Monday, 20 July 2009

Day eleven: Goulburn to Mittagong

Wednesday July 15, 2009, 92 km (57 miles) - Total so far: 859 km (534 miles)

This was probably the best day of the whole tour. We decided to ride on the Hume highway to make it easier to negotiate the Dividing range and discovered that contrary to what people had warned us, the Hume is actually quite nice to ride on. The road has a massive shoulder so you never feel in danger of being hit by the passing traffic, and there are trees the whole way, which creates a bit of a wind tunnel effect. Luckily for us, the wind was blowing towards Sydney, so we got a massive boost. I had it better than anyone else with the massive extra cross sectional area from my panniers, so for once I found myself beating everyone up the climbs!

It was feeling so good that that when we went past the '160km til Sydney' marker, I started very optimistically thinking that we could make it that night. Surprisingly, almost everyone else supported the idea, even though it would have meant riding until at least 10pm. In hindsight, Jono's flat out refusal to go any further when we got to our planned stop in Mittagong was a very wise move. We finished still feeling elated without having endangered our lives or smashed up our legs going further than we needed to.

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