- 8:54 AM: Wake up next to my lovely girlfriend, walk downstairs, wave through the sliding glass doors to Ian who is at the table in the back patio “relaxing” with his phone, walk into the kitchen, pour a cup of coffee (Riocoffee CREMA—smooth/aromatic/mellow) from a gritty half empty french press, sit down at the kitchen table, open up my computer and stare at my computer.
- 9:00 AM: Let Steve in the front door. We’ve never met Steve before. Tubular Tommy was otherwise engaged today, and therefore unable via driving and local knowledge to assist our TDU Coverage efforts, but in classic Tubular Tommy form, he knew a guy. It turns guy’s name is Steve.
- 9:30 AM: Leave the house, drive across the street to the CIBO, order two long blacks (with room to pour cold milk in at the top), a latte for Steve, and two pancetta-type breakfast sandwiches. On the way to the start, we ask Steve to share a few things with us about who he is and what’s on his mind. This is what we learned. Steve’s last name is Moores, he lives in Victor Harbour, SA. He’s known Fat Tony aka Tubular Tommy from the beginning. After recently successfully weathering a midlife crisis, Steve has decided to go back to uni to become a teacher. It was either that or get a girlfriend and a sports car, and his wife thought the idea of going to uni was better for their partnership, “so that’s working for us.” Before that he was in civilian defense recruiting and rehabilitation-type work helping people with mental health issues and things like post-traumatic injuries. He has two beautiful daughters, Darcy and Audrey. Side note: After a day of Steve, it turns out we really like Steve.
- 9:45 AM: Park near the start, which start was in an outdoor shopping mall, begin the day in semi-earnest.
- 10:37 AM: We leave the start area in order to drive to the top of the day’s first stage.
- The shiny black road surface which in America we call asphalt, they call Hot Mix. “They whack it on so smooth so it’s fast, but it only lasts about 10 minutes. By the end of the tour it”ll be gone.”
- What we call a Fred, they call a Hubbard.
- Australia is the only country where you can eat your national emblem.
- Willonga, the crux of Saturday’s Queen Stage, is not a proper lump, it’s just punchy.
- He saw a guy on Corkscrew standing in the bush on a steep hillside, kinda wedged into a tree about 10 feet above the road. Anyway, the guy was pruning and landscaping his view for the then imminent peloton, with professional pruning and landscaping tools that he brought, presumably for this exact purpose.
Houghton (approx. 18km)
Houghton (approx. 21km)
Ascending SKODA King of the Mountain: Corkscrew Road (137.6km)
SKODA King of the Mountain: Corkscrew Road (137.6km)