so after a very un-organised ride, I made it to Lithgow and called it quits.
Firstly; my pre NYE Celebrations didnt help, I shared 2 bottles of Red between 3 people. I also got it bed around 3:30am. But I was so pumped to ride, I got up at 5am and off I went.
Oh.. I must add, I did try and book accomodation in Bathurst, but I called 8pm NYE and they were closed, then again at 7am at the start of the M4 and again no answer, so from the get go, I was always thinking, (A) I stay in Lithgow for the night, cycle to Bathurst the next day and then onto Orange, kind of make a few days of just touring or (B) Just cycle to Bathurst and look for any old place. Instead I took the train home!
The M4 was OK, sections were really poor while others were good. I head a head wind the whole way up to the first climb. That first climb going up to the mountains is a killer lol,
Then on through the Mountains, I had to take a few detours as Roadworks were on etc, so that was no problem. Next came Mt Victoria where I took the back road to Hartley Vale, which was really scary. That down hill section, where the road is just dirty was crap. I nearly died there I sware, car flew around the corner and I was gone for all $$$ but lucky he stopped and I managed to avoid atleast 30 pot holes. Finally a road appears and I was laughing again! Except the next part. I spoke to some local cyclist who was out on his morning coffee ride and he was saying I should either turn left at some T intersection and head back to the Highway or I could go the back way over Doctors Gap. I decided on Doctors gap as I saw a sign saying Lithgow 10km. Well the next part was HELL. That hill is verticle. LOL I saw cars going backwards.................
Anyways, after countless sware words I got up that mother of a climb, I was spent. I got down to the bottom of that road that appears to be Lithgow, but not by my GPS, I had my Iphone out and checking where I was, it was saying it was further on, so I continued to cycle on, around 20km and I kept seeing Sydney/Richmond signs.. (Damnnn) I was on Bells Line of Rd and heading back on the other damn Freeway! The climbs were huge and I was pissed again.. I checked the Iphone and saw that the dot that was representing where I was, was moving FURTHER away from Lithgow, not TOWARDS
So angry! I made it back and decided to just leave it at that, but I will be back.