Day 16: Orange - Home

Up early for the final ride into Sydney. The ran had stopped, but I wasn't certain and due to the very cold conditions, I left my rain coat on. The plan was to ride the short distance to Bathurst, get some breakfast and do a lap of the famous Mount Panarama motor racing circuit. The first was achieved at a cafe in a lovely restored hotel. Due to next week's race, I could only ride along pitt straight, but stopped for a photo as everyone else was doing. Having watched the Bathurst 500 (miles in those days) all day on the b&w TV as a kid, the race and track has a certain fondness for me. That finished with the introduction of the uninteresting V8 Supercars.

It got way colder then expected, so I pulled over and used one of the hand warmers I'd carried over 6000km. The right hand (throttle) always gets the coldest, as the left can be put on the engine and feeling soon returns.

From Lithgow onwards, the road is very slow and limited to 60 or 80 km/hr in a lot of spots, I wished I'd gone via mudgee.

Arrived at 13:31 after 278km today.

Great to see the family!

Total trip : 6,933 km