The tandem came with us for a visit to Orange. The tandem loves the central west of NSW – quiet rural roads, grape vines, horses in paddocks, quality motels – visit Orange “…at the essence of the region you will find an environment exhibiting majestic landscapes, astonishing attractions, fabulous food and wine and a unique style and energy”.
The local caves we have explored include Jenolan Caves, Abercrombie Caves and Wombeyan Caves (with Wellington Caves still on our to-do list). Borenore Caves are great. No rails, no boardwalks, no metal steps, no directional signage, no electric lighting. So we strapped on our head torches and enjoyed scrambling around the rocks and the exciting risk of twisting an ankle, being attacked by bats or meeting a snake. Okay, none of that actually happened, but it was fun.
Orange Town Centre
After exploring the caves we headed back into town to check out the local scene.
After a pleasant night at the Central Caleula Motor Lodge, we enjoyed an early vegan pre-breakfast of bananas and pineapple poppers and then boarded the tandem for a delightful 30km round trip through farmland, vineyards, pine forests and bushland. There was some climbing rewarded by some extended downhill madness. We realised we were doing this circuit the “easy” way when a number cyclists passed us heading in the opposite direction.
The atmospheric country drive home was the perfect end to another semi-grand Velo Vegan tour.
Some photos of the country drive back home…
May you too enjoy an occasional adventure on those mighty fine country roads that take you to odd places that are sometimes rather enjoyable.
Fond regards, Betty-Rose the Stoker
The Velo Vegan concept:
- Velo = french for bicycle which were called velocipedes in the early days
- Vegan = someone who refrains from consuming animal products including meat, eggs, dairy products and other animal-derived substances
- Velo Vegans = Betty Rose and George when they eat vegan whilst on a bicycle trip