Day 40: De Grey rest area to South Hedland - A happy ride around Australia (third attempt) - CycleBlaze

July 5, 2022

Day 40: De Grey rest area to South Hedland

Start: 8:45 am
Distance: 79 km
Ride time: 3:14 hours
Average: 25 km/hr (Wahoo!)
Max: 39km/hr
Finish: 1 pm

Today was a lazy day. I didn't want to get up.

I got up and had my usual porridge and honey while I watched other campers pack up and depart. Some people came over for a chat.

The De Grey River from the bridge.
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The wind was in my favour again.
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Although I'm heading south, today was more westerly.

The Strelley River.
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Some interesting geology:

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The dry Petermarer Creek.
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Lots of big termite mounds and green grass.
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About 50kms from Port Hedland, there is a mine site. I was passed by many road trains going to and fro.

These monstrous things are 60 metres long and have 138 tyres.
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Needless to say, I got off the road when they went by.

There should be a welcome to country for every region.
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I must be in a big town as they have dedicated bicycle paths. Thank you Port Hedland.
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I found this in a servo. Tastes like chicken leather.
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Lucy MartinThanks for my morning laugh 🤣
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Mike AylingI have heard that crocodile tastes like chicken!
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Vince McCarthyHappy to help.
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I made it to the Blackrock Tourist Park. Put up my tent and had a shower and a shave. So fresh.

Usually I just rinse my clothes while taking a shower. Today I used a modern washing machine with powder. It made a huge difference. Everything is so clean! I should do this more often so I don't look like a homeless person.

There's an Italian restaurant on site. It's the best pizza of the trip!
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Lednar De NallohThat looks like a great pizza alright, it won't entice me to head to Port Hedland though.
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Veronica JoinerPort Hedland was one of the towns we missed as we went inland to Tom Price and Marble Bar.
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Vince McCarthyHahaha. You're not missing much.
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Vince McCarthyYou didn't miss much.
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A powered, red sand camp site. $50.
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Lednar De NallohYou're in mining, boomtown, ripoff country I suppose.
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Vince McCarthyYou're right and it could always be worse.
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Today's ride: 79 km (49 miles)
Total: 2,336 km (1,451 miles)

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