Left Cunnamulla at 8 am and with a gentle tail wind began cycling North through fairly wet country . Recent rains have still left ponding in low lying spots.
The ride was only 100 km so I was hoping for a short day with lots of relaxation in the afternoon. AT about the 80 km mark the ping of my second broken rear spoke rang clear ,
Oh bugger , my worst fears are being realised. This is the 2 Nd broken spoke and a clear indication that this wheel is sub standard , in need of replacement or at the very least , specialised rebuilding by an expert wheelsmith.
I am carrying the tools and some spare spokes , so went about the repair work methodically and carefully , despite the chronic flies and less than pristine work conditions in the gritty environs . Took a while to replace , then re- true the wheel before completing last 20 kms into Wyandra . Riding on tenterhooks now as I know that more breakages are almost certain now.
This problem will take some solving
( pic from Cunnamulla as I left this am )
CUNNAMULLA FELLA – immortalised in the Slim Dusty song
Well I’m a scrubber runner and a breaker too,
I live on damper and Wallaby stew,
I’ve got a big cattle dog with a staghounds cross ,
I never saw a scrubber he couldn’t toss,
Cause I’m the fella from Cunnamulla,
Yes I’m the Cunnamulla fella
Was given a free ride in the buggy to see ” The Beach ” and other local attractions in this small town boasting a population of 25 permanent residents .