The ride to Albury from Yackandandah was uneventful and I arrived in time for my media appointment. I then got a call back to the park to do a piece for the Albury-Wodonga News Weekly – I’m such a tart! …..then it started raining; and boy did it rain – I got to my “warmshowers” home (a share house with 4 great people: Gemma – my host, Alex a german tourist, John her partner and Ollie – all very wonderful people who were very kind to me and good to chat with) quite wet. Had a shower and then got a call to do an interview on WinTV so back into the wet clothing and hauled everything onto the bike to make it look “authentic”. 😉
I did the talk in Albury to a small but interested audience and then went ‘home’ to bed. I’ve been sleeping exceptionally well, I’ve got to say!
Albury – Wagga Wagga was a notional 130km day. It started with a magpie swoop and went ‘downhill’ from there…..uphill, into a headwind with increasing rain. I reached Culcairn for lunch at the bakery quite cold and soaking. I seemed to be up on a plateau which would have been good except for the wind and rain. It was all I could do to keep a steady pace going. In the end I ‘piked’ it at Uranquinty about 20km shy of Wagga – all up 113km at an average of 18.6km/h and bike time of 6:03; the maximum speed I managed that day was 33.3km/h which probably says it all!! I had left Albury at 8am and threw the towel in at 4:30pm – this was my toughest ride so far!
The talk in Wagga went very well with an interested, question-laden and enthused audience. I haven’t had a chance to see what people have been committing to do in their lives to drive down their energy use but I do know my web stats have been going up quite dramatically – all good signs.