Hill End, Katoomba and other places

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!

Temora aviation museum

So it turns out I come from a family of bloggers. My parents put this post up today of their adventures over the weekend with my cousins! Go Mum and Dad for sharing your adventures with the world!

GreyWanderers

Our niece and her family invited us to join them at a flying day at Temora – being adventurous and glad to spend time with them (as well as give the bus a run), we jumped at the opportunity. My Dad also loved Temora from his commercial travelling days, so not actually having been there previously, I was looking forward to checking out the joint.

On the way there we were overwhelmed by how much we love the Australian countryside in all her moods and hues. Temora is 402 km from Ermington according to google maps ( bit further with the usual detours). So Hume Highway to Goulbourn, then Yass, then turn right onto Burley Griffin Way to Harden and Temora. Big day’s drive through the Southern Highlands, then into limestone hills, granite outcrop pasture lands and getting pretty close to the plains. This week everything was so green (in…

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Mt Kuring-gai to Berowra – a different way.

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.

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There is a wetland on my street!

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!

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See how you can aim the camera to ignore the fact there are houses twn metres away!

Mont 24hr 2014- but not the race

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.

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