Holiday Challenge: 25 December

I have a Christmas morning tradition of going for a ride when the roads are very empty. The tradition didn’t quite go as planned this year, but I was still able to get in some new roads and take a bunch of pics of town for my parents, so they can see where I live now. Read about it HERE.

Nerdy chick in Australia who loves to ride and is accompanied by the crew: 'The Commander' Verne and the 'Mental Health Specialist' Kermit.

14 response to "Holiday Challenge: 25 December"

  1. By: Scooter Posted: December 26, 2019

    This is so encouraging, Emily. I feel terrible for everyone down there for the fires, but it’s really wonderful to have you sounding so upbeat and energized. Here’s to a much better year ahead!

  2. By: Lednar De Nalloh Posted: December 26, 2019

    Thanks for the tour of Wangaratta. It looks like a nice place. And you’re sounding pretty positive too. I’m reading a history of Ned Kelly for my cycle in April so I’ll be doing some exploring in the area.
    My tradition is to get up really early on New Years Day and cycle to the coast and go for a dip in the ocean. There’s no way I can stay awake until 12pm these days.

    • By: The Navigator Posted: December 27, 2019

      Sounds like a great new year tradition! I, too, can’t remember the last time I celebrated New Years Eve and stayed up (intentionally at least!).
      There are certainly many Ned Kelly things to see in this area. I highly recommend riding the Tatong-Tolmie Road – it’s gorgeous, a nice climb, and from Tolmie you can head across the plateau and get a great descent to Whitfield (the road that heads off to Myrhee is almost always badly corrugated). Not much traffic on those roads and you pass by Stringybark Creek. You can camp there – but apparently there are sometimes some pretty loud bogan parties up there – further up the road is an old school site that is also a camping area that is usually quieter. Have fun planning! To be honest, I’ve never really understood the fuss about Ned Kelly, but some people are certainly over-the-top about all of it and whatever version of history they want to hold.

        • By: The Navigator Posted: December 28, 2019

          Looks like a lot of fun! Nice to see you doing Tallangatta -Granya-Walwa – that is probably one of my most favourite routes in the area (not counting roads deep in the forests). If, for some reason, you can’t work out Ned kelly sites by bike in this area because of weather or something, I’m happy to drive you around to Glenrowan, Stringybark, Beechworth, etc. I can map out an option for you on the bike that would take you from Tatong past the Kelly house site (you can’t actually see it from road, but you’d get the idea), to Glenrowan and then past the Greta cemetery on the way to either Wang or Milawa. Just let me know if you’re interested – I’ve ridden a lot of roads in that area. The only section you DON”T want to ride is the Wang-Whitfield Road between Moyhu and the Snow Road – it is way too narrow and busy to be nice.

        • By: The Navigator Posted: December 28, 2019

          It is amazingly easy to meet people in this area with connections to all of it. I had contact with a woman in my PhD who was related to one of the police officers killed. I interviewed a guy for my PhD who had family in the past who had horses stolen by Harry Powers (took 3, some months later returned 1). And I know a woman whose family goes right back to settlement in the area (before the Kellys moved up). The story/synopsis that has come down through her family over the years from the family at the time of all the Kelly stuff was: “The police were pretty corrupt at the time, and the Kelly family was a bunch of bad eggs. It was never going to end well.” That has always been enough of a summary for me 🙂 – but you’ll have lots of fun tracing the history after reading about it!

          • By: Lednar De Nalloh Posted: December 30, 2019

            Look forward to catching up, the area you live in looks interesting and historical and would be great to be shown the sites although there’s no way I’ll be able to see all of them (I’m not doing the 300km round trip to Jerilderie for example) I’m hoping to get around Milawa around 4th April but anything could happen and I haven’t even booked the flights yet.

  3. By: Rich-Illinois Posted: December 27, 2019

    Very happy to hear the new meds are working for you!

    Beautiful ride, and Milawa looks like a great place.

    The fires are incredible, over 100 in NSW alone.

    • By: The Navigator Posted: December 28, 2019

      Yes, the fires will be a big hit to the economy for all the stuff that’s been cancelled and lost wages. I shudder to think what my insurance premiums will look like next year after all the payouts. The hot weather in my part of Oz don’t have any relief anytime soon with weather of 35C or above all the way through next Saturday. We haven’t had a high below 33C since 15 December. Melbourne gets a lot of cool changes that never make it to us!

  4. By: Suzanne Posted: December 27, 2019

    Great read and pics, Em! I like your new surroundings. And you are sounding good! Yay! Keep it up!

    • By: The Navigator Posted: December 28, 2019

      Thanks, Suzanne. I do hope 2020 continues this late-year upward trend in health! Hope you are back to feeling good, too!

  5. By: NancyG Posted: December 28, 2019

    I enjoyed the tour of YOUR town Em. Thanks for all those photos and information. You do know your town’s history. It is so good to know that your are feeling better and that the new meds are helping. The new year looks quite positive for you.

    • By: The Navigator Posted: December 28, 2019

      Thanks, Nancy. I don’t know this new town as well as Albury (where we moved in 2004), but I will keep exploring once it cools down a bit. Hope you had fun camping!

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