Written by Jamie Donnelly and Michael Donnelly
What's not to love with a cold bucket of water shower, no phone reception, Brooke's cremated marshmallows for dessert and being rocked to sleep by the passing road-trains!
Seriously though, we had a great night around the camp fire, the road crew cooked an amazing BBQ dinner and we proceeded to pick on the Scottish Donnelly for much of the evening. We had a great speech from Geoff Ney on the importance of Smiddy to him and why he was inspired to ride this journey - words that ran true with many of the team.
Back to the ride though ... the team were sent on their way by the amazing Jen Penfold who would join us on the ride and power out most of the day! What an effort.
The undulations provided us with some amazing views of the NT landscape and what Yorky thought was his chance to claim the Polka dot jersey by sprinting ahead up one of the inclines ... maybe someday Yorky, dream on!
The roadkill count was down on previous days, but the scenery was some of the most spectacular to date. Some of the team were just too eager to get to lunch, particularly Geoff Ney who spent so much energy getting there he felt he needed a little lie down in the sand as he came in for a bite.
It was then down to the strategic positioning of swags (away from the known snorers) and finding that glorious spot of outback to rest the head on tonight while the crew took over to look after everyone yet again. Steve Roe (or John Sammy Newman in disguise for those who follow The Footy Show) chose to go to the high ground for a quick getaway tomorrow, or maybe he wants to be close to the road trains again after last night! Special mention to Steely for getting his bike mechanic skills out yet again to follow up a 200km ride to fix and check over bikes for a couple of hours - what a quiet and unassuming legend this man is!!
Roll on tomorrow - a big day in the saddle with friends and another epic ride across the NT. The Smiddy train is steaming to Darwin on schedule!!