Cycling Holiday Photos. 2nd Installment


This is the second installment of photos related to the cycling holiday mentioned in the last few previous posts. The photos on this page relate to the time I was camped at Mountain Creek, near Mount Bueaty / Tawonga near Mt Bogong.

Mountain Creek campsite

Mountain Creek campsite

Towards Eskdale Spur ride

Creek crossing bypass track

Creek crossing bypass track

4x4 track

4×4 track heading towards Eskdale Spur

A beautify mountain stream

A beautify mountain stream

One of the many bridges

One of the many bridges on the walking track that parallels the 4×4 track over a number of the creek crossings.

Creek crossing

Creek crossing where no parallel walking track / bridge existed. It was near here that the rear derailer on the bike had an altercation with a rather long stick which caused the ‘vital part’ to fail.

A rough walking track

A rough walking track – not designed for bicycles at all!

Trappers Gap road ride

Trappers Gap Road

Trappers Gap Road with mountains in the background

Mt Bogong

Mt Bogong from Trappers Gap Road

Mt Bogong

Mt Bogong from Trappers Gap Road

The only turnoff on the ride

The only turnoff on the ride. I rode along this track for a while, but as it started descending not long after I turned back and kept riding along Trappers Gap Road. I remembered this being the end of the climb, but there was a still a bit more climbing on Trappers Gap Road to do before it started it’s long descent towards Mitta Mitta.

Flowers beside the road

Flowers beside the road

Tree Fern Walk

This walk starts and nears near the Mountain Creek Campground.

Tree Fern Walk

Tree Fern Walk – big stump hole

Tree Fern Walk

Tree Fern Walk – big stump

Tree Fern Walk

Tree Fern Walk – Tall Tree

Tree Fern Walk

Tree Fern Walk – Fern

Tree Fern Walk

Tree Fern Walk – log decay

Tree Fern Walk

Tree Fern Walk – fungus and moss on a log

Tree Fern Walk

Tree Fern Walk – walking amongst the ferns

Cycling Holiday Photos. 1st installment.


This is the first installment of photof from the cycling holiday mentioned in the previous 2 posts. Enjoy!

Swanpool

Hume and Hovell Monument

One of the many, many Hume and Hovell Monuments dotted throughout the region

Painted Fence

Painted Fence

Bike Art

Bike Art opposite the Swanpool General Store

James Reserve / Lima East environs

Eddie the Golden Retriever

Eddie the Golden Retriever – the pooch belonging to campers next to us, not a particularly obedient dog, and loved putting his dirty paws anywhere clean but very likable

Flipping pancakes without a spatula

Flipping pancakes without a spatula

How to dry a hat

How to dry a hat

Climbing a slippery slope

Eliana and the daughters of the campers next to us climbing a slippery slope and getting very dirty in the process

James Reserve

James Reserve, nestled in the valley along the Moonie Moonie Creek about 15km from Swanpool

Flowers at James Reserve

Flowers at James Reserve

Meal time discussions

Meal time discussions

Eliana on a big-ish rock at James Reserve

Eliana on a big-ish rock at James Reserve

Split rock at James Reserve

Split rock at James Reserve

Native or not?

Native or not? I suspect not.

Our James Reserve Campsite

Our James Reserve Campsite

Mountains around James Reserve

Mountains around James Reserve

Lima East area near James Reserve (previously filename: james-reserve-environs0674.jpg)

Rocks near James Reserve

Rocks near James Reserve

Sabbath Breakfast at James Reserve

Sabbath Breakfast at James Reserve – pancakes, pears and custard

Lima Falls

Rebecca, Eliana and I

Rebecca, Eliana and I – between the rain at Lima Falls.

Lima Falls

Lima Falls

Lima Falls

Lima Falls

Lima Falls

Lima Falls

The girls at the base of the falls

The girls at the base of the falls

Great Victoria Rail Trail

Selfie with Wim and Ron

Selfie with Wim and Ron at Cathkin

Yea station

Yea station

Yea Goods Shed

Yea Goods Shed

Alexandra Railway Crane

Alexandra Railway Crane

And the holidays continue…


This is a follow-on from my previous post. Photos will be added in a future post.

Last Thursday and Friday the weather was rather inclement – thunderstorms, quite a lot of rain, high winds. So my base for those few days was my parents-in-law’s house. I pondered what to do over those two days, especially regarding my bike, which really needed some repairs to get it back to workable condition after the failure of the aforementioned vital part failure. The component on the rear derailer that had failed was beyond my ability to fix, so I decided that I would take the bike by car to the nearest bike shop some 50km away. The bike mechanic estimated the repairs would not be able to be done for a few days due to his workload and would be about $150. That blew the budget for the holiday out of the ballpark, but couldn’t be helped.

Over the Thursday and Friday I found some contentment reading a book about Martians and Venusians. If you have read such a book you will know that one I am talking about. On Friday the (whole) family arrived for the weekend. Sabbath was spent having a bible-study and lunch at the house of one of Rebecca’s aunties, and the afternoon around the in-laws house, and walking along the River Trail at Wahgunyah. Quite a pleasant way to spend a Sabbath.

