Seven brave souls gave the finger to the foggy conditions this morning and were rewarded by a great ride. Kudos to Michael who popped by the bakery to say 'hello', and a big welcome to newcomer Tim. Today took us around one of our more regular routes up Anstey's hill and around the Chain of Ponds.
The fog kept the mercury in hospitable levels and made for a still and calm morning - and enabled the gunshots from the sporting shooting range to echo through the valley. Great to see so many other groups of cyclists out on the route.
Wendy is now rocketing up the hills on her new roadie, and I'm going to have to get fit to keep up! :-)
I had all good intentions of joining the ride this morning, however, I forgot to set my alarm. After 6 straight days of early starts I must've needed the sleep in. Didn't wake up til 10am. Not sure if I can make next weeks ride, will know later in the week.
The biggest feature was for me a really pleasant ride up the Gorge Road. The light mist and the Torrens actually flowing was special.
The day started with the normal slog up The Grove Way to start the ride officially from Price's, only this time Wendy beat me up the hill (hell, no - left me for dead, more like) - the new bike seems to be working well. Being her first ride of any substantial length on the new bike we decided we would be cutting the ride short anyway, just in case Wendy was feeling uncomfortable. (As it turned out, we need not have worried). I enjoyed the ride up Anstey's and would have liked to go all the way, but we stuck to our original plan and headed back along Range Road whilst the others ventured further. And your not going to believe it ; another kangaroo! (Two, in fact, on the verge about halfway along Ridge Road North). In the mist (really very thick at times) these creatures could easily cause dramas for riders and drivers alike, but fortunately not this time.
Be warned, folks - Wendy means business on this new machine (and I, for one, am happy for her). It may take some time yet to get used to the new bike but the signs are there already.........
Hope to see you all again soon