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    • Day4

      Tumut and Talbingo

      April 23, 2022 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 15 °C

      It was cold when I went for a morning jog along the river so a hot cup of coffee was very welcome for breakfast (the trangia has been a savior, making morning coffee and re-heating curry for tea). At 9am we gathered for a briefing on the plan for the day ... it was off to Tumut No3 power station (which is actually in Talbingo) this is a small town on the Tumut River at the edge of the Snowy Mountains (410m above sea level), about an hour and a half up winding roads with some really amazing views. The purpose of the visit was a fantastic tour of the power station which is part of the amazing snowy river hydro scheme. "Tumut No 3" is one of 9 power statins, 2 pumping stations, 16 dams and 225 km of tunnels, pipelines and aqueducts that make up the system which was constructed between 1949 and 1974. The new Snowy 2.0 will come on line in 2025. A lovely young electrical engineer called Will (as a favour to Ken - a Ghostrider from Cooma) had come in on his day off to take us through the power station... it was amazing and fascinating ... we saw the turbine hall and even when down to the lower levels to see the inlet and pumped hydro pipes. The system fired up briefly while we were there ... what a racket! After the tour it was back down to Tumut where I popped into the Tumet River Brewery for a beer (and some to take home to share with Sam) before rejoining the Ghostriders at the Riverside Café for lunch. Post lunch it was time for a brief ride on what was a glorious autumn afternoon around the Tumut River, River Flats.. just a quick 26 or so km be quite delightful... then the hour back to Tumbarumba as the sun set over the spectacular mountainsRead more

      What a great day. By the way … did you think the Apple looked like a Tomato? [M🙂]


      Yep! Very weird

    • Day10

      Eden to Tumut

      December 30, 2019 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 37 °C

      Left Eden around 9.30am for the drive north west. Took a back road through farm country as a shortcut to Cooma. Road was narrow but hardly any traffic which was relaxing for a change. As we moved inland the temperature started climbing. A big climb after Bombala really tested the Ute. Temperature was showing low 40’s and with a steep pass of about 16km to climb the engine temperature was getting high. Took our time with a couple of breaks and made it up into the Snowy country.

      Stopped at Cooma for lunch with our friends Michelle and Iain who were heading back to Lake Tyers. (unfortunately as they traveled south they got blocked by bushfire then got isolated at Orbost as another fire came in behind them. They are stuck tonight with all roads closed)

      The Snowy land is around 1100 to 1400metres above sea level and reminded us a lot of the Mckenzie country. Tussock and lots of lay-bys to fit snow chains. At 36 degrees we had no chains! Temperature stayed well above 30 for the whole trip and the rig had a few tests with steady uphills and a long steep downhill to test the brakes..

      Arrived in Tumut at 4pm to 41 degrees and windy. Julie tried the river beside the camp which is obviously ice-fed. Regan dipped his legs and lost feeling soon after. Tonight is the aircon test as it’s still 37 degrees at 8pm. We expect more of the same in the next few days as we head to Wagga Wagga tomorrow if we can get accomodation
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