OK, I should rename this thread...
"Following your nose is NO basis of navigation"
"baudman's quest to make every possible wrong turn he can..."
"STFU already, you GOT there!"
This shows the whole route I took. It probably could've been a lot easier if I had not forgotten my phone (sorry to all and sundry - and there were a few - who I may have hooked up with). I'd put the route into that and was planning on following it at key junctions. That also made it somewhat difficult to tell SWMBO what I was doing, and where I was headed (I borrowed her phone, leaving her without).
Doncaster to EastLink Path entrance was fine - although I was hoping it was the correct path, (Koonung Trail).which it proved to be. That top area of the EastLink trail lived up to its reputation. Although the hills weren't quite as tough as I thought they'd be (Maribyrnong Trail has a doozy), just the way they've cut the path through is insane. It's almost like it was originally a singletrack, with ups/downs/berms/decking - and then they'd widened it to a family oriented path. Fun... but wouldn't be if decks were slick (rjk
) or if ppl who knew it were going at speed.
East vs west bike path comments. Concrete (jugga-jugga-jugga) vs bitumen (smooth unless it isn't, where it's soft/lumpy/cracked). $4M bridges or traffic lights vs chicanes to cross roads.
So, as you can see from my map, I followed the path down... probably wa-a-ay too far, but struck some dirt track which I did enjoy, which ended up being the Patterson River. So I thought, meh, may as well go see the beach. Which I did.
That put me with no way of getting back past all of the treatment area/highway crossings, so I found myself in Frankston North suburbia [shudders]. No... seriously... I'm told that little bakery has Melbourne's best Chocolate BigM. Promise!
Headed back north and then finally got back on track and finally made it to Casey Fields. Impressive (huge) facility there, and even the bike track is larger than I expected. And... a few more BVers there than I expected.
Time was certainly against me, so I was gonna train back from Cranbourne, but yet another navigational fail meant I ended up riding back in to Frankston. Trained to the city, and rode home. Approx 115km all up. Started riding at 9:30ish. Got home about 6pm. Long day, with most of it in the saddle. (All good tho, and I reckon I could do that multiple days on that bike)
Lots more (of course) here - http://www.flickr.com/photos/baudman/se ... 382228047/
- ones from the DSLR aren't on there yet
Oh, and this, of course.