Great pics, looks like a lovely ride.
My ride on Friday consisted of Melbourne to Bendigo.
Ian and I took off at about 7:45 with the intention of a nice easy cruise to Bendigo. Well as soon as we started heading north up St Georges road we knew it was not going to be easy. There was a steady northerly blowing and it was to be constant bad company for most of the ride. The ride up to Craigeburn via the bike path was uneventful and slow into the wind. We went over mount Ridley, enjoyed the descent down Bardwell road and then headed to Clarkefield via Kongaderra road. We stopped outside the Clarkefield pub and used their seats to have a rest, it was early and the pub was shut so we figured they would not mind. Well the front door opened and the owner stuck her head out, I apologised for using their seats but she cut me off to invite us in for coffee. Turns out her and her husband are cyclists, we should have known when she showed no surprise that we were riding to Bendigo.
The next leg of the adventure was slow, we decided that instead of dealing with traffic and roadworks on the Lancefield road we would take the dirt rod over to Riddells Creek, then cut over to Black Forrest drive. By this time we were both feeling a bit tired from the winds and were looking forward to getting into Woodend for a feed, we made it.
Next stop Kyneton, more wind slowing us, it was nice to get on Trio road and get some shelter riding around the base of a hill. A stop in Kyneton to visit some family and to call RJK as he was going to drive up and meet us. He offered to pick us up if the winds became too much, nice to have a back out and I was worried about it getting dark as my back light had failed. The ride through Malmsbury and Taradale was slow still due to the wind but as we approached Elphinstone it died down
A quick stop while Ian repaired a flat and I stuffed my face with cake then we had a nice cruise into Harcourt. A drink stop then we did the final climb from Harcourt over to Sedgwick. The ride from here on in was a blast, cruising in the high 30's, great feeling seeing the first houses of Spring Gully and knowing we were on the home run. Cruised to into town and found the wonderful historic country estate we were staying at
. Time for a shower and a beer then RJK rolled up so we decided we better get stuck into some serious fluid replacement.
It was a really great day, the old Calder is fantastic to ride along with very little traffic and a good surface. Thanks to Ian for the great company as always and to RJK for been back up it was nice to have the offer mate.
King of NAF.