Day 49: Nanutarra roadhouse to Yannarie rest area - A happy ride around Australia (third attempt) - CycleBlaze

July 15, 2022

Day 49: Nanutarra roadhouse to Yannarie rest area

Start: 8:55 am
Distance: 78 km
Ride time: 3:57 hours
Average: 19 km/hr 
Max: 31km/hr
Finish: 1:30 pm

Today was new flowers day:

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It was really nice to see so many flowers.

Some hilly terrain.
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Rous Creek was bone dry.
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Around lunchtime I saw a couple having a rest break. They invited me over.

It was Ken and Robyn. They kindly gave me a home made quiche and a home grown orange.
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Today's tree pic.
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After a while I arrived at Yannarie rest area. There is a big river here where I intended to resupply and have a wash.

Surprisingly, the information on Wikicamps wasn't correct and the Yannarie River was dry.
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This put me in a challenging position. I would have to ask for water. There were maybe 20 caravans here. 

I went to the biggest van which was in a group of 3 vans. The person was mean and didn't want to help me.

I felt embarrassed to ask for water but there was no other option. This was the first time I was really stuck for water.

The next van I went to was very helpful. I filled up my two water bladders from their 300 litre water tank.

Thank you very much Cheree and Allan.
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I set up my tent and relaxed in the shade.

After a while a man came up to me and explained I could swim in the river. He must be a local. He said the river was flowing underground at the rest area and was above ground further on.

He said to go 1km down the road, then turn left onto a dirt track. Go through the gate that says 'mine site, no entry,' and follow that for 750 metres. Then climb a barbed wire fence.

It brought me to this wonderful expanse of water.
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Rita McCarthyWow! That’s a welcoming site!
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Vince McCarthyYeh, it was awesome!
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I filled up my remaining dry water bottles and had a swim. It felt great. Thank you to the kind stranger. This helped me to get over the mean person from earlier.

Free!
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Today's ride: 78 km (48 miles)
Total: 2,960 km (1,838 miles)

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Bill ShaneyfeltA whole week's worth of web searching for these flower IDs!

Thanks for posting! This could take me a while...
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Vince McCarthyTake your time mate.
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