Day 61: Clairview to Koumala - A happy ride around Australia (second attempt) - CycleBlaze

April 16, 2021

Day 61: Clairview to Koumala

Start: 7:35am
Distance: 72kms
Ride time: 4:02hrs
Average: 18km/hr
Max: 37km/hr 
Finish: 1:45pm

Sorry, I was tardy in replying to Bill. He expertly identified the lizard from Tuesday (Day 58) as a Tommy roundhead. Thank you Bill.

I crossed several creeks today. This is Oaky Creek.
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Flaggy Rock Creek.
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I had done about 20kms to get to Flaggy Rock and I was happy to see there was a roadside cafe. There was no town here that I could see.

Even though I recently had some muesli bars for breakfast, I stopped and had a delicious home made veggie pie for second breakfast. 

I saw lots of sugar cane today.
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I couldn't remember the name of this river.
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In the previous week or so, I've seen lots of big birds soaring above the landscape. I don't know what they are.

Today I saw 2 of their nests on electricity poles.
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I've tried many times to get a picture of the bird without success. 

This is today's best shot. I've zoomed in a lot so there's little detail.
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Andrew HaycraftReckon they could be Kites Vince
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Bill ShaneyfeltDid some internet digging and I think Andrew is onto it. Looks like it matches pictures of back kite. Also the part about soaring fits.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_kite
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Cheryl IvesAgree, a black kite for sure.
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4 weeks ago
Vince McCarthyThank you Cheryl!
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Vince McCarthyTo Andrew HaycraftThank you very much Andrew. You were the first to reply so you get the Gold star! Bill and Cheryl are also in consensus.
Cheers
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Vince McCarthyTo Bill ShaneyfeltThank you very much Bill.
Cheers.
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Edit: Andrew, Bill, and Cheryl later identified the bird as a Black kite. Thanks guys.

The birds can be solo or in a group of three. They glide effortlessly on the wind currents. They are dark brown in colour. I haven't been able to get close to one for a better description. They look like nice happy birds.

At about the 50km mark, I stopped at a servo in Ilbilbie for lunch. I've been lucky today to have good rest stop places. I wasn't expecting any shops until I reached today's destination. 

Open road pic.
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Veronica JoinerNot Much edge to the road. I hope the road was not too busy
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Vince McCarthyThe road was a little busy. I'm comfortable with the traffic. I always keep left etc.
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I arrived in Koumala and my luck ran out. The general store is permanently closed. I was hoping for a big milkshake. I haven't had one in a couple of weeks. 

Anyway, I had a cold soft drink at the pub to cool down. There are no other shops in this small town. 

I checked in to the caravan park. It is small, neat and tidy, with only 12 sites. I am the only customer here so far.

$20. Includes a $5 discount because I'm on a bike! My good luck has returned! Yippee!
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My Aunty Rita asked who took the photo of me lying down at the Waverley Creek Rest Area. 

I took the pic with this small remote. It works via Bluetooth.
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I also have a small tripod to hold the phone.
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Rita McCarthyGreat to see pictures of you as well as all the beautiful scenery. Glad you have those little gizmos.💕
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I don't want to flood you with pics of me and I often don't know what will make a good pic. I'm happy to take suggestions.

While I was writing today's entry the caravan park lady came over and gave me a cold bottle of water. More good luck!

Today's ride: 72 km (45 miles)
Total: 2,887 km (1,793 miles)

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Get the man a big milkshake for crying out loud!!!
I sense one in your very near future.
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Vince McCarthyI hope it will be yummy.
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Cheryl IvesMaybe a photo of the shop where you get your next milkshake! :)
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Vince McCarthyThank you Cheryl. I had a milkshake today and took a photo it but not the shop. I will take a pic of the shop next time.
Cheers
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Kerrie McCarthyThe more we see you the better Vince 😘
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Vince McCarthyHehehe. I'll see what I can do!
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