Bylong to Coonabarabran

June 8th: Day 33 – Bylong to Coonabarabran

 

Definitely something militaristic about his one

Definitely something militaristic about this one

Rode east to the Goulburn River along the valley from Bylong. Impressive mountain ranges either side but definitely nothing compared to the Newnes Valley. Apparently the Bylong valley is full of coal and the mining companies have been buying up the land and leasing it back to the farmers. One mining company has one chunk that is now 30,000 hectares. Headed for the Warrumbungle National Park, we did some road miles today.

So its a long weekend, apparently. Riding through Merriwa we found the main street closed and throngs of people coming and going from their “Day of the Golden Fleece”.

Late afternoon sun on the hills of Coolah

Afternoon light on the rolling hills above Coolah

 

The end of the day is a lovely time that I seldom spend on the road as it means riding when there are roos around and in this case riding on into the darkness. Photographically a wonderful time of day though

The end of the day is a lovely time that I seldom spend on the road as it means riding when there are roos around, setting up camp in the dark and in this case riding on into the night. Photographically a wonderful time of day though

I was thoroughly buggered by the time we got dinner on this evening. Last nights events weigh heavily on my mind. My back went out in my sleep last night and I am getting some really strange and uncomfortable sensations whenever I turn my neck. Time for a good long rest.

3 Responses to Bylong to Coonabarabran

  1. Lorelei June 16, 2013 at 9:41 am #

    These look like they could’ve been taken in California!

  2. Dave July 14, 2013 at 10:46 am #

    Ol,
    You travelled though all that country that’s destined to be dug up; (unless the Chinese bubble economy bursts before they trash the landscape) You might want to listen to the Background Briefing story about the small community of Bulga’s fight to save the town against Rio Tinto’s expansion of the coal mine.
    http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/backgroundbriefing/2013-07-14/4812258

    • Oliver Holmgren July 15, 2013 at 11:39 am #

      There is a huge amount of coal up here! Never realised just how far it spreads. Yeah, I was thinking that Bylong may well be gone in a few years along with lots of other places we have come through. It is a very strange thing thinking that a place may no longer exist…soon.

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