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
The cyclone went south. I have to admit I was curious what a cyclone would be like, but having been 500km from one I can honestly say I don’t need to be any closer. In Broome we’ve had small wind gusts maxing out at about 80km/h and a respectible 20ish millimetres of rain a day. That might not seem like a lot, and I know I have experiences a lot worse around the place, but when it looks like what you can see below you’d probably be happy with what you’d seen too.
The rain wind and swell has been eating away the sand dune. Most of the colour in the water is from run off though.
Okay, it was wet abnd windy, but others have it so much worse.
Wind battered palm trees are pretty common at the moment.
So after 6 weeks in Brisbane it seems like it is time for my second general update on what is going on and why I still seem to have no free time, even though I am unemployed. If you have suggestions on what I should be doing let me know, otherwise I’ll just keep enjoying the life of a leisure!
I thought that since I have to give at the moment I should give it. In my last update I talked about how I had been helping out with the National Parks Association of Queesland, and I am still doing a little bit here and there. Last week I started a new volunteer role with MS Queensland helping to get all the rider packs ready for their upcoming Brissie to the Bay charity ride. This ride is Queensland’s biggest charity bike ride with up to 5000 people partaking. The scary thing is that all of the ride packs for the event are packed by hand which takes up the staff’s time when there aren’t enough volunteers to help. For anyone who has ever take part in a charity bike ride, or any other charity activity I’d really like you to spare a thought for all the people who make these events happen.
I’ve finally started getting out on my mountain bike in the past few weeks. I’ve been riding with the people from the Gap Creek Trail Association a few times and have spent a bit more time helping to build trails, including a fairly sweet little berm and switchback section at Gap Creek.
One of the berms I helped build at Gap Creek mountain bike park. Continue reading
Today a valiant paper boat met a cruel fate under the watchful eyes (and camera) of its maker.