Jindabyne Roadtrip – 7/3/2015

Last weekend, I endured my most challenging ride so far. I have heard about the Jindabyne roads and the “high country” of Australia from other netrider members and wanted to go, after cjvfr began mentioning it for the labour day weekend in early November I immediately wanted to sign up. After a heartbreaking wait of 3 months, checking the maps/roads of the area, putting together a packing list.

Day 1

Day 1 Route here

It was time to set off on a cold saturday morning 8:15am, it rained the whole evening so the road were still damp. Me and Andy rode out towards St Andrews, Kinglake, Glenburn then onto Yea to meetup with the rest of the group. After getting a coffee, waited outside for the rest to arrive, a wasp decided to dive into the coffee before I had a sip :( . After everyone arrived and pleasantries have been exchanged, hello hello how are you. We set off to Mansfield for fuel. Then straight onto Beechworth for the next stop, of course via Whitfield (Voted best Combination of Corners on a Single Stretch of Road by Adrian).

Lunch, at the popular Beechworth Bakery.
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Delicious steak pies, swatting wasps away and we were off. Some amazing longs sweepers along the way to Khankobhan, NSW and right away felt the inadequate power of the 250. I have never felt that issue before in VIC, but on the long trips I was struggling to keep up with the lead pace. Passing the NSW border (Murray River) a new world emerged where speeding does not feel like a felony. Police presence is maintain order, not impose fear. It was a great feeling, not checking the speedo every 5 seconds. After a splash and dash at Khancoban. We were on the Alpine way, 100km of twisty roads. Passing amazing changing scenery.

Starting with a valley hillside narrow twisty bit.
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Then through a forest bit.

Then after passing a crest on the top of the hill. I was greeted with this magnificent sight.
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vlcsnap-2015-03-09-22h03m28s101the valley through the Snowy Mountains, through Kosciuszko National Park (even slightly smoggy it was beautiful)

At the other end, I was presented with Lake Jindabyne.
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After checking in settling down in the room of the Siesta Villa Hotel, stretching out my back after a 700km journey with a backpack with all the travel stuff, feeling the pain and strain. I got up and checked out the view.
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$260 for a twin bed room (2 person) (with 4 beds?!?), including 2 breakfast and 2 dinners.

That evening, the sunset was a spectacular sight, just the view from the deck.
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End of Day 1

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