Yet again riders are strewn across the Nullarbor continuing to battling winds and rain for those in the west. For some respite has come as they reached Ceduna the first city since Norseman some 1200km behind.
Mike Hall seems to be slipping into tourist mode but not slowing down at all, I think he even took time out to read last nights blog post and make sure we could share this image tonight, cheers Mike!
Food seems to have been the theme amongst the racers today with some internationals taking the opportunity to taste certain Australian delicacies.
Jan-Willem discovered Lamington's. and whilst this isn't you traditional chocolate style, the strawberry flavoring may well possess a secret ingredient needed for Jan to reach Ceduna tonight.
The Indypac PC survey pushed on with little success. In honour of their noble quest I had a hamburger complete with PC filling today from local Melbourne food truck Beatbox kitchen. Hope you guys have more luck as the road heads east!
All the way back in Balladonia Paul Ardil is still tapping away as the self confessed broom wagon, he caught up with a few friends today and was happy with his 168km day, if you want to keep track of his adventures click here to follow his facebook page
Out past Port Augusta the front runners are taking on their first substantial climb since leaving the Perth Hills. Horrocks pass climbs 500m into the Flinders ranges just before the town of Wilmington. The pass is named after John Horrocks who came to an unfortunate death at the hands of him Camel in 1846.
Back across to the Eyre Peninsula the chasing riders still aren't out of the desert yet. The road to Pt Augusta is just a flat and dead as the Nullarbor. Among that group Kai Edal posted for the first time on facebook since leaving Perth saying he was beginning to find a rhythm. We might begin to see a battle for the minor placings heat up as we get into more challenging terrain!
As the front runners reach the Clare Valley in the darkness tonight I dare say none of them will be taking delight in the beautiful wine and produce the region has to offer. Maybe we can get the mid field to give us a few wine review as the pass by in the coming few days.