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

Then south to Walcha
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More of the same. Peaceful, uneventful

Then to a famous bike road, Walcha to Singleton
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Fast open curves to start

Then tight twisties

Over some cool bridges

Past Campsis radicans (or grandiflora) growing on the ground and not in the trees. Strange

Then the road turned to dirt

Great forest riding

Out into the open towards Singleton

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

Where I stopped to take our Christmas card photo

And into Sydney

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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