Pollie Pedal 2016 – Day 7: Oberon to Goulburn
A sumptuous spit roast at the Oberon Golf Club was a welcome antidote to another long day in the saddle for the Pollie Pedal. The riders finished the day with an uphill slog in the rain knowing that they had traversed three quarters of the 2016 event.
The Jenolan Caves, a popular tourist attraction since the 1840s, are near the historic Oberon.
Today’s ride began as usual with breakfast in the local park.
Each day a band of volunteers from the Rapid Relief Team have provided breakfast, and a morning drink stop. On long stages, they also provided lunch.
About 10-12 young people formed the team each day, cooking breakfast, making coffee and generally helping the cyclists fuel-up for the ride.
The team offer their services to community groups. They also assist at the time of natural disasters, such as fires and floods, by providing meals for emergency workers.
Their cheerful presence each morning has been a welcome part of this year’s ride.
A group of other volunteers, led by the ride director, Graham Northey, ensured the event has run smoothly and safely each day.
There have been escort vehicles for each group of riders, others who placed warning signs by the road for motorists, a truck for baggage, volunteers to wash the Lycra each afternoon, a bicycle mechanic, and even an osteopath.
They came from various states of Australia, and most have been part of the event for many years. Without them, Pollie Pedal would not be nearly as safe or possible.
The Executive Director of Carer’s Australia, Ara Cresswell, and some of her staff accompanied us for the event, often speaking to community groups along the journey about their vital work.
Today’s stage was a long 147 kilometre ride from Oberon to Goulburn, stopping at Taralga for a chat with local residents at the museum. It was mostly ‘off-the -beaten-track’ through the scenic forests and farmlands to the west of the Great Dividing Range. The winding roads involved a dangerous rough descent down to the Abercrombie River followed by a tough climb from the valley.
Goulburn was the last stop before the final ride into Canberra on Sunday.
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(Thanks for the assistance with today’s blog from fellow participants.)