Rokewood to Skipton

Part II of the ride to Skipton.

By now the sun was out and I had to seek shelter when eating lunch. Not too much wind in the town but the outer trees were thrashing around in a worrying way.

I knew there were 40 kilometers to ride, there was likely to be a strong headwind and I was feeling tired already. Perhaps I should just go home!

The route was mostly uphill and the headwinds combined with the climbing cut the speed down dramatically. At the end the average speed for the ride was so low I won’t print it here. Nevertheless I pressed on and used mind tricks to keep focussed as every bit of the way looked like what we had just passed. Long straight uphill sections separated by a not so steep bit. Few vehicles but you always have to know when they are there, so no daydreaming.

Well it looks different – it has a sign!

After a long ride I pulled up at the BP servo in Skipton and gained access to the cabin I booked 2 weeks ago. The booking process had been easy going and I was a bit worried there might not be a cabin for me. I was relieved to find I had one, really tired now and discovered a blister under the left foot. It had been sore – that’s why!

A shower, a reconstituted freeze dried meal and a rest. Tomorrow I will be as good as new for the 50k to Lake Bolac. Fingers crossed.

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 in 2019 an electric recumbent made an appearance. it's now 2023 and I have 3 bikes. 2 e-recumbents and the Brompton.

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