Trip Odometer: 21384km
Daily total: 256km
Around Australia Total: 16984km
This is it, the last official day of the Black Dog Ride Around Australia 2019. At this point, I am not sure what to say or think. I dare say I probably wont really process the whole event until a few week after I get home. Today I think is the shortest ride in distance, but probably the hardest ride mentally and emotionally.
We started gathering for an 8.30am brief with plans to depart at 9:00am.
Some local WA riders met up with us to lead us out toward Busselton. I opted not to dress up in my wet weather gear, thinking we would make it to the first rest stop before the forecast rain would arrive. How wrong I was. At least I zipped up the air vents in my jacket, or so I thought until I started feeling wet on my right side. I left one vent open.
Arriving at the fuel stop (Caltex Foodary, Forest Highway) I used a towel to dry myself off as much as possible, then pulled the wet weather gear out of the panniers. We had a bit of time here thankfully, and the free coffee for the BDR was very welcoming!
Our next stop was in Bunbury. We had a bit of time here, and I should probably have fueled up either here or at the Caltex. I didn’t really think about it, and did not notice how low in fuel I was in Busselton. A fair few of us headed to the cafe that was located on the beach. Its not a bad spot here, I recommend it! Our scheduled departure was 2.30pm, and we were waiting for the planned police escort from Bunbury to our finish point in Busselton. WA Pol tuned up early, and with lots of eager riders we eventually rode out about 15 minutes early.
After a somewhat rainy trip, we finally arrive in Busselton.
We eventually moved onto our campground for the night. Back to the Big 4 Beachlands who let us camp free of charge. They stepped up the game today and provided me with a swag upgrade:
It was a shitty day with rain and wind, and getting real bed instead of having to set up the swag with a fly sheet was just the nicest end to the trip.
We had a free bus to the local pub, and a free dinner. I had planned to have quite a few beers, but after 3 I headed back to my new swag and went to bed!
Different map today, my satellite tracker map!