Friday, February 11, 2011

The final day of this tour. I left Capertee around 8.30am, after taking a photo of this unremarkable place:

- and headed south on the Castlereagh Highway towards Lithgow, a journey of around 45kms. The road was quite busy and also had some big hills, however it had a decent hard shoulder so was safe enough for cycling.

After a few kms I reached Pearson’s Lookout, from where I got some fantastic views over the Capertee Valley:

I reached Lithgow at about 11, and had a look around, there’s nothing very exciting to see in this rather industrial town. Here are a couple of views of the main street:

I caught the 1.49 train back to Sydney, which took about 3 hours to wind its way the 140kms through the Blue Mountains. Then it was another 16kms uphill to the Northern Sydney suburb of Longueville where I am staying with friends. Cycling over the Harbour Bridge made for a pleasurable end to the ride:

the segregated cycle path is wide and smooth and very well used by cycling commuters, the only bad thing about it is that both northern and southern accesses to the cycle path leave a lot to be desired:

I arrived in Longueville just before 6pm, in time for a quick shower and change of clothes before heading back into the city centre by bus for the Friday Night Skate.

Total distance cycled today 62kms, giving a total of 401kms for the 4 day trip.

Got a busy weekend ahead, meeting several friends, going out to dinner Saturday night, and planning to skate down to Cronulla on Sunday. Then I was intending to do some more cycling in northern NSW next week, but at the time of writing this may have to be shelved as rain has now set in and looks like it will continue for a while. I will keep this blog updated so please keep looking, thanks for reading this far.

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