Another great day's riding today, 348 klms and very few of them were straight. There is no doubt that the mountain ranges here don't provide many opportunities for straight roads. If you are still following this daily saga, you will end up noticing that we aren't doing a lot of stopping at tourist attractions. This trip is very much about seeing the country and riding it, more so than spending a lot of time stopped. Unless it's for meals or coffee.
Cloudy skies but no rain is how we started the day and almost finished it. From Corryong we headed to Towong and past the race track where the movie Phar Lap was filmed then on to Tooma and into Tumbarumba. On the way we stopped at a lookout that remembers the pilots, crew and passengers of the aircraft, Silver Cloud, which crashed into the ranges viewed from this point. The wreck was not found until accidentally trodden on during work on the Snowy Mountains Scheme 27 years later.
From there it was on to Paddys River for a viewing of the falls and for the obligatory photos to prove we were there. Unfortunately we were unable to get photos of a beautiful pair of Crimson Rosellas that were sighted.
One of the group was having a birthday today and the incredible thing was that she originally comes from Tumbarumba, so, not only could she celebrate with us, her mum was also able to join us in a local park for the "party". The break in Tumbarumba also gave us the opportunity to pay our respect on Rememberance Day with a minutes silence
After coffee and birthday cake, we headed for Batlow, well known for its apples. Plenty of apple trees here and we stopped at another lookout that overlooked the town. The 10 minute stopped was soon extended and something was spotted moving in the grass down below the lookout fence. Quick as a flash, almost, Clint and I, the intrepid explorers, headed off into the wilderness to sight what we thought could be a wombat but turned out to be an echidna. It took some finding as it tried to bury itself as soon as it heard us coming. Not long after leaving Batlow, we had to play dodge ball with one of its cousins crossing the road where there was no marked echidna crossing.
On to Tumut and continuing on to Talbingo for lunch and a sidetrack out to the Tumut No 3 Power station for a look see.
From there the fun really started as we headed down The Link Road climbing to Cabramurra. By this time the temperature was dropping and cooling everyone down necessitating the putting on of warmer gear for the final climb to Cabramurra, which at 1488 metres, is the highest town in Australia. Mainly housing workers employed by the Snowy Mountains Authority. After taking in the view from another lookout it was back down into town for a coffee then the best run of the day down to the Alpine Way near Khancoban dropping around 1000 metres in the 59 kilometres of almost continuous winding road.
Almost back to Corryong, about 5 klms out we ran into a shower of rain which had been threatening all afternoon. What a great ride for the day, well done to Craig the Ride Coordinator. Tomorrow it's off to Bright.
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