It’s 98km from Allora to Warwick across beautiful and diverse countryside. The tour organisers planned the longest day ride for day 3. This makes sense as the rest day is tomorrow on Day 4.
Early morning at the Allora Showgrounds.
A lot of the day was across the flat. This was easy on the legs but hard on the butt!
Long sweeping curves, sometimes following rail lines, sometimes just disappearing into the distance.
The tour included a few tandems.
A couple of families included bikes with either childrens’ tandem attachments (pedals but not attached to the road wheels) or small carriages. The most humbling experience is having a parent, dragging the extra weight of a child carriage, overtake you uphill – especially if you have got off the bike to walk up the slope!!
Except where irrigated, the majority of the countryside was very dry and brown.
Here the windmills pump water while the solar cells (right) provide power, again for a water pump.
Jane with a recumbent bike in the background. There were two recumbent bikes that I saw, plus a tandem with a recumbent front seat with a normal second.
Morning break with ample supplies offered by one of the community groups from the area.
Jane after the morning break.
And on the road again.
This is the group called the ‘Good-time Girls’ even though one is actually a ‘boy’. Lunch-breaks saw this group welcoming the riders in for their roadside rest.
The wind was cool during this lunch break, we even thought that we may get rain in the afternoon. Luckily not.
One of the rare rises during the day’s ride.
Despite the overall flatness of the day, the mountains are ever present in the distance, no matter what direction you look.
The sun was shining in patches in the distance near the mountains despite the afternoon’s cloud.
This hill was such a surprise that at least two cyclists immediately evaporated!!
Despite the distance this was a very satisfying, though butt-aching, day. I now know I can cycle 98km – wow!