Stage 78: Victoria

Nelson to  Port Fairy
Date: 11-29-2014 Time: 06:21 h Σ Time: 441:28 h
Distance: 134 km Σ km: 9372 km Temp: 5/25°C
Up: 632 m Σ Up: 79330 m Down: 633 m
Calories: 2647 kcal Σ kcal: 197890 kcal  
Conditions: The 5th day into strong headwind.

The first 20 km were quite nice to ride, although it contained most of todays elevation gains. It was again quite cold and since riding through pine tree forests it stayed cool for a while. However, the forest had a big benefit; it sheltered us from wind. This changed soon, when the ‘French TGV’ past us in high speed and stirred up the air. From that time on we cycled all day in wild turbulences. The ‘fasten seatbelt’ sign was permanently illuminated at my handlebar dashboard. I formed again a peloton together with Lydia. Shirley and Dan joined us for the last 40 km to lunch. Chelsea and Doug managed to find a nice, sunny and almost fully wind protected spot. Good to warm up a bit in the sun. The ride through the forest felt as if riding through a Canadian or Scandinavian forest, except there were no moos crossing the road. I started solo again after lunch as we were now officially riding along the Great Ocean Road, which started right after Portland. However not yet very spectacular or scenic, thus I rejoined Lydia for sharing to break the wind until the camp in Port Fairy, a nice little town with a special flair.

Hurrah! Another rest day! A well deserved, after a 670 km ride into the wind.