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
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
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.
Light horse in camp