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Journal for 3-Jul-2003 : Hervey Bay

Lots of hills early leaving Gympie, but magic riding with a tailwind along Tin Can Bay Rd through the Toolara State Forest (clear cut pine plantations).

More excellent riding along the Cooloola Rd to Maryborough through Tuan state forest. Not exactly flat, but the downhills fast but no brakes needed! The highlight was seeing our first whistling kyte circling overhead. At one point a huge bang went exploded in my left ear. It sounded like a bomb going off. To my surprise, my tyres were still in tact, though we were riding past a sign: "Military Training Area. Life Firing. Keep Out!" It also bore a little emblem of a stick man being blown to bits. I don't envy the job of they guy driving the tractor clearing the trees near the road but *inside* of bombing range.

Collected the mail at Maryborough, where I opened up my front leg standing on the pedals while not clicked in (and my foot slipped off). Dohh!

Really awful riding to Hervey (pronounced Harvey) Bay. Road fast, but narrow and tons and tons of really impatient traffic. The impatience, not (just) with us, was just unbelievable given that the road only lead 30ks to a holiday destination.

Turn off greatly appreciated, until the last ridiculous hill. Arrived after dark, again. This is getting to be a bad habit!

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