|Today’s Distance: 52.9km||Total Distance: 52.9km|
What a great start to our cycling. We got up early as we needed to leave the house in Somers by 6.45am to make sure we got to the ferry which was 12km away. Better to leave plenty of time than be rushed and biking fast that early in the day. It was a beautiful morning and we got to the ferry in plenty of time biking on paved cycle paths. If there is a theme for today, it’s how good the cycle paths and rail trail are. The only time we biked on a road there was a really large verge and plenty of room for everyone.
We caught the ferry from Stony Point across to Cowes on Phillip Island at 8am. In Cowes we went to the post office and dispatched our extra stuff to Dave in Brisbane. We then went to a café before we started biking. Almost straight away we found a paved cycle path that ran near the road and went the full length of Phillip Island. It was fantastic!!
After crossing the bridge to leave Phillip Island we cycled on the road through road works but with plenty of verge then met the rail trail. The last 14km of the day was on the rail trail and we ended up in Wonthaggi, a mining town. Wonthaggi has huge supermarkets, and a nice pub. While on the rail trail we saw a rugged coast, with what we can only presume were wild kangaroos (no fence to keep them in).
Highlight of the day: Starting our biking and the bike paths and trails.