Today (Sunday) we rode 70km on a rural route from Toowoomba to Allora.
We started just before sunrise at Toowoomba. We ate breakfast and packed up our bags, these were loaded into the trucks along with the mattresses and tents.
Campeasy tents are packed and loaded by the camp volunteers. Meanwhile, personal tent campers pack their own tents and load them onto the trucks.
The countryside we saw during the ride is a mixture of crops and grazing paddocks as far as the eye can see. The scenery is beautiful with small flocks of Galah’s swooping across the road and the dry brown and green fields interspersed with occasional fields of golden flowers, which are themselves crops.
The photo above shows the typical landscape of the day. Undulating plains with occasional hills. This paddock is probably a bit greener than most of those we passed. Despite the clouds, the rainfall has been lacking in the Darling Downs over the last few seasons.
Many of the roads stretched out into the distance across this flat region.
The first rest break was near the railway at Cambooya. This was about 21 km into the day’s ride. It was another 29 km further to the lunch stop at the Clifton Historical Museum.
At 50 km we were ready for lunch. The Clifton Historical Museum was well patronised by the cyclists. Each day the luch wagon, toilet truck and cycle repair van joined us along with the support staff which included a police motocyclist, St Johns First Aid van, designated ambulance, two other motorcycle support staff and the SAG wagon (Signs and Gear). The SAG wagon was always the last vehicle, as it picked up all the route signs, ailing cyclists and any other stragglers.
The roads became increasingly flat as we made our way across the Downs.
At 69 km the campsite of Allora (known as the best little town on the Downs) proved restful if not a little cool
Tomorrow we head to Warwick which is a 98 km ride!