TDCC Inc Spring Holiday Report - October 2015

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Sat Oct 10: Pete, John D & Doug rode the outskirts of Wagga and around Lake Albert on a discovery tour, then back to camp where the rest of the members were starting to arrive. 31.6km.
Sun Oct 11: 16 of us rode the outskirts of Wagga to Lake Albert for a coffee break while a light shower of rain passed over, then returned to camp. 30.8km.
Mon Oct 12: 15 riders rode out of camp northward in a large loop to Harefield, crossing the rail line onto the Olympic Highway. After lunch we returned cross country and then along Byrnes road back to camp. In the process of today’s ride, Nigel broke a spoke on “bike 1”, returned to camp for “bike 2” and broke derailleur – not a good day for Nige. 76.5km.
Tues Oct 13: 14 riders left camp today and we rode westward out of town to ride under the Olympic Highway onto Rural road to Currawarna. We had lunch in the Community Park where Keith and Sue arrived with our lunches, coffee and cake. After being fed and watered, we headed back to camp via a short cut to Sturt Highway and local cycleway to camp. 66.5km.
Wed Oct 14: 4 riders rode out of camp toward Junee. Nigel, Rick, Rolf and Hans met the next 4 riders, John D, Anne D, Doug and Azy, at Shepherd’s Crossing where all 8 riders continued on to Junee. Once in Junee we all make our way to the Junee Licorice and Chocolate Factory for morning tea, where we just had to have their scones (which were as big as your head!), jam and cream. Of course we all had to do some shopping in their factory shop before leaving, chocolate and licorice to die for. On our return trip, Anne and Azy went to Shepherd’s Crossing to collect their cars, the remaining 6 detoured onto the Harefield loop to Wagga. 66 km and 84km.
Thurs Oct 15: 15 riders rode out of camp toward Lake Albert then on to Holbrook Road then we turned inland to Urinquinty for lunch. Keith and Sue were waiting for us when we arrived with our lunches, coffee and cake again. After we were fed and watered again, 3 riders decided to pull the pin and returned to camp with Keith and Sue. 12 riders then headed back to camp the same way we came, however, Azy and Hans tried out a dirt road short cut. We all joined up again in time to ride the hill and continue back to camp. Some riders showing a little tiredness after riding 88km for the day. That evening 21 went to the Commercial Club for dinner.
Fri Oct 16: 3 riders did a town ride and 2 loops of Lake Albert. 8 riders rode to Lake Albert and turned south on another road heading toward Holbrook, once over the only hill we turned west toward Ladysmith on a great rural road. Arriving at Ladysmith, we were met by the Wagga Cycle Club out for their ride and Sue, Warwick, Robyn and Sue’s cousin, Val, for morning tea at the Ladysmith Café. On the ride out of town, Rick had a coming together with a barbed wire fence and removed quite a bit of skin from his arm, which Karen cleaned and patched up during morning tea and even more painful, Rick bent his derailleur. It managed to hang on until about 2km from camp, where it finally broke and Pete pushed Rick along so he didn’t have to walk. The group returned to camp via Elizabeth Avenue which is reported to have a challenge, locally called “The Wall”. No real challenge for the Toukley riders though. On the way back Doug had a blow out, so Sue had to pick him and his bike up to bring them back to camp. 62km.

Both Friday nights at the “beach” the Wagga community held a “Cork and Fork” night with dozens of food and drink stalls and live entertainment. This was set up right outside the caravan park, so very easy access for us. A fantastic community event, very well attended by the locals. The “beach” foreshore was packed with families, folding chairs and tables. What a great way to end our week in Wagga – and they even had Croquet set up (just for Pete?!) to give it a go.
The “casualties” for the week were - Anne and John D, Pete and Doug had punctures, Doug had a blow out, Rick and Nigel broke derailleurs, Nigel broke spokes.
All in all not a bad record for a week of cycling.

Thanks to Pete for organising the rides. Thanks everyone for a great week of cycling and socialising. Those that didn’t go, you missed some good rides, in very scenic countryside with perfect weather. We will do it all again in Taree in 2016.

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