The joys of country riding ... possibly comes undone when a bike needs to spend time on Country Link. I'm just pulling my bike apart at the moment, to fit it into a cardboard coffin, which must remain under an inflexible Country Link weight limit of, 20kg ... there will be no air in the tyres, in this box. The box weighs about 5-6 kg.
I'm heading to Armidale with Country Link next week, to ride the BNT Main Trail from Point Lookout, hiking the bike downhill most likely, to my home in Canberra. I'm in no hurry to get back. I've not spent winter in the Western Blue Mountains before so I'm really looking forward to see what the light will be like during winter. And hopefully, get to enjoy(?) some early snow in the Barrington Tops, if today's temps on the Great Divide are any guide. The light out on the Western Slopes is usually very fine and soft, and atmospheric, good for foggy and frosty mornings.
I'm leaving the BNT at times, to do a few side trips (to places like Sugarloaf Mountain west of Nowendoc, to Belltrees Mountain NW of Scone, and to the amazing Tombrong Road, to Mordor (that's the track along the Turon River into Sofala ) and to the Hill End Bridal Track down to the Macquarie River, then rejoining the BNT where I've left it, at those times.
Hopefully I'll have some good shots when I get back, hopefully ... but for now, it's back to packing up the bike and making that Portuguese flavoured jerky ... like Nando's Peri-Peri.
Some packing stuff ... and modifying the cardboard coffin, that has to fit both the bike and trailer.
... and a bit of cold evening light in the ranges.
If you haven't ridden out to Hill End off-road, and crossed the Macquarie and Turon, it is well worth the effort. Here is an old shot from above Sofala with the road to Mordor. That horrible tarmac stuff doesn't last long, thankfully.
"But on steep descending...Larson TT have bad effect on the mind of a rider" - MadRider from Suji, Korea 2001.
"Paved roads ... another fine example of wasteful government spending." - a bumper sticker.