Day 40: Tin Can Bay to Maaroom - A happy ride around Australia (second attempt) - CycleBlaze

March 26, 2021

Day 40: Tin Can Bay to Maaroom

Start: 5:40am
Distance: 65kms
Ride time: 4:01hrs
Average: 16km/hr
Max: 53km/hr 
Finish: 1:30pm

I was up earlier than usual so I could be at the dolphin feeding at 6:45am.

There was a crowd of about 40 people. It costs $10 to listen to a talk while watching the dolphins swim around and then you get to feed a dolphin 1 small fish.

Dolphin volunteers giving a talk.
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The dolphins are wild and so it's uncertain how many will show up each day. 

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Today there were 6, including Shannon who is only 2 weeks old.

It was pretty awesome watching the dolphins and especially the baby swimming circles around and up and over its mother.

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They are Australian humpback dolphins. They were only scientifically described in 2014. They are river and estuarine dolphins. 

I got to feed Harmony who is 20 years old.
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Andrew HaycraftAwesome Dolphin pics Mate
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Vince McCarthyHi Andrew,

Thank you. It was pretty awesome. Definitely one of the highlights of the trip.
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Unfortunately we weren't allowed to swim with them or pat them or cuddle them.

This guy wasn't part of the show yet he was always close by begging for a free fish. His legs are fine, he's just choosing to stand on one foot.
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Bill ShaneyfeltIs that a pied cormorant?

That picture is exquisite!
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Vince McCarthyThank you Bill. Yes, you are correct. I had identified it in the text after the photo but you must have missed it in your eagerness to identify it yourself? Thanks Vince
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He is a pied cormorant. Pretty common in Australia. 

It was a great start to the day!

Once on the road, I was back in pine forest plantations.
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It continued for the whole ride until I was 4kms from my destination. 

Lots of timber plantations means lots of log trucks.
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They were all good drivers and didn't give me any cause for concern.

It was a pretty boring ride because of the plantations. I listened to some music to pass the time.

Passing the Poona National Park just before arriving in Maaroom.
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There isn't much here, a few houses, a boat ramp, and the park.

The Great Sandy Strait.
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The Great Sandy Strait.
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I arrived at the Maaroom Caravan Park feeling pretty hot and tired. I think I was feeling the effects of yesterday's big ride and having to wake up early this morning.

The owner was very friendly and said I could 'camp anywhere mate'. 

I put up my tent so it could dry from this morning's dew. Then I jumped in the pool to cool down.

The nice afternoon breeze reduced somewhat while I was writing this. Then I was savagely attacked my mozzies and midges. I put on insect repellent which only slowed their attack a little. My only reprieve was inside my tent.

Today's ride: 65 km (40 miles)
Total: 1,988 km (1,235 miles)

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