Cycling the Alpine Snowy Mountains in Victoria and NSW, Australia
The 176 kilometers (110 miles) of the only "major" road linking Buchan (Victoria) to Jindabyne (New South Wales) was once the primary southern artery south of Sydney. It’s incredible to contemplate carts and early jalopies struggling at a snail’s pace through this remote and thrilling country, particularly the stretches within today’s Alpine and Kosciuszko National Parks and along the Snowy River, where even now, services are limited and passersby few. Cyclists keen for a tough off-the-grid challenge must tote gear (tools, spares, tent, food, and water-purification materials) and be steeled for three days without support. The road is often unsealed and never shy of shooting up arduous climbs and plunging down heart-palpitating descents—classic Australian mountain wilderness.