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 2. K to KKanan ra to I(atooml on Saturday 9th September (Leader: Jan Mohandas (Tel: 872-2315), Grade: Very hard, Distance: 55 km) Limit: 10. Contact Jan before September 1st to discuss about this walk. 2. K to KKanan ra to I(atooml on Saturday 9th September (Leader: Jan Mohandas (Tel: 872-2315), Grade: Very hard, Distance: 55 km) Limit: 10. Contact Jan before September 1st to discuss about this walk.
 3. Overnight walk: Canons Farm - Canons Ck - Breakfast Ck - Blackhorse ridge- Mobbs Soak (camp) - Splendour Rock - Mt. Werrigal - Medlow gap - Carlons Farm (Leader: Geoff Bradley (Tel: 498-5506), Grade : Medium, Distance: 30 km) 3. Overnight walk: Canons Farm - Canons Ck - Breakfast Ck - Blackhorse ridge- Mobbs Soak (camp) - Splendour Rock - Mt. Werrigal - Medlow gap - Carlons Farm (Leader: Geoff Bradley (Tel: 498-5506), Grade : Medium, Distance: 30 km)
-CYCLING THROUGH HISTORY IN ARALUEN VALLEY + 
-by Wal Liddle Walter Liddle - L n Frazer of the Bic cle Institute - John Sutherland +=====Cycling through history in Araluen Valley===== 
-It was warm with a cool breeze when we alighted from the Monaro Express at 12.15 on the 10th January and collected our heavily laden bikes from the guard'​s van. Donning our helmets, we rode into Queanbeyan, where we stopped for pasta, tomato sandwiches and fish and chips. We pedalled along a tarred road, our destination Captain'​s Flat. The road seemed never eqding ​and a slight headwind made the flat ground seem uphill. + 
-Every now and then we caught a glimpse of the Molonglo River as we passed through cattle country, until we came to an English-style church near the road. This was the Anglican Church +by Wal Liddle ​ 
-of Foxlow. Climbing over a stile, we saw it was made of 'chertl, an ancient mudstone formed + 
-400 million years ago. In the graveyard we looked at inscriptions on the headstones, but +Walter Liddle - Lyn Frazer ​(of the Bicycle ​Institute- John Sutherland 
-without prior knowledge of the pioneer families of the district, went away ignorant. + 
-About 5 pm we rode past a sawmill and over the Molonglo Bridge near Captains Flat. The +It was warm with a cool breeze when we alighted from the Monaro Express at 12.15 on the 10th January and collected our heavily laden bikes from the guard'​s van. Donning our helmets, we rode into Queanbeyan, where we stopped for pasta, tomato sandwiches and fish and chips. We pedalled along a tarred road, our destination Captain'​s Flat. The road seemed never ending ​and a slight headwind made the flat ground seem uphill. 
-town consisted of fibre houses set out in two or three criss-cross streets overshadowed by a + 
-huge spoil heap with remnants of mining equipment scattered about. A two-storey brick hotel +Every now and then we caught a glimpse of the Molonglo River as we passed through cattle country, until we came to an English-style church near the road. This was the Anglican Church of Foxlow. Climbing over a stile, we saw it was made of 'chert', an ancient mudstone formed 400 million years ago. In the graveyard we looked at inscriptions on the headstones, but without prior knowledge of the pioneer families of the district, went away ignorant. 
-(circa 1940), tea rooms and a general store were in the short main street. Opposite was the + 
-football oval, camping ground and RSL Club. After dining in the tea rooms we asked if it +About 5 pm we rode past a sawmill and over the Molonglo Bridge near Captains Flat. The town consisted of fibro houses set out in two or three criss-cross streets overshadowed by a huge spoil heap with remnants of mining equipment scattered about. A two-storey brick hotel (circa 1940), tea rooms and a general store were in the short main street. Opposite was the football oval, camping ground and RSL Club. After dining in the tea rooms we asked if it would be possible to have a hot shower in the toilet block in the camping grounds. The local Rotary Club had the key. Alas, the President was not prepared to drive 10 km to town to open the showers for three bike riders, so dusk saw us splashing ourselves with icy water in the river at the back of the camp site. 
