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Friday 4th October

Today’s the day. I’ve been looking forward to this but dreading it at the same time. We are reunited with our beloved push bikes.

The service wasn’t too painful, new chains, new front tube for me, new rear cassette for both and a general look over service.

Let the cycling commence. Just a little ride today 25 miles to get us back into the swing of things. We are going south headed to Melbourne then up to Perth. Today we got as far as Kiama. We followed the princess highway on and off hugging the coast. It was busy it’s a Friday afternoon on a bank holiday weekend in the middle of two weeks off of school. Good timing not.

Pollution! My eyes are streaming and my lungs are burning time to leave the city behind.

It’s been a while since we rode and my arse is feeling it and so are my legs, really need to get my cycling fitness back, hopefully it won’t take to long.

The Route was a wee bit hilly and we had a head wind but nothing to bad. We arrived at camp just as it was getting dark. The clocks go forward on Saturday night so we should have plenty of daylight cycling time then.

Unfortunately clocks go forward means prices go up in campsites. So if anyone knows anyone along our route that would be willing to feed us and give us a bed for the night. I promise we’re not axe murderers!

Monday 30th September

We have to go to Wollongong today as our bikes are booked in for a well deserved service at a local bike shop. They are still in the boxes that we put them in for the flight from the USA. We haven’t even checked on them hopefully they’re fine.

We arrive at the shop just after it opened only to find that whoever we had spoke to to book them in hadn’t. Dame. The young staff didn’t really want to know and seemed a bit put out that we had turned up with two heavy bikes still in boxes that needed putting together as well as a service. We probably interrupted their time looking in a mirror and flicking their hair. Cuz that’s what they were doing when we walked in. Oh well boys time to do some work and earn that wage.

Bikes left with one lad who shrugged and said that they should be ready Friday we carried on driving south to a campsite at shell harbour.

We stayed in a small campsite right on the beach and spent the evening having a walk along the shore line. Back in our small tent we have no cooking facilities or any where to sit so tomorrow we will find a better equipped site. It’s school holidays and everywhere is busy and guess what the price goes up.