So that’s about 140 km already on the way. It’s 15h53 and I’m in Torquay. Gonna push it a bit further along the Great Ocean Road, that starts here. The ride there was okay, a lot slower than i thought (I’m still over 50km a day with a lot of breaks)
Impressions about what I had planned and how it actually feels?
– counting on a 15 km/h average was reasonable, rather than 20. especially with headwinds and a total weight of bike+biker+gear+food around 120kg! it s like i m carrying a slim version of myself. . . actually it’s not about your speed, it’s about the number of times you stop, to take a break, to check your way, to take pictures
– ride safe, look out for driveways! yesterday i bumped into a car coming out of th driveway. Bad luck for the first day. nothing bad though, no big speed no harm. But it scared the shit out of me.
– when you are not sure of something, just ask people you meet. Actually even if you’re sure, ask, it s always good to talk to people, you come up on information you wouldn t have thought of asking. Like where to do freedom camping!
– I camped on a beach yesterday. Just put my tent down and nothing happened. As simple as that. I think the fact that I was in Dromana, on a beach called Safety Beach, and where they have a jogging trail along their coastline (so the kind of suburb where people enjoy a clean healthy quiet life) helped lift the stress. My only companion that night was the wind insistantly trying to flick my tent away!