I was lucky enough to spend last week out at Hill End, a small historic town about an hour out of Bathurst, which is about 2.5hrs out of Sydney, which is about 20 hours out of somewhere else.
The week itself requires very little explanation because it was just a splendid time of awesomeness, chilling, delicious food, and general niceness. So given I don’t intend to say much more than that I’d like to share some photos of places these lovely places. Oh and go there!
Grose Valley from the Mountain Heritage Hotel
The Ruined Castle nestled in between Mt Solitary and Narrowneck
Spot the ECR
My Surly getting a work out. Thanks to Bike Bag Dude for the awesome frame bag which I haven’t taken off the bike since I got it!
Old machinery lying around town
Pretty amazing right?
100+ year old building and the shadow of my ECR
Erosion I believe.
The Golden Archway at Hill End
Pretty amazing landscape
A lovely little snake necked turtle we saved from the road on the way home.
Mt Tomah, go there!
Mt Tomah Botanic Gardens. Go there
On Sunday I went for a walk. Walking is pretty cool, sometimes it even seems like it is what we are supposed to do. Sitting at a desk looking at a screen sometimes feels like the opposite.
Anyway, after a morning riding out to La Perouse where it appears there are some very cool markets everyone should check out I rushed madly to make it to Central Station in time for the train. Mt Kuring-gai is a long way away (sorry school friends) so when I got to the station and my train wasn’t on the intercity schedule I started to panic. Turns out it is actually on the suburban network and much closer than I thought.
The walk itself is great. I’d never walked down to the area of Appletree Bay this walk takes in, and it was spectacular with the rain and drizzle falling almost constantly.
We saw stingrays, crabs, some birds and fungii and plenty of boats adding to the serenity.
Okay, so to be precise there is a wetland at the end of my street but that doesn’t change the fact that despite living in an unfortunately urban environment there is a place with frogs, dragonflies and apparently turtles at the end of the street.
The artificial wetlands were created by the local council as a way to clean stormwater from the surrounding streets and are maintained from what I can work out. While I was down there this morning talking to a random stranger about turtles and mysterious creatures rippling the weeds the wetland looked nice enough you could almost pretend you weren’t in the city!
See how you can aim the camera to ignore the fact there are houses twn metres away!
I was lucky enough to have an hour or two spare yesterday afternoon while in bungendore so I hit up the trails for this years Mont 24hr race on my ecr. The trails are great with an awesome mix of smooth flowy trails (good on a rigid semi-fat) and a few slightly rocky sections through the native forests which were a little jarring when taken at speed.
Eitherway the tracks are awesome and well chosen. As unfit as I am there was never too much up to tire me out beyond being able to ride, there is plenty of room to pass which will be great for those riding.
For anyone who hasn’t heard the news yet – it has been raining a lot and there is every chance what looked like dry mud is now deep mud ready to mess up and chainbit finds. Single speed drive chains and fat tyres would be great.
Anyway I won’t be riding the trails during the race but good luck and safe riding to everyone who is.