Cycle Against the Beast – Day 8 (Gundagai to Wagga Wagga)

Today, it was back on the bike! Today’s intended destination was Wagga Wagga, just over 80 km away. After grabbing a bacon and egg muffin, from Hungry Jack’s, I hopped on the bike at about 07:45 – slightly later than I’d planned.

The going was quite good, and I it wasn’t too long before I reached the Old Hume Highway turnoff. It’s goodbye to the Hume Highway for the next few days.

Old Hume Highway turnoff, Tumblong
Old Hume Highway turnoff, Tumblong

It didn’t take too long to feel like I was in the middle of nowhere. But that’s ok. It was nice, and quiet, with very little traffic on the road. At one point, I didn’t see another car for about half an hour.

Old Hume Highway, in the middle of nowhere.
The Old Hume Highway, in the middle of nowhere

One thing I’d been looking forward to, today, was crossing the Murrumbidgee River, one of Australia’s major rivers. This was reached, after 30 km of riding.

The Murrumbidgee River, Mundarlo.
The Murrumbidgee River, Mundarlo

The Murrumbidgee River, Mundarlo.
The Murrumbidgee River, Mundarlo

It had been pretty flat, so far, for much of the morning. However, it didn’t take too long for the steep parts to appear. Definitely a challenge. I’m not the fittest person in the world, so uphills do take it out of me a bit. 🙂 But, today, what goes up, must go down. It was nice to coast for a few kilometres. And that brought me to Wantabadgery fairly quickly. In fact, today’s progress was very good. I didn’t expect to arrive for another hour or more.

Wantabadgery is definitely a one horse town. Not much there at all. However, I stopped at the General Store and bought a bottle of Lift, which expired a couple of years ago – however, I think it tasted even better (though, it had lost some of its fizziness). One interesting thing about the door, at the General Store, is that, when you open it, it triggers a burglar alarm. I guess it’s to alert the owner, if he happens to be outside somewhere.

Wantabadgery General Store.
Wantabadgery General Store

Road signs at Wantabadgery.
Road signs at Wantabadgery

On the way in to Wagga Wagga, I passed under the Main South Line. This is the main railway line between Sydney and Melbourne. While taking a few photographs of the viaduct, I found that my arrival here also coincided with the XPT service from Melbourne to Sydney. As a railfan, the below photographs are definitely not my best railway photographs!

The Sydney to Melbourne railway line, just outside of Wagga Wagga.
The Main South Line, which runs between Sydney and Melbourne

XPT service from Melbourne to Sydney.
XPT service from Melbourne to Sydney

My arrival in to Wagga Wagga was a couple of hours earlier than I’d estimated. Can’t complain about that! Tomorrow, it’s on to Culcairn.

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Date 27th May, 2017
Distance 83.8 km
Ride time 4 hours, 26 minutes
Elapsed time 5 hours, 51 minutes
Average speed 18.9 km/h
Maximum speed 49.7 km/h
Altitude gain (alleged) 432 metres

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