Bike Across Oz

A solo bike ride from Sydney to Perth in less than 10 days: Can Tristan break the world record?

Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Day 2 - Stats

Start time = 4.27am
Finish time = 8.07pm
Daily time = 15hrs 40mins
Daily distance = 377km

Total time = 1 day 15 hrs 57mins
Total distance = 826km

Day 2 - Little Luxuries

Tristan stopped riding 50km east of Balranald and we drove into town to find somewhere dry and warm to stay for the night – a cabin! Our biggest luxury for the trip! We met Faye and Max, relatives of Pauline, Kelly and Lauren (the hitch hiker!) in town, who fussed over us with hot soup and cuppas! Thank you! This was the end of the line for Lauren who left with Faye and Max for a real holiday and a real bed!

A tough day for Tristan today. Didn’t quite get the 400km target but he did have to contend with all that evil weather and he was definitely feeling the lack of sleep! Plus he had to make a very sticky and stubborn tyre change for his Zipp wheel before bed! Phewf!

Quote of the day: "Where's the nearest airport?" - Tristan

Day 2 - Animal Adventures

More excitement for the day...

COWS! Lots of them! All over the road!

Both support cars had the idea of waiting before the herd to lead Tristan through, only the cows surrounded and then passed car A.......and then surrounded and passed car B!!! Tristan managed just fine behind a ute and a caravan.

Tristan also had an emu tale to tell today. Apparently he had a little friend trying to race him for about 20km, only to realise he wasn’t going to win! So in the sudden panic of defeat the emu ran into the fence and fell bum over heels, much to Tristan’s amusement!!

Day 2 - Rainy Riding

What a miserable day!! It started ok, but then the blue skies turned grey and then there was the rain and the thunder and the lightening!!! We were all glad we were the ones in the car and not on the bike!

All those witnesses that said Tristan was crazy were not wrong!!

Day 2 - Wagga Wagga to Balranald

Quite the eventful day today.

Firstly, Amanda and Pauline called to say the Tarago had a flat battery...and of course being stupid o'clock in the morning no one was around (or if they were, they were sleeping like normal people - yes, we're jealous of you all) to help! So Taryn and Kelly left Tristan to fight the elements on his own in order to help out. Luckily one of the 24 hour petrol stations were able to lend us some jump leads. Hurrah! Mission accomplished. Thanks Wagga Wagga Caltex!

And then... Tristan got a puncture and was left in the rain on his own for almost 30min trying to hail someone down to help. Eventually Farmer Joe (I don't really know that his name was Joe, but it sounds good!) found the back support car to give him another wheel. Oops about that! Looks like the support team need a new plan with the leap frogging! Crisis over. Thanks Farmer Joe!