Sunday dawned a little overcast but otherwise pleasant, so I borrowed a bike from the in-laws, and went for a ride. This ride was a mix of asphalt road, farm track, bike trail and rail trail, and by the time I had returned I had ridden around 32km but no where near the amount of climbing I had done during the earlier days in the week. Then in the evening once we got home I wanted to go for a ride but there were only two bikes I could use – a 20″ rimmed K-Rock foldable bike, and a $20 26″ Mountain Bike which I purchased while in Geelong back in February. The Mountain Bike had a rear flat tyre and as I couldn’t be bothered fixing it I opted for the K-Rock. This bike was aquired from my father-in-law to take to Nowra when I had to go here for week for work back in May as it as the only bike I could take on the CountryLink XPT train for free. While I was there in Nowra the rear brake assembly failed so I replaced it while there. The bike itself is quite tough but not designed for rough surfaces and with those 20″ rims it gives the impression of not being able to go very fast. So I trundled off on this 6 speed wonder. At least I thought I was trundling (ie, not going very fast), but when I got back and synced my ride to Strava I noticed the average speed was the fastest average speed of any ride I have done for quite some time. That little 6 speed low-geared ‘morris mini’ of the cycling world turned out to be a great bike on the 20 or so km ride, and I even got a KOM on one of the segments towards the end of the ride!

Today, Monday, dawned and started with an aborted ride along the road near the house. The weather forecast for the day was for 30 degrees celsius, clear skies – seemed like too good a day to waste. When looking through the garage I found a rim and mountain bike tyre that still had air in it (which meant there was no puncture in it) that had the same number of gears and was the same size as the one on the mountain bike that was flat so I swapped them and headed to Wagga Wagga to explore some mountain bike trails there at the Pomingalarna and Silvalite reserves, and along the Kapooka Bikeway. This was the first time I had ever really done any riding on trails designed for mountain bikes, and it proved a lot of fun. The $20 mountain bike worked great and I had a great couple of hours exploring the aforementioned reserves, then headed home for some lunch and a relaxing afternoon.

And that was it, for now


Note: photos will be added in a  later post…

Last Friday I left home early in the morning and found the James Reserve near Swanpool in Victoria where Rebecca, Eliana and I would be camping for the weekend, got camp set up, put a new mountain bike tyre on the back rim of my bike, took it for a test ride, then waited for the girls to arrive, which eventually they did.

Sabbath morning we went for a bit of a walk after breakfast and I tried to explain to Eliana what it meant to have a sense of ‘wow’. Later we went for a drive around the area and were greeted with rain, rain, and more rain. Wow! But it was good to have a Sabbath out in nature without any artificial stimuli. After the rain stopped Eliana decided that it would be fun to climb up and down the earth embankment on the other side of the creek with the girls camped next to us. If the level of mud she collected on her clothes was any indication then she really enjoyed herself.

Sunday we woke early, had breakfast, packed up the girl’s camping equipment, and while they headed home I headed to Yea to ride to Alexandra with 2 Strava friends on the Great Victorian Railtrail. By 8am we had started the ride, and we passed through the Cheviot tunnel, then down to Molesworth. From there to Cathkin proved interesting as the recent rains had made the trail somewhat boggy. From Cathkin the trail was better, AND uphill to within a few km of Alexandra.

We stopped there for a while, had some sustenance, and then started to head towards Yea. For the first few kms back I went ok. But then I seemed to run out of energy which didn’t matter too much until the climb out of Molesworth. But by then the lack of energy really took it’s toll as I ever so slowly slowly pedalled up the 10km or so to the Cheviot tunnel. By the tunnel I was exhausted, thankfully there was some downhill most of the way to Yea from there.

At Yea we discussed the ride, and it was suggested that I might have been dehydrated or not properly fuelled for the ride, both of which I had the opportunity to test later on my holiday.

From Yea I travelled back to camp and made myself some soup / noodle / veggie concoction which tasted great. The next day I packed up camp and travelled to Mountain Creek Campground near Mount Beauty and set up camp.

From there the 4×4 track beckoned so I took the bike for a spin towards the Eskdale Spur. As there were a number of creek crossings I chose to use the bridges on the parallel walking track for the creek crossings where they existed. Even still, I had to traverse at least one creek where there was no walking bridge. About 5km into the ride I decided enough was enough – those hills just seemed to be getting steeper! And so turned and headed towards camp. At one point a stick jammed itself into the rear derailer which caused a failure of one of the many vital components. Not to worry, it was mostly downhill back to camp.

The next day, Tuesday, my plan was to ride along the Trappers Gap Road from the campsite until it stopped going up hill, which was about 8km, and then return back to camp. But first I had to make the vital component that failed the previous day not-so-vital.

Wednesday, and this was to be a real challenge. The plan: ride the ascent of Mt Buffalo. I decided to have a high protein breakfast to start the day – 2 x Nutolene sandwiches, an Up-n-Go, and a banana. And before the ride I had 600ml of water. So dosed up on carbs, protein and water I started the ride from Eurobin Creek Picnic Area. This ride should have been harder than the railtrail ride, but overall my energy levels were better than the railtrail ride and more consistent over the 20+ kms of climbing probably helped by the more regular sips of water along the ascent and the banana and Up-n-Go I had at the Mt Buffalo Chalet. And I guess the promise of 20km of downhill roll on the way back spurred me on somewhat too. I suspect I need to pack some low-GI snacks and plenty of water on long or hard rides in future and not be reluctant to actually partake of them enroute.

After completing the Mt Buffalo ride, I headed back to camp and as I had heard that there was going to be rain I decided that it would be better to break camp while everything was still dry, and so packed up and travelled to my parents-in-laws for a few days to see if there was likely to be any more fine days before the weekend.