Leaving Melbourne, Bertha found more cycle lanes – of a sort – narrow and blocked frequently by parked cars.
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She had 897 km from here to Sydney
It was good to be heading for the motorway north.
Seymour! 103 km less. 785 km to Sydney. End of the first day of the closing leg.
Day 2 started with a visit to the Seymour Visitor Centre
From there Bertha headed north.
Again, as often before, Bertha pedalled on into the night.
The following day, Bertha continued.
An interview with the local radio station at Wangaratta.
Delivering flyers to Wangaratta Visitor Information Centre
Heading North again.
At Albury, having left Victoria and entered New South Wales, Bertha visited The Border Mail
before continuing northwards
Bertha arrived at Goulburn in the dark
At Goulburn, Bertha obtained an interview at the local radio station
And was able to see what time it was at the local Town Hall.
Bertha also took in some of the history of Goulburn
and some of the more recent sights, associated with the wool industry.
before leaving Goulburn in the dark
and finding an excellent place to camp
Again she continued, getting ever closer to completing her epic journey.
Still taking time to enjoy the journey
Progress was excellent – until she arrived at the end of the bike lane and there were no directions to Sydney.
Very late that night, Bertha arrived at Sydney Central YHA to find that there were no beds there. However, YHA had provided wonderfully for her with a room for 3 nights at Sydney Harbour YHA.
The following morning, Bertha arrived back at her departure point at the Sydney Opera House, greeted by good friends
Navitas had arranged for Bertha to be interviewed by SBS News and this video went to air in the evening news on December 20. The text of the report can be found here. Unfortunately, the video is no longer available.
And Bertha visited local radio, saw some local sights and visited other media. Bertha always leaves brochures about her effort and highlighting Mexican culture. She did have a phone interview on radio 3AW.
While in Melbourne, Bertha also visited the National Gallery of Victoria.
Bertha took in some of the other sights of Melbourne – the Town Hall
Melbourne’s famous trams
and found someone to take her photo with her treasured Mexican flag.
Leaving Adelaide, Bertha headed for Melbourne. Before leaving Adelaide, Bertha took note that the Jacaranda’s were in bloom. They are a beautiful tree while young, but they do damage the infrastructure when they get older – lifting footpaths, road surfaces, damaging pipes.
The climb out of Adelaide was extremely steep and difficult for Bertha. Fortunately, she was encouraged by other cyclists as she rode but she didn’t stop to take a photo until she was on flatter ground. She wasn’t allowed on the motorway, but a cycle path was provided and here she has stopped where they travel together.
Her path went through Tailem Bend
And of course, Bertha doesn’t waste daylight by stopping too early. Another sunset photo with the sun setting over her bike.
Sometimes, the thank you for visiting signs are more picturesque than the arrival signs.
Others have beautiful Welcome signs.
Some have very plain signs, along with their names being plain also.
It seems that on the WA – SA border, they have Border Village. On the South Australia – Victoria border, they have Bordertown. It seems that the bike didn’t want to stay standing here.
Bordertown was a small and picturesque town.
Bertha proceeded on towards Kaniva and Nhill (pronounced Nil).
leaving South Australia
and entering Victoria
She found an ENORMOUS Koala
Ararat has a very beautiful Town Hall
before continuing on to Ballarat, a famous town from Australia’s gold rush.
before arriving at Geelong
and crossing this bridge she arrived in Melbourne.
Berth managed to find someone to take a photo of her before she left Port Adelaide.
While in Adelaide, Bertha took all opportunities to try to obtain interviews and left brochures at a number of media locations.
3D Radio gave Bertha an interview
And Bertha also had an interview on Channel 7 in Adelaide, which was filmed here:
Leaving Port Augusta, Bertha headed down the highway to Port Germein and then Port Pirie.
At Port Pirie, Bertha had an excellent interview on the local radio station.
Then Bertha continued her journey.
Finally, we see some variation in the Rest Stop signs.
Was she avoiding Snowtown? No, but she was heading for a much more picturesque trip through the Clare Valley. But first, she had to watch out for the Bunyips.
Following the signs to Adelaide, Bertha continues on.
Still enjoying the beauty of Australia, Bertha sees wattle in full bloom.
And she also notices vineyards covering the hills.
And a Winery.
So, she continues on her way, via Auburn.
Rhynie is next along the way.
Followed by Tarlee
Then Bertha heads for Gawler and Adelaide.
Bertha likes anything that helps with cyclist safety, though she dislikes bike lanes that end suddenly.
So, she REALLY liked a CYCLEWAY that allowed her to ride most of the last 50 km to Adelaide without venturing onto the highway.
After leaving brochures at Ceduna Visitor Centre, Bertha continued to cycle towards Port Augusta.
Heading out along the Eyre Highway, Bertha’s first goal was Wirrula, 92 km from here.
With 60 km to go to Wirrulla, it looks as though the road surface is way worse than we see elsewhere. The second-hand mountain bike tyre from before Esperance helped a lot in these conditions.
Bertha has noticed extraordinary areas of different grain under cultivation and here she has taken a photo of a Focus Paddock, probably a research planting.
Wirrulla now 53 km away. A wide, flat plain.
Wirrulla 23 km. It’s difficult for an Australian to comprehend what drives her on.
Wirrulla 5 and it doesn’t hurt to remind every driver of the value of “Stop, Revive – Survive”, as Bertha has noticed coming into every town out here.
I think we might have blinked and missed it.
Next goal is Minnipa.
Next stop Wudinna.
So now Bertha proceeds to Kyancutta.
To continue, Bertha must turn left for Port Augusta and Adelaide. Then head for Kimba.
And finally, Bertha manages to find someone to take her photo.
Mine waste heaps near Iron Knob
Turn left to Alice Springs? Not on this trip.
And we’ll finish this stage of the trip with another photo of Bertha.