We rode to Madura, stopping occasionally to look at cliffs. I lost the others again, and of course I was the only one whose baggage was searched at the WA border. After a night’s sleep at Madura we arose early, and tackled the second half of the Nullabor. The consensus was to do it in only two legs even though it meant long days. I have found my bike cruises comfortably, (and more economically) around 98K real speed according to the GPS, which is about 105 on the clock. the speed limit in WA is 110. My preferred speed is about 5-10Kph less than the others prefer. So I find myself riding alone a lot, and catching up at rest stops, or else I set out ahead of them and get passed along the route. There is a certain pleasure riding in formation in a pack, but much greater fun being free to proceed at one’s own pace and stop to take a photo at will.
For most it seems the Nullabor is a long stretch of nothing to be endured, and got over as quickly as possible. I found it fascinating, and I would have liked to go slower still, look more attentively for wildlife, and enjoy the very “Australian” feel of the region.
I am coming back. With a bigger bike, and a swag.