Posts Tagged ‘Albury’


There are mountains. There are lakes. There are climbs and descents. And there are lovely mountain landscapes. Well, rolling hill landscapes. I put in 9 hours today to put me one long day from the skiing village of Thredbo.

My lovely camping spot

My lovely camping spot

I started with following the Hume Dam – firstly on the road until I realised that the bike track in view of the road was actually flatter (being an old train line). The climbing started in earnest after about 65km, and from then it’s been up and down.

The Hume Dam

The Hume Dam

The flatter bike path

The flatter bike path

The bike path fizzled out

The bike path fizzled out

Today I passed 1000km from Adelaide. It sounds like nothing after my 41000km from Eindhoven – still, that trip also started at zero.

1000km

1000km

The rolling hills view

The rolling hills view

It is 100km to Thredbo and over 3000m of climbing (!). Tomorrow will be fantastic weather, and then the heavy rain will set in. I really want to make it to Thredbo to weather out the storm. I’ll give it my best shot.


Today I saw some small hills. They were in front of me and around me in the last kilometres before Albury. Music pumping in my ears, I realised I am, once again, on the road. I laugh. In front of me are the Snowy Mountains!

Lunch on the Murray

Lunch on the Murray

It’s taken 6 days to have those cobwebs brushed away. This is not a weekend expedition – I’m on the road. Tomorrow I’ll be climbing into the Snowy Mountains – Australia’s highest mountains, to near the source of the Murray – Australia’s longest river.

It is the music. This music always does it to me. Infected Mushrooms – I feel the blood pumping through my body, and I feel alive. Today the music made me laugh because I can see the end of the plains. It made me laugh to think of the cooler weather in the mountains, and the beautiful alpine landscape.

But, today was a day of the river. I followed the Murray River, alternating between roads in Victoria and in New South Wales. I swam in the river in the morning, and at lunch, and remained in its green belt – the green belt of life the water gives to the land.