The Border Ranges
13th Jan 11; 6:10am(dep)/3:00pmNSW(arr)
82.0 km (dist); 4h 44m (saddle);
19.0 kph (av); 51 kph (max);
182.9 km (tot)
“Long before dawn we rode away, and having crossed Hamdh got confused in the broken surfaces of Agunna, an area of low hills. The ground was luxuriant with colocynth, whose runners and fruits looked festive in the early light.” 7POW;pg168
A closed road makes a splendid absence of any traffic. We string out along the vicious ascent.
Meanwhile, Leah waits for an hour by herself outside the Sarah Palin Correctional Center. They eventually come out to see if she wants to come in. They let her know that the road is “unofficially” open to cars but not to trucks. so all is good. Mitchell, Mum & I catch up and the road continues magnificently with no traffic.
We finish the detour which turns out to be the hardest day with the longest distance and over 1000m of climbing. Wendy mentions the original short route along Lions Rd from Rathdowney was actually open too.