Since it is a dreary, rainy sort of day which doesn't lend itself to cycling, after a week of lovely weather which did, perhaps another "Where In The World Is My Bike" is in order.

Now it shouldn't be too hard to identify the general location of this slightly left-leaning obelisk but I want accuracy, please. No vague guesses like "Oh, it's in the Andes" or anything like that, thank you.

Go.

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Comment by baa baa on October 6, 2012 at 1:27pm

I will pass but be er ghood question fer those who ride 26ers….

Comment by Neil Alexander on October 6, 2012 at 6:01pm

I will give you points for originality (you need points, I know) but not for accuracy in this case.

The feature to which you allude is somewhat distant...

If it helps, this quaint pavilion, below, built to mark an important anniversary, is only a couple of hundred metres away from the aforementioned obelisk.

Comment by baa baa on October 6, 2012 at 6:39pm

So close to spot x makes roads, which may count to points victory?

Comment by Jonathon Troy on October 6, 2012 at 9:22pm

Mt York look out - the Berghoffers Pass gave it a way. I grew up in Lithgow which is the next stop on the train line - or you can ride there - if you want a good quiet way just send me a personal message. I hope you enjoy some of the old convict roads and the old convict bridge - before they get chewed up by the RMS rumour had it that they were going to use them as by pass from the Mt Vic pass.

Comment by Ma Dame Vélo on October 8, 2012 at 5:12pm

Comment by Ma Dame Vélo on October 8, 2012 at 5:13pm

What can I say?

Comment by Neil Alexander on October 9, 2012 at 7:56am

Well, MB, you could post a picture of RA giving "the look people give you when you say you're from... Newcastle".

Anyway, well done, JT. Local knowledge trumps guesswork again. Yes, it is the obelisk at the end of the Mt York Rd, about 5km from Mt Victoria in the Blueys. The two plaques on the obelisk are reproduced below. It is interesting to note that we are only 7.5 months away from the bicentenary of the first European crossing of the Mountains.

The pavilion pictured above has this plaque, indicating it was erected to commemorate the centenary of that momentous achievement.

If you get the chance to ride out here, it is worth doing. The road is relatively level and all sealed so you don't need an MTB to get there from Mt Vic, though there are off-road options parallel to the road. I started from Blackheath, which adds about 7km each way, and used the discontinuous roads linked by rough walking tracks on the western side of the rail line, where an MTB is a distinct advantage and a lot of fun.

Comment by Jonathon Troy on October 10, 2012 at 10:24pm

Back in the day there was also a cross where a small child fell off a cliff. There was also a time when Mt York road was closed because it used to be a private road until the RFS had to cut gate down during the fires in the area - enjoy Mt York - it is a truly beautiful spot. I also recommend Closeburn House for coffee and food - and a place to stay if you need it.

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