Boy, it was like Bourke St out there today.
Paulie & I drove up to the Nth Hallam Rd Lysterfield park car park, got there 8:45am. There were no car parks at all. Guys were parking on grass verges down the road. I fluked someone leaving early which was a good one, but once there & looking about, I could only count under 25 designated car spaces, & it was obvious that there was no parking anywhere else even though the carpark flanked a huge area 4 times of that of the car park of level, open space covered with the sort of gravel you find in a carpark.
So what gives with the car parking arrangements @ the Nth Hallam Rd car park?
Is there an active movement to discourage MTBers using the facilities?
Funny that the ‘State MTB park’ is only allowed 25 car spaces. Imagine if the state swimming centre only had 25 car spaces? Or maybe the State Volleyball centre?
(I should point out here that I usually use the Lysterfield lake car park & didn’t realize the limited carparking facilities closer to the Comm Games course.)
Mate Phil on his Yeti rocked up & we all rode off. We first took the trails off the Comm Games course that eventually brought us clockwise around Lysterfield lake.
With the rain overnight there were these strange slippery patches in some low lying parts of the track, Paulie called it mud but I wasn’t convinced.
There were a lot of MTB riders out, wasn’t sure if we happened across Brodie & co.
Anyway we looped back over the dam wall through Blair Witch, back the Comm Games track. Took in a lap of the Comm Games track. The rock garden was all over the place, & there were a lot of ‘b’ lines about. While we were there we took in the open part of the CG track, in the open fast stuff it was almost a liability to stay on the crushed rock ‘trail’ being very sketchy. The bermed corners were a laugh, but riding them high up had you bouncing about on the grantie stones they placed in the face of the berms – had to stand.
Back at the car park we retraced out route anti-clockwise around Lysterfield lake from the CG course. I came off a good one on the log roll over on Hut track that had chicken wire on it – I hit that little tree straight after it at quite some speed. Being the last one of our group I didn’t get a ‘judge’s score’ on that one. No damage, just dirty & hurting.
About 40kms, no flats & lots of grins.