fattima's ride report sounds lovely.... but leaves out some details....
So on the day of the ride he ended up been joined by 10 other riders, some rode for part of the ride, some met for coffee but I think all of them had a good time.
Riders were mysteriously 'dropping out' and being replaced over the entire trip... coincidence?
Lost two in Warbie - one heading out, and one heading back; two at Narbethong - struck down in the prime of their youth; and one.... well.... as far as this rider knows, he's still up there somewhere along the Acheron Way, pumping a tube that never fills with air....
It started innocently enough on the approach to Warby: 'Oh, it's probably just a stick stuck in the derailleur...' cleatus said. I soft pedalled on, looking back periodically, expecting to see him round the bend behind me. Finally, I turned back - he was still standing there, staring at the THING that had wrapped itself around the entire cassette, tentacles reaching outward to the chain, frame, and derailleur...
He fought valiantly, and the beast finally relented, but by that time, the tire had also deflated. And so it began...
On the second day, there was a 'fun short cut' that consisted of 6km of CX mud riding/sliding in the rain through 4WD country; a fallen tree provided some opportunity for portage... clearly, fattima had not counted on the tenacity and sheer grit of this group; despite a few offs, everyone came out alive and pedalling.
So we continued on the Acheron Way - the bitumen part - where he taunted the riders further:
But we held firm and fast.
Nearing Cement Creek and the inevitable return to civilization, fattima was conspicuously alone - what had
happened to all the other riders? I shall leave that for others to ponder.
Alas, I still cannot say for sure what became of cleatus. fattima appeared to receive a phone call somewhere around Woori Yallock and claimed
it was cleatus saying all was well.
I'd like to dedicate this song to cleatus - thanks for the company, thanks for sharing dessert with me, thanks for discussing the zombie end of the world with me (and they should be slow, but the fast ones are
much scarier, yes)....fire and rain