What is a feasible time to go from Jindabyne to Adaminaby
Jindabyne Road - Middlingbank Road - Snowy Mountains Highway ? ... 84 kilometres.
I do not know how long it would take to ride (because I'm a wanderer when I ride, I stop every 5 minutes to take shots) but I do know the road. It is a good road. Leaving Jindabyne there are a couple of big hills (photo below), it is very undulating in parts but the run into Adaminaby is brilliant, a gentle downhill, straight and with good shoulders once you're back on the Snowy Mountains Highway. Middlingbank Road doesn't have shoulders. In Adaminaby the camping store is in the Spar Supermarket. If you use ISO-Butane/Propane they have the canisters for both Kovea style and the Prinus types. If you want to ring ahead to check on the supplies, Steve Brayshaw 6454 1144.
your suggestions to Shannons Flat and up to Tharwa then on to Canberra.
From Adaminaby via Yaouk.
I had given myself initially 3 days riding from Jindabyne to Cooma, Michelago and Canberra. This route however seemed quite uninspiring, given that I would have come through Victorian railtrails, and the Alpine way through Khancoban, Thredbo.
Cooma-Michelago-Canberra taking the Monaro Highway certainly is the no fun at all option. The highway is good quality road with a good shoulder ... but a better and more interesting cycling option is putting your bike in the cargo bay and catching the Murray's bus to Canberra.
I would be quite keen to try your suggestions.
It is a good suggestion going via Yaouk. What you will see of the northern Alps, the long valleys and generally fast riding on long downhills will blow you away. You will go over Big Bear and Little Bear Mountains, Yaouk Bill Saddle and Shanahan's Mountain and Fitz's Hill. As you reach the tarmac south of Tharwa at times there is no shoulder to rely on and seriously eroded deep gutters beside the road in a few short sections. All of this way you will enjoy the (very) light road traffic ... the heaviest traffic your likely to see from Adaminaby until Tharwa will be pedestrian traffic of cows walking up the road, especially around Yaouk and Kennedy's Road.
Here are some road shots from last Autumn facing in the opposite direction (mostly) to the way you could travel. The shots are in order starting 12k north of Adaminaby. I also posted the Shannon's Flat Road on your other thread.
Descending Big Bear Mountain.
Descending Little Bear Mountain.
Leaving the Murrumbidgee River at Yaouk heading towards the Kennedy's Road junction. A bit steep looking but only a 2 minute climb.
The Yaouk Bill Range at Nalyapa.
A typical shot of the Boboyan Road north of the ACT Border and typical of Yaouk Road through the forests.
What should I look out for if I take your route. I am travelling light enough, so can take plenty of food and water with me.
You can cut down on carrying lots of water because of good regular water on the route. Boil for 8 minutes (minimum) or use chemicals to purify what you need. Certainly do not drink straight out of the streams, no matter how clean the water looks here. This is Hydatids country.
Going from Adaminaby to Tharwa taking the Yaouk Road then the Boboyan Road, after Adaminaby (apart from making a farm gate request for water), it is 22 kilometres to the Murrumbidgee River.
The best resupplying is at Yaouk on the Murrumbidgee River, at Grassy Creek 200m over ACT Border, at Sheepstation Creek an upper reach of the Naas River, at Brayshaw's Hut which you will see from the road there is a new rainwater tank behind the hut. There is a rain water tank at Orroral Valley Campsite (if you are staying there it's $6 per night), at the Ranger's Station in Namadgi National Park (near Mount Tennent) and at Tharwa of course. There are several other creeks that you'll cross like Bradley's Creek and the Gudgenby River but even in an emergency you need to boil the water because of cattle.
The Murrumbidgee at Yaouk has clear water.
Grassy Creek, is very grassy, but has excellently clear water. Be careful of Tiger Snakes near all the creeks, they love the grassy banks to hide.
Sheepstation Creek again has clear water.
All the huts in this region have new rain water tanks and the reliable rain has been the best I've known for the district. The farm dams are also full. If you filter and boil water there is water everywhere. If you only chemically treat the water, rely on the streams that I mentioned and Brayshaw's tank on this route until the Ranger's Station.
Westerman's Hut. Westerman's is about a 1.5ks west off Boboyan Road at the ACT border. The huts are great sanctuaries if the weather goes peas shaped.
If you are not familiar with Hydatid Disease ... http://ideas.health.vic.gov.au/bluebook/hydatid.asp
PS, these photos do not steal the thunder, under any circumstances.