Cottesloe to Cape Leeuwin 1997

Cottesloe to Cape Leeuwin Tour 1997

Cape Leeuwin

Perth to Cape Leeuwin Tour 1997 – 8 days, 588 km cumulative distance. The aim of this trip was to return to the places frequented on the early rides, 1977 – 1981, only this time to do it better, faster, with less hardship and fewer mishaps, drawing on the experience gained over the years. …

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Cottesloe to Bunbury 1997

Bunbury main street

PRELIMINARY On Tuesday, October 21 I took the bike on the train to Perth City train station, then took the afternoon Australind train to Bunbury, to stay the night in the Bunbury Motel and start the ride from there early the next morning. I first tried this in 1992, when the new, faster Australind began […]

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Bunbury to Dunsborough 1997

Dunsborough

Bunbury to Dunsborough, day 1, Wednesday 22 October 1997. I left The Bunbury Motel ($48, quite nice but couldn’t open a window) at 7.46 on a mild morning with light north-easterly winds. The odometer read 3800. The wind was unprecedented – I hoped it would hold all the way but didn’t expect that it would. […]

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Dunsborough to Margaret River 1997

Margaret River

Dunsborough to Margaret River day 2, Thursday 23 October 1997. The morning was fine with light SE – SW winds. I was starting the hilly portion of the ride, when wind velocity is of secondary importance unless it be extreme. The first 4 km out of Dunsborough up Caves Road is all uphill, but I […]

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Margaret River to Cape Leeuwin 1997

Cape Leeuwin

Margaret River to Cape Leeuwin, day 3, Friday 24 October 1997. THE SMALL MIRACLE OF MAMMOTH CAVE The morning was cool with a light SE wind. I left the motel at 7:48 but wasted time and distance by missing the obvious road, Forrest Road (because I thought it was Wallcliffe Road, but that doesn’t become […]

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Augusta to Margaret River 1997

Margaret River

Augusta to Margaret River, day 4, Saturday 25 October 1997. There was no particular hurry on this day. I left Augusta with regret at 8:45 on a fine morning with a light WSW wind that got a bit stronger with some WNW tendencies that were to set in for the two days after this. I […]

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Margaret River to Busselton 1997

Busselton Foreshore Sunset

Margaret River to Busselton day 5, Sunday 26 October 1997. The morning was cool and sunny with light winds that would freshen from the NNW as the day went on, impeding my progress to Busselton. I would not even come close to my effort in 1980 when I did the journey non-stop in 1 hour […]

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Busselton to Bunbury 1997

Bunbury main street

Busselton to Bunbury day 6, Monday 27 October 1997. There was no hurry getting away this morning – I only had the easy ride to Bunbury, though the winds were still a bit northerly and wouldn’t help me. There was another shower but it didn’t catch me outside. I took a morning swim before going […]

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Bunbury to Mandurah 1997

Mandurah

Bunbury to Mandurah day 7, Tuesday 28 October 1997. The wind was steady from the south-west as I left the Ocean Drive motel at 7:55. The odometer just flicked over to 4214.0 as I turned onto Ocean Drive, so I made that my starting point. There was a slight delay as I turned onto Clifton […]

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Mandurah to Cottesloe 1997

Cottesloe

Mandurah to Cottesloe, day 8, Wednesday 29 October 1997. After a cooked breakfast and the usual help-yourself cereal in the dining room that hadn’t changed in 20 years, except for the wallpaper peeling a bit more off the ceiling (no other guests showed up), I left the Brighton Hotel at 9:38 with a breeze already […]

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