After 2 days off cycling (the 31st and 1st) enforced by some nasty saddle-sores, I was feeling a bit grumpy because I don't do multiple days off cycling very well
. Today was the perfect antidote
, a cycling-themed day. This morning, I took the road bike up to the Dandenongs again, first riding up to The Basin, then to Sassafras for breakfast at The Black Kettle. After breakfast, I rode up to Sky High, down to Montrose, then back to Sky High via Inverness Rd (just to spice things up a bit), then back home via Sassafras and The Basin. I also briefly stopped at the Mt Dandenong Arboretum, but didn't see a lot of it, because it wasn't practical to wheel the bike across the grassy fields of the arboretum. Total distance 79km with about 1475m climbed. I've now done just over 600km on the road bike, and it's starting to feel normal, although I still get surprised at how light it is.
After lunch, I thoroughly cleaned my touring bike, because last Saturday's ride to Mt Donna Buang and back had left it covered in a thick layer of fine, white dust from 2 * 40km of Lilydale-Warburton Rail Trail, which is partly why I didn't take the road bike on that trip. As I was very thorough, removing dust from just about every mm of the bike, re-clamping both brake cables, taking the rear wheel off to clean the cassette, etc., it took 2.5 hours
, which is a new record for me. Looks good now, though
Wendy, I'm jealous of your ride, though, so where is the location in the first few photos? My ride, while pleasant enough, wasn't half that exciting.
Here's a few pictures from my ride today.
The tight left-hand bend in Inverness Rd.
Some nice forest just east of Kalorama.
Parts of the Mt Dandenong Arboretum.
Some forest on the opposite side of Ridge Rd to the arboretum.
On my way back home from Sky High (2nd climb up there), I decided not to just ride past Singleton Reserve, but to go in there and have a closer look.