They were on horses. We are on bicycles - The Explorers’ Ride - CycleBlaze

May 20, 2024

They were on horses. We are on bicycles

Day 1 The Explorers’ Ride 

Albury to Yackandandah 

82 km   736 metre 

We are underway on the approximate retrace of the route followed by Hume & Hovell in 1824. They were on horses. Thankfully we are on bikes. 

It was an almost perfect day of cycle touring. Excellent weather. Excellent route. Excellent company. Interesting sights.

The ride began with a lovely send off from downtown Albury by historian Peter Harper and his colleagues who have done a tremendous amount of work to develop this route. They’ve even gone to the trouble of producing a banner, brochures, tickets and other material to publicise the ride. 

We’ve finished the day in the picturesque town of Yackandandah where we’d booked a cabin in the campground. Dinner at the Star Hotel.

Today’s slightly meandering route. We did a few side trips to spot Hume & Hovell monuments
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Early start
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Foggy start. Looking south from Joanna & Martin’s place
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The ticket to ride.
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That’s Alby
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Martin, me and Peter Harper at the start point in central Albury.
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The first monument spotted
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Historical tree marking part of the Hume & Hovell route.
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Departing NSW
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Lake Hume
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Water release outlet from the dam wall
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Massive fallen River Red Gum being milled.
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Signage of the local trails
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A H&H monument on the Victorian side of the border
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The route today was about 50:50 sealed vs good dirt surfaces
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Lunch stop
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The trail into Yack was a great finish to the day
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Today's ride: 82 km (51 miles)
Total: 82 km (51 miles)

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Joel KrewazLooks v pleasant. Well done both.
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