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.
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
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
In loving memory...
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
Home, sweet home
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.
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
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
Day 2 route map (from Google Earth)
Day 2 route profile