More Dandenongs today, except I made it a Dandenongs-Emerald loop, totalling 84.5km with about 1300m climbing. The elevation profile and route are here, for those interested. It's a very relaxing and scenic loop, with relatively little climbing given the distance.http://sites.google.com/site/victorssharezone/Home/20130103-bike-ride-mt-dand-emerald-summary.jpg
I rode to The Basin, then up to Sassafras for breakfast at The Black Kettle. After breakfast, I rode up to Olinda, down to Monbulk, up to Emerald, then to Belgrave via the Belgrave-Gembrook Rd. From there, I rode up Monbulk Rd to Kallista, then up Sherbrooke Rd to Sherbrooke and then Ferny Creek. I then rode to Sassafras, The Basin and then home.
Once home, I switched bikes, and rode the tourer to Le Tour Cycles (another 6km return trip) to get the rear wheel trued, as it had a horizontal wobble I noticed while adjusting the brakes yesterday during the marathon bike clean session. The funny thing is that as soon as I hopped on the tourer and started riding it down the road, it felt really odd
. I guess I'm getting accustomed to the road bike.
Part of the forest south of Monbulk, near the 1-way road bridge.
On the Belgrave-Gembrook Rd, approaching Menzies Creek.
On Monbulk Rd, surrounded by Sherbrooke Forest (but, alas! No sign of Maid Marian). For those who haven't ridden up Monbulk Rd from Belgrave to Kallista, I'd rate this one as fairly bike-friendly, with a mostly 5% grade, except for perhaps the first 0.5 - 1km which averages closer to 10%.
The start of Sherbrooke Rd, at Kallista.
View of the forest and the hairpin bend in Sherbrooke Rd, about 1km out of Kallista.