Day 306, Friday, 29 January, 2010

Distance travelled – 42.3 km
Avg speed – 14.2 kph
Max speed – 46.7 kph

Zeehan to Queenstown

Ten months ago today we left home to begin our journey.

It rained during the night and when the alarm went off at 6am it started to rain again. The forecast on the radio was for clearing showers. We delayed our departure until 10am and by then the rain had eased. The morning was quite cold and I could not decide whether to wear my warm cycling top or not. Over the last few days we have found that we get really hot riding up hills and then freeze going down the other side.

There were two very long hill climbs today and again spectacular scenery especially when we descended into Queenstown.

When we went to the supermarket later in the afternoon, we spotted two laden bikes parked outside. We found one of the riders in the supermarket – Dirk from Germany. He had met up with a fellow from Taiwan. They had ridden from Derwent Bridge today and were heading for Strahan tomorrow. When we left the supermarket we saw yet another bike, this time with a trailer, parked across the road. This bike belonged to Aitor who is from the Basque Country which is a region that spans the border of Spain and France. He had ridden from Waratah to Queenstown today – a feat we are in awe of – and plans to ride to Strahan tomorrow too.





Zoom into the map and use the 'Satellite' layer to see our new location.


Mark nearing the top of yet another hill

Mt Owen is the backdrop behind Queenstown

Mt Lyell Mine, Queenstown

Miners Siding, Queenstown

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