Saturday, 12 March 2016

DAY 2 | Melbourne to Sydney Cycle | Ride For Josh


I didn't get the best sleep as it was raining quite heavily throughout the night and I couldn't help but worry about the forecast of thunderstorms for the following day. I woke up at around 8:30, packed up my sleeping system and headed into the town centre to find a supermarket and get some breakfast. I knocked back 2L of orange juice, a punnet of strawberries, a punnet of blueberries, a quarter of a watermelon and jumped back on the bike.

For some reason I decided to ride along the "High Country Rail Trail", which I later found out was designed for horses and mountain bikes. That was definitely not one of my smartest decisions. I had to trek through about 20km of mud and rocks on my skinny little road bike tyres before I got back on the highway. I'm honestly amazed that I didn't get a single puncture.

When I eventually found my way back onto the highway, I rode through a few small towns such as Molesworth, Cathkin and then Yarck - from the famous "WHERE THE FARK IS YARCK?" bumper stickers. There wasn't much to do in Yarck so I continued riding through Kanumbra, Merton and Woodfield, before coming up to Bonnie Doon and the (not so) mighty Lake Eildon crossing. She's definitely seen better days. I couldn't help but sing "we're going to Bonnie Doon" to myself as I rode across the bridge. Fans of the great Aussie movie "The Castle" will know what I mean.

After Bonnie Doon, I made a slight left at Maindample and travelled across an extremely boring stretch of road with no where to stop for food and water. I noticed a pain in the lateral side of my left knee becoming worse and worse as I kept riding, which made the final 30 or 40 kilometres in to Benalla a real struggle. 

I was so relieved to arrive in Benalla and after a huge day on the bike, couldn't be bothered with setting up the tent etc. so I decided to book a room at the motor inn. I stuffed my face with some amazing Thai food, then went to the room for a shower and some rest. It felt great to be in an air conditioned room and sleep in a comfortable bed. Overall day 2 was long and exhausting, and I was quite concerned about the pain in my knee but I was hopeful that with a good night's sleep I would be feeling fine in the morning.

DAY 2 -
Yea to Benalla (130.2km)
Elevation gain: 1,009m
Average speed: 22.7km/h
Max speed: 53.6km/h
Total distance travelled: 224.7km

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1 comment

  1. Nicely written and the blog looks really cool. The color scheme, the blogger's personal photo, the photographs of the trip and the engaging content. Not to mention it all looks so neat and organized.


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