two unrelated topics:
1) I've been thinking for a while about buying myself a gps system for my European holiday, and most websites and bloggers point me towards the Garmin Edge 800. Is there anyone around (ideally working in a CBD location) who has the 800 and would be willing to demonstrate its pros and cons to me? It's a fair prize, so I wouldn't mind getting some real-life feed back...
2) I still have a sportsmen's bet with a friend standing that I can ride approx. 300km in one day from Crafers (Adelaide Hills) to Point Turton (Yorke Peninsula). I previously tried in August 2011, but 50km short of my target had to abort because I ran out of daylight at 5pm.
I now intend to ride again on Saturday, 24 March, going via Gawler, Mallalla, Balaklava, Pt Wakefield, and then inland via Arthurton, Maitland and Minlaton. From previous experience, I will stay away from going to Adrossan like the devil from holy water. See attached map.
I was thinking that it would boost my morale if I had someone coming along. We could also take turns riding in the front position, which would make it easier. Anyone interested?
I intend to start at approx. 4am, and you will need to be prepared to ride for 15 hours (includes a good lunch break at Pt Wakefield, and smaller breaks along the way). There potentially free accomodation for you, but I'd need to check with my friend up there if that is alright. Free transport back home by my wife.
Let me know if you're interested.
Hi Rhino good luck with this ride ,i am planning a 300km ride sometime soon but am using the buffalo to OH and back x6 to make the distance so it stays local.I have seen good reports on the 800 but dont know anyone with one so cant help there.
Pity this ride is in March....next week Im riding Melbourne to Adelaide via the Great Ocean Road solo which is 1100 km and on the 19th March Im joining the Ride4Repat crew to ride to Mt Gambier and return which is 930 km. This is my attempt at 2000km this month. Your ride would have been right up my alley :) Hope you end up getting a ride companion and have a nice ride :)
PS....I recently bought a Garmin 500 as wanted to avoid the maps as my Galaxy s already has maps :)
Hi Rhino, i have the 800 and are happy to demonstrate its features, i however dont work in the city but could meet somewhere else, live down the bay way but could meet anywhere in between, depends where you live. message me and we can arrrange something, cheers
Hi Rhino. I did a very similar ride on new years eve last year. 292 km, Clarence park to Corny point. No reason just why not? The only reason i stopped at 9pm was i had 4 punctures in 10 kms...and only 3 tubes! I rode the last 12 kays of 'strada bianchi' on a flat rear to the holiday house door. Contemplated patching a tube and doing blockies to complete 300 but that first beer was ice cold and waiting.
Met family there for fishing/etc at inlaws holiday house.
My trip took 13.5 hours, including stopping 1/2 hour in Pt wakefield and 1/2 hour Ardrossan. Apart from that ,water whenever i needed it.
I will look it up later but remember runkeeper said 8000 calories burned and 1100m climbing! I'm not sure about the Maitland way as i went Ardrossan-Minlaton(B86) way and that was seriously rolling hills country.
I rode my LOOK roadie with Ksyriums and fresh 25mm contis. The roads were nice to great, especially up to Balaclava and the traffic light and friendly. I haven't ridden that far for 20 years. Most recently ~ 120km max (c2c,amy's,etc)
You want more info? Are you doing the Unisa ride tomorrow?
I'd also consider this at another time... That date no good.
My great great grandfather (I think) rode his bike to Curramulka in mid Yorke Peninsula when it was getting "opened up" to farming where he took on the local carpentry job combined with being the town undertaker (makes sense I suppose) building coffins. He was about 20yo at the time and I believe this was in the 1880-90s.
I kind of think it would be sort of nice to follow his footsteps one day. Amazing ride when you think about it. Dirt roads and I presume an old fixie with no gears back then! The ride was reported in the paper - can't recall if it was the Advertiser or just a local - but I have a copy of it somewhere...