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Apr 2, 2018 - Day 4 Tour de Cowra

Pinemount Loop with the house group - those left!! Distance : 56km Elevation gain : 530m Punctures : 1 Did our traditional house group ride today along the standard day 4 course. Sandy and Ian left early as did Gracia and David leaving the group ride to Goran, Jim, Leanne, Tom and me Robert and Ian M also joined us. Weather was somewhat cooler with a few clouds. I managed to get a flat in the final 500m back to the house. Oh dear!! Had a lovely afternoon with my friends Helen and Rob who supplied a picnic afternoon tea in the park and we...

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Apr 1, 2018 - Day 3 Tour de Cowra

Wyangala Dam Loop Distance: 92km Elevation 1200m Avg Speed 22kph With Daylight Savings disappearing overnight we set off on the ride today at 7am instead of 8am... whilst most people make use of the extra hour of sleep we chose to benefit from the cooler morning start ! Ian Meller, Jim and I did the Wyangala Dam Loop with all of the climbing whilst the other cyclists in the house wisely did the flatter Greenthorpe It was hot and hard towards the end with a strong headwind that Ian pushed through as we tore back to Cowra for the last 20km....

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Mar 31, 2018 - Day 2 Tour de Cowra

Canowindra Loop Distance: 120km Elevation gain: 540m We all got our bikes and went to ride off only to find that 3 of us had flat tyres... damn 3 corner jack thorns!!! Geoff was fine but decided wisely to rest today. Ian, Tom ,Jim and I rode together. A long ride but not difficult. Jim got another flat during the ride. We all returned home pretty tired and were happy to chill out for the rest of the day. Dinner of roast chicken, salads and roast pumpkin Fruit salad and yoghurt dessert

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Mar 30, 2018 - Day 1 Tour de Cowra

Mt Collins Ride 77km with 420m of elevation. A very pleasant ride. What an eventful day. The temperature was pleasant and we started out quite fast. Our little group of 5 (Geoff, Tom, Ian, Jim and I) followed the fast guys for awhile then overtook them when they stopped with a flat tyre .... damn cats head thorns!... but this wasn’t to last long. Geoff and Tom touched wheels. Tom survived.. Geoff didn’t. Some serious cuts and grazes and nasty pain in his side. Lying on the side of the road in the grass we encouraged him to move to the...

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Mar 29, 2018 - Arriving in Cowra - Centre of World Friendship

Ok, off to Cowra for the annual Tour de Cowra. 11 people in the house this year David, Gracia, Goran, Geoff, Leanne, Sandy, Ian, Robyn, Jim, Tom and me. It’s a warm day and thank goodness we managed to get the aircon working in the house. We are all ready for 4 days of cycling. Except Robyn and maybe Gracia, who is only talking about little cycling excursions in the vicinity

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Aug 20, 2017 - Day 2 Cowra.

What an absolutely glorious winters day today… First off we visited the Cowra Detention Camp which has had some money spent on it with the history explained at the entrance near a replica Lookout tower. On Saturday, 5 August 1944 Japanese prisoners at Cowra staged a breakout that resulted in the deaths of 4 young Australians and 231 Japanese. The camp, officially known as No.12 POW Group, was a complex of four individual camps separated by cross roads. Each camp was originally built to house 1,000 prisoners. Earlier, on Friday 4, in...

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Aug 19, 2017 - Cowra

Well here we are in Cowra overlooking the river nice double site with raised pad so we don’t need the step which I left at home anyway. We had issues with the greywater pump and after stuffing around I discover itself has an internal short which blew a fuse which inturn stopped the fridge which of course caused panic until I discovered the blown fuse. So I have put in a bid on a new pump which should last us another 5 years or so…. So now we have to let gravity take its course… After we arrived the Rally Martials introduced themselves and...

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Apr 18, 2017 - Departing of the clan

We all go our separate ways! We all had a little sleep in compared to a cycling day then it was a quick breakfast and time to packup. Geoff was the first to go, alone this time as David had already left. Sandy and Ian headed off I took Ray into Cowra to collect a rental car that he brought back and loaded his bike and things into. Leanne had left by then, heading the same way as me. Via Goulburn. Gaylene and Simone waited for me to return before they left. Gave the key to the house for Ray to drop off and I left. Stopped in Boorowa as it...

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Apr 17, 2017 - Day Four. Pine Mount Road Loop

A lovely morning 'house group' ride We started off with 12 at the beginning of Easter and end of today we are down to 8 in the house! A shorter ride. 57km including too and from the house to start/finish Everyone left in the house ride together today (except Simone who was instructed by her coach to rest today) Again perfect weather. And pretty views along the way. Back in town we decided to eat somewhere other than the Rose Garden cafe. Nothing GF found in town so I headed home for lunch whilst the others found a cake shop open Washed...

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Apr 16, 2017 - Day Three Unexpected Greenthorpe Loop

A fall, a detour and a fun lunch meeting Jim headed to the hospital to collect Robyn and leave for Pt Macquarie for home and sign in to hospital Goran left with the fast group to ride to Wyangala Dam and further Gaylene, Simone, Geoff and I started the Wyangala Dam moderate (usual) loop. As we hit the 'pick a plank' bridge out of town it came up as a surprise for Simone (she was in a larger group) and she got her tyre caught in a gap between the planks and went over and hurt her elbow on a big bolt in the bridge. We decided to return to...

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Apr 15, 2017 - Day Two. The big loop via Canowindra and beyond

Morning routine. Don't forget, socks, shoes and chamois cream! Headed out in 2 groups today. Gaylene, Geoff, Ray, David, Simone, Goran and I went first on the longer route. Bucket from Bike North joined us again. Jim stayed back to see what's happening to Robyn The Sandy, Ian and Leanne went on a shorter ride. Beautiful weather. Rode to Gooloogong at a reasonable pace. Stopped for a break. After the break we rode in a rolling pace line until hitting a busy road. Stopped in Canowindra for coffee and food. I had a yummy cheese cake that...

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Apr 14, 2017 - Day One. Climb to Mt Collins

Excitement of the type you don't want! The group was up and off on the bikes by 8am. Except Simone who wasn't feeling well. She got a sleep in. Attended the briefing at the Rose Gardens Cafe. Rode in different speed groups. Distance rode from house: 76km Robyn had a fall at 26km. Hit some rough road. After David checked her out we left her with Jim and finished our ride. Jim got his car and took her to hospital where a diagnosis of broken ulna bone, close to the elbow. Poor Rob spent the night in hospital. Finished ride back at Rose...

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