100km on the hard road

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We rode from Port Fairy to Port Campbell today. And we had a head wind just about the entire way. My ride started well at 7:30am, by breaking a spoke nipple before even leaving the camp ground. I'm so glad the Bicycle Superstore is along for the trip. Mark fixed me up, and I got riding by 8am.

So now I had a 30 minute lead to catch up on Phill and Andrea. I grabbed onto the back of two blokes until the crowds at Tower Hill. Then did it solo, and saw Andrea not long after. After a bit of a chat I went looking for Phill. Four guys from Kingswood school were setting a great pace and I stayed with them until Allansford. Phill saw me and tacked on as well.

Andrea found us at lunch. She had managed to puncture both wheels in the last 1 km. So we repaired them. Then the valve blew out as I inflated it. So I had to buy another tube. The rest of the day was just hard work. Phill and I left Andrea behind and pushed on. We got involved in a few trains of riders, both leading and following. Including one train that was headed by a WARBY guy. These guys are GVBR volunteers. They are there to offer moral and mechanical support.

Phill kept stopping for photos. In the end I stopped with 105.58 kms and a ride time of 4hr46m, to give me an average of 22.12km/h. We got in at about 15:20. Best of all, Andrea was only about 45 minutes behind us, she did really well.

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