Today 44.75km
Trip total 45km

A 7.30 am arrival in Jindabyne, out of the bus and into endless queues to register, weigh bags, meet friends, find coffee then get back on the bus to head up to Charlotte Pass.

I’m not sure where Bicycle NSW got the coaches and drivers from, in the light of day the rust holes added nothing to last night’s impressions of lurching driving and grinding gearbox. At least ours didn’t sound as bad as the description we got from one bus full from Sydney β€” then they pointed out that we now had that driver and coach to head up the mountain! He was everything they warned us about, I think I’d rather have ridden the 40km uphill myself.