Ulls: A very late start, but we knew it would be. 2.15pm. We knew this was going to be tight. Just over 200km to get under our belts before the sun set, and being winter, she falls alot quicker than normal. We left Sydney via the Princess Highway, quite lucky really as it was just at the end of King St, Newtown’s main drag. Through the tunnel we ended up on the Hume Highway and the bikes were performing much better. Mine was finally giving me an indicated 100kph (90-92kph real speed), much better than the 80-90kph I’d been able to manage on the way down from Brisbane.
We stopped for no one, pushing our little scooters late in the afternoon through amazing country. It’s unfortunate though that the highway is so straight. There’s not a lot in the way of entertaining twists or turns, just endless kilometres of browny grey highway. It’s two lanes though, almost all of the way, which makes it a little less stressful, not having to pull over for hundreds of cars and trucks to pass.
The sun began to set as we were about 20km out of Goulburn. Balaclavas out, glove liners, two pairs of socks and rugging up as much as possible. Exhaling inside your helmet, you still could see the frost blowing around. This caused our visors to fog up, and the only real solution was to lift it and brave the biting wind on your cheeks.