You’ve got to have a ‘Plan C’

by Stephen

Planning an 11 week ride, for my long service leave next year, in the age of Covid-19, requires a bit of guesswork – not to mention trying to look into the future. However, as I’m not a Time Lord, I don’t have the means of time travel. Nearly two months ago, when I wrote about my plans for next year’s long service leave, I listed three options as to which routes to take – cycling from Fremantle to Bondi Beach; cycling through New South Wales and Victoria; cycling in New South Wales only.

One month ago, I posted that I’d made the decision to select Plan A (An Indian Pacific Adventure): cycling from Fremantle to Bondi Beach. This is still my preferred option. However, this relies on the Western Australia hard border being lifted. So, a few weeks ago, I posted about Plan B (Four Capitals Ride): cycling through New South Wales, Victoria, and adding in South Australia. Now with Melbourne emerging from months of lockdown, hopefully the New South Wales Government will lift the border with Victoria. However, this may not happen until after Christmas.

Since things may still be unpredictable in Victoria for quite some time, I decided to work a little more on Plan C (Tour de NSW): 11 weeks cycling through the New South Wales countryside. Originally around 3,100 km in distance, I’ve added on another 1,500 km.

I am still hoping to be able to do either Plan A (not likely to happen) or Plan B (quite likely to happen). However, Plan C is still going to be a lot of fun. I’ll be passing through areas I’ve never even been to before. And that’s one of the main reasons of travelling – to see and experience new things and places.

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