2023 Indi-Pac Day 17 Report

Monday April 3, 2023: The chilly mornings in the south east of Australia were bamboozling me. 20 years living in the Northern Hemisphere has completely buggered my warm weather sense of direction Down Under. Like a Canada Goose I am now conditioned to believe that warmer weather is to be found to the south at all times.

So long story short it was a surprisingly cold morning in Portland this morning and very tough to extricate myself from the toasty confines of the heavily doona’d (yep, I haven’t changed that much – I refuse to use the word comforter in this context) camp bed, in Shannon’s backyard shelter.

After helping myself to coffee and cereal in the house I finally hit the road at 6:43am, successfully not waking anyone in the process………or so I thought as soon later a sleeping gowned Shannon came running out to bid me adieu.

Lovely bloke!

Down into the centre of Portland, I couldn’t resist popping in for a coffee at a cafe that was just opening up.

Monday April 3, 2023: Not a bad view of the port from the coffee shop.

Whilst sipping on a damn good coffee, and then another one I checked Maprogress – out of interest more than in an attempt to stoke the competitive fire in the belly. I could feel that I just did not have that day.

Matt had made it to Port Fairy 70k’s down the road…………..mmmmmm, I’ll be keeping an eye on you buddy……..your ears burning per chance?

Back into it, directly along the coast for a bit and then back onto the Princes Highway, still running parallel to the coast, but further inland.

Monday April 3, 2023: The sunrise kissed port of Portland.

Monday April 3, 2023: More sunrise…

Monday April 3, 2023: The Princes Highway between Portland and Yambuk…..gloves weather.

Monday April 3, 2023: The Princes Highway between Portland and Yambuk. “Morning Sheep.”

Monday April 3, 2023: Big trucks and windfarms on the Princes Highway between Portland and Yambuk.

I rolled into the small town of Yambuk (pop. 267) and was welcomed by keen dotwatcher’s David and Dawn who were on a driving holiday and catching up with as many Indi-Pac riders as they could. We had a great chat and Dawn gave me a very relevant and well received book recommendation, which I still actually need to get my hands on.

Monday April 3, 2023: Hanging with David and Dawn.

Monday April 3, 2023: I really need to get a copy of this book.

Through cattle country to the beautiful town of Port Fairy (pop. 3,340) where I was sorely tempted by the numerous cafes and restaurants, but again………it was just not that kind of trip. A ‘pin’ was dropped for next time though.

Instead I hit the more timely Red Rooster at Warrnambool (pop. 35,700) 30k’s down the road. The first Rooter in at least 30 years will probably satisfy the itch for another 30.

Resupply at a servo on the far side of town and then onwards, dead keen for some Great Ocean Road and 12 Apostles action.

Monday April 3, 2023: Cattle country between Yambuk and Port Fairy.

Monday April 3, 2023: As the sign says…..

Monday April 3, 2023: Port Fairy main drag and another David Ault sighting.

Monday April 3, 2023: Heading out of Port Fairy.

Monday April 3, 2023: ‘Murray to Moyne’ bike ride winners, an annual bike ride/race in honour of local long distance cycling record holder (including Perth to Sydney), Graham Woodrup.

Monday April 3, 2023: Princes Highway between Port Fairy and Warrnambool.

Monday April 3, 2023: The perfect place for a spot of links golf. Princes Highway between Port Fairy and Warrnambool.

Monday April 3, 2023: Princes Highway between Port Fairy and Warrnambool.

Monday April 3, 2023: Pin dropped….

Monday April 3, 2023: Farming land east of Warrnambool.

Monday April 3, 2023: Farming land east of Warrnambool. Take 2.

Monday April 3, 2023: Farming land east of Warrnambool. Take 3.

The Great Ocean Road

By the time I finally hit the turn off for the Great Ocean Road I had had a gutful of a headwind that had been making a nuisance of itself all bloody day, and was only getting stiffer. I was still excited to see the world famous coastal rock formations like the 12 Apostles etc but my distance goals for the day’s play were becoming less and less ambitious.

After another 2 hours of battling away while capturing as much footage of some ridiculously impressive coastal scenery (large pin drop) as possible, the first hotel I came to in the cute little town of Port Campbell (pop. 600) was literally screaming my name.

Rest, resupply and out early doors on the morn to smash the guts out of it!!

Monday April 3, 2023: As the sign says……

Monday April 3, 2023: As the sign says…..

Monday April 3, 2023: Battling away….give me some rock formations!

Monday April 3, 2023: Rock formations a comin’.

Monday April 3, 2023: The Bay of Martyrs.

Monday April 3, 2023: Another view of the Bay of Martyrs……I think.

Monday April 3, 2023: Ahhhh some more shadow chasing….

Monday April 3, 2023: I didn’t end up stopping for this…….yep, pin dropped.

Monday April 3, 2023: Not a bad view.

Monday April 3, 2023: One more…..

The Day According to Strava

 

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