After taking only short one or two-day trips in 2013 and most of 2014, we are finally taking a proper week-long tour before 2014 disappears over the horizon. We are leaving Xmas Eve for the Blue Mountains, heading out as far west as Orange (wine region), then on to Mudgee (wine region) and finally over the ranges again to the Hunter Valley (yes, another wine region). Wine is not really the theme of the trip but we are looking forward to visiting some of the nice small towns that make up the New South Wales central west. We may have a glass of red or two as well – time will tell.
In the old days, before our world tour, week-long bike trips used to get us really excited. We are pretty excited about this one as well but it feels so short at only ten days. Nancy has been running around with lists of things to do all weekend – generally I’ve been trying to avoid working on her lists (Senior Editor comment – there seemed to be an inordinate amount of time spent watching cricket, playing Scrabble, visiting the new bike shop down the road, etc. by some members of the team this weekend, while others put in the hard planning work that all cycle tours require.). The point is, 10 days or a year, it all takes about the same amount of prep – except the part about passports and winter clothes.
As we’ll be leaving on Xmas Eve, we expect to have to forage for our meals for a few days. Australia really does shut down on Xmas. I’m not really sure where everyone goes but lots of stores and restaurants close for 10 days or more. We may well find full caravan parks the whole trip (answering the question of where everyone goes) but past experience says that most folks hang out on the coast so we should be ok – we’ll see. Otherwise, we may be brushing up on our wild-camping skills!
We’ll try blogging every day but let’s see how that goes. I’ve got a new camera but haven’t really bothered figuring out the best internet solution yet. We’ll blog, but posting may take a day or two.
We’ve got a new tent, new bikes, new sleeping bag and new coffee maker. And we won’t be checking work emails – what could be better? Updates to follow…