The weather held out and only got a couple of drops that evaporated in seconds. Started off at 11:30am after arriving late and took a leisurely roll down to Woori Bakery (definitely a highlight of this trail), then on to Warby.
This is the first time I've ridden the MTB since getting the roadie. I could have sworn I pumped the tyres up to full psi the previous night, but today they felt flat squidgy and slow...air must have leaked out? No...tyres were fine, full pressure...it was just a combo of dirt muddy track, knobby tyres, softer seat AND cycling nix that made it feel like I was riding on a cloud
. I really missed not having my feet bolted to the pedals too
But the pace was easy and we were in Warby by 2pm after the 1/2 hour stop at Woori. Last time I'd done this ride, by the time I'd got to Warby - I was thankful that there was a bus and trailer to take us all back to the start...but not this time. I was feeling for my workmate and her boyfriend as this was their first significant cycle in preparation for the ATB. They were looking out for a bike shop in Warby to buy a pair of cycling nix...they were both suffering from "megasaurass".
Anyway, the return trip had the hallmarks of grim determination just to get it over with. Lots of grimacing from the sore-ass-squad, but we made it back in 2 hours for the 33km stretch, a fraction over the average speed I'd estimated we'd make of 15kmh. Back at the Cog Cafe, we got drinks and relaxed a bit, listened to the old records (vinyl) they were playing had a good chat (apparently there is a new Cog Cafe about to open at Warby Station at the other end of the trail...woot!...bike gear store
they need one).
Not sure what happened to Michael...maybe I'll have to frequent a bowling alley?
Took some great pics...I'll have to see what I can do about getting them up on the web.