How a day can degenerate….

No WiFi and they call Vodafone “Vodafail” in the village of Milton….so be very surprised if you ever read this post!
Whether the weather be good, whether the weather be bad……so now you know what sort of day it became, but it did start off with this


then it really degenerated to this


to put some simple carbs back into the legs…..and to give me a sugar fix! There’s a certain ease of conscience (totally unjustified I suspect) that these naughties will be burned off up the road. Whatever….two muffins are definitely better than one.
I then chanced upon the track of a devastating tornado that passed through 3 days ago, ripping up all the trees and destroying buildings. Only a force 1…so I’d hate to see what other, stronger ones might do.


Then, under sad circumstances I saw my 2nd and 3rd kangaroos


…the first, of course, had been in a pie on my lunch plate. Such is life for some of the animal kingdom.
Then before a miserable 25mm of rain fell (and all on me) I got a final view (for now anyway) of this stunning coastline


……then a sign appeared telling how far still to go to Melbourne


Do we get signs in the UK saying things like “Aberdeen 550m” or “London 430m”.
So now I am holed up in a friendly village called Milton, trying to dry out, and facing the prospect of a similarly wet day today. If I said I really feel disheartened and thoroughly miserable, and suddenly experience a total aversion to getting back on the bike……would people take pity on me and donate more to the Children in Syria Appeal?
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Distance:124km (77m)


About Frank Burns

Looking for the extraordinary in the commonplace………taking the road less travelled……..striving for the ‘faculty of making happy chance discoveries’ in unremarkable circumstances. Click on the Personal Link below to visit my webpages.

Posted on February 28, 2013, in Australia: Sydney to Melbourne 1000kms and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.

  1. Keep your chin up. Hopefully the weather will improve.

  2. I think you’ll come across a submarine along that road somewhere…. About half way, if memory serves.

  3. The sign distance comment cracked me up. My English wife was shocked when she first got here and realised that a trip up the coast from Sydney to Coffs Harbour would be 6 hours. It is not until “poms” get here that it dawns on them that you could fit the whole of the UK into Australia’s second smallest state of Victoria. Keep riding and here is to clearer skies.

    • You’re right Chris. We have no idea of distances in the real world. A three hour drive for a Brit is a long way. Talk of 10 hour, or even 15 hour drives, and there’s a look of incomprehension.

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