Trip Odometer: 9147km
Daily total: 402km
This post comes a day late. I really hit the wall yesterday (I write this on Day 10), and was battling fatigue all day. I decided to sit out all the formal proceedings and get an early night. Needless to say, that fatigue also meant very little time was spent taking photographs, but I did get some!
It was yet another early start today. with a 7am briefing. This does not seem too early, but the sun does not rise until after 7am in this part of the world. It was also a bit of a new experience as the number of riders in the leg swelled to over 100. I rode out toward the end of the pack, and the sight of the riders as far as you can see was a bit of spectacle.
Departure was at 7.30 for Portland. This took us via some pretty neat coastal roads which I have travelled before, but still enjoyed thoroughly. We arrived to a warm welcome at Fawthrop Community Centre in Portland and as usual, the reception left me speechless. Morning tea here was organised by several community groups and was so much more than I had expected. I have said it before, but the support we are getting from the community is beyond overwhelming. Its clear the black dog touches more people than we think.
On the way to our lunch stop, we stopped briefly in Warrnambool for a a quick photo shoot with the local press.
After fueling up on food at Portland, we headed to Mortlake for lunch. Once again, lunch was hosted by the Lions club, another stellar effort.
The final ride for the day was on to Ballarat. Most of the riders stayed at Sovereign Hill, but half a dozen of us peeled off to camp at the local caravan park. I opted out of the group dinner tonight and chose to get some sleep.