese with tuna), power nap and iced coffee and he’ll push on. With the hope of more favorable wind conditions ‘just down the road’ he continues on, to be followed by a solid 6 hour sleep sometime on Friday... This will be good. It should enable Reid to bank a bit more sleep and recover/recharge as he gets closer to home.
The emotions have changed again, he is excited to ‘just get out of this state’. In honour of our time in WA, we have compiled:
10 things Reid hates about WA (these one's made the 'shortlist')
1. Demon possessed flies
3. No shoulders on the roads
4. Lack of phone reception (even Telstra)
6. Bad coffee
7. Road trains
8. The sheer length of the coastline
Three things we like about WA:
1. The friendly and generous locals who have provided meals and facilities for the team
2. The 'half way' and 'two-thirds' milestone were reached.
3. The beauty of a gazillion stars shining in the night as we lie in the middle of the road (across the Nullarbor)
Do you not know? Have you not heard: The Lord is the everlasting god, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom. He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.