Today was a shocker, we started out from the hotel at 7am towards Tamworth straight into a headwind, all good until the rain. Wet cloths and saddle chafe aren't a great combo.
Having said that the kms clicked by pretty quickly, there were a few stops for mechanical issues that our mechanic Paul (one of the owners of Cranks cycles) sorted out quickly, and a stop in Muswellbrook for afternoon tea courtesy of the council.
After that things got a bit tough, the rain eased off but the wind picked up to about 30knots with gusts up to 50, on top of that the wind was mostly coming at us from the front left quarter and really messing up the group, by Murrarundi it was flat up dangerous, we had one accident that was definitely prevented from becoming major by a well made helmet (sorry to use the H word) and a few near misses one including me. So we stopped, gathered the group and took up an offer of a bus trip to Muswellbrook, where we assessed the situation and decided that the safest option was to get a bus trip to Tamworth. So in the end our 270km day turned into a rather frustration 130km day.
In the end we are all safe a ready to tackle tomorrow's challenges. Now off to bed before I collapse :)

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Comment by Michael S. (Boxhead) on October 16, 2010 at 7:46am
Thanks for the update Dave. Sounded like a really tough day. Great effort. Go Dave!
Comment by Davidtcr on October 16, 2010 at 8:52am
I think a really good option Dave; safety definitely needs to come first in those conditions.
Comment by PeterT on October 16, 2010 at 9:00am
Sounds pretty chilly & windy today too. But the sun should be out.
Good luck, be safe and enjoy the ride.
Comment by Susan on October 16, 2010 at 9:39am
Epic day, glad everyone was ok in the end. Hope you get some good sleep and are ready to tackle tomorrows ride.
Comment by David Taylor on October 16, 2010 at 5:24pm
Thanks again guys and gals, it was a challenge and I was very happy that safety came first, in the end we got in and had time for a great meal and some well deserved sleep. I'll post today's effort shortly :)

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