Day 37: Landsborough to Coolum Beach - A happy ride around Australia (second attempt) - CycleBlaze

March 24, 2021

Day 37: Landsborough to Coolum Beach

Start: 9am
Distance: 49kms
Ride time: 3:11hrs
Average: 15km/hr
Max: 42km/hr 
Finish: 1:10pm

I slept great in the cabin last night. It was raining in the morning which made it hard to leave. I did consider staying a second night to avoid the rain but they had no cabins available. 

There was light rain all day. Enough to make me wet. 

I rode in a north-easterly direction for 27kms until I hit the coast at Maroochydore. I managed to avoid riding on the Bruce Highway except for 2kms.

Maroochydore beach with lots of foam.
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Sea foam info.

Maroochy River.
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Crossing the Maroochy River.
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I stopped in Pacific Paradise for a healthy lunch.
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Then I followed David Lowe Way up the coast to Coolum Beach. 

The clouds parted enough for me to get a glimpse of Mt Coolum.
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A nice bike path beside Coolum Beach.
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Coolum Beach Holiday Park. $50!
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These prices make me wince a lot but I know I'll have much cheaper places once I get off the east coast.  My tent is only 50 metres from the beach so perhaps I shouldn't complain too much.

I stopped riding early because I was sick of the rain. I spent the afternoon being dry and happy in the big camp kitchen area.

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Rachael AndersonWhat a beautiful bird!
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Magpie-larks are very common in Australia. I was able to get a close pic of this one because he just swallowed a road-kill frog in the caravan park. 

The camping shop called me and said they will send me a new mattress to my Mum's address which is a  few days ride from here. The timing should work out well.

About 4pm, the rain eventually stopped and I went for a walk along the beach. It was nice. I haven't walked along the beach for a while. The water was warm.

Looking north.
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Looking south
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Looking east.
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I wonder if I'll do any beach riding on this trip?

Ghost crab.
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Ghost crab.

A delicious sweat-inducing Thai green chicken curry for dinner.
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I don't know how I'll cope when I have to rely on roadhouses for food. Lately I've been eating very well.

Serena sends me pics of Gomer and Yoshi all the time.
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Today's ride: 49 km (30 miles)
Total: 1,789 km (1,111 miles)

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