RTA Big Ride 2003 diary

Day 8: Yass -> Harden (78KM)
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I managed a full days ride today - no treatment in the morning, although I had some last night. My knee started hurting after lunch and I had treatment at afternoon tea with 10 kilometers to go, but I'm sure I could have pressed on at need.

The course was quite varied today and we had a tail-wind or no real wind which was good. Again, it was bloody freezing this morning. It wasn't until about morning tea that my hands felt warm. About 10 kilometers out, we had a 5 kilometer stretch of dirt back-roads - a few corrugated sections, but otherwise was not a problem. Then we had a nice run over the Burley Griffin Way with nice long easy up-hills and corresponding downhills.

Dry and rocky
Dry and rocky

Hanglider
Hanglider

After lunch at Binalong (supposedly Ben Hall's old haunt) we hit some hillier territory. There was one incredible downhill that turned into a terrible climb that I had to walk the last few hundred metres of. Looking back the road vanished straight into the distance, down and up and down and up. The flies were especially bad as well. They swarmed me and I swallowed one. It's hard enough keeping a line up a steep hill without having to swat flies as well.

Hot and flies
Hot and flies

Vanishing point
Vanishing point

Hilltop
Hilltop

As Harden is linked to the mythology of the Light Horse brigade, we had a few activities provided by the town, including wandering horsemen in full regalia and a parade of the Light Horse Heritage troop. Harden also had a nice old building which used to host the Mechanics Institute when the town was of some importance in the rail network. Tonight it's used as one of the 4 pubs in the main block in town.

Mechanic's Institute
Mechanic's Institute

Light horse in camp
Light horse in camp

Ride Statistics

DST  79.13 km 
TM  4:40:41 
Max. speed  65 km/h 
Avg. speed  16.9 km/h 
Avg. RPM  67 
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