Day 2: Adelaide to Ceduna
Temp: 24°C to 39°C
*this post will be fleshed out and edited properly when I get back to Melbourne. In the meantime enjoy my sleepy update!
It's 4am and I'm tossing and turning. For some reason, not sleeping in my own bed has really kept me up all night. I sighed and just decided to get a move on. I slowly ate a banana and a handful of nuts while I got dressed with my eyes half closed. The whole flat had a comfortable level of air conditioning so I was actually unaware of the outside temperature.
After gathering my things in ninjaesque silence so not to wake the hosts, I crept into the garage with my gear so I can start loading. Interesting, it felt like a humid rainforest and smelled like automobile. I looked at my weather app. 24°C at 6am. Brilliant!
Well, packing invigorated me and next thing I know, I'm wandering through Adelaide in complete darkness. I navigated myself onto their freeway and then I was Northbound, not a care in the world excluding a possible freak roo attack.
Because I was heading up along the mini coast, the sun started to rise to my right. I could finally really appreciate a proper Australian sunrise from start to finish for the first time since moving here. And because this part of South Australia was flat, it made for a beautiful scenic horizon too. If I caught it on a postcard I'd make millions. Well, if I were fast enough, because Australian sun acts quickly and by breakfast it was pretty much right above.
The terrain west of Adelaide was quite flat aside from the lovely Flinders Ranges and little bursts of green guntree forests. I don't have a problem with concentrating on the road, thanks to the years and mileage under my belt. Being well and truly Canadian, I do have severe problems with weather above 27°C so this entire Aus trip is tough. And the worst thing you could possibly say to me is "remember to drink water". Yes dear, I hadn't thought of that, I am actually part camel.
I arrived at a small cafe on the side of the road for a Thai curry pie and a cappucino. It was cool and breezy when I arrived, but by the end of breakfast I was hustling to get back on the bike to prevent being burned alive. Weather app: 34°C at 930am. WHAT.
So began my spirited sprint toward Port Augusta, the ambient temperature rising alongside my odometer and heartbeat. I wanted to get to lunch to hide during midday where the sun is directly overhead. I made it at 11 and had no problem polishing off another capp and a litre of water. I looked outside at Sheba parked across the street. Oh girl, you and I are going to have a very warm journey ahead of us.
After hopping back on, I decided to go music-less to Kimba just for fun.
- *After seeing a guy on a pushbike towing a trailer* that is a type of person I will never understand (while I straddle an engine for 700 km)
- Why is the sun orange? Wait, now that I've looked at the sun, will I go blind? echnically the sun gives us the ability to see, but if we look at it, doesnt it take away that ability?
- Road trains are indeed really big, but Australians made it sound like they will take up 3 lanes of road and shoot missiles. I passed approximately a trillion of them in both directions and they are fine if you are not dumb.
- Heat cannot be created or destroyed. It can only be transfered. Why can I not transfer this heat to parts of Canada where they need it most right now?
- If a roo and a koala got in a fight, who would win?
- If someone were to walk through the outback and find this highway, how would they know which way is to Perth and which to Adelaide?
- Hey I can steer with two fingers
- I forgot my waterbottle in Adelaide
- really hope push bike guy is ok
...and so on and so forth. I decided to put the music back on in Kimba.
It was actually all alright until shortly after Kimba, when the clouds parted and the sun was raw and powerful. Luckily I had my trusty cooling vest that I soaked at every petrol station and it saved my ride! Highly recommend one for hot journeys.
With a last minute change thanks to my own courage at breakfast, I canceled accommodations in port Kenny and decided to ride 130km further than planned. So, we finished Day 2 in Ceduna where Sheba and I both enjoyed a shower and fuel. I'm staying at a small, moldy bungalow on the cheap - a treat for having done the k's today. A couple cans of tuna is the dinner menu today, because this bed is a one-way street.
Day 2 complete. Tomorrow we tackle the infamous Nullabor!