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Fri, 18 Aug 2006
Herberton 8 Hour mtb race - 23:07
Or how I adjusted to the Cairns temperatures slowly, by doing a mountain bike
race in the tablelands with rain and almost Canberran temperatures.
Sam and Ben are not going to be competing in the Gravity 12 hour race this
year with me as they are living up in Cairns for a year. Thus I was keen to do
a race with them at some point. When I saw this appear on the Cairns MTB club
calendar it was appealing, then I saw the RRR Classic on the following
weekend. That pretty much sealed this
me, so we did the 8 hour race last weekend. As I saw in the few words I write
about it, fun, pretty cruisy, could use more interesting singletrack but on
the whole worth doing if you are up here.
Anyway if you want to see the details (photos, some words) have a
look where I put them.
Great coffee and some mango wine - 21:31
35 KG of coffee roasted at a time (full size)
As I suggested
the other day, I spent Thursday up in the table lands checking out some local
produce of interest and looking around Kuranda. The produce of interest was
local coffee, and I had a look at a Mango winery simply for the novelty value.
The photo to the left is the bean roaster at the
NQ Gold Coffee plantation, this
was a good plantation to visit I reckon. Not far outside the town of Mareeba,
the plantation is owned and operated by a family, all the coffee has been
grown with no pesticides sprayed on it for the last 14 years. They do a free
tour for you and will serve a fantastic coffee there. The beans are sun dried
there and all processing is done on the premises. In addition to their three
coffee varieties (light, medium, espresso) they sell chocolate covered coffee
beans, dried fruit (mango and others) and mango jam. All of which I ended up
buying. After this visit I decided not to go visit one of the larger more
commercial coffee plantations as I was well satisfied with the details I got
from this visit. The woman who gave the tour mentioned there is one restaurant
in Canberra that serves their coffee (possibly the Chill restaurant in
Campbell, I forget).
Afterwards I headed off to the Golden
Drop Mango Winery mostly to satisfy my curiosity as to what it could taste
like. They had three varieties of wine, Dry, Medium and Sweet, they also sold
Mango Port and Mango Liquor, Mango Champagne plus a few other fruit based
liquors. I generally prefer dry wines, however I was worried that mango wine
would all be somewhat sweet, I was pleasantly surprised to find the dry was
indeed a rather good tasting dry wine. The most noticeable thing is there is an
almost overpowering Mango aroma from the wine. I liked the novelty of the
drink, however at the price (AUD $25 per 750ml bottle) it would not replace a
standard drinking wine for many people who drink wine regularly.
After this I headed back to Cairns via Baron Gorge and Kuranda to check out
the views and township.