Cottesloe to Meelup Beach 1977

Cottesloe to Meelup Beach Tour 1977

Meelup Beach

Cottesloe to Meelup Beach, 6 day bicycle tour, 1977.   This is the first of a series of retrospective bike stories, of rides taken before 1987. (1987 was the first ride to be fully documented in the current format, with distances, speeds, rest stops and so on, moreover written as soon after the event …

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Cottesloe to Mandurah 1977

Mandurah

Cottesloe to Mandurah, day 1, Monday 21 November 1977.   At work before I went on leave, I had been discussing with a workmate the idea of taking a bike ride into the country, and he had mentioned that Meelup Beach would a nice place to cycle to. That idea stuck and I made …

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Mandurah to Harvey 1977

Harvey At Dusk

Mandurah to Harvey, day 2,Tuesday 22 November 1977.   After a fitful night I went down to the dining room which didn’t change much in the next 20 years or so until the hotel closed. It had big sash windows with shrubs pressing against them, and wallpaper on the walls and the ceiling. There …

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Harvey to Bunbury 1977

Bunbury main street

Harvey to Bunbury, day 3, Wednesday 23 November 1977.   The morning was mild and windy and showery. The gravel area in front of the farm machinery business had puddles. I had a nice hotel breakfast then paid and got everything together and set off with painful stiffness on the less than 50 kilometre …

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Bunbury to Busselton 1977

Colroys

Bunbury to Busselton, day 4, Thursday 24 November 1977. I was a bit irritable when I came down to breakfast in the old high-ceilinged hotel dining room, still there. I scowled at the yobs who were still carrying on as they crowded together to wolf their breakfast. Breakfast was nice anyway. I finally …

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Busselton to Meelup Beach and Return 1977

Meelup Beach

Busselton to Meelup Beach and return, day 5, Friday 25 November 1977.  The day was sunny and mild with a light southerly. I had slept without waking for about 10 hours (I can’t do that any more!) and felt heaps better. I had ordered my breakfast for 8 am – this was 1977, they …

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Busselton to Cottesloe 1977

Australind train

Busselton to Bunbury, day 6, Saturday 26 November 1977.   I slept well again and enjoyed another breakfast delivered to my room. I left Busselton by the same way as I had come in, not knowing at that time about the other way through Wonnerup. The road wasn’t hard, the wind was favourable and the […]

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