Day 4, Junee to Narrandera

Distance (km)101 Average (km/hr)23.5 Maximum (km/hr)45.5


Notes on the day

If by day 3 of a cycle tour everyone is still firing away well, then on day 4 it is to be expected that at least one member, and perhaps all, will have a harder day. This did not happen. Not only had we all managed in yesterday's terrible conditions, but we all rode very well today. Simone set out for a world record from the start, making the day's average speed 24.6 over the 101 km!

The terrain was almost entirely flat other than a few small hills out of Coota, and a couple of rolling inclines near Narrandera. After the very cold start we all managed to peel off layers of clothing to end in short sleeves and pants as the temperature reached a very pleasant 20 degrees.

We took morning tea in Coolamon, and we were nearly enticed to stay too long as we sat out on the grass basking in the sun. Leaving Coolamon to the west brought a marked change in the condition of the country. Here it was very much drier, with fewer crops, and those that had been planted looked pretty bad.

We had been dreading the 22 kms of the Newell Highway outside Naranderra, but it turned out to be not too bad. After checking in at our motel, we sat around in the park for a while, until the sun started to hide behind buildings... Dinner was ordinary, at a pizza and pasta place.