More Dandenongs roaming yesterday, exploring a few bits I've never seen. I rode just over 76km with about 1510m climbing. I made the mistake of not riding on Xmas Day and Boxing Day: never again! I just got bored and depressed
. What a difference a good bike ride makes to my mood
I rode from The Basin up to Sassafras then on to Sky High, before riding back to Sassafras for breakfast at The Black Kettle (which opens at 8:30am until the end of the year, instead of the usual 7:30am). On the way back from Sky High, I rode past the burnt-out shell of The Snooty Fox (just east of where Monash Ave turns off the Mt Dandenong Tourist Rd)
. I've never eaten and drank there, and I guess I never will, now. I read about it in a paper yesterday. It's always a shame when a nice, old building is destroyed by fire, and this was definitely destroyed (see picture below).
After breakfast, I rode down to Upper Ferntree Gully, via One Tree Hill Rd and Churchill Dve, then back to Sassafras the same way, then down to The Basin and on to home. After reaching the top of Churchill Dve on my way back up, I checked out the One Tree Hill picnic area, then the pond and the top of the 100 Steps that go from Ferny Creek down to Upper Ferntree Gully. I then rode down Mount Erin Rd, and a little bit of Janesdell Ave, to check out some of the local views.
While up at Sky High, I noticed the visibility was better than usual.
The burnt-out shell of the Snooty Fox
. Not even the fox part of the roadside sign remains. Apparently thieves
took it. What a low act.
The One Tree Hill picnic ground.
The 1000 Steps pond and the top of the steps.
The forest viewed from a few 100m along Janesdell Ave, after turning right off Mount Erin Rd.