Mar 1 Nindigully to St. George 47.03 klms, Avg speed 12.7 kph, Cycling time 3.41 hrs; Total kms 7028.14 Temp 39C Headwinds
We slept peacefully by the river far enough away from the pub as the party raged til 2am. As we only had 47klms to cycle we didn’t rush having our usual breakfast of cups of tea & muesli with tinned fruit & watched all the utes leaving the river banks where some had spent the night. Going on the past few days weather conditions we thought it would take about 2.5 hours to get to St. George, how wrong could we be, it took nearly 4 hours, it was a terrible ride with hot headwinds gusting at 24kph, I couldn’t believe I could ride this slowly & thought there must be something wrong with my bike. We were riding through flat, open conditions passing fields of cotton & sunflowers so there was nothing to stop the wind. For me it was one of the worst day’s riding, listening to music on my iPod didn’t help much, for Greg his attitude is “head down, bum up and keep grinding”..must remember that next time! We picked up lunch supplies at St. George & rode into the Kamarooka Tourist Park, a lovely, shady park in the centre of town with excellent, clean facilities owned by Glenda & Neil Waters. We had planned to stay 2 nights in St. George to prepare for a 300 klm ride to Cunnamulla stopping at Bollon & a bush camp in between. However as the temperature rose to 41C & with hot & unfavourable windy conditions forecast over the next few days, Greg decided to postpone our next stage until the riding conditions improve—THANK GOODNESS!! I took him to the local Chinese restaurant to celebrate, excellent food too, much better than the one at Warwick.