I’ve christened the new bike The Steinbock
The name of a Bavarian Ibex
Im sure you can see the resemblance!
So the best place to test the Steinbock is in the trails of the mountains
Close to home on the trails of Otway ranges of Victoria
Where just of the Mount Sabine Trail is the beautiful Lake Elisabeth
But the real test for the Steinbock was on the high planes of the Mount Kosciusko National Park
Amongst the kangaroos and the wild horses
I was so glad to see that my favourite high country camp ground had been spared the 2019 bushfires
The Ghost Gully campsite is named by the stands of beautiful Ghost Gums that ring the campground
A couple of families with their horses were also sharing the campsite and we soon got to talking and sharing a cup of tea around the camp fire
Bushfires are such fickle things
While the Ghost Gully campground and the rest of the Long Plane were untouched by the fires
Just across the Snowy Mountains Highway the Yarrangobilly Caves reserve was badly burnt
But it was heartening to see the forest regeneration down at the thermal pool
And the caves totally spectacular
I was starting to feel the power and agility of the Steinbock both on the tarmac and on the loose and gravelly roads.
It’s a bike that asks to be ridden so I couldn’t stop here.
but that is for the next post!