January 27th. (5:00pm)
The sun is fierce, but not hot. It heats the ground and shimmers in the distance on the road, yet in the shade I am quickly chilled by the east wind.
Left Albany early today for Esperance through Jerramungup and Ravensthorpe. I have put on 120 km today and plan to ride more before the evening forces me to the bush. Around 1 p.m., the sun becomes too strong to ride in, again not so much the heat as I am still close enough to the southern sea to feel its breezes. It’s comforting to know I have ridden my share today and that anything more makes for a good night’s sleep and a short day tomorrow. The only thing I will miss will be a shower, a luxury I know I will have to give up as I ride the Nullarbor. However, clean riding is easier on the body. The land around me is bush and getting scrubbier. With the hills I have also left the shade and protection of the Karri forest.