Australia 23 February: Cooma - Bombala

Open country

The boys begin their day with a good strong cup of Australian coffee.

At our accommodation last night we roomed next to some motorbike friends, who have been enjoying a 5 day ride away from the city. They had heard about us from friends at work and as they made their way from Newcastle to Cooma today they were all so happy to see us on the road.

A beautiful blue sky above us once again. Here along the fringes of the Snowy Mountains, the countryside is wide open and the temperature is a comfortable 22 degrees with a strong breeze a blowing.

The perfect weather left us drawing straws to see who would run next - everyone wanted to get out and enjoy a long run. The landscape is relatively flat here although we are at altitude, with low bush and gentle hills. Our Korean team member Hemabha comments on how much it reminds her of the English Countryside.

Bayarkhuu and Gonzalo stride out on a 7 kilometre stretch along the route.

Prachar stays with us until noon and then has to head back to Canberra.

Vananiya is really enjoying the Australian experience. Here is taking a brief moment to offer a prayer for Peace before he starts running.

While we wait for the runner, the boys find another form of recreation to enjoy. Prachar, an experienced Ultimate frisbee player demonstrates the two-hand catch.

Nice catch Natabara!

Bayarkhuu and Robert traverse Native Dog Creek.

Our final destination for the day - Bombala. Bombala almost became the Capital city of Australia.

Robert runs through the town, passing the metallic cattle.

As we sit down to a late picnic lunch, we celebrate another wonderful day of running.

Bombala is our final destination today. The name is an Aboriginal word meaning 'Meeting of the waters.” It lies on the banks of the Bombala River. In 1903 it was proposed as one of the sites of the parliamentary seat of Australia, because it is halfway between Sydney and Melbourne. Bombala is also known to be the place with possibly the largest population of Platypus in New South Wales. They are a little shy so its hard to spot them in the waters.