Bike ride or bike bounce?-Expedition Dust day 40

My name is Brando Yelavich. I’m currently cycling self supported from the most western point to the most eastern cape across the centre of Australia to lead by example and empower others to take care of their own mental wellbeing. 

I woke up to my alarm at 0550 with the intention of climbing the big hill and watching the sun rise, but when I woke up the wind was strong and cold so I rolled over and went back to sleep. To be honest I needed the sleep more than I needed to watch the sun rise. I woke up two hours later, got up and covered some flatbreads in peanut butter for breakfast. I stoked the fire and chucked some water into my pot with some rice and lentils to have at lunchtime. Dylan was up so I asked him to keep an eye on the pot while I raced up to the top of the hill to take some photos. The rock was quite loose but I found a safe way to get up. Once up on top I walked over to the edge and looked down on where we had travelled the day before, the view in every direction was magnificent.  I could see Dylan had started to pack down the tent so I zoomed back down to give him a hand.


Just after we had left our camp the track took a sharp right turn and started heading to the south east, on the corner there were two camels eating the trees. I wanted a closer look so I got off my bike and very slowly approached them, I’m pretty sure camels aren’t trusting by nature but these two females let me get about 15 metres from them before meandering off into the bush. Dylan and I reached an opening in the track and everything changed again. The corrugations were back and the sand was soft and really deep. The hot sun and south east winds were making it even tougher, the small prickly shrubs kept brushing up against my feet and legs. I ride in sandals because my feet breathe better but now my toes are cut and completely full of prickles. Negatives aside, the landscape was absolutely stunning. The Spinafex grass was taller than us on our bikes, riding/bouncing through it was like being in a wheat field. The soft sand is an interesting challenge, it’s not impossible  to ride on in most places but its defiantly very hard on the body. For every one full rotation you only move half as far as if the ground was solid.