My first ride for 2014 and what a great day for riding.
It started off with meeting Matty at Elwood SLC at 7:20am. I left home at 6:10am and got there just after 7:10am and was able to watch Matty finish his 3km training swim. I noticed that there are a couple of swimmers who swim to the Brighton marina, around the pole and back to Elwood. Each to their own, I was happy to ride to Elwood and sit on the beach and watch Matty finish his swim.
We then headed off to Spuntinos for their 'world famous' Egg and Bacon sanga, washed down with a coffee. At least I am not set in my ways, always open for change.
As we ate our brekky, we watched the cars drive onto the Tassie boat, Matty will be one on them in 2 weeks time, when he takes his family to Tassie for a driving holiday. Lucky bastard.
After brekky, we rode into Southbank, where Matty peeled off to work at Queensbridge St and I forced myself to Rive Gauche Cafe for another coffee, I sat there and watched the world go bye. I have nearly perfected the art, but still need a little bit more practice, but I will get there.
After coffee, I headed homeward, along the shared path passed the Polly Woodside, through the Hilton, pass the Tram depot and around the path to Station Pier. The bay was absolute magnificent, flat as a tack, with only a very slight zephyr of breeze. You could the various wind patterns on the water. As I passed Elwood Yacht Club, there were 2 'A Class' cats becalmed about 200 meters offshore, waiting for the breeze to come in, when it does, they will 'fly', as the 'A Class' catamaran is one of the fastest yachting classes in the world. In my previous life, I owned one and loved sailing it.
Between South Rd and New St on the Bike path, the Council were trimming the bushes along the path, I stopped and thanked them for doing a great job of keeping the path neat and tidy, they appreciated my comments. When I got to the grassed area with 2 wooden seats just before the Red Bluff pub or more correctly where it used to be, I stopped and sat on the seat overlooking the Bay, again the view was spectacular. There were plenty of fishos anchored and hopefully, catching fish. Again you could see the wind patterns on the water, absolutley magic. How lucky are we to have areas like this.And you wonder why I love my cycling.