-would be possible to have a hot shower in the toilet block in the camping grounds. The local + 
-Rotary Club had the key. Alas, the President was not prepared to drive 10 km to town to open the showers for three bike riders, so dusk saw us splashing ourselves with icy water in the river at the back of the camp site. +I awoke stiff and sore from the previous day's 45 km, and joined John and Lyn for a muesli breakfast. On the first hill out of town the gears on my bike seized, bringing me to a standstill. I found that the locking ring to the back cluster had come undone, resulting 
-I awoke stiff and sore from the previous day's 45 km, and joined John and Lyn for a +in the loss of most of the ball bearings. With John's help I put the wheel together again and cycled on with a wobbly set of cogs. A strange noise came from the back axle and the chain came off every now and then, but we managed to keep moving. The day's riding on dirt 
-muesli breakfast. On the first hill out of town the gears on my bike seized, bringing me to +roads led us into Tallanganda State Forest and over the Great Dividing Range. I walked up a lot of the hills, while my companions cycled slowly on with their low gears. 
-a standstill. I found that the locking ring to the back cluster had come undone, resulting + 
-in the loss of most of the ball bearings. With John's help I put the wheel together again +Although it was hot, there was a cool wind and we were protected by the eucalypts which overhung the road. We enjoyed great views of the Bendoura and Berlang ​State Forests. In these forests are Iron Bark, Silvertop Ash, Sydney Peppermint, Turpentine, Yellow Stringybark and Spotted Coastal Grey Box with an understory of Burrawang Palms. 
-and cycled on with a wobbly set of cogs. A strange noise came from the back axle and the + 
-chain came off every now and then, but we managed to keep moving. The day's riding on dirt +The further we went, the rougher the road became, with stones, water channels and corrugations. Traffic was almost non-existent. We had lunch at the Ballaba Bridge on a tributary of the Shoalhaven River. That afternoon, after a grueling 10 km of stony road, we came to
-roads led us into Tallanganda State Forest and over the Great Dividing Range. I walked up a +
-lot of the hills, while my companions cycled slowly on with their low gears. +
-Although it was hot, there was a cool wind and we were protected by the eucalypts which overhung the road. We enjoyed great views of the Bendoura and Berlang ​STate Forests. In +
-these forests are Iron Bark, Silvertop Ash, Sydney Peppermint, Turpentine, Yellow Stringybark and Spotted Coastal Grey Box with an understory of Burrawang Palms. +
-The further we went, the rougher the road became, with stones, water channels and corrugations. Traffic was almost non-existent. We had lunch at the Ballaba Bridge on a tributary +
-of the Shoalhaven River. That afternoon, after a grueling 10 km of stony road, we came to+
 Major'​s Creek, which consisted of a wide verandah hotel, a general store, a church and twenty houses. Major'​s Creek, which consisted of a wide verandah hotel, a general store, a church and twenty houses.
-At the pub we enquired the way to Araluen as our map and a signpost seemed to be showing different directions. The local drinkers told us the sign was correct but the road down the + 
-mountain was very rough and steep. In the 1800's this dirt road was used by horse-drawn+At the pub we enquired the way to Araluen as our map and a signpost seemed to be showing different directions. The local drinkers told us the sign was correct but the road down the mountain was very rough and steep. In the 1800's this dirt road was used by horse-drawn
 vehicles, with a log tied to the back to slow them down. In those times the way was so narrow that alternate days were allocated for the up or down journey. vehicles, with a log tied to the back to slow them down. In those times the way was so narrow that alternate days were allocated for the up or down journey.
-We stopped at Clarkels ​Lookout to admire the view over the valley. It was near this + 
-spot in 1865 that a gang of bushrangers held up the gold coach and its escort of four mounted +We stopped at Clarke'​s ​Lookout to admire the view over the valley. It was near this spot in 1865 that a gang of bushrangers held up the gold coach and its escort of four mounted troopers. The gang, led by Thomas Clarke, fired and told the troopers to "BAIL UP", but the escort returned their fire. One of the guards slipped away into the bush and surprised the robbers from behind, thus foiling the robbery. 
