Thank goodness, we decided to do an extra 15kms yesterday, to shorten the day down to 70kms!
Richard Yates joined me for the first 40km and we scored a $10 donation found on the trail. That spurred us on! We rode onto the Donnelly river, for 10kms which was spectacular, through the start of the magnificent Karri Forests.
The hill climbing was similarly spectacular. We rode past the old saw mill that closed years ago and then turned into a museum. Unfortunately the museum is now closed. Such a lot of history.
There is still a primary school and houses that you can stay in and explore this wonderful area.
Richard then left us and we would like to thank him and his wife, Cally for their wonderful hospitality. Mike then took over to climb with me out of the Donnelly Valley, lucky fellow!! I counted 9 switchbacks to the top. Once there, however, the views were fantastic, even though a little obscured with rain….wait, no, it was sweat!!
We camped in Manjimup and will be joined, again on Sunday, by Paul Cutler who has just recovered from MAN flu and John Thompson who will both ride with me to Albany. Mike Paul will be returning to Perth. A big shout out for all his help in organising and for taking great care of me, support wise.
Mike has continued to deal with mechanical issues, even after the visit to the bike hospital. His back wheel bearings were making a rather an alarming grinding sound! Quatermaster Vic came to the rescue the again.
He found that it was due to a warped wheel, which needed straightening and a loose cone which needed tightening. Mike, I think has snatched another DoD. He is getting rather greedy, or maybe wanted to get in all the awards before he left us!
Once again, to everyone who has donated, thank you for all the contributions made to this worthy cause!
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