Day 91 to 93 of cycling - Ceduna to Whyalla via Kimba

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After a fantastic police escort from Ceduna, it was off to a great ride, rain and clearing conditions but with a comfortable tail wind Westerly swinging to strong Southerlies off to my right shoulder after midday. Mainly finishing the ride by no later than 1.00 pm before the those Southerlies come in which tended to throw me off guard a bit particularly when the road trains passed by. No change to camping out in front with Ned Kelly going ahead as forward scout to find a good spot has always paid off.
 
Now following a route where all small towns look somewhat similar - a railway crossing into town and on the right entering town huge grain silos stand like NASA launching pads. I'm told that Kimba council have come up with the concept to brighten up their silos by having murals painted on them to catch the interest of drivers as they past them by and at the same hopefully attract tourism into their beautiful town. I was very impressed with the Kimba councils concept of offering free camping/caravan parking at the recreation centre, a commendable idea to look after travelers who can only but appreciate the generosity and in return inject dollars back into the town by using the towns facilities, fantastic tourist attractions and walking trails that Kimba has to offer.
 
Definitely a change to the scenery now getting closer to small farming towns and the big smoke itself (Adelaide) grain fields are in abundance and certainly pleasing to the eye as I ride along. The trucks and Grey army keep passing by in both directions and keep on acknowledging the long ride home team. The words is out and certainly embedded in the minds of travelers heading both ways. "Victory over PTSD" are the large words across our long ride home truck and I'm sure the awareness is getting out there, but we've still a way to go, not just in distance, but the drive for PTSD to be fully understood by the community and why the long ride home continues to push the awareness and raise money for our younger veterans.
 
Another 4 days of riding and I'll be in Adelaide, 8,741 kms on since starting from Hanoi in the 12th May. It's a 10,000 kms ride but it looks like being closer to 11,000km. I've said to many people when they've asked me, "how can you ride so many kilometres?" My reply has always been - "Its not the distance, it's all about me achieving the goals that I first started with", to spring board the awareness of PTSD amongst our wider community and raising funds for the veterans of recent wars who need our help by raising funds going to beneficiaries - RSL Defence Care, The Bravery Trust, and St.John of God (Richmond Hospital). The beneficiaries need your help and you can make a big help by donating to my cause at www.thelongridehome.com.au
 
In the interim I will keep pushing the trusty Trek across this beautiful country of ours and maybe beyond until there is a total victory over PTSD.
 
My thanks goes out to the District Council of Kimba for their kind donation and warm generosity by CEO Debbie Larwood and her husband Tony who looked after us on our stop over yesterday.
Many thanks and warmest regards to you all who continue to support the cause!
 
Kimba is a rural service town on the Eyre Highway at the top of Eyre Peninsula in the Australian state of South Australia. At the 2006 census, Kimba had a population of 636 and it has an annual rainfall of 348 mm. There is 7 metre tall statue of a big galah beside the highway marking halfway between the east and west coasts of Australia. The Gawler Rangesare north of the highway near the town.
 
The word "Kimba" is derived from the local Aboriginal word for "bushfire", and the District Council of Kimba's emblem reflects this in the form of a burning bush.
 
The first European in the area was explorer Edward John Eyre, who passed through the area on his passage from Streaky Bay to the head of Spencer Gulf in late 1839.
 
The area was first settled in the 1870s by lease-holding pastoralists who moved north up the Eyre Peninsula during the 1870s and 1880s. They lightly stocked the land and relied on the limited water supplies and intermittent open grass lands to raise their stock. It was more intensively settled for wheat farming from 1908, when overseas demand for wheat increased in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. The large tracts of mallee scrub began to be cleared to facilitate this, and soon regular mail services were established from the port at Cowell. Bags of wheat had to be loaded onto bullock drays which carried the produce to Cowell 76 km south.
 
In 1913, Kimba was connected by narrow gauge railway to Port Lincoln. This development encouraged a number of new wheat farmers to move into the area. Two years later the township of Kimba was officially proclaimed and service industries began to move into the district.
 
See more about Kimba at:
http://www.kimba.sa.gov.au/page.aspx?u=408
 
Warmest Regards from the long ride home team.
Truck, Juvy, Gunney , Terry and Ned Kelly in South Australia.