It was a fun ride. Took the hybrid since it's bike *path* discovery day. I was suspecting gravel and there really was gravel. Tried riding through a back alley which was not paved on my roadie, scared the 5h|t out of me, so I didn't bring the roadie like Snuffy did (fixie, yeah, I get the idea but I'm really talking about slicks
When we hit the gravel, and it was a bit of a slope downwards, I immediately stopped and released air from the tyres to prevent another Lysterfield incident. The effect was immediate. The ride was less harsh than a pumped up tyre, and more traction on the path - no problems with stopping!
The flying downhill that earl mentioned was quite fun going down. I didn't let it rip and had the brakes on for fear of missing the turn but it turned out that the turn was way beyond the downhill. Going back was a shocker though. I didn't realise how steep it is until it slapped in my face. I reckon it is nearly as steep as the hill on Brimbank Park ride. Luckily I had my hybrid with very low gears, but still it was tough going up that hill. I hit a max HR of 203 (5 above theoretical max and still alive, yay!) going up, and had to stop for awhile to stretch my cramping left calf. Another observation - my average HR always hangs around 160.
I'm back, babeh.