Geelong to Inverleigh

Now to really start. Time to head west.

Yesterday evening I slipped on wet stairs on leaving the amenity block. This morning I find a sore knee, heel and shoulder! Hopefully the sort of sore that goes with exercise. It has highlighted an obvious point though. Damage the engine and we go nowhere!

It was a short 36k ride today. What that figure doesn’t say is that the first 10k are mostly uphill and quite steep it was too. Tony and Maggie were in bottom gear for quite long periods and the average speed suffered. The high point of the first bit was Highton.

Looking back to Geelong
The sort of Grand Design being built at the top.

Ted and I had some SMS communication. I had left a USB charger at his place and he decided to bring it out. I explained my route which he would follow.

After a while my planned route turned off and ran along Gnarwarre Road. This was narrow, free of traffic and great for bird watching while pedalling. Going up one hill was helped by watching well over 100 birds climbing a thermal.

A pleasant quiet interlude

Unfortunately things took a turn for the worse.

The road turned to gravel!

Recently graded watered sand to start, then non-graded loose sand into which all wheels sank, then to where the sand graders were spraying water prior to grading. Ted and I exchanged a few messages but he followed the same way.

The sun was now out, the air humid and the temp up around 30 degrees. Not nice to also be cycling like its along a beach.

After about 5 k it was back out onto tarmac. So much easier to roll on. Not far along Inverleigh’s 80 then 60 k signs appeared and Ted and I arrived at the Cafe together.

A refreshing brew later Ted went back home and I pedalled along the Hamilton Hwy looking for the airbnb. I went passed and didn’t see, then turned back and eventually spotted it. Certainly nice to be in a proper building for a night.

Easy to recharge all lights plus the phone ready for a long day tomorrow.

My knee was a minor issue throughout the day but didn’t impact on performance. Feels the same this evening so (fingers crossed) it should not be a problem.

Author: antc1946

Born in 1946 I learnt to cycle about 10 years later. On a bike with rods connecting brake levers to the brakes - anyone remember those? I emigrated to Australia (from the UK) in 1974 and moved to Tasmania in 1984. Bicycles were in my life for most of that time although sometimes they were replaced by motorised two wheels for a bit more excitement. On reaching 70 I decided to stick to pedal power but, who knows, an electric bicycle may make an appearance down the track

2 thoughts on “Geelong to Inverleigh”

  1. You are going ” great guns ” well done on your chosen route obviously you put quite a bit of thought into it. You seem to be making good progress. Riding temp.s in Tassy are still reasonable 20-24. Although today is a little cooler. Daisy has been very sick with a blood count of only 10, and organ failure (the usual is around 40) we are not sure how she got poisoned as we do not use any baite at all, anywhere. Surprised you didn’t stop for footy in Geelong, lol, Colac has a lovely caravan park if you re headed that way. Keep on treking er,Triking

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