(Voting now closed)
First of all… timing; Leah & I will be “out of Africa” on 09/01/11, so we can catch up with the XmasEpic2010 (from the 10th Jan onwards). So wherever everyone decides to go, and if you are still travelling, we will join you then.
Alternatively, if you have already finished XmasEpic2010, we can go on a JanEpic2011 sometime between 10-22th Jan 2011.
I’ve had a (very) few suggestions:
1. Snowy Mountains Hwy (Tumut-Tathra Dist: 319 km, Duration: ~6-8 days(?))
Pros: Epic. Pretty. Can leave from Canberra base.
Cons: Epic. Hills are very big. Campgrounds are widely spaced for the distances we’ll be doing. Hot. March flies. (Note in the elevation profile below, the vertical scale is in kilometers.)
2. Perth-Albany (Dist: 680 km, Duration: ~ 10 days)
Pros: Epic. Pretty. Wildflowers. Could do a bit of the Munda Bindi Trail if we stoop to fat-tyre bikes.
Cons: Logistics. Travel. Cost. Not enough time to do it justice.
2. Alternative: Perth-Albany-Perth (PAP 2010: Dist: 1200 km, Duration<90 hr time limit)
Pros: Very Epic. Run by Audax Australia.
Cons: Starts 5:00am Tues 5th Oct, 2010. (Pity about the early morning start, otherwise I think this would have been the one.)
3. Dar es Salaam-Kilimanjaro (Dist: ~730 km, Duration:~14 days)
Pros: Very Epic.
Cons: Altitude; last hill is a big one. Tsetse flies.
4. Nth Coast NSW (Dist: 400 km, Duration: 7 days)
Pros: Epic. Green. Possible to be on all quiet roads with trains in/out of Brisbane.
Beaches. Trendy coffee shops & retreats for healing and crystals.
Cons: Steamy. Hippies.
Perhaps we could get the ball rolling with people sending in “an expression of interest”; and if possible their times of availability and route preference. I will add them to the table below. I hope I have not given the impression of any bias, alternative routes are encouraged. Of course, all this totally disregards things like what to do with pets/children but we have to start somewhere.
|Canis Lupus||whenever||where ever|
|Damian||after xmas||where ever|
|James||10-22 Jan 2011||1|
|Leah||10-22 Jan 2011||4|
|Mal||10-22 Jan (tent.)||4|
|Mark||10-22 Jan 2011||4|
|Miranda||10-22 Jan (?)||4|
|Scott||10-22 Jan. poss.||1|
|Wendy||10-22 Jan. poss.||1 (or 2,3,4)|