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Riding on gravel.

Cycle Against the Beast – 2017

Day 16 – 4th June, 2017

Benalla (09:55)
63.25 km
17.5 km/h
Shepparton (14:17)
736.19 km

I left this morning, just before 10:00, after being glued to the TV news – another terrorist attack in the UK (this time, London). Having spent four years, living in the UK (Manchester), these two recent attacks (Manchester and London) definitely felt too close to home (not sure how to say otherwise).

After a brief start on paved roads, the next 15km more mostly spent on dirt roads. And, I must say, I quite liked it! For some reason, progress seemed a bit faster.

Kealy Road, Benalla
So quiet, you could hear a pin drop. Goomalibee Road, Goomalibee
Goomalibee Road, Goomalibee

It was a shame, when the dirt roads gave way to tarmac. Riding on those roads was fantastic, and it was as quiet as anything – not a car for miles.

Rejoining the tarmac, at Tarnook Road, Goomalibee

A couple of kilometres later, it was time to join the A300 – the Midland Highway. This road would be my home for the rest of the day.

Midland Highway (A300) and Tarnook Road, Stewarton

The rest of the day was pretty mundane. But at least the road had a pretty decent hard shoulder to ride along.

Not too far from the end of another day’s cycling. Cosgrove South.

Tomorrow, it’s off to Seymour. Once there, it’s only another 100 km to the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

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