I think my cycling week is just about done so here is part II of the Ross Ride and Week 6.
It just had to be done. I have been wondering if I am fit enough to ride to Ross for