Dave Byrnes' Adventures

Sydney to Melbourne by MTB - 2004
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Day: 008
Date: Monday, 15 November 2004
Start: Mount Hope Track
Finish: Omeo
Daily Kilometres: 91
Total Kilometres: 974
Accommodation: Motel room
Nutrition: Breakfast:  Muesli
Lunch:  Hamburger
Dinner:  Chicken Kiev
Animals Seen: Hare
Pictures: Here
GPS Track:  
Journal: I got up at 6:00am after a reasonable night's sleep.  It was cold with some wind but partly sunny.  I packed up and left at about 7:20am, walking up the first long hill.  I felt positive about getting to Omeo for lunch and maybe getting back on schedule.  Past the first hill I began riding and managed to ride up most remaining hills for the day.  I was keen to cover ground and rode as much as I could.  After an hour I reached Grassy Knob Track junction which meant I was about 10km short of where I thought I was last night.  A bit demoralising. 

I continued on making reasonable time but then, when I expected to start descending, found myself steadily ascending most of the time.  I kept pedalling but was getting very tired, although the alpine views were great.  Eventually the long descent came, but it was rocky and often corrugated and I had to steer very carefully.  I passed a hiker and shortly after got a puncture in my rear tyre.  I couldn't find hole in the tube so changed the tube, successfully, although, all up, it cost me about 45 minutes.  I continued on with the quality of the road steadily improving but still plenty of uphills.  Getting closer to Benambra I realised I was getting very tired, probably the result of the last two or three very physically tough days.  I decided to have lunch in Benambra and think about stopping early in Omeo to allow some recovery.

Benambra was smaller than I anticipated but there was a general store/cafe and I had a burger for lunch.  It took a long time to prepare and I didn't leave until 2:00pm for the 22km ride to Omeo.  It was getting quite warm riding across the open pastureland and then I encountered yet another large hill (I was hoping it was going to be all downhill to Omeo).  At the top were great views to Omeo and then a fantastic long and fast descent followed by a few short sharp hills to Omeo.  I found a nice motel in the main street and did some shopping before having a counter tea at a nearby hotel.



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Via Alpina

Australian Alps Walking Track

Land's End to John O'Groats

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Australia Tip to Top MTB

Adelaide to Darwin MTB

Sydney to Melbourne MTB

Three Peaks Race

Appalachian Trail

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