RTA Big Ride 2003 diary

Day 3: Bowral -> Bundanoon (71KM)
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A nice run today - I got in about 1:30pm from an 8:15am start. We woke up to amazing fog and the start was delayed by about half an hour. Then we had a nice 20km run into old sclerophyll forest which is protected as part of a catchment area. there was a water stop in the middle of these nice gums with mist slowly rising - beautiful.

Fog over camp
Fog over camp

Water stop
Water stop

Forest ride
Forest ride

The next section of country was old dairy farms off narrow country lanes - cow shit all over the road. Then, at East Kangaloon, we hit a short sharp shock of a hill about 500 metres in length. Since the start was delayed, all the early risers were bunched in with the rest of us and there were about a hundred (or so it seemed) cyclists walking, struggling and shooting up the hill. There were also various vehicles trying to get past as well and I got trapped trying to keep to the left (as the police have constantly exhorted us) and trying to overtake a walker. I had to stop suddenly and then walked the 100 metres. One lady fell off, trying to cope with the confusion.

East Kangaloon
East Kangaloon

Morning tea was at Robertson - mud everywhere and my cleats got totally clogged. After that there was a nice climb over a range (past a lavender farm) to the Fitzroy Falls reservoir for lunch. There was a massive downhill run and I found that my top pedaling speed (flat out) is about 50 km/h.

The following image is the last photo I got Top Shot to take. At $19 a pop, that was getting a bit expensive. It was taken on the climb over the range between Robertson and Fitzroy Falls.

Virtual track stand
Virtual track stand

View east
View east

Overlooking Fitzroy Falls reservoir
Overlooking Fitzroy Falls reservoir

Fitzroy Falls reservoir
Fitzroy Falls reservoir

The intrepid cyclist
The intrepid cyclist

The final 30 km to Bundanoon was quite good apart from a couple of little challenges. I was starting to get a bit tired from the end and drafted another cyclist the last couple of kilometers. Since Bundanoon "is Brigadoon" we were welcomed by two pipers playing "The Skye Boat Song". The Brasserie has been playing Enya for the St. Patrick's Day theme, and the event coordinator (who is Irish) is going to be taking part in a Hurling demonstration. Given the amount some people are drinking, it could be the other type :)

Welcoming committee
Welcoming committee

Getting in as early as I did on a very fine afternoon allowed me time to set up and set things out to dry early. That is a welcome change after the dampness of the last few days. It's quite nice here as I'm pitched in a treed section above the oval.

Tenting among the trees
Tenting among the trees

Home sweet home
Home sweet home

The clothes line
The clothes line

I had a massage today (you have to book in the morning before you leave for the day's ride). It left me a bit sore and had a snooze for a while later. I woke up just in time to catch the last of the "Meet the Fund-raisers" do at which my raffle ticket was the first one picked out of the hat (I won a "MS Fund-raiser" shirt).

For entertainment tonight I skipped the St. Patrick's Day party and went to Bundanoon town hall to see "The man who sued god". It was screened on a 1920's carbon arc projector - they need 9 reel changes to show a modern movie! There was also an old '30s newsreel of the first women's road cycling race in Australia, a fire at the Kennett's furniture factory in Melbourne, and the Sydney lord mayor attending a polo match.

I'm almost out of cash. Having started with about $100 at Warragamba, I've spent about $10 a day on morning and afternoon tea (run by Lions Clubs etc.), 2 or three beers after the ride at $3 each, 3 professional photos at $15 each, and a few other small outlays. The remaining $10 should see me through to Goulburn.

Ride Statistics

DST  72.13 km 
TM  3:55:10 
Max. speed  63 km/h 
Avg. speed  18.4 km/h 
Avg. RPM  68 

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