As the weather is getting cooler and daylight savings becomes a distant memory, the opportunities for a long day ride become less and less.
Today was traditionally the last weekend before Canberrans turn on the heaters, so the days after ANZAC Day are slim pickings for long day rides. As it was going to be clear and dry, we decided to do one final Snowy Loop before the pass closed for the winter.
It started out quite cool and windy, and by the time we reached Adaminaby I was regretting and second guessing my decision, but by the time we got to Kiandra the wind had dropped, the sun was warm and it was awesome up in the mountains. I didn’t actually ride Fat Suzy at all today, but I had a great time reacquainting with Stella’s long journey quirks. Here are some photos from today:
A couple of photos taken at a hut located high in the Snowy Mountains – this one was nicknamed the ‘Snowy Hilton’ – of which they are several scattered around, and are open for travellers to take refuge in if the weather goes south.
Unfortunately we spent a bit too long up in the mountains and the sun set as we were heading home. Turns out Fat Suzy’s headlight is great on low beam, average hi beam, and does ok in the dark. Sadly, even with super dooper headlight bulbs, Stella’s headlights are still dismal and not much better for anything other than riding along a brightly lit highway (which many of our highways in Australia are not). But, we made it home safely with numb appendages and no run ins with the various wildlife – you haven’t lived until you dodge a 6ft kangaroo at 100km/h – and locked up the bikes and defrosted.
Twas a nice day.