four rides to Sydney

It was really tough leaving Steph and Shane, but I’m going south and they’re heading north.

We head inland to Tenterfield
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A quiet, beautiful ride
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Then south to Walcha
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More of the same. Peaceful, uneventful
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Then to a famous bike road, Walcha to Singleton
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Fast open curves to start
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Then tight twisties
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Over some cool bridges
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Past Campsis radicans (or grandiflora) growing on the ground and not in the trees. Strange
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Then the road turned to dirt
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Great forest riding
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Out into the open towards Singleton
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Then the next day the Putty Road. The twistiest sustained ride in this part of Australia. 100 miles of flipping left, right
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Some mellower sections
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Where I stopped to take our Christmas card photo
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And into Sydney
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Something that Lucinda and I have been talking about: the whole ride down since Karumba on the Gulf has been OK, and if you hadn’t ridden anywhere else in Australia we might think fun. But the truth is that nothing compares to the outback. The ride from Perth to Karumba was unbelievable heat, an indescribable beauty but mostly nothingness for day after day. An incredible experience.

The good news is we’ll be back there soon for the grand exit route.

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