day 1: Narooma – Mimosa

On The Road

Depart: 6:21; arr: 12:30; dist: 60.2km; saddle: 3h 54m; ave: 15.2k/h; ascent: 978m.

(full stats here.)

The departure:

We left a muggy Narooma and the chaos and detritus of civilization and again entered the perfect order of the road trip. A world described by KrabbĂ©: “…in the rider’s mind is a monolithic ball bearing, so smooth, so uniform, that you can’t even see it spin. Its almost perfect lack of surface structure ensures that it strikes nothing that might end up in the white circulation of thought.”

We take the back roads, avoiding Prince’s Hwy, many dirt. Introducing the peloton:

Beautiful green countryside. Mr Bega advertising in front of Mt Dromedary:

Second breakfast at Tilba:

Vinnie motoring across Wallaga Lake:

James redefines helmet hair:

Second lunch Bermagui:

The coast road south of Bermagui is so quiet that there is a huge goanna eating wallaby road kill. Miranda shooes it away:

Arrived at Mimosa Rocks National Park after steep 5km dirt road descent. The water is very good.

Resupplied from Narooma:

Vinnie is still unsure of what he has gotten himself into.

At 13 he is less than a third of the age of the next youngest rider, so it’s an unfair advantage. We let the air out of his tyres each morning.

Three wise monkeys:

A great days riding with beautiful roads, very little traffic and good weather. More dirt and ascent than expected but the legs are hardening up.

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