RTA Big Ride 2003 diary

Day 7: Bungendore -> Yass (100KM)
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It was freezing cold this morning. Before left I went and had more ice and Difflam applied.

After about 5 kilometers there was a killer climb up Smith's Gap into Quenbeyan. I walked almost all of it as my knee had not recovered. Once over the top a reasonable head-wind kicked in as well. I continued walking up climbs and coasting/pedaling down and made it as far as morning tea at Sutton. That was about 35 kilometers in 2:30 hours. I figured that I would make it into camp at about 7pm at that rate, and wouldn't do my knee any favours (and it was already in enough pain), so I waited for the sweep bus.

Lake George Range
Lake George Range

The bus apparently starts out about 10'ish and creeps along after the last cyclist. It picks up people who need a break or who can't continue. If you need a break, you get carried to the next water point or tea break and then start riding again. The bus waits a while before continuing when someone's dropped off to give them a chance to get some distance under their wheels. If the bus fills up, it then goes straight to camp, which is what happened after the lunch stop. A lot of people had knee problems to day and the unrelenting wind got people down.

I finally got into camp at 3:30pm. As as Goulburn, the local school had its students in camp to carry luggage and set up tents, all for a donation to MS.

I had a bit of a wander in town. Yass is a nice old town, with some heritage buildings and a nice river. They also have a Banjo Patterson memorial park with a bust and bronze plaques of his poems. A nice pie shop as well.

Yass river
Yass river

Town hall
Town hall

Mulga Bill
Mulga Bill

Banjo Patterson Park
Banjo Patterson Park

Ride Statistics

DST  35.15 km 
TM  2:39:48 
Avg. speed  13.1 km/h 
Avg. RPM  55 
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