Gears and Beers, Wagga Wagga 2022
Wagga Wagga you did not disappoint. The first Gears and Beers festival I joined in October 2018 was in canola season, full of seas of yellow against a blue sky. This year the blue skies were out again no canola in March but the backdrop of the countryside was still just as stunning.
Saturday's mystery ride on that took us along the Wiradjuri walking track that is a 42 kilometre off road loop around the city. It is a walking trail that is open to bicycles. But warning that first climb can get your heart rate to 200 bpm (there is no shame in walking it). When you're not eating gravel you're on wide shared paths that connects you to the city.
I won't lie, I'm a bit disappointed Sunday's Filthy 50 didn't get me more filthy but it sure was pretty out there so #noregrets. The fresh air (read lots of head wind) after a month of rain in Sydney is just what was needed.
Distance: 16 kms
Elevation gain: 196 m
Road Type: On Road sometimes a bit busy, sometimes really really tiny back streets
Sights: Country side, rice fields.
Tips: Try a traditional bathouse, Sento, in Ise, great to lying in a tub of hot water for hours after an epic ride. Cost about 400 Yen. You can rent towels and buy shampoo or BYO.
End: Ise, home of the Grand Shinto shrine
Accommodation: Last minute hotel booking via booking.com for 2,500 Yen
Food: Plenty of small towns and vending machines along the way.
Again hitting up an udon shop near the station and loading up on supermarket goodies. Try the melon flavoured soy milk.