Bike Ride May 2018
Notes about an 8-day cycling adventure in a loop starting at Albury, then through Culcairn, Wagga Wagga, Gundagai, Tumut, Batlow, Tumbarumba, Jingellic, Granya and back to Albury. Train to and from Albury to Southern Cross.
Total Distance Travelled
How we Navigated
I had an iPad and Noel had an iPhone, each running Maps.Me for navigation. Both devices were in waterproof holders in view on our handlebar bags. Maps.Me has useful features such as off-line mapping and automatic rerouting. It sometimes suggests unnecessary deviations off main roads which may result in hills, unmade tracks or goat paths. We have learnt to detect these suggestions and work around them when needed.
Noel used Strava to record each day’s trip. Strava records the route, elevation, speed and many other useless parameters. He uploaded the information to the internet at the end of each day.
Not really lost, but Noel got ahead of me, did not follow the map and missed a turnoff. He rode for about 12 km before I realised he had gone the wrong way. I contacted him by mobile and he turned back.
I lost my long fingered cycling cloves when we stopped for a break on the climb up to Batlow although I did not realise they were missing. About 10 mins after we sat down in a cafe in Batlow for lunch, a lady approached us with the gloves. I asked her how did you find us and she said she just looked for the bikes in Batlow. She found them about 10 km from Batlow on the road. I thanked her very much and she restored my faith in human nature.
Left my drink bottle in the General Store in Bellbridge (near Albury) where we stopped for a morning coffee. We rode about 5 km before I realised it was missing and went back to get it.
Had dinner in hotels, restaurants and the RSL. All good meals.
Morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea along the way where possible. Some days we took lunch with us.
Kept a supply of raisin bread, butter and marmalade with us for some breakfasts.
At Culcairn, the motel offered pizza for dinner delivered to your room. It was good.
At Wagga Wagga, the owners were on holiday and there were other people running the motel. We had dinner in the attached restaurant and it was good.
At Jingellic, the chef was ill, so the menu was restricted. The owners cooked dinner and did a good job.
Best (Worst) Uphill
Things of Interest
64 solar panels on the roof of the Nangus General Store and 100 panels on the roof of the Tumbarumba motel.
The ruins of the Squatters Arms Inn at Cookardinia. See this photo. Built in 1848.
Tumut. An unexpected pleasant town.
Ruins of the old road bridge into Gundagai over the Murrumbidgee river flood plain.
My dream house on the road between Tumut and Batlow. See this photo.
The fire stations in some of the NSW country areas were better that I expected. The Telstra exchange for the area was often beside the stations.
Road workers lunch room near Culcairn. See this photo.
Hotel Granya. See this photo. No mobile service (base station currently being built). No internet. Had to pay for satellite internet. Accommodation block at back of hotel once used as a drug rehabilitation centre. Our room had 2 single beds with no TV or anything else in the room except a heater. Communal showers & toilets. Owner the only one there and he cooked our dinner. Owner had to leave early next day but provided us with a kettle and toaster.
Bridge Hotel Jingellic. Cabins out the back. Cabins next to us had 3 dogs chained nearby and they yapped until the owner arrived late in the evening.