But no, the flatter Federal Hwy with the broad shoulders and the (mostly) nice surface was just so last month. This time I was going to take the back route via Bungendore and Tarago.
Which is actually quite a pretty route and reasonably light on traffic. It is also about 15Km longer and clobbers you with monstrously big and steep hills from the get-go.
Aieeee! The horror, the horror! Actually it wasn't all bad, I occasionally got some "Wow, lets do that again!" descents but it was a serious drain on my energy levels from early in the day.
Bungendore was about 40Ks out and where I had lunch.
30Ks of more hills later at Tarago it was starting to get cold (at 3PM!) and I was worried enough to ask for the phone number of a Goulburn taxi service.
Just after 5PM I reached the G(oulburn) 15(kms) sign and gave in. I timed it just right- there was just enough sunlight left for me to break the trike down and put on another layer of clothing.
Distance: 92.39. About the same as the route I didn't take.
Average: 15.67Kph. A crawl.
Ride Time: 5:53:38
Max Speed: 77Kph. I said that there were some good descents. :)
On to Robertson tomorrow with an earlier start and (hopefully) a flatter,cruisier, ride.