With all the Livestrong riders otherwise engaged today, we had a small but select group for this ride. Three "Southerners" (Jolie, Wayne and myself) and three from what it seems is the new "Western Chapter" of the SSRC (Callum, Michelle and Steve). Wayne said that his neighbour had shown interest in coming along as well, but daylight saving seemed to have caught him out. I took the obligatory pre-ride group pic anyway.
So having waited until the appointed half hour in case of any last minute additions, we commenced our Northward cruise. And what a pleasant day for a cruise it was: sunny, little wind - and a tail breeze anyway. Obviously most of the rest of Adelaide coped well with an hour's less sleep as most of them had found their way to the beachfront!
Callum lead out and Wayne was Tail End Charlie. Being a very flat track there seemed little point in stopping too often to regroup so we settled into a comfortable 25 kph or so pace. Plenty of other cyclists out enjoying the Spring sunshine as well, and not much traffic. After an hour and a quarter of pleasant riding and chatting we reached the Terminal at Outer Harbour, our turn-around point. My apologies for the poor quality of the pic to prove we were there - don't they say to always take more than one pic? Oh well.
The Western Chapter being all Port Adelaide based, they had already done the return leg of the route to get to the Start point at Brighton. So after a couple of kms of the return we paused for farewells and they wended their way East, while the three of us continued on to Brighton. Wayne led us back, although the advice to just keep the sea on your right would have seen us get back safely enough. I played TEC more by default than design as I had reached my limit for the day by the time we were a third of the way back. In true SSRC style Jolie and Wayne left no man (ie me) behind and we had a slow but enjoyable dawdle back to Brighton. Surely not the fastest that Route 1 has ever been negotiated, but a lovely ride none the less.
Wayne bid us farewell as he still had to hill to negotiate to ride home, while Jolie and I had both opted to drive down so we had the easier trip home.
Great to see Callum and his friends and we look forward to seeing them on future rides. Callum did a pretty good sales job as we rode, extolling the virtues of the Southern vales as a riding venue!
Highlight of the ride for me was seeing the same reclining rider (is that what they're called) several times during the morning.
Total distance: 59.8km
Metres climbed: 71m
Average speed: 23.0
Pun***re Fairy visits: 0
Grin factor: 8/10
Magpie attacks: 0
SSRC rides run every week, alternating L and P ride routes.
Great day for a ride by the beach. well done all, love the jersey Wayne. :)
Thank you so much for doing this it was more than expected. Glad you all had a great ride, so sorry I could not make it but I was a ball of stress with the amount of stuff I had to do and it was just not feasible for me to be there.
That's a great route if you like riding by the sea, it was a good day for it to. Normal service will be resumed next weekend.
Thanks for doing the write-up.
Well done Jolie on your longest ride to date. Well done to everyone for getting out and stretching the legs.
Good ride, Good company, Great weather, No punctures No mechanicals what more can you ask for
Yes Pat I had to wear it as I missed Saturdays ride
Only thing that was missing was Scott apparently he forgot to activate his alarm (nice one)
85km completed for the day
It looks like this was a great ride in the end. A small and friendly group is always a nice group to ride in. It's good to see a few "chapters" coming together. Well done to all who participated
Send them down to McLaren Vale on Saturday for the L ride - that's a really nice route too. All I have to do now is remember which way the route goes and where the strava segments are!