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Monday, March 30, 2015

You think cycling the Nullarbor is dull?


Another super early start. Amazing what a sunrise at 530am does. We were out riding at 730am again! Marilyn and I crossed another cattle grid, we've past perhaps one a day. Then we ran into Tobias who was Geocaching, and we joined him to find an old XW Falcon wreck 200m off the road with a hidden Geocache which we found without too much trouble. I haven't done a Geocache for a long time!

We continued to Cocklebiddy for lunch, saw about half a dozen roadkill eagles, which is nothing compared to the 494 pipes of bones in the 60kms that Marilyn counted just on one side of the road... Quite sad. And than there is 1080 bait all around the place for the wild dogs (dingos) and foxes apparently who attack stock (haven't seen any!!). A happy camper told us they control the dingos for the safety of campers at road houses! Anyways, leave that topic.

Jo and I cycled to Caiguna, the start of the record breaking longest straight and flat bit of road which we'll ride tomorrow. As if we hadn't gone through enough time changes...here at Caiguna was a sign to change clocks back 45 minutes for some bizarre reason. And next Sunday is end of daylight saving too... Sigh. 

Than we thought we'd get one beer in the road house, something that we rarely ever do, and we are recognised by a person there! Neville Bingham and wife Patsie are staying here. He remembered me from an Order of Australia dinner 7 or so years ago! And he is also Jo's group training organiser for the Barrington group fire fighters volunteers! Small world isn't it....

Then Sam and Lauren we met at the cliffs in WA appeared and Sam took some nice pics of us which we'll post later.

March 30, 2015 at 10:21PM

Sunday, March 29, 2015

March 29, 2015 at 08:56AM

Nullarbor Views from the South Australian side. Huge cliffs everywhere!

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200km day into WA

After completing a 100km day Jo thought she wanted to try a 200km day, and today offered a perfect opportunity! It was to be a massive 187kms to Border Town, on the border, and an additional 13kms to Eucla WA. Not only that it was cool (and drizly!) plus we would gain 2.5hours with the time change to WA time!

We headed West at our usual early time of 940am (it gets light at 8am!) after pancakes for breakfast and filling up next to the Whale at Nullarbor Road House.

The road closely tracked the ocean with regular cliff viewing Kodak sponsored stops (little camera signs pointing to the areas) where we occasionally took a photo.

At the quarantine station all of us crossed the border together at about 730pm... and then pedaled the final 10+kms into Eucla at dusk in the rain, and arriving there at the respectable time if 530pm WA time :) 201 kms and 7.5hrs of riding. 

Coughing Furballs

Coughing4CF team member Jo came up with an appropriate meaning of CF: Coughing Furballs.
When riding with me she's been counting trucks and my coughing and spitting. Turns out my coughing outnumbers the trucks by a mere factor of six..

All the continuous aerobic exercise on the Aseako Electric Bike keeps my lungs nice and clear from the mucous that is continuously produced by my infected lungs. 

Antibiotics don't clear it up, but exercise always maintains my lungs. Obviously I'm over doing it a little right now. Or am I? 

At home I do one hour of intense aerobic exercise and perhaps two or three small 10-20 min commutes on the bicycle around town. OK that doesn't compare with 5-7 hours riding the Nullarbor...

Everyday, I take vitamin supplements and prescribed drugs. One of the prescribed drugs I get is SALT. I take salt tablets with all my meals. They hurt your stomach if you take them without food. 

People with CF have a five times higher than normal salt content in their sweat. In fact the salt/sweat test  is a definitive test for cystic fibrosis! An old English proverb even mentioned something about if your baby tastes salty it is doomed.
So there you go. Little bit of education for those new to cystic fibrosis.

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