Just letting you know that I've got a couple of rides coming up....
I've got a plan to come up with some long distance mostly off-road touring routes in Australia (like the Great Divide MTB Route in North America, on which they race the Tour Divide). The big one I want to do is the Tip to Top (southernmost point to northernmost point on the mainland).
Ride 1 - Tip to Cap - Leg 1
The first leg of this is Tip to Cap (Wilson's Prom to Canberra). Mostly following the Bicentennial Trail, but cutting out private property, sections with crazy amounts of river crossings, and some rock scrambles. This will be a test ride of the first section.
I'm riding this with Angry starting next tomorrow morning (12 Sep). Angry doesn't have much time, so it's going to be a race to get to the start (Liam will be driving us down there tonight). We have flights booked out of Canberra next Thursday. So we're going to try to get to Canberra by Wed night. Should be solid - it's 1,200km with about 30,000m of climbing. The weather is a bit of a worry - there's a lot of snow around still, and some parts of the route near Kosciusko stay up high for quite a while. There could be a lot of snow hiking, or a lot of back tracking. Also Spring is storm season, there were 130km winds in the high country earlier this week and the nights can still be well below 0 Celsius.