Last day, home stretch to Albury. We saw on the radar the night before that the rains were coming through. We're prepared with all the wet gear ready to go.
Distance: 117.3 kms
Elevation: 941 m
Roads: Mostly on road (minimal traffic), bike paths 7 kms
Distance: 57.3 kms
Elevation: 522 m
Road: On Road, then gravel with corrugations from Tooma (nasty) for 35 kms
Difficulty: Medium - Hard
Waking up to a frozen drink bottle isn't so bad when you're camping lake side and it's all misty when you wake up to the sun rising. Our neighbours are super helpful again showing us their topographical map with contours of the mountain ranges and then donating 4 litres of water. Much appreciated as we had our massive climb on a hot day.
Distance: 63 km
Elevation: 1,207 m
Warning: no water stops along the way.
Wake up after a freezing cold night. Luckily we have enought fuel for a fire to warm some water to make porridge. However the gravel road out of Canberra along Bobeyan road is soul crushing. Our patience is thinning. We're not talking to each other and ready to burst.
We make it out by 12pm and roll into Adaminaby for lunch. We sit eating in the fallen Autumn leaves planning the next section. We thought we'd be able to make it to O'Hare's rest area, but as the sun went down and still had 30 kms to go we realised there'd be no chance. Plan b get to a warmer flat ground, outta sight camp-able spot before we freeze. Hangry and cold we pass a sign for Selwayn Snowfields and come across a sign with the tent symbol, Three Mile Dam camp grounds. SCORE! We roll in and see several campervans with fires going and we're more at ease. The night gets better as we get invited to share the fire of our neighbouring campers who also have keen cycling children and are keen adventurers. Another close call.
Distance: 74.5 kms
Elevation: 1,478 m
Road: Gravel 43 kms, on road, beautiful decent into Kiandra goldfields
Start: Mt Clear
End: Three Mile Dam Campground near Selwyn Snowfields
Food: Lunch @ Adaminaby, cafes, bakery, pub, bowling club, general store with camping gear
After a night in the comfort of a bed at a friend's place, pub dinner and a hot shower we're on the road with a smaller entourage. We ride out to Thawra for brunch on ANZAC day and get some hot pides and turkish bread for the road.
We're supposed to cover 120 kms but only managed half that after encountering some nasty gravel uphill roads which were a lot tougher than we'd hoped. By sunset we were looking to make camp on the side of the road anywhere it was flat
End: Somewhere on Mount Clear near Shannons flat
Elevation: 1,694 m
Road quality: On bike paths until Thawra when it turned onto country roads. Then into gravel going into the state forest. Gravel with uphills.
Temperature: 10 degrees C at night
Notes: No water from Thawra on. Must carry all water for 100 kms until Brayshaw's homestead.
Some photos courtesy of @Elbosout
Distance: 124 kms
Elevation: 1100 m
Start: Bungonia Campground
End: Canberra bus depot
Road: On road, some compact dirt with corrugations (not much not too bad) 20 kms on highway with small shoulder, in Canberra bike lanes
Difficulty: Medium - Hard (highways weren't too pleasant)
Panorama photos courtesy of J.Henderson.
It's long weekend and I'm in between jobs so I figured I'd take this opportunity to do a cycle tour down through NSW. What started off as an idea for an overnighter turned into a week adventure through the Australia's highest mountain ranges in Kosciuszko National park.
I managed to convince 5 others to come along on the first part to Canberra, a mini adventure with the SNR crew. After much planning between myself and a friend, lots of consultations of train times, locations, camping grounds. We finalised a route from Moss Vale to Canberra via Bungonia.
The adventure began at 7:24am from Central station, trying to find the elevator up to the platform is a nightmare (go to the Eddy Ave side first). We caught a "normal" 8 carriage train out to Campbelltown then changed over to the train for Moss Vale. Although the train ride was completely covered by the opal card, we didn't realise the train to Moss Vale was very different to the Sydney trains. It was 2 carriages, had space for 2 bikes to hang off a hook and no in between spaces. Somehow we managed to squeeze bikes into the passenger part and lie them ontop of each other.
Train ride duration: 2h 30 mins
Start: Central Station
End: Moss Vale Station
Ride Start: Moss Vale Station
Ride End: Bungonia State Forest Camping grounds
Distance: 79 kms
Elevation: 730 m
Difficulty: Easy, Medium
Road Conditions: On Road (bituman) in back countries, 10 kms on highway with wide shoulder
Route Map: link
Moving Time: 4h 30min
Total journey time: 6h 20mins
Bungonia Campgrounds, booking required and has charges. Facilities are out of this word. Filtered water, hot showers, gas bbq outside, gas stoves in an common room
Some photos courtesy of this beautiful rider @alikjones
I ate a lot of dust this weekend. Actually only when I was riding on the dirt, gravel, corrugated gravel, off road roads. There was much anxiety and fretting over whether my Fuji hybrid would be able to handle the Easter tour. Eventually I borrowed some knobbly tyres from a friend, switched them onto my Fuji, strapped on my tent and borrowed panniers on another cycle touring adventure.
Day 1 - Wyong to the Basin
Distance: 77 kms (if you go to the cafe) 67 kms (if you don't go to the cafe)
Road conditions: Dirt, gravel, bitumen, corrugated gravel, down hills, ditches, everything
Start: Wyong station (catch a train from Central station 2 hours)
Finish: Basin camping, Olney State Forest
Day 2 - Basin to Wiseman's ferry
Distance: 78 kms
Road conditions: Gravel hill out, undulating dirt roads, corrugated gravel road, bitumen, free ferry to Wiseman's ferry, another ferry to Mill Creek camping grounds
Start: Basin camping ground
Swim stop: St Albans
Lunch: Settlers Arms pub, St Albans with live music
Finish: Mill Creek Campaign ground, 6 kms from Wiseman's ferry
Day 3 - Mill Creek to Windsor
Distance: 60 kms
Road Conditions: Bitumen, mostly along the Hawkesbury which doesn't see much traffic.
Start: Mill Creek camping grounds
Coffe: Wiseman's ferry cafe
Lunch: Sackville ferry stop, packed lunch
Finish: Windsor station
Beware: Bogan redneck drivers and houses with the Eureka flag
Highlight: Riding along the Hawkesbury river