Jersey Cave – Yarrongobilly NSW

A quick snap of the Jersey Cave at Yarrongobilly in the snowy mountains region of my home state. Taking photos of cave formations is notoriously hard but I like to think this photo worked nicely. More to come…

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Desert Rains

When it rains up here everything changes. The colour of the rocks richer as the dust is washed away, the vegetation sprouts so that sorry looking shrubs suddenly become healthy drab green trees, and the light quality changes so much that you suddenly notice whole mountain ranges you’ve never realised were there before.

Last night I decided to go out and enjoy the light misting rain that seems to have settled over Alice for the past few days and went to out to Simpsons Gap to see what these changes did to the landscape away from town. The photos might no show it, but the difference in the landscape is so significant that I’ve noticed and entire range I’d never seen before.

I hope you enjoy these snap shots.

Can you see the new mountain range?

Can you see the new mountain range?

Simpsons Gap Desert Shale

Rain falling over the distant ranges

Rain falling over the distant ranges

My favourite mountain, Mt Gillen, looks completely different from this direction when it is hidden in rain and cloud

My favourite mountain, Mt Gillen, looks completely different from this direction when it is hidden in rain and cloud

Simpsons Gap from the top of Cassia Hill

Simpsons Gap from the top of Cassia Hill

A beautiful ghost gum just off the track from the Cassia Hill walk

A beautiful ghost gum just off the track from the Cassia Hill walk

The rocks are all much more strikingly coloured once the dust has been washed away.

The rocks are all much more strikingly coloured once the dust has been washed away.

Christmas Plans: Riding Top to Bottom

It is time for Christmas plans to be formalised. I’ve been thinking and tweaking my plans over the past week and have come up with an awesome but some what vague route. Starting from the highest point in Australia I will tootle into Jindabyne, meander south through the Snowy Mountains, wander through the Victorian Alps and then roll down hill to the coast.

I have made an incredibly detailed and comprehensive plan which involves a google map and a distance. Most importantly of all I know that the one store along the route will be open when I pass through.

So in summary I will be starting at the highest point in Australia, will ride through lots and lots of hills and then down to the coast. I will start taking bets on how many vertical meters  I will ride in the 2228m between top and bottom.

Route for my summer ride. There should be plenty of hills along the route.

Route for my summer ride. There should be plenty of hills along the route.