2017 Disjointed – Goombargana Part 2

Sunday, 26 Feb, 33 miles (53 km)

It’s just a short ride today. I want to get out and get in a few miles. I want to feel like I’m nobody nowhere in a big landscape for a little bit. I want to tick off a few more new roads and complete the Goombargana series. But I’m feeling pretty flat and not-so-motivated today.

It’s been a huge week emotionally and my head and heart are just exhausted. I had to communicate decisions that left one group happy and one group at work very disappointed. Caught in the middle, I just get to feel crappy, especially when the decision isn’t what would be my first choice or the best thing for my long-term interests.

Plus, I got up at 3.45 am on Thursday morning to try to get pre-sale tix for a Midnight Oil concert in Denver in May that coincides with when I’ll be in Colorado. I missed out. So I had to get up at 3.45 am on Friday to try again on general sale. I lucked out and got a ticket – the North American shows sold out in about 20 minutes each.

So today it’s just 33 miles on very gentle hills and flat basins in a moderate northeasterly. The wind is a bit annoying, but I actually don’t mind because it is hot enough to be sweaty, so it provides some cooling. It also keeps the flies from being too annoying.

And so here are some pics, and about five new roads to knock off the list.

Walbundrie-Rand Road. New for us – looks just like about a thousand other roads out this way.
Trigg Road. It was pretty pleasant. This section was in great shape. The next section had big, loose gravel that was annoying. The last section was very sandy. But no traffic and a need to go pedal made it all okay.
Goombargana Hill from the northeast. I’ve ridden all around it now in the past 18 months.
Goombargana Creek is dry now, but you can tell by the debris in the fence that it was flowing waist-deep last spring.
Looking east from a rise below Goombargana Hill. Home is tucked down in the hills close to the horizon in the middle of the photo.
Another view of Goombargana Hill.
I always like seeing the old homesteads tucked back in the trees of the home paddock. It makes me wonder about the stories they hold and what it would be like to live there.
Selby Road. Pleasant and tree-lined – this type of road is what characterises the Southwest Slopes for me.
Stewarts Road. Where we’ve been.
Stewarts Road. Where we are going.
Hudsons Road. Not every road can be scenic, tree-lined and protected from the wind.


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