The COT team is providing the first four days of competition for the Sydney to London Classic Marathon Rally in April 2014. In September 2013 we did a route check and took these pics along the way.
Great 57 km stage on Avondale and Farmcote to end day 3 of the SLM.
AN old outstation on Farmcote, near Broken Hill.
Lunch at Eugowra – some impressive murals. — in Eugowra, New South Wales.
Interesting geological outcrop on Farmcote.
Spring in Cowra
Silverton Hotel – this is Mad Max country… The SLM crews wont get out here unfortunately.
Setting out timing markers; Mt Canolbolas SF.
When it rains in Broken Hill, it really rains – that why there are huuuuge gutters. But, the flooded lanes are useful for washing mud from under the car.
We missed this bloke – just. Lots of emus, kangaroos and goats on Coombah Station this trip.
Our shadow for 90 km…
They were mustering when we arrived at Comarto.
Mustering at Comarto… those big boys are Charolais bulls.
Goats are cleverer than sheep and mostly just run away from the road. This one didn’t… he tumbled like a gymnast after we clipped him, got up, did a “tada” and ran away.
The Renmark Hotel awaits crews at the end of day 4 of the Sydney to London Classic Marathon Rally 2014. It’s also the end of our part of the SLM… we hand off to Ivar and his team to take the SLM through to Perth. We’ve had a good survey week and the first four days of the SLM are shaping up really well.
Forest stage, Mt Canobolas State Forest, near Orange. — at Mt Canobolas.
A dash through the native pines on Hillview.
Coombah – a 58 km stage to start day 4 of the SLM that has everything from fast plains, lots of red sand and some large dunes. Oh yeah – and lots of animals.
Roadside letter boix near Condoboilin
He wouldn’t turn off – and was doing 43 kph…
A fantastic 23k section on Nullogoola starts day 3 for SLM crews.
Stage finish of Hilliview – with the sun setting. From here into Cobar and a well earned break.
The whole family gets involved in mustering at Comarto…
Billabong at Burrawang West.
Joe at Belvedere is restoring an old dozer. We have a great 18 k stage on his station.
The overnight rain caused us some concerns today.
A 36 km stage on Emu Station. The wheat will be harvested by the time the SLM gets here.
“Gardening” in Back Yamma State Forest, near Forbes
The route runs past an amazing ruin on Farmcote – this is an abandoned hotel at The Springs, an old stage coach stop. We stopped for a beer, but the pub was delicensed in 1893.
We discovered a new outback wildlife hazard today… when it rains the cattle come out of the bush to drink from the puddles.
KR at shearing shed… on Burrawang West Station.
Slow start to the day… a flat on the way into Avondale, near Broken Hill.