Of course anybody can invite anyone else to come along to the Epic 2011. So far we have 10 “confirmed”. (In the sense that they “say” that they’ll come.) I’ll ring around for a “solid confirmation” in a couple of weeks. A solid confirmation is a committment to buy at least one Xmas Epic 2011 limited edition espresso cup. (Prices to be announced.) Meanwhile, spread the word to those you like (or don’t) that you want to have on the ride.
While the usual way is the tent-&-sleeping-bag-cheapest-possible option, this year we can do soft- beds-where-available option for those that want to pay.
Prologue (Monday 26/12/11)
For those of you getting there early, Narooma has an active cycle group. 18 rides around Narooma: http://www.cyclingnarooma.com.au/
Day 1 (Tuesday 27/12/11)
Tilba – ABC cheese factory. – est. 1891
Daily tastings. “Applebox Smoke” and “Summer Herb”
Bermagui – From ‘Bermaguee’ (boat with no paddle) from the vocabulary of the Dyirringany Aborigines who inhabited the area before white settlement.
Rich literary history: Home of Zane Grey (pulp Westerns) and Arthur Upfield (Bony).
Mimosa Rocks National Park
“From this campground you can take a short walk to the Mimosa Rocks volcanic rock formation, Aragunnu Beach and some good fishing spots.”
Facilities: wood barbecues, non-flush toilets, need to bring own drinking water.
Bookings: No bookings are taken; 50 camp-sites
Day 2 (Wednesday 28/12/11)
Mogareeka Inlet – George Bass stopped here in 1797.
Tathra – Historical Wharf, Fishing, Diving, Bowls Club
http://www.merimbula.org/“..the crowning gem of Australia’s Sapphire Coast” whales, penguins, seals and dolphins, white surf beaches.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pambula,_New_South_Wales“Syms Covington was the manservant to Charles Darwin before becoming Postmaster of Pambula in 1854 he also managedthe Forest Oak Inn which still stands at a bend on the coast road. Pambula local cricket team is the Pambula Bluedogs.”
Day 3 (Thursday 29/12/11)
Wyndham – Monaro Pioneers
“William Charles Rayner bought a timber mill and moved it bit by bit to Devil’s Hole, north west of Wyndham. During this time he started a machine shop in Cathcart, here he imported English sewing machines and built push bikes for Malvern Star.”
Day 4 (Friday 30/12/11)
Mount Darragh – A splendid sample of grass, known as “Phalaris bulbosa,” has been grown by Messrs. Griffiths Brothers on their property at Mount Darragh, near Cathcart. It is fully 7ft high. It grows luxuriantly in winter, and is regarded as one of the best of our artificial grasses. Cattle eat it readily.
Extract from the ‘Sydney Morning Herald 23 July 1918″
Cathcart – WOMBAT ATTACKS WOMAN.
Mrs. H. Locke, of Mt. Beresford, near Cathcart, had an exciting time with a wombat. While walking along the road alone, she was suddenly attacked by the animal, which tore her clothes and scratched her legs. With difficulty she reached a fence, upon the top rail of which she climbed, and her cries for help attracted the attention of some neighbours, but when help arrived the wombat had disappeared.
Extract from the ‘Sydney Morning Herald 22 October 1929’
Day 5 (Saturday 31/12/11)
Bombala – gazetted in 1849 it is halfway between Sydney and Melbourne, which is why it was once considered to be our Nations capital.
Bombala Council has two emblems the platypus and lavender.
The main street in Bombala is called ‘MaybeStreet’. The name came from a surveyors map that had a pencil notation on it saying that ‘Maybe there will be a street here one day’.
Delegate – has the “Early Settlers Hut”, believed to be the first European dwelling on the Monaro.
In 1916 Delegate was the starting point for the historic ‘Men From Snowy River March’ when young men from the region marched to the enlistment centre in Goulburn to volunteer to serve in the First World War. http://platypuscountry.org.au/4183.html
Delegate has a population of only 450 people andhas a reputation as one the finest trout fishing destinations in New South Wales.
Day 6 (Sunday 1/01/12)
The Delegate River Diversion Tunnel was formed when an 80m tunnel was cut through hard rock. Approximately 1,000 tonnes of rock was removed and used to construct a bank across the river. This caused water to be diverted into the tunnel which allowed working of the riverbed.
The Black Allan Line – is the straight piece of the New South Wales and Victorian Borders and was named after the two surveyors that undertook the mission to map the line from the Cape Howe to the nearest source of the Murray River. Settlers were unsure who to pay rent moneys to and of which state their postal address was in. Full history here.
This area was frequented by Australia’s last bushranger, the Snowy River Bandit, in the 1940’s and robbed (+ate) people of food and clothing at gunpoint on the roads. He was finally discovered by timber workers who saw his morning fire and arrested later on 20 December 1940 by Victoria Police constables. He was discovered to be Alan Torney (1911-?) who had escaped from the mental hospital at Goulburn. He was readmitted and reportedly spent the rest of his life there. Full history here.
Day 7 (Monday 2/01/12)
Goongerah – Campsite with a dog named Jack Kerouac
http://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/page/?o=1r4vFZo&page_id=183504&v=2BBike tourers in March 2011: “We set up close to the river for easy access to water. I had packed my 5’9″ “twigging” fly rod and went looking for trout. Pete found a rising fish in a deep pool and took me to him. A few casts later I had a 2 pound brown trout which I released as we had enough food.”
Goongerah is a valley of 10km long situated 70km north of Orbost on the Bonang Road in the heart of Far East Gippsland. There are around 60 permanent residents, with no shops.
day 9 (Wednesday 4/01/12)
Stratford on the river Avon. Unfortunately, we miss the “Shakespeare on the River Festival”.
In 1998 the town formally became a member of the Stratford Sister Cities program to promote friendship and cultural exchange between participating countries. Participation is restricted to towns called “Stratford” that have a Shakespeare Festival.
day 10 (Thursday 5/01/12)
Moe – “a rarefied pseudo-love for certain fictional characters (in anime, manga, and the like) and their related embodiments.” – or a Gippsland town.
Lake Narracan is the picturesque cooling pond for the Latrobe River power stations.
Victoria’s brown coal power stations are some of the worlds least clean. For an absolutely rational, not the least bit loony, view on climate change see here.
day 12 (Saturday 7/01/12)
Somebody elses bike tour pictures:
Errinundra and Gippsland Coast