It's turned into a last road trip in Australia before heading over to Dallas, me cruising down the highway whilst they ride up and down the hills. Not a bad deal actually.
Today was the first and longest day of the ride, 205km from Canberra to Tarcutta. The weather in the morning was foggy in Canberra which changed by afternoon into hailstorms. Thankfully the nasty weather held off long enough for Simon and Paddy to get well clear of it.
Tonight we're staying in Tarcutta, a small town that is notable only for a large truck parking lot and a police force that concerns itself primarily with issuing speeding tickets to travellers on the highway. A bypass was built around the town some years ago, and the place has been quietly turning into a ghost town ever since. The once busy pub stands virtually empty, and only a few cars sit in the motel parking lot.
The owner of the motel is a lovely Hungarian lady (and Puccini fan) who was more than happy to make us all giant dinners of steak, calamari, chips, vegies and rice. For Simon and Paddy all the carbs are part of the recovery process. For me it's preparation for Texan portion sizes.
We're recovering from dinner in the room, watching the Australia vs Iraq World Cup qualifier and planning tomorrow's ride over a couple of beers. From here it's about 150km to the town of Chiltern. It's much flatter terrain, so it should be an easier day for Simon and Paddy.