Now I am home, fed (well dinner ... will eat more later) and had a nice WARM shower I can write a detailed report.
Sorry I didn't answer my phone this afternoon when you tried to ring me Dave. (I was going to the toilet at the time!)
Out of the 12 people who had originally put their names down for the ride, only 4 brave souls turned up - PennyR, Gosso, Grantasher and Stealth.
Grantasher and Stealth were backing up from the Port Melbourne -> Frankston ride yesterday - so well done guys!!
I am going to have to learn how to unclip while going up a hill or with a crosswind ... as I had a few near misses today
pps: but no actual falls *phew*.
As I hadn't ever done Olivers Hill before, Stealth decided that we'd go up the service lane instead of the main highway. It was pretty steep initially (I was in my absolute lowest gear!) but I managed to get all the way up without stopping
Then it was pleasant rolling hills to Morningtown and a bit beyond. Then the wind got nasty, and turned into a crosswind with squalls, which wasn't much fun.
To remain as sheltered as possible, we went via Safety Beach to Dromana instead of along Nepean Hwy. It was certainly a challenge to stay upright on the bike while going uphill with a crosswind just before the left turn under the bridge - luckily I didn't have to unclip there!
I was too scared to ride my bike along the foreshore road, so I rode on the footpath instead (with only one foot clipped in), and the others knew a backstreet we'd be able to go on that would be more sheltered. I was certainly glad I had gatorade in my drink bottle ... because I didn't want to reach into my back pocket to get food as I was cycling along, so the sugar in the gatorade was VERY welcome when I had a chance to drink!!
Eventually we got to Dromana, and Gosso took us to his local bakery (a couple of shops down from his mowers shop in Dromana) - where I had a very welcome hot chocolate and blueberry scroll.
Grant decided to bail at this point, and I don't blame him as the weather was pretty bad and he didn't have leg warmers so was cold.
Those who persisted were rewarded with a tailwind on the way home (crosswinds only for a little bit of the way). The ascent up Olivers Hill wasn't nearly as bad as from the Frankston side ... so before I knew it we were back in Frankston.
I was planning on cycling to Seaford (where my uncle, uncle's partner and daughter (my cousin) live) ... but then another quick sharp shower went through, so I chickened out and caught the train.
I had a late (3 pm) lunch at their place (I'd brought sandwiches to toast, cos I didn't know when/where I'd be having lunch) and then had a good catch up session with them.
I was about to leave their place around 6:15 pm when I discovered I had a flat front tyre
Neil (uncle) had a good pump, so pumped it up to get me to the station (<2> Frankston ride yesterday AND the Frankston -> Dromana ride today ... both in strong wind conditions (I gather from yesterday).