Steve's Cycling Blog

Back to the beach (Stage 54)

  • pretty good night’s sleep, with hardly any noise and no neighbours
  • backtrack to busy town on my own
  • Canadian Kevin caught me, then David and Eleanor – stayed ‘on the train’ till around 55km when I needed to eat (they were ‘cheating’ and had food in their pockets they were eating while riding)
  • highway riding which was smooth and fast, though not particularly interesting
  • lunch in a rubber plantation
  • confused message at lunch about how much gravel there was and where it was!
  • rode from lunch on my own
  • gravel was pretty awful – still not feeling great so low on energy, with bad surface and lots of climbing
  • met Max at 101km to hear only 2.5km of gravel left (yahoo!)
  • in to the big town for a coke stop – coldest tonic in the country, delicious
  • nearly at camp and found Canadian Kevin helping Essen with a flat tyre. Stopped to help, as did Caroline
  • in to camp which is a nice location at Songon Park – allowed to camp on the grass under the trees (plan A had been in the car park so nice change)
  • supposed to be TDA Foundation bike donation, but issue with the recipient so postponed pending resolution
  • bus day tomorrow so sat by waterside for post-dinner chat and wine making for a ‘late night’ at 2030!

View from my tent

Selfie of the day

Seems I didn’t take one

Riding data

Total distance: 119.83 kmTotal Time: 05:47:17
Max elevation: 120 mMin elevation: 10 m
Total climbing: 790 mTotal descent: -792 m
Average speed: 20.70 km/hMaximum speed: 87.12 km/h