RAIN and flat tyres weren't the welcome Tara Lal and Sarah Davis were expecting to have as they arrived in the Gunnedah shire, but it's what they got.
The two ladies have been on the road for seven weeks after starting off at the western-most point in WA.
When the NVI spoke to Ms Lal, they were stopped on the side of the road between Mullaley and Gunnedah waiting for some help with flat tyres on Tuesday afternoon.
It's all to raise awareness of suicide prevention and mental health, and funds for Lifeline and a smaller charity named Mood Active.
Ms Lal said this Sydney-based charity empowered people with mild mental health issues through exercise and "what an important tool it can be and using exercise for mental health issues".
"I think that's what keeps us going - raising awareness for suicide prevention and mental health," she said.
It's an issue that's close to her heart, after losing a brother to suicide and dealing with her father's mental health issues.
Their total journey clocks up more than 5000km and finishes at the eastern-most point in the country in Byron Bay.
They're carrying everything they need with them, from food to spare tyres, water to satellite phones.
Their initial aim was to reach Gunnedah at 3pm on Tuesday afternoon and visit the local Fire and Rescue NSW station (Ms Lal is a firefighter herself), but the "unexpected challenges" stopped this from happening.
As part of their 100km per day aim, the pair set off for Moonbi early on Wednesday morning after a stay at a Gunnedah motel.
They visited the team at Turners Cycles beforehand, too.
They'll stay in Moonbi on Wednesday night before heading to Armidale on Thursday.
"We'll hopefully get Thursday and Friday there," Ms Lal said.
"We aim to ride to Byron for May 12, so we've got eight days."
To find out more about the ladies' adventure, visit https://www.cyclingoz.com/
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