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We dedicated today’s GW ride to Queen Elizabeth in honour of her Diamond Jubilee, and Birthday.
A zero degree temperature greeted the 47 ride starters and many wished that they had the fur on that the Queen is wearing in the photo!
It was by far the coldest morning that we have experienced on our rides and it took a good hour before the rising temp provided some relief.
Our 87km ride today took us up the undulating Gomersal Road, through Tanunda, Nuriootpa, Angaston and Lyndoch. It was a bit of a stop/start affair and took us longer than usual due to factors such as:
Notwithstanding the above it was a nice leisurely ride and everyone was in a “long weekend” relaxed mood. We had plenty of time to chat at the stops which is important to us as the social aspect of our rides is what we value the most. We also had the pleasure today of welcoming GW newbies James and Shane.
In addition to celebrating the Queen’s birthday we also celebrated the birthday of Terry, a GW regular. Terry’s partner, Christene, was waiting for us at Jaspers with a superb birthday cake which was decorated with a photo of Terry’s bike. Happy birthday Terry!
NEXT WEEK: We will be holding one FLAT 60km ride via the Stuart O’Grady Bikeway. Details will be posted on AC Events soon and YOU are very welcome to come along.
Before we move to today’s ride photo’s we leave you with the QUEEN song, “Bicycle Race”, and a Flash Mob putting on a live unexpected performance at the Brussels Central Station:
RIDE PHOTO GALLERY BELOW
The weather at 6.00am….and it did not get much warmer!!↓
7.15am..still zero…..Chris trying to warm his ears!↓
I think Sue ended up riding with those boots to keep warm!↓
Newbies Shane (L) and James….nice to meet you guys!↓
Huey on Kapunda Road↓
Helmet View on Kapunda Road↓
Craig and Others on Roseworthy Road↓
More riders rolling down Roseworthy Road↓
Newbie Shane doing it easy on his first GW ride↓
Magic views on this route↓
Guys having a chat on Gomersal Road↓
Brett dressed for the cold weather↓
..and so was Colin!↓
Tanunda. Can’t tell who this is!!↓
Regroup at Tanunda↓
Frank’s new bike↓
Angaston Bike Path↓
Cruising to the end of the Angaston Bike Path↓
Back at Tanunda now…where is Wilson they cried!↓
We always stop at the lovely Lyndoch↓
Terry’s birthday cake, decorated with a photo of his bike↓
Christene and Terry putting the candles on the cake↓
Everyone saying “Happy Birthday Terry!”↓
Hmmm….Warren dressed as a “queen”. Others can comment!!↓
Cheers! Gawler Wheelers rode today where the Queen visited in 2002.↓
Gawler Wheelers is all about comradeship, fun, fitness and chasing our dreams. Join the GW group on AC. Come on our rides. Contact details below. Until next week >> Cheers for now...Frank.
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i wasnt on your ride, but i very much approve of your bike! i bought one a few weeks ago from the avanti dealer on kensington rd.
a topic for a different discussion, but how do you like it? i'm loving mine.
Hi Simon. First ride on it today and I couldn't be happier with the way it performed. (Been riding an Oppy C6 up to now....marked improvement). First experience with DI2 and I must say that they far exceeded my expectations.
I have been looking to upgrade for ages, couldn't decide what to buy. Then I popped into AvantiPlus at Salisbury and saw this one...they had it at half price as new model is coming in. Too good a bargain to let go. After researching the bike on the web I rang Gavin and Kirby yesterday morning and picked it up in the arvo. Great guys to deal with (like Gary from Star Cycles). Last one my size so I had to grab it before it went.
It was indeed a cold one this morning. As I rode north to Gawler the temp slowly dropped from 3 to 2 to 1, and after arriving I could not feel my feet. Reaching the start of Gomersal Rd I think I'd warmed up enough to not feel uncomfortable.
I think Route 32 has got to be my favourite route, the scenery is absolutely fantastic and the length of the ride is challenging. The thing I love about GW is you can take each section of the ride at the pace your happy doing, be it a relaxed pace or truly punishing yourself.
The late return to Jaspers meant that my usual ride home was a no-show, but It wasn't a big issue I had a great ride back towards home with Don.
@ Warren, Nooooooooooooooo .......
You look soooo much better in Lycra ! :)
Definitely not part of the new team-kit (I hope).
Keeping with the royalty theme, I thought about being a Princess and staying at home in the warmth... :-P
It was cold.
As we rolled out of Gawler, I decided it was impolite to stare so I averted my eyes from the thickly frosted fields and focused on getting my legs to move. I'm still not sure they heeded my instruction.
I was trying out all of my new winter kit today and I'm pleased to say it did the job well. Thermal is one thing, but thermal and wind proof is the way to go. My knicks, jacket and gloves were all windstopper lined and I loved it.
Route 32 is truly gorgeous and today was no exception - actually, there was a moment of exception: passing the piggery at the beginning of Gomersal Rd was hateful with all the stench trapped in the gully by the mist. But that short stretch aside, Winter in the Barossa is beautiful.
As always, I'm looking forward to next weekend's ride with you all.
Frank: Juddy came well disguised today - as Brett :-)
I also noticed there was no love lost between your and your metal girlfriend at the beginning of the Angaston bike path - Has she gone cold on you?
Funny you mentioned the smell on Gomersal Rd. I actually liked it ! It made me feel like I had ridden my bike into the countryside, and the smell was very fitting with the view ...
On the subject of winter kit, does it count that I had my wooly (hairy) leggings on, or should one shave all year round ?
You're a very special boy Peter. If eye-wateringly foul stench is what it takes to inspire your love of the countryside, then I'm glad Gomersal could put it on for you. There's a little bit of something for everyone on that road! :-)
Personally, I prefer the smell of the wild fennel that grows quite prolifically at the Tanunda end of Gomersal; I'm not sure if anyone else notices that. ??
Loved that Wild Fennel smell as well Juz..I wanted to go grab some and eat it lol
Juz, when were kids we used to eat wild fennel all of the time....lovely when it's young and fresh.Seeing you and Terry are so into it here are a couple of things for you:
1. Me asleep on my bike next to some wild fennnel when I was a kid:
2. Next time we ride Gomersal Rod here is what you need to do to harvest the wild fennel:
Was that you your bike before I was born Frank ????? LMAO
Obviously a fake photo...they didn't have colour back in those days!