Day 11: Port Campbell to Apollo Bay
Woke up to a beautiful blue sky morning. My first stop for the day is the twelve apostles. I got there at about 8am. Had the place almost to myself. In the afternoon it gets busy with a lot of tour groups. So I was happy to be able to enjoy the views in relative peace and quiet.
|The Twelve Apostles|
|Such perfect weather to take photos this morning|
|And a picture of me !!|
After, I continued my ride towards Lavers Hill. This is my main climb of the trip. The climb itself goes on for about 25km with an average gradient of 6-8%. As I was climbing I was getting some great views. About halfway up the hill I met my first touring cyclist. He has almost finished cycling around Australia. He has spent about a year on the bike.
I had one more climb over Cape Ottaway. Even though this climb was shorter, it felt harder because the legs were getting tired. Once over the top I stopped at Maits Rest for a lunch stop and a look around. Seems that I finally got to meet the tour buses. So was not as tranquil as my first stop this morning.
I then continued my ride on into Apollo Bay. Tonight I'm camping near the river. Apollo Bay is another seaside town which seems geared mainly towards people traveling the Great Ocean Road. So there a lot of places to eat which is good as I'm hungry.
|My view from the tent at Apollo Bay|
Today's ride has to be one of the most enjoyable so far. The weather, views, hill climbs and descents were just so much fun. Also the traffic was really light, so I could enjoy the ride even more.