-troopers. The gang, led by Thomas Clarke, fired and told the troopers to "BAIL UP", but the escort returned their fire. One of the guards slipped away into the bush and surprised the robbers from behind, thus foiling the robbery. +
-The Sydney Bushwalker +
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-June 1989 +
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 In the 1850's and 60's Major'​s Creek, Araluen, Braidwood and Nerrigundah districts were the scene of one of Australia'​s biggest gold rushes. The area was very isolated and living conditions were primitive for the people living in tents and bark shanties which had stringybark roofs and dirt floors. Only bush tracks led to the settlements. From Sydney to the goldfields by bullock dray took three months. In the 1850's and 60's Major'​s Creek, Araluen, Braidwood and Nerrigundah districts were the scene of one of Australia'​s biggest gold rushes. The area was very isolated and living conditions were primitive for the people living in tents and bark shanties which had stringybark roofs and dirt floors. Only bush tracks led to the settlements. From Sydney to the goldfields by bullock dray took three months.
-Our journey down the mountain was '​scary'​ as the road's earth banks had been washed away, making the hairpin bends and steep drops to the valley floor even more alarming. We had to stop halfway down as our hands were aching from the constant pressure on the brakes. We freewheeled another two kilometres + 
-until we reached the ford at Araluen Creek. Refilling our water bottles we coasted on a flat road, past apple and peach orchards until we came to +Our journey down the mountain was '​scary'​ as the road's earth banks had been washed away, making the hairpin bends and steep drops to the valley floor even more alarming. We had to stop halfway down as our hands were aching from the constant pressure on the brakes. We freewheeled another two kilometres until we reached the ford at Araluen Creek. Refilling our water bottles we coasted on a flat road, past apple and peach orchards until we came to Appletree Flat. Here we camped in a beautiful grassy glade with tall gums towering overhead. 
-Appletree Flat. Here we camped ​N7 in a beautiful grassy glade with tall gums towering overhead. + 
-Next day we rode through the sleepy villages of Araluen North, Araluen and Araluen Lower. The main street of Araluen contained a hotel and a derelict post office with a shingle roof. It was hard to believe that the area had once supported 29 hotels. +Next day we rode through the sleepy villages of Araluen North, Araluen and Araluen Lower. The main street of Araluen contained a hotel and a derelict post office with a shingle roof. It was hard to believe that the area had once supported 29 hotels. These had featured imported German bands and dancing girls from Sydney as entertainment. 
-These had featured imported German bands and dancing girls from Sydney as entertainment.+
 The road twisted and turned, following Deua/Mbruya River with Deua National Park on one side and the Wandera State Forest on the other. We stopped for lunch at the junction of two streams and went '​skinny dipping'​ in the crystal water which flowed past sandy banks. The road twisted and turned, following Deua/Mbruya River with Deua National Park on one side and the Wandera State Forest on the other. We stopped for lunch at the junction of two streams and went '​skinny dipping'​ in the crystal water which flowed past sandy banks.
 +
 It was near here that the Jubilee Inn had stood, a favourite haunt of the bushrangers,​ who were able to survey the road from vantage points overlooking the valley. We reached Muruya late that afternoon, after pedalling 65 km, and booked into the luxury of the local caravan park, hot showers and all. That evening, in a local restaurant, we paid for our return to Sydney via Pioneer Bus, $24 each plus $10 for each bike. It was near here that the Jubilee Inn had stood, a favourite haunt of the bushrangers,​ who were able to survey the road from vantage points overlooking the valley. We reached Muruya late that afternoon, after pedalling 65 km, and booked into the luxury of the local caravan park, hot showers and all. That evening, in a local restaurant, we paid for our return to Sydney via Pioneer Bus, $24 each plus $10 for each bike.
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 In addition to the Kanangra-Boyd Submission detailed last month, Alex Colley has written In addition to the Kanangra-Boyd Submission detailed last month, Alex Colley has written
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