Day 255, Wednesday, 9 December, 2009

Distance travelled – 45.6 km
Avg speed – 18.3 kph
Max speed – 39.3 kph

Haslam to Streaky Bay

We were woken this morning by a pod of dolphins feeding at the end of the jetty. For a while we thought someone was walking their dog (at 4.45am) but once we got up and walked down to the jetty we discovered the sound was due to the dolphins. Looking back towards our camp we wondered if the shallow cutting of the old tramway facilitated the sound of the dolphins carrying the sound as if it was happening just outside our tent.

As the sun came up the temperature seemed to plummet making this morning the coldest we have experienced. When we do not have access to a fridge we try to cool the UHT milk or the water for our powdered milk in a bottle covered in a wet sock. The cool night air and evaporation from the wet sock cools the contents of the bottle giving us coldish milk for breakfast. This morning we had milk that felt like it came straight from the fridge. Later we would hear that Ceduna had a low of 6 degrees overnight, which is only 2 degrees warmer than most fridges.

Last night when we arrived at Haslam we had good intentions of trying to get back on schedule and still ride to today’s planned destination of Kenny. Although the winds were not as strong as yesterday an early lunch at the Streaky Bay Bakery and chats with other travellers helped us to take the easier option and stay here tonight.

We spent the afternoon having coffee over looking Streaky Bay and then a chat back at the caravan park with two couples travelling around Australia the easy way - in cars.

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'Tree in field'

Streaky Bay CBD

Renovating Streaky Bay Jetty

Christmas decorations at Streaky Bay caravan park

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