Monday 10th May 2010
Day one for our riders was a day of exorbitant challenges and obstacles.
After a 3.30am Sunday morning start which lead to a 13hour transit from Melbourne-Sydney-Cairns-Cooktown,
our riders and support team arrived safely in Cooktown Sunday evening for a pub meal before crashing for a rest before day one: Monday 10 May!
The boys set out for their 195km day one climb out of Cooktown, through the Lakefield ranges, at a delayed time of 9am. Within minutes of being on the road, the far-north qland sun was taking its toll, not to mention prevailing southerly head winds.
Excess water and frequent rest stops assisted the boys first phrase of the gruelling day one journey. However, it was not long after morning tea that Nat felt the itch of his first quad cramp. What was initially perceived as a small piece of muscle tightness transpired into a day of near agony for the reigning YGAP Bris-Melb cycling champion.
Although worsening cramps, mixed with 30degree whether on burning hot bitumen roads forced Nat to request additional breaks, neither rider swayed from their mission at reaching the end: Mt.Carbine.
Prior to reaching the destitute mining town of Mt Carbine to finish leg one, our support team was increased in numbers by the adoption of a baby wallaby. Kylie become the immediate carer of the gorgeous mammal, which then took Jasper’s heart who named the her Lemon Wedge.
Although plans were made to ensure YGAP’s new mascot join our journey all the was down the coast of Australia, a decision was made over dinner in the Mt.Carbine pub (in between crew members having a crack at the world’s longest didgeridoo) to take Lemon Wedge to local wild life conservationists to care for the Wallaby’s return to health.
We are pleased to convey that after a dramatic day one, Jasper’s, Nat’s and Lemon Wedges health is fighting fit and all look forward to day two: Cairns here we come!!
The Three States of Mind Travelling Team.