I woke up early and packed up camp while it was still darkish today. Mabel is suffering in her engine department a little so I am keen to try to ride her in the cool. I am pushing her a bit hard. 550kms yesterday over mountains and in the heat. Yet still she battles on. She my best friend out here. I need to take better care of her. But not today. Today I must run onwards. Lets run together Mabel.
I was on the road by 730 and heading towards Adelaide. Riding this early also means quiet roads. I only saw one moron who somehow lost control of his car on a straight bit of road right in front of me. He clipped the gravel shoulder then over corrected and fishtailed off of the highway and into a ditch. I pulled up to see if he was ok and apart from being a bit shaken up he seemed ok. If I had of left camp just 1 minute earlier, I would have been right where he fishtailed across the road!
I noticed that Mabel has shed a bolt over the last day. My fault for not checking her over often enough! A quick stop at Bunnings for some bolts should soon have her sorted.
As the sun rose the heat began rising too. It wasnt long before I could feel the heat rising off of Mabel. I was determined to make up some ground today so made several rest stops for her to cool down along the way. I passed through several small towns, only stopping to grab fuel and keep on moving. I had a good stop in a town called Lake Boga where I ate some chocolate and gave Mabel a breather. She is a trooper that little red girl!
We pushed on across landscape that looked a lot like the Nullabor plains. It was hot also.
Finally I decided it was time to camp. I have noticed Mabel is leaving a little drop of oil when I park her now and know that I was pushing her a bit to hard today.
Camp is in a town called Underbool. There are $3 hot showers and a covered table here, plus some historic bits of machinary.
Should make Adelaide tomorrow.