Cycle Against the Beast – Day 10 (Culcairn to Albury) – A cold start to the day!

I woke up to a very cold 3 degrees. Suffice to say, I wasn’t about to get going, just yet. I decided on a check-out near 10:00. Even then, it was still only 6 degrees. I only had about 50 km to cycle, today, so tried to take my time. So, after about 10 km of cycling, I stopped at a level crossing, to see if any trains were coming. And, sure enough, after waiting for only about 5 minutes, one came along.

NR64 heads up a coil train, at Benambra Road level crossing, Cornalla.
NR64 heads up a coil train, at Benambra Road level crossing, Cornalla.

Doing this ride, I’ve passed through some very small towns. So small, blink and you miss them. The town of Gerogery is a very small place indeed. But I still stopped for a few photos.

Approaching Gerogery
Approaching Gerogery

Approaching Gerogery
Approaching Gerogery

The countryside around Gerogery
The countryside around Gerogery

Halfway to Albury, I crossed the railway line at Five Mates Crossing overpass. I stopped and checked the railway signals, and found that the Sydney-bound signal was at clear (green). So, I waited around to see if anyone would come along.

Five Mates Crossing overpass, Eastfield
Five Mates Crossing overpass, Eastfield

Taken from Five Mates Crossing overpass, Eastfield
Taken from Five Mates Crossing overpass, Eastfield

Sure enough, after about half an hour’s waiting, the daytime XPT service, from Melbourne to Sydney, made an appearance. Anyone that knows me, knows that railways are a major interest of mine – and has been for many years.

Daytime XPT service, from Melbourne to Sydney, from Five Mates Crossing overpass, Eastfield
Melbourne to Sydney daytime XPT service, from Five Mates Crossing overpass, Eastfield

Seeing what I wanted to see, I hopped on my bike again. A few km down the road, I saw the signs for the Hume Highway – which I left a couple of days before. Yay. More riding on the motorway! At least the hard shoulder is quite good.

Approaching the Hume Highway, Kambah
Approaching the Hume Highway, Kambah

I don’t mind riding on the motorway, to be honest. At least, in rural areas. Country drivers tend to be much more accommodating to cyclists, than city drivers. About 8 km out of Albury, though, I turned off the motorway, and joined the local Albury Thurgoona Trail cycleway. This would take me pretty much all the way to my destination. It was nice to get off the roads, completely for a while.

Albury Thurgoona Trail, Albury
On the Albury Thurgoona Trail cycleway, Albury

Now that I’ve arrived in Albury, and that there’s wet weather forecast, I’ve decided to take a rest day tomorrow. Not sure what I’ll do. But the rest is well-earned, I think!

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Date 29th May, 2017
Distance 51.8 km
Ride time 2 hours, 54 minutes
Elapsed time 4 hours, 10 minutes
Average speed 17.8 km/h
Maximum speed 37.8 km/h
Altitude gain (alleged) 128 metres

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November cycling challenge for Fight MND

After completing my recent Sydney to Melbourne bicycle ride, I’m back on my bike for FightMND!

During the month of November, I will be putting in as many kilometres as possible, taking part in a virtual bicycle ride from Sydney to Perth. I hope my small contribution will get the peloton across the country!

To donate, or more information, click here!

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