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Xmas Epic 2011 up here (27/02/11) Advertisements

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Aftermath

A very big thank you to our driver Wendy who took on a huge job with panache and élan. Chapeau!

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day 7: Wooyung – Robina

A quick lesson in strip urbanisation 17th Jan 11; 6:50am(dep)/11:30amQLD(arr) 68.3 km (dist); 3h 20m (saddle); 20.4 kph (av); 45 kph (max); 421.9 km (tot) “In the morning we rode at five. The track became a bad goat-path, zigzagging up … Continue reading

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day 6: Byron – Wooyung

jewel of the north coast 16th Jan 11; 6:50am(dep)/11:00am(arr) 47.4 km (dist); 2h 21m (saddle); 20.1 kph (av); 54 kph (max); 353.6 km (tot) “The long ride in company had made companions of our minds and bodies. The hazardous goal … Continue reading

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day 5: Lismore – Byron

coffee and the coast: Byron Bay 15th Jan 11; 7:30am(dep)/1:00pm(arr) 51.8 km (dist); 3h 04m (saddle); 16.9 kph (av); 59 kph (max); 306.2 km (tot) “To-day we rode for hours while the perspectives grew greater and more magnificent in ordered … Continue reading

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day 4: Lions Road – Lismore

getting into the groove 14th Jan 11; 6:45am(dep)/1:30pm(arr) 71.5 km (dist); 3h 31m (saddle); 20.2 kph (av); 54 kph (max); 254.4 km (tot) “They would ride immense distances day after day, run through sand and over rocks bare-foot in the … Continue reading

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day 3: Rathdowney – Lions Road

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, … Continue reading

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day 2: Boonah – Rathdowney

The fog of cycle touring 12th Jan 11; 1:15pm(dep)/4:30pm(arr) 39.1 km (dist); 2h 13m (saddle); 17.5 kph (av); 50 kph (max); 100.9 km (tot) “During the morning it rained persistently; and we were glad to see more water coming to … Continue reading

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day 1: Ipswich – Boonah

Armegeddon comes early 11th Jan 11; 5:20am(dep)/12:00(arr) 61.8 km (dist); 3h 44m (saddle); 16.5 kph (av); 47 kph (max); 61.8 km (tot) “…this gave place to a broad wooded valley, up which we rode for an hour, till our troubles … Continue reading

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day 0: The prologue

… sometime in December … This year’s XmasEpic is brought to you by T.E. Lawrence; “Seven Pillars of Wisdom”. “For years we lived anyhow with one another in the naked desert, under the indifferent heaven. By day the hot sun … Continue reading

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