IPWR 2017: Day 6 – an unexpected encounter, the land of the March flies and BANG!

Day 6 – nowhere to Nundroo 224 km I woke after a couple of hours in my bivvy a couple of hundred metres back from the road and thought of getting up for my early start.  But I was still tired and dozing a bit longer was more appealing, so it was 5am when I … Continue reading IPWR 2017: Day 6 – an unexpected encounter, the land of the March flies and BANG!

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IPWR 2017 – Day 5: the Madura Shelf and Eucla Pass: pain, heat, food and lost time

Mundrabilla to nowhere, c.180km Before sunrise, I woke from a broken sleep and reflected on the day before.  It had been a mistake not to have stopped at Madura as I had planned.  And I’d obviously got the closing time of the roadhouse wrong (I later checked my source (Nullarbornet) and I had noted it … Continue reading IPWR 2017 – Day 5: the Madura Shelf and Eucla Pass: pain, heat, food and lost time

IPWR 2017 – Day 4: Payback for riding through night: exhausted and ravenous. But finally, a kangaroo!

Caiguna to Mundrabilla After my overnight ride down the 90-mile straight, I stopped briefly for food at Caiguna roadhouse. I also adjusted my cleats.  I’d had a bit of discomfort half way down the 90-mile so decided to slam my cleats right back. Jokingly, I said to Joe ‘If you see me at the side … Continue reading IPWR 2017 – Day 4: Payback for riding through night: exhausted and ravenous. But finally, a kangaroo!

IPWR 2017 – Day 3: The Nullarbor, my ‘disc’ wheel, but still no roos

Norseman to Caiguna, 370km When I got up, later than planned, the sun was already up and I’d slipped back a few places, to about 20th.  But I felt refreshed and alert.  And hungry! So I ambled over to the roadhouse restaurant.  The menu showed lots of pies, meat pies, steak pies, beef pies, lamb … Continue reading IPWR 2017 – Day 3: The Nullarbor, my ‘disc’ wheel, but still no roos

IPWR 2017 – Day 2: Rain, crosswinds, headwinds & towns that time forgot

Southern Cross to Norseman 352km daily / 780km cumulative / 390km average per day While I was on my bench in Southern Cross, the wind got up, a cold, south wind.  And it started raining.  I was dry under my canopy, but the wind was making me cold so, after a couple of hours of … Continue reading IPWR 2017 – Day 2: Rain, crosswinds, headwinds & towns that time forgot