I set off at about 6:30 and, apart from a little fog on the outskirts of Grafton, there was hardly a cloud in the sky.
It’s a boring ride in general from Grafton to Casino, with the main sights being roadkill and potholes,Â so I was pleased (for a while) to be diverted by the antics of my new Edge 800.
It had decided that the altitude of Grafton was about 4.5 km, and it kept incrementing from there until I got to the Baryulgil turnoff, at which point I was apparently 10km above sea level.
I set the altitude from the other GPS, after which the Edge was fine. Interestingly the grade measurement was accurate, so the unit had to know how high I was, but the altitude display was haywire.
After Whiporie, I just chugged along, trying to conserve energy in the heat. Somewhere between the Rapville turnoff and Leeville, I doused myself in water and chilled out in a bus shelter for about 5 minutes. Then I pushed on to the end, refilling my water bottles at the Leeville public school and reaching Casino at about 3:40.
I’d noticed clouds in the west, and the temperature dropped noticeably a few kilometres out, and it rained for a few minutes about an hour after I got here -Â I think that might be the extent of today’s rain.