That probably sums up the whole day :-/
The evenings weather forecast from last night was for a windy day. Ok, I can live with that. Forecast winds from the North, gusting to 25-30km/h....well, it's gonna be windy I thought.
Going by yesterday's effort, of travelling late afternoon & sunset, & today heading East, via unsure cycle paths, across to the M31 Hume Highway, plus knowing how the RV reacts to sudden wind gusts..... I thought it might be prudent to try and avoid the peak hour rush across to the M31.
Awoken by the gusting wind at 6am, & rechecking the forecast ... aids gusting up to 40km/h...yep, I was gonna try & avoid the traffic & travel the back roads out of Melbourne then cut around back to the Highway.
Oh, the plans of mice & men!!! :-/
All went well for the first 5km, then I had to turn, & head North. Right into the jaws of the stiffest headwind since leaving Perth!! No joke! I was flat out trying to achieve 10-15km/h!!
I preserved for the next 20+ km, slugging it out with the wind.... just as well the climbs were small I thought....
I stopped in Sunbury for morning tea ... the wind died down a bit ... it was teasing me ... no sooner than I was out on open roads again it got cranky with me.... & SO DID I !! Grrrrrrrr!! :-(
I checked the forecast and saw this...
My plan ... how the hell do I get across to the highway ASAP ???
A check of the map, & decision made.. I was gonna head across country JUST to try and use a bit if this WIND!!!!
... hmmm No Deal... it wasn't gonna happen. :-(
If it wasn't blowing a gale, the roads I decided to use were either seldom used gravel roads....or sealed roads that climbed at 30+% slope. These damned hills were so steep I could hardly keep the pedals turning .... my cadence was shot... and speed on most climbs at 2-3 km/h... AARRGGHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
BLOODY HELL. !!!
Get me outta here !!!!! :-(
I QUIT !!
Get a bloody truck for this bloody RV !! :-(.
I've had enough if this crap !!!
I wanna go HOME !!! :-( FFS!!!!!
there was nothing for it but to shut up, persevere, n keep trying to turn the pedals. .....
Am I ever gonna see the Highway today??
Finally after 7hrs, & barely covering 60km, I made it into Wallan. Boy, was I glad to be here. ..... I need coffee'n cake pronto !!!
Maybe I can get a cheap motel, cabin to rest up in tonight... NOPE. :-/
Hmmmmmmm nothing for it but to get out on the highway n look for a bush camp.
I need a feed, 'n the 1st roadhouse, fortunately was only a few more K's along. After a Pig Out on junk food, getting a chocky milk for breakky tomorrow, I set off to find a campsite.
Finally a bit of good news for today. I found a well sheltered & hidden spot just a couple of K's up the highway.
Tent up, RV hidden,.... BED!!
Fingers crossed this wind buggers off !