My hope for a wet day came true. It must have rained all night and it was still teeming in the morning.
I just focused on turning the pedals over as evenly as possible and on the road just in front of me. When I next looked around, 20km had passed. Water was centimeters over the road at Braunstone and people in the Glenreagh store were talking about who was already flooded in. It’s a good thing my holidays weren’t longer.
Just north of Glenreagh I came across a dead kangaroo followed by several cars at the scene of an accident. It looked to me that a car had hit the ‘roo and had then lost control and ended upside down in a creek.Â There wasn’t anything I could do, although a woman asked if I had aÂ rope – I guess they were thinking of pulling the car out.
While I was stopped at Glenreagh for lunch, first the police and then the fire brigade roared past. I have no idea what the outcome is; perhaps the local news will mention it tonight.
When I opened the newish Summit Gear rear panniers after the ride, I found almost a centimeter of water in each! None was in the rear pockets and there was no dampness in them so maybe seams in the main cavities are leaking. I’ll have to call up the shop in the Blue Mountains and see what they have to say.
On the other hand, the Ortlieb handlebar bag kept it’s contents dry and the clothes in the rear panniers were kept dry by the inner bags.
Anyway, it’s an early start tomorrow as I head to the station and pack up the bike for the train.