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Day 2: Jingellic -> Tumbarumba (70KM)
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Today started out a bit cold and foggy and the ride was delayed by about half an hour until the fog lifted a bit. The Garmin didn't synch up to the satellites until almost at the turnoff back to Holbrook which is weird, since it was fine last night. This morning it asked me if I had moved hundreds of miles since it was last used, and of course I said no. At the water stop I turned it off and back on and answered yes to the question. It still took a while so I'm not sure what the issue is. Anyway, I can reuse the track data for this section from yesterday.

foggy morning
foggy morning

lens flare
lens flare

Past the turn off there was a bit of undulation before one quite big climb but it was still early and not too hot. There was some more undulations across the top of the range before a nice big downhill to Mundaroo and lunch. The descent had a big Cyclists Slow Down sign but the road was almost straight and the surface was fine so I saw no need to. I hit 70 km/h down the hill.

looking back towards Jingellic
looking back towards Jingellic

above the fog
above the fog

I reached lunch at about 9:50 which meant that I had no chance of reaching the Mannus turnoff for the long route option by 10:00, so I had a bit of a leisurely break and a coffee as well as lunch. The venue was a nice old church with a weathered headstone on a single grave out the back. The stone bird decoration was still reasonably ok, but the writing was a bit faint.

Pine tree at lunch
Pine tree at lunch

In loving memory...
In loving memory...

Lunch stop
Lunch stop

After Mannus there was a dip down into a valley before another nice big climb up through a state forest. Again, it wasn't steep, but it was a couple of kilometres in length. Then there was a few more undulations before we hit the main road and hill into Tumbarumba and the final down-hill to the town center. I was all set up and showered by 12:45. My tent was under a tree outside the campground, instead of out in the open where the temperature was starting to rise.

Home, sweet home
Home, sweet home

Alternative campsite
Alternative campsite

Tumbarumba is experiencing Tumba Fest this weekend. They certainly don't seem to care much about the ride, apart from the Lions Club who are doing sausage and steak sandwiches. Again, no entertainment tonight. The festival has a $25 day pass which is I think is excessive. There appears to be no discount for us and I think the ride organisers were a bit naive if they were expecting some convergence of planning between the town and them. Tumbarumba council probably thinks that we're merely fodder for what they've already planned - more money at the festival gates - and have no desire to do anything special for us. Not when they already have two days of planned events.

I've been writing this entry next to Tumbarumba Creek which is a nice little (3 metre wide?) stream. Not particularly much like a proper river, but it's more water than in the surrounding countryside. There are small fish jumping out of the water occasionally.

Tumbarumba creek
Tumbarumba creek

I met Ed and Glenn on the road again just after lunch and rode with Ed for a while. Glenn is suffering from a lack of fitness and soon dropped back to ride at his own slower pace. The Mannus hill slowed Ed down a bit since I have lower gears and am about 20 years younger and fitter than him. I waited at the top and we rode for a bit more until I decided to take off on the last climb into Tumba.

The Russian girl was wandering around camp with the dog, again. She has a quite confident, almost imperial, manner which is starting to get under some peoples' skins as she appears to be be given special treatment by some volunteers. It's a very Clueless routine where she plays the blonde princess who expects nothing but to get her own way, while having others run after her. Maybe we're all misjudging her due to the cultural differences. However, she's certainly not a Big Rider.

Ride Statistics
DST  45.56 km 
TM  2:53:26 
Avg. speed  15.7 km/h 
Max.  70 km/h 
Avg. RPM  67 
Max. RPM  114 

Route map

Day 2 route map (from Google Earth)
Day 2 route map (from Google Earth)

Day 2 route profile
Day 2 route profile


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