The team reached Geehi Flats. We had cited Tom Groggin as the days final destination, knowing that the next day, up the steepest hill in Australia, to Dead Horse Gap, would perhaps, be the toughest of the trip. However, with the delay caused by the evacuation of Dan we would now have to climb another pass to arrive at Tom Groggin, and then two more to get to Dead Horse and down to Thredbo. As it was, Wally and I were fatigued and we voted to camp at Geehi.
We prepared everything the night before, lunch, water, checking bikes and trikes, and departed at 7am the next day. The team soon became scattered with Conrad and Vonna a few kilometres ahead ahead of Duncan and I, and Wally, preferring to start later, after his morning nebulising session, was fetching up the rear. Ed waited every five kilometres for the group to pass as, after nearly forty days on the road, we were becoming extremely fatigued. Thredbo was a mere twenty three kilometres away, though for a man with cystic fibrosis, a hemiplegic and a blind guy often travelling at two kilometres per hour, it might have been a world away.
After a pasta lunch and a litre of Hydrolite we took on the second and toughest of the three passes to be crossed that day, Leather Barrel. With gradients of up to 17% all of the team had to dig deep. At points Duncan found he could increase the speed of the tandem by dismounting and pushing while Paul pedalled and steered. Walter, having only 38% lung function, was forced to use his oxygen saturator; he looked rather out of place cycling up the steepest hill in Australia with plastic pipes going up his nostrils.