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The last day of autumn - some pics from Oz(21 posts)

The last day of autumn - some pics from OzGeds
May 31, 2003 12:33 AM
A new digital camera and a stunning last day of autumn (sorry - fall for most you!) provided more than enough excuses to head out of town.

I thought I'd post a couple of pics from my ride, which was a 70km round loop out and back from Canberra (the capital city of Australia, about 300,000 people and 300km southwest of Sydney).

What makes some of the pics interesting is the area was devasted by bushfires back in January. The burnt trees and regrowth resulted in some pretty interesting colours.

This shot shows Black Mountain tower (a communications tower with observation decks and revolving restaurant) plus a local road warning sign, plus a bike that kept popping up.
A road advisory signGeds
May 31, 2003 12:38 AM
Although there are few hazards from the fires left four and a half months later

In the background you can see Mt Stromlo which had an observatory on it which was basically destroyed.
A recovering treeGeds
May 31, 2003 12:43 AM
Australian native plants are no strangers to bushfires, and most begin regenerating fairly quicky.

In the background is burnt our pine plantation.
going downGeds
May 31, 2003 12:52 AM
I'm heading west of town, undulating at first and then a descent to a crossing of the Murrumbidge River.

This photo looks towards the river crossing (Urriara Crossing). The road (just visible if you look closely) snakes back up out of the river valley on the left, but I took a detour to the right. In the far background is a one of the peaks of the Brindabella Ranges (highest point about 1800m/5400ft) - often covered in snow in winter.
crossing the borderGeds
May 31, 2003 1:00 AM
Canberra is in an administrative area called the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) - a little bit like Washington DC I guess. This is the border with the surrounding state* of New South Wales (NSW), but because we're out in the sticks, there wasn't actually a NSW border sign.

Here I'd ridden up from the river crossing up a fairly steep climb for some climbing practice. Once the road hit the border it changed to gravel, so I turned around and whizzed back down to the river crossing again.

*A bit like the US and Canada, Australia is a federation of former British colonies - there are six states and two territories.
looking backGeds
May 31, 2003 1:04 AM
from where I'd riden, with the road in and the river visible.
some encouragementGeds
May 31, 2003 1:08 AM
Back on the loop now. Climbing out of Urriara Crossing is a pretty stiff little climb. The road features in some local races, hence the encouragement.
cowsGeds
May 31, 2003 1:11 AM
Future all beef patties I guess. But where do they grow the special sauce?
half wayGeds
May 31, 2003 1:17 AM
Having climbed out of the river crossing, the ride is nice and flat for a few kms, but of course I had a head wind to slow me down.

This is the halfway point. (Of the ride - more than half way through my pics, you'll be relieved.)

The road into Cotter is awesome, some great twisty descents. A real highlight of this popular ride.
3.1km of twisty road aheadGeds
May 31, 2003 1:23 AM
And all of it down hill!! (from around the corner)

There were some minor roadworks around, but I think the gravel on the road this sign was warning about had been dragged on to the road by logging trucks carrying logged (burnt) timber.
another river to crossGeds
May 31, 2003 1:29 AM
Actually the same one - the Murrumbidge.

A single lane bridge crosses it, across the other side is a pumping station that pumps water into Canberra for drinking water.

You can see the pipes heading into town, and the road back up. So more climbing ahead.
No more single trackGeds
May 31, 2003 1:43 AM
A final image. No too far from home now.

This shot shows what's left of of pine forest. Before the fires this was a very popular recreational area always filled with mountain bike riders, horse riders and people walking their dogs.

The local mountain bike club had set up some awesome single track through the forest that was once here, but it's all gone now. With the fires the pine is being logged.

In the background you can just make out Black Mountain (ref first pic). Suburbia is just to the right and in the background of this shot.

During the fires 400 houses were burnt down. Most of these were across the road (out of shot) and only a km or two from here.

Hope you enjoyed the pics.

Geds
Cycling in Western AustraliaNoam
May 31, 2003 3:48 AM
Great work congratulations.

Here we ride Perth to Fremantle or Swan River Wine Tourist Route. Great rides!!
ARGH! You beat me to the Oz ride report :(Sprint-Nick
May 31, 2003 3:26 AM
Great ride report!

I'm staying in Adelaide right on Henley Beach where the AIS is. Yesterday I rode from the beach up to the wildlift park at Mt Lofty which after 20 km hits about a 10 km 6+% climb that doesn't let up and goes to about 650 m... fun going up and even funner coming down!

The picture is looking towards the city from the hills at probably around 400 m. I'll have more pictures up soon!!!

Cheers,
Nick
Great report - Thanks!mtncranker
May 31, 2003 5:34 AM
But no pics of kangaroos? I'm devastated!
never seen a ride report w/ buffalo's either - Fair Dinkum NmSpirito
May 31, 2003 8:29 AM
re: The last day of autumn - some pics from OzAkirasho
May 31, 2003 8:45 AM
... most excellent ride report and pics (what is that blue stuff above the horizons?)... funny but round here... if we ain't careful, we're gonna go straight from early spring to early fall... and skip summer altogether.

... oh, and with regards to the special sauce, you don't want to know...

Be the bike.
where did you start? I used to live in Hawkerclimbo
May 31, 2003 9:32 AM
we used to go down to those parts all the time as kids, swimming etc. The bushfires have really changed it in those photos.
where did you start?Geds
May 31, 2003 4:46 PM
Hi climbo - from Macarthur Ave in O'Connor - Belconnen Way - Coulter Dr (where the kangaroo sign pic was taken) - William Hovell - Coppins Crossing and out that way. You'd be interested to know that the little bridge across the Cotter river is burnt out, as was the Cotter pub.

Sorry Spirito - just regular cows...
identify yourself!cp123
Jun 1, 2003 8:49 PM
hey geds... who are you really???

signed, a local
identify yourself!Geds
Jun 6, 2003 6:03 PM
I often wonder who I am as well, but I was in the bunch this morning...