Day 5 - Our First Shower and a Few Cool Landmarks
11 February, 2020
Sarah: Wake up was earlier today, a bright and early 5.30am. We all felt pretty great! Smashed oats, dates and a banana for breakfast and rolled out of camp by 7am.
Just before leaving Ben and Elijah found a new game/competition to help out with moral and camp-entertainment. It's titled Rate My Poo. Please understand entertainment out here is pretty thin, we take what we get. I'll spare you the details but Elijah won with sheer artistic flare.
This ride was by far the most beautiful and now our bodies have fallen into the routine we had significantly less aches and pains. We rolled into Coolgardie at 7.45am and had a chat with Pam, one of the ladies working at the service station. She informed us that they had showers and we were more than welcome to use them! Stoked!
The guys smashed a few pies, I smashed a coffee and we were off again, feeling fresher than ever. We could of sworn we lost a kilo in weight having cleaned off the thick layer of dirt .
Speaking of dirt, I rode the first 10km without cleats because I was struggling to clip them in. When we finally stopped we noticed a thick red layer of clay encrusted all throughout the cleats and bottom of the shoes. Jeezuuuz. Completely rock hard, I had to borrow Bens multi tool to dig it all out. No problem from then on though! Lesson learned.
Ben: We stopped at the iconic Coolgardie RSL for a pic then flew through the next 32km. We had morning tea them smashed another 40 with a tail wind.
Sarah: After lunch we noticed a significant change in scenery. The red clay started to spread to thin red dust, the trees thinned to shrubs with a few scatters of tall gum trees with bark as smooth as a table top and dyed red by the dirt and sun. The hills were gradual rolls and we made extremely great time. Then we crossed out of the gum trees and down into shrubs no higher than head height. Anything that stood taller than the shrubs were skeletal trees and we could see for miles.
Just before we hit camp we crossed Cohen Lake. Any pain that you may have felt would fade a touch looking at the huge empty salt plain. The sky was purple and we had a nice tail wind. We cycled 160kms today day and it was such a great way to end it. So close to the Nullabor!
Ben: Tonight's camp is the best yet as it is a proper camp sight with cleared area's spread far and wide. Once again dinner was on the stove and the tents were set up when we arrived, we even had a clothes line. We will pass through Norseman tomorrow. Norseman is named after a horse.