The most epics of epics

On the weekend we took to the hills of Kosciuzko National Park for ‘Around the K in a Day’.  The ride was a road loop  starting and finishing in the alpine village of Jindabyne and passed through the towns of Berridale, Adaminaby, Cabramurra, Khancoban and Thredbo . Covering a distance of 320km including 6500 vertical meters of climbing, we clocked up over 14 hours riding time and saw both sunset and sunrise from the saddle.

It was by far the biggest one day ride I had ever attempted and I must admit surprised myself a little by how OK I felt for a majority of the day. I arrived back at our accommodation on a bit of a high, still pretty amped about what I had just accomplished. Sunday, however, was a different feeling altogether and when I rolled over at 6am after barely sleeping (too exhausted?) this quote pretty much sums up an awesome day of riding:

“Can I have some Nurofen?”

“Yeah, what hurts?”

“Umm…. what doesn’t hurt is a more appropriate question!”

It would appear that I officially lost the race with Ed to be first to get a blog post up about the ride, so rather than recap I though I’d put up the route and let the few pictures I took tell the story. For a great writeup, you can read Ed MacDonald’s writeup here.

The route -> If some computer whiz can tell me how to embed these in the future….

http://app.strava.com/runs/31575909/embed/586157c08e5f38013eba412c3722d5821915452e

The yellow lines begin as we climb out of Adaminaby.

The yellow lines begin as we climb out of Adaminaby.

Ghostly gums as thick and as far as the eye could see. About to descend down from Khancoban.

Ghostly gums as thick and as far as the eye could see. About to descend down from Cabramurra.

Crossing the Tumut Pond Reservoir

Crossing the Tumut Pond Reservoir.

Heading into Khancoban, the mountains still to be climbed a clear presence on the horizon.

Heading into Khancoban. The mountains still to be climbed had a painful presence on the horizon.

The two groups reconvien at Khancoban and discuss the next 95km of uphill over some well earned iced coffees.

The two packs regroup at Khancoban and discuss the next 95km of uphill over some well earned iced coffees.

A final shot before dark: taking a breather with Seb, getting close to the top at Dead Horse Gap.

A final shot before dark: taking a breather with Seb, getting close to the top at Dead Horse Gap.

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