I stood on the high line here salivating. Sydney, here is a mega city and even they have managed to go on a road diet. A road diet in NYC looks like a lane for shared bikes, a bicycle lane, pedestrian crossings at each and every leg of the intersection. And signal phases that don't force you to sprint across as soon as the pedestrian light goes green just in case you get stuck a quarter way across and people try to run you over.
I was on my way to meet my friend in Brooklyn and what do I see when I walk out of the subway station, walking along the pedestrian overpass, over 8 lanes of traffic? A beautiful separated bi directional cycleway and footpath running down the middle of the chaos buffered nicely by trees and parked cars.
Day 5 - Cradle Mountain
Distance: 78.5 kms
Elevation: 2,112 m
Accommodation: Side of the road in massive open fields in Belvoir
Shops: No shops. Cafe at Cradle Mountain. Small shop at a caravan park near Cradle
Water: No water at Cradle Mountain. Water at Belvoir (but didn't look too clean)
Warning: It's cold in the mountains and at night. 4 degrees. Bring thermals.
Day 6 - Belvoir - Zeehan
Route: Belvoir, Tullah, Roseberry
Distance: 83.6 km
Elevation: 1,280 m
Lunch: Pub/Cafe in Tullah with sandwiches and burgers
Food: IGA at Roseberry, IGA at Zeehan, Pub (not recommended)
Accommodation: Treasure Island Caravan park at Zeehan
Warning: Zeehan looks rough but the caravan park people are very friendly
Day 7 - Zeehan - Queenstown - Lake Burbury
Distance: 66.9 kms
Shops: In Queenstown plenty of pubs, cafes, bakeries, IGAs, second store
Accommodation: Lake Buubury Camping
Day 8 - Lake Burbury - Derwent Birdge - Lake St Clair
Distance: 69.8 kms
Shops: Grocery Shop at Derwent bridge closes at 6pm (yep we missed it). Massive pub with grub (pircey)
Accommodation: Free camping (with National Park entry) inside the park along the walking trail, no shower facilities, water at the cafe, toilet is a dunny
Day 9 - St Clair - Hamiliton
It's all downhill from now (kinda). Riding in 40 degree heats on the last day of 2015.
I felt deserved a tub of ice-cream.
Distance: 92.6 kms
Elevation: 1,247 m
Shops: IGA at Ouse, no facilities at
Accommodation: Camping in Hamilton (coin operated showers) great facilities
Warning: No shops in Hamilton. IGA in Ouse for supplies (groceries and a pub)
Day 10 - Hamilton - Hobart
Distance: 70.4 kms
Elevation: 614 m
Shops: New Norfolk shopping centre
Accommodation: Springvale hostel, New Town (boarding house converted to hostel during holidays)
Distance: 44.4 kms
Elevation gain: 107 m
Road Type: Cycleway along the river, but with annoying stops to walk over car blocking hurdles
Sights: Riverway, people fishing, other bike riders racing/training. Osaka Jo.
Tips: Drink and Toilet stations along the way.
Accommodation: With friends
Food: Bring your own, shops aren't guaranteed to be open
Distance: 77 kms
Elevation gain: 630 m
Road Type: On Road, some busy roads with trucks and cars
Sights: The crazy Pacific coast waves
Tips: Look for the signs to the Pacific Coast cycleway, it weaves on and off along the sea side. Some of it looked too scary for me to ride.
WINDY! It's was very very windy. I was in constant battle against the winds and losing motivaation.
End: Irago, Ferry Port. Catch a ferry to Toba. Ride onto Ise
Accommodation: Last minute hotel booking via booking.com for 2,500 at Ise
Food: Last 20 kms not much food options. There is a rest stop at Irago.
Try to catch some food at the Beach cafe.
Distance: 143.4 kms
Elevation gain: 1,330 m ( some of this was because I climbed a mountain by accident)
Road Type: On Road, cycleway along the coast, detour due to construction beware
Sights: Seaside, hill climbs
Tips: Try to ask for information when you come across detour signs or construction. The main road might be closed off on the other side and you need to make a detour. Don't find out the hard way by climbing and descending before realising there's no way.
End: Hamamatsu (has a Shinkansen stop, biggish town)
Accommodation: Last minute hotel booking via booking.com for 5,500 Yen
Food: Plenty of small towns and vending machines along the way.
Hamamatsu: Not many things open around the city centre. Found a great Udon shop run by a mother and daughter.
I managed to get two friends who aren't strong cyclists to ride 50 kms with ease.
All along cycleways and flat.
This ride is suitable for beginners.
Suburbs: Redfern, Erskineville, Mascot, Tempe, Kyeemagh, Brighton-le-sands, Sans Souci, Ramsgate bridge, Dolls Point
Distance: 50 Kms return
Time: 3 hours
Path: Mostly cycleways, bike friendly roads in Erskineville
Hills: Not really, pretty flat
View: Asian veggie market, Eastern Beaches
Facilities: Public Toilets, all along the Eastern beaches
Max Elevation: 41m
Suitable for: Beginners
Strava Link: https://www.strava.com/activities/395902355
MapMyRide link: http://www.mapmyride.com/routes/view/862526793
The M4 Cycleway is surprisingly very well signposted, even with the detours the diversions signs were everywhere. The best part of this ride is the destination. Cabramatta, home of the best Vietnamese food.
Route: Glebe - Zetland - Sydney City - Lilyfield - Haberfield - Olympic Park - Auburn - Harris Park - Wentworthville - Fairfield - Cabramatta
Path: Mostly Cycleways, separated paths, some bike friendly roads in the city
Hills: Only a few with small gradients
Sights: Buddhist temple near Cabramatta station along the cycle way
Treats: Cabramatta offers the best selection of Vietnamese food, check out this blog for a map. Also because of the strong Buddhist culture there are several vegan/vegetarian Vietnamese restaurants as well.
Must try: 3 colour bean drink (Che Ba Mau)
Distance: 40 kms
Location: Glebe, Redfern, Rushcutters bay, Double Bay, Nielson Bay, Watson Bay, Dover Heights, Bondi, Centennial Park
Difficulty: A few steep inclines, heartbreak hill isn't steep but a bit long
Surface: Road, a few stairs
Highlights: Amazing views of Sydney Harbour, lots of beaches, spectacular display of Sydney's most expensive houses.
Facilities: Cafes, public toilets, water fountains along the way
Strava route details: http://www.strava.com/activities/359151700
Amazing discovery today. Bike path along one of the nastiest Motorways in Sydney, the M5.
Well insulated from the noise with a large embankment it's very safe to ride.
Suburbs: Earlwood, Bardwell Valley, Kingsgrove, Beverly Hills, Riverwood
Distance: 20 kilometres
Road Type: Road, Bike path, some parts are a bit uprooted
Difficulty: Only a few hills mostly riding on the bike path.
Highlights: 1960s Australian Architecture, single story brick, carports
Facilities: Don't remember seeing public toilets
Strava: Activity here
Related websites: http://www.canterbury.nsw.gov.au/Discover/Parks-sporting-community-facilities/Cycling-Walking-Tracks/Cycle-way-to-Botany-Bay