Biking in 2011

 

Starting off 2011 in Australia: the first of many road closures due to floods.

This was taken on New Years Day just outside Warwick.

On the way down to Melbourne, I avoided the rain by taking an inland route via Griffith. The route took me through Bogan Gate, on the Bogan Way. "Bogan" in Australia means something like "chav".

I didn't stop long enough to see whether the town deserves its name ...

In Condobolin everything seemed to be closed; I at last got a cold drink and a pie in West Wyalong.

Then I entered the ominously-named Fruit Fly Exclusion Zone. Looking at the sign, you would think the fruit flies are the size of small dogs.

 

On the way back to Brisbane I couldn't avoid the rain or the floods. This picture was taken on the Gwydir Highway east of Inverell. Shortly afterwards I had to stop my journey at Glen Innes, because all the roads towards Brisbane were blocked by floods or landslides.

 

To my great relief, I was able to reach Brisbane the following day via Tenterfield, Casino and the Pacific Coast Highway. Two days later the major flood wave hit Brisbane.

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Back in Queensland in October: practising my skills on dirt roads near Tambo.

With Anna and Ash the next day: an impromptu stop in the Carnarvon National Park. (OK, I fell off.)

Heading north up the New South Wales coast near the border with Victoria: the Bega Valley lookout.

The bridge shown in the first picture on this page has now been repaired.

 

Heading back towards Brisbane on the scenic back road from Queen Mary's Falls to Rathdowney.

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Last revised: 26 Dec 2011.

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