Yes, it’s Spring at last. We are still experiencing early morning frozen bird baths but, with the sun rising earlier, they turn to water by ride time.
At the start of the week I added some “prayer flags” to the back of Bluey. Prayer flags are used to promote peace, compassion, strength, and wisdom. Tibetans believe the prayers and mantras will be blown by the wind to spread the good will and compassion into all pervading space.
After some windy rides, the flags are already doing their thing (fraying) plus I believe they do make me more visible on the road.
Last Sunday Ken of Huonville and his delightful wife Diane came to stay overnight on their way to a B&B at Railton, a bit further north. Ken had picked his Greenspeed GTO so I met on Wednesday to ride some of Devonport’s shared trails. No photographs but I knocked together this video.
We had a pleasant ride, no hassles and a great lunch at The Rectory, East Devonport.
On Saturday Colin and I decided we really should tackle the “Great Country Ride” again. We tried 2 weeks ago and stopped due to trike issues and a bloody cold wind. That story can be found here: https://tonyscycling.blog/2019/09/01/back-on-target-for-2019/
In that blog I photographed the ride posts up to number 5, so now we had to find the rest.
Starting once again from Hadspen, Sue very kindly dropped me off at the shop to await Colin. In short order we had met, got our act together and set off. The ride through to Bracknell was pretty much as described in the previous post but this time with a sunny day warming us and a much improved Red Magnum. We arrived in Bracknell before we knew it and stopped a bit short of ride post 5 as the dogs were probably waiting for us there. Big, slavering, noisy things that they are (see previous post).
Out of Bracknell we went along to the start of Cluan Road. As I pictured Bluey at the signpost I realised that I now have pictures of Vivente, Brompton, Anura, Red Magnum and Blue Magnum at this junction. Let’s see if I can find them.
Well, OK – found two more!
The Great Country Ride is described as undulating in the official ride notes. Hah! I always reckon it’s Hilly. Especially Cluan Road! Today we had an added feature. There were a number of dead animals by the roadside and they always seemed to be ambushing us when we were hill climbing. The smell was on the nose. The Wombat wasn’t too bad (fresh kill?) but the Bennett’s Wallaby really stank. The others were in-betweeners.
The property just beyond ride post 6 was quirkily developed.
As well as the tin cutouts there was a dam with seating, all nicely landscaped. Someone with a bit of talent lives here.
Towards the end of Cluan Road there are a series of short, sharp, steep climbs with “Crest” warning signs. Of course we met the driver who is unable to see signs and who decided to overtake us near the top, hanging on the right hand side of the road afterwards for a worryingly long time.
We had been cycling into the wind so when we turned for Westbury and started to run with the wind it felt good. I like the quiet it produces. About this time Colin was trying to get in contact with Rob who was also riding in the area – thinking lunch together. That was not to be though. Sorry Rob.
Following our arrival in Westbury, we cycled through the town and out a little bit to find The Hub. A new bakery / cafe. The coffee was reasonable, so we had two.
Westbury was the official end of the ride. Colin’s car was still in Hadspen and mine was somewhere in Launceston, Sue having it for the day. After lunch we headed off to Hadspen still riding with the wind. I got to thinking. There was plenty of juice left in the battery and I felt OK .. so .. why not turn off at Carrick and ride back to Longford? That would save Sue coming out to Hadspen. OK, let’s do that.
And Bluey and I did. When we left Colin at Carrick to complete his 72k day, I realised I had better get a move on or I would be riding the last leg at that time of day where the sun is low and in the eyes of drivers coming towards us. So the Pedal Assist levels above 1 got a bit of a work out. This shows in the Metrics above with an average speed of 20.3 kph! Good fun and at the end, although we had travelled 90 kilometers for the day, the battery was still showing a healthy charge.
That’s the easy ride done. Now to plan the next. I hope it isn’t one of the ones that will require a camp out!