Cummulative totals = 209km and 20, 210km
Bush camping along the Murray = free!
It has been a long hot day on the bikes and we are relieved to have set up camp along the beautiful Murray River just out of Cobram.
We had a lovely rest day at Nathalia and the following pictures are me making dinner on our first night falafels ... since I couldn't put my food processor in my pannier bags I have to use my hands to crush my chickpeas ...
So today we get a late start (around 9am as we were chatting to the caravan park manager as he is a kiwi. There is a strong northerly wind blowing and we are going in a north east direction ... because most roads in this area are a series of grids we find that we go north for a bit then east for a while, then north again, then east, then north, a little east and finally north again. So we had mainly cross winds going east and pure head winds going north ... the long stretches were east! So a tough and hot day. Not long after we turned east onto a very quiet road we came across a group of cyclists that were part of an organised tour. All oldies cycling from the start to the end of the Murray. They chatted to us and loved the fact that Kouta was in the trailer behind me! Last year this same company (cycle around oz) did a 6 month tour around Australia ... I wonder how much that organised tour would cost.
So on we cycle and have a lovely coffee break at Katunga which for a small town had fantastic sporting facilites.
Not long after we left there we got a huge down pour and although the temperature is around the late 20's early 30's it is a relief and cools us down but it is only a brief shower and soon the sun returns and it is hot.
Just before getting into Cobram we take a quick break at one of the 1000's upon 1000's of kms of channels that irrigate the farm land around here ...
Tomorrow is another big day to Corowa ... around 70km