Day 1

Lakeland to Hann River

137k. 5hrs. 2960Kj. TSS 445

As we cruised up the Kuranda Range in Linc’s (Lara’s) Red Audi I was glad I was starting this extreme bikepacking adventure up on the tablelands, out of the rain.

I planned to ride to Cape York, meet my son in the Torres Strait and fly home with Him. Great excuse for a ride!

I’d spent the weekend in Cairns being spoilt by the Carolin’. Apart from being a fierce rival and a great mate, Linc and I will be partnering up for the Pioneer MTB Stage Race later this year. We have a funny habit of spoiling each other’s finish line pics.

I made good use of the time, dropping off a bike bag to my son and explaining how important it was to be taken to Horn Island on the top of Cape York when he boarded the plane Sunday Morning with his friends. Sunday I met a group of keen MTB’ers and facilitated a Level 0 MTB Skill Instructor Course, followed by a massive carb load and doing last minute bike prep.

I was particularly proud of my BCF Stubby Cooler food bags. Hope they survive the corrugations.

I traded the Red Sports car for a ride in a Police Car at Mt Molloy after meeting another FBQ MTB Legend “Frank Falappi”. There was never a dull moment on the way to Lakeland with plenty of laughs, solving world problems and even managing to issue a Traffic Infringement Notice to a 4wder way too keen to get to the Cape.

Upon reaching Lakeland, the sun broke through the clouds and the rain disappeared. The 1st 60k on the bitumen was a breeze, literally with a 25knot tailwind and a slight down hill. Sitting on 40kph was not a problem, as I flew past the turnoff to the Split Rock Rock Art Gallery. No sightseeing for me!

Grabbed my first burger (Chicken) at Laura and continued the Stage. I was feeling great but once the dirt, sand and corrugations appeared, the speed disappeared … along with my legs. Being unsupported, you have to cart everything. After the 100k mark, I rolled into Hann River spent, hoping the resident emu was not going to chase. Fortunately it didn’t, content to make strange grunting noises at me instead.

The Bivy was a breeze to set up. No rain on the horizon and a famous Hann River Steak and Pattie Works Burger to refuel.

Bring on tomorrow! The same distance as today … plus another 30k!

  1 comment for “Day 1

  1. Linc
    July 3, 2018 at 9:21 am

    Glad you survived day one. Take care, I need your massive watt bomb legs in the Pioneer mate.


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