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First rain

As the title suggests, today was our first day of rain. James was there in the morning for a lovely breakfast, had a little go on my bike, and we headed off into a very light drizzle. That soon cleared, and we made great time to Bateman’s Bay, But about five km out we were subjected to a huge deluge of torrential rain. Locals were saying it was the most they’d seen in a long while. We were beyond drenched, and the eZee bikes have a safety cut off which stops the motor functioning if the brakes are too wet, so we lost function in most bikes. This is the kind of rain most people wouldn’t consider riding in, but this has been no ordinary ride! Some bikes were still fine so Steve continued with Phil and a spare bike, but after half an hour Steve was on his own on the Schwinn, and made it to Ulladulla well before dark. We had been ferried down earlier to dry off and rest. Sad as I had done the whole way til that point on the bike: the only person except Steve who had, if only by a few km, it was still disappointing to know I will not have done the whole way now. Tomorrow is our longest day, 144km, so time for bed!


5 Comments so far

  1. Graeme April 23rd, 2007 10:20 am

    Hi Cass,
    I heard about the rain from Campbell! Must have been amazing. Keep smiling and having fun


  2. Cass April 23rd, 2007 12:59 pm

    Hey Graeme, we’re currently 30km out of Woolongong, and just had to stop for a bit of a squall, not anywhere near as bad as the last one, and fortunately there is a bridge we are sheltering under! I had also just given my bike to Dave, so I haven’t got soaked this time! 🙂


  3. Cass April 23rd, 2007 1:00 pm

    also, wait til you see the footage of the rain, it really is impressive!


  4. Chris April 23rd, 2007 10:10 pm

    Sounds like an amazing trek really – I really want to do some long rides now – with or without power 🙂


  5. Cass April 25th, 2007 12:47 pm

    Chris – I’m hooked. In a smaller group or a couple or even solo, it’s a fantastic way to travel long distances. With your own head and thus spending less time on the road, would be much less tiring, and more fun. Not to say it hasn’t been fun though!


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