Friday, November 16, 2012

New South Wales

Today we passed the border between Queensland and New South Wales. We had left Brisbane via Ipswich towards the south and spent a quiet night on the show grounds of Boonah. After that we rode on to Rathdowney, a town of just a couple of houses, a pub and show grounds. All the time we had admirable scenery and undulating quiet roads. From Rathdowney we only rode 19 kms to Andrew Drynan Park, a campground along the Lion's road leading to the border. There were only two small tents there, ours and one belonging to a German couple on motorbikes (traveling round the world). There were only some toilets and a creek. BYO water (BYO=bring your own). So we carried 6 extra liters of water, altogether almost 9. A very nice and quiet day.
The next day we had to go to the border, a pass at only 366 alt. just 4 kms further. Slopes of 19%. We had to walk and push our bikes up for over a kilometer. The border was just a gate and some signs. There are more differences between the Australian states then we as Europeans would think. For one thing, we had to put our watches one hour ahead. So we are now 10 hours ahead of the Netherlands.
It took us 2000 kms of pedaling to get in this new state. We descended through a beautiful green valley to Kyogle, where we are now staying with Paul, Elizabeth and their sons Ruben and Isaac and little daughter Olivia.

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