Last long road via Wagga Wagga

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October 5th 2018
Published: October 5th 2018
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Was off and running at 9:00 A.M. after a quick Petro stop and a Brekkie break ( Aussie’s term for Breakfast).

While just as chilly as yesterday -there was no wind. I learned my lesson and dressed appropriately from the get go today! I made 185 miles on my first sitting, I’m gaining confidence in my ability to fuel up with in 50 miles of empty, so I’m not stopping as often as I did in the outback. Did 165 miles on the second sitting after fueling up and having a terrific lunch. I’ve found that Shell gas stations often have a good brekkie or lunch/diner restaurant tied to them. Refueled in Hay, NSW and had a bacon, egg, cheese burger with everything. Their everything includes Beets on the burger - wow another Winner Winner Chicken Dinner. Today’s riding was more in line with what I would do in the states if I was doing a 500-700 mile ride. 3 hours and 2 1/2 hours in the saddle at a crack is easy on an American Interstates but on these two lane narrow roads is a lot tougher- Wind or no wind still have the infamous Road Trains to deal with (I finally got a shot of one coming at me - you are just seeing the first half of the monster. Notice the proximity to me!)

Both Victoria and New South Wales (NSW) have a lot more green than Queensland, N. T., or South Australia (SA). But every state/Territory has a section of Outback in it. I've included some info below on Wagga Wagga - this is a tourist stop because of the Horse race track,wine country, casino, and this is a primary Army training base. As part of my hotel complex at the RSI Motel they have the Casino (slots only) and two huge professional lawn bowling courts (see the pic's). The lawn bowling actually has a viewing area paddock upstairs with a full bar. Looks like there are a lot of after work leagues. Stopped and talk to a group of ladies that were playing. They showed me how the balls are weighted on one side - if you throw with the weighted side in then you throw a screwball and vice versa a curveball. Scores similar to how we score Boccie back home but I've never seen such a pristine and big courts as these were.

Considering you're sitting in one place, it is amazing how much a six hour ride takes out of you. I had one beer and some dinner and am ready to crash. I have 2 days in the nations capital after I arrive tomorrow. The weather looks to be sunny in both Wagga Wagga and Canberra tomorrow with high temps in the low 70's and high 60's. I've only got 150 miles tomorrow so I'll plan on a later and warmer start.

Wagga Wagga (/ˌwɒɡə ˈwɒɡə/; informally called Wagga) is a major regional city in the Riverina region of New South Wales, Australia. Straddling the Murrumbidgee River, with an urban population of more than 54,000 as at the 2016 census, Wagga Wagga is the state's largest inland city, and is an important agricultural, military, and transport hub of Australia. The ninth fastest growing inland city in Australia, Wagga Wagga is located midway between the two largest cities in Australia–Sydney and Melbourne–and is the major regional centre for the Riverina and South West Slopes regions.

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