Linda Flook and Alan Flowers are preparing to pedal more than 10,000 kilometres in four months. WHILE most south-west residents are preparing to rug up for winter, two intrepid cyclists will spend the next five months in shorts and T-shirts.
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Linda Flook and Alan Flowers will leave Warrnambool on Sunday on an epic road trip holiday and probably won’t return until August.

They’ll drive 3000 kilometres to Cairns, unload their bikes and then ride more than 10,000 kilometres across the north, west and south of the continent back to Warrnambool.

“It’s now or never,” 57-year-old Mr Flowers said as he saddled up on his mountain bike, towing a laden 50-kilogram trailer.

The idea gelled from a conversation last year when Mr Flowers called at Ms Flook’s balloon shop on his milk delivery rounds.

He had previously been a casual short-distance cyclist between work commitments, while Ms Flook had been coaxed onto a bike by her teenage son about five years ago and gradually progressed to longer multi-day events in Victoria, Queensland and Western Australia.

They decided to enter the 250-kilometre event around Port Phillip Bay in October, which whet their appetites for a longer challenge after their businesses were sold.

“I’d been around Australia 23 years ago in a vehicle with my family, now it’s time to see it on a bike,” Ms Flook said.

“I thought if we can do the bay ride easily why not have a crack at a big ride around Australia.”

Mr Flowers has been dragging the trailer around district roads in training for the past few months with up to six hours on weekends.

“We aim to do up to 200 kilometres a day. My legs are holding up well and I feel fit,” he said.

“When I said to my wife I wanted to do the Cairns to Perth trip she said ‘go for it’.

“If the winds are OK we’ll just continue onto Warrnambool.”

Ms Flook, 49, chipped in: “We will definitely be riding through all the way back to Warrnambool by August 1.

“The freedom and the wind in the face will be just awesome,” she said.

“On the weekend I rode on the Great Ocean Road from Warrnambool to Geelong.”

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