vidman wrote:So who exactly is joining me tomorrow? Just dont want to ride off on someone if they are a few mins late.
see you at 7:15 for a quick climb and then back home to fire up the BBQ
Bowi wrote:Checked the radar, interpretted it as 'one or two clearing showers, with a 50% chance of getting a little damp." Headed off and was at the Mitcham/Boronia 7/11 at 6:55am, early as planned, so continued on to the Basin. Kept an eye on the threatening clouds, but I seemed to be in a break that was following me with a gentle westerly breeze. Then the drizzle started at Wantirna, and by the Basin, it was a steady shower. Tucked in behind 2 other riders and matched their gentle pace and came out with a 27:00 climb. By half way up, it was misty and showery.
By my reckoning, I figured the Viddy 6 pack group would not be too far away, so I ate a snack in the rain, had a nature break, and by then, Viddy had crested.
The others had turned back, so I cruised on with Viddy up to Sky High. We were cold and wet. I clenched my fist to watch water ringing out of my winter gloves. Viddy decided to ride on. I decided to turn back.
On my descent from Sky High, I had a "oh my goodness gracious me" moment. Now that I had turned back into the rain, visibility was poor, my glasses were fogged up. Descending quickly, and not familiar with the road in this direction, I did not see the stop sign until about 50 meters away. I applied the brakes, and they engaged, but were not reducing speed sufficiently. I sent up a quick one asking for 'no cars please.' I drifted into the intersection and then the brakes kicked in. Thankfully, there were no cars. Took my heart out of my mouth and placed it in the usual position, and proceeded on with the ride.
As I climbed back up to Olinda, now in steady rain, it occurred to me that it couldn't flood up in the Dandenongs, right? Right? There was water everywhere, over the road, filling up the culverts.
I kept peddling on the long descent from Olinda to Sassafras to the Basin to keep the circulation going. Everything was cold, saturated. As soon as I hit the Basin, the weather cleared, the temperature warmed, and only the occassional section of westerly wind made the return leg OK-able.
Eventless ride back home. Ah well, that was three and a half hours of one of the less pleasant rides of my life, and I think I deserve a T-shirt for that one. Probably something like "I survived 1 leg of Viddies 6 Pack." Can't wait to see what Viddies t-shirt reads.
But the shower was hot, the coffee at home was enjoyable, and the mega-omlette hit the spot.
vidman wrote:Done! Wet, cold, pain in left hip for last 2 legs of ride, elected for Maccas and to call the sag wagon rather than climb another hill.
Terrys Ave SUCKED with the pain I was in. Seriously hurt! Now sitting here at Maccas in Bayswater awaiting my lift. Happy to do all the six pack but if not for the hip I would have added Mast Gully Rd too.
Legs felt great till the hip kicked in. Energy levels are great. Just in too much pain to ride the last 12km with it's hills.
victor wrote:So where did you do 87.9? That bit doesn't sound particularly slow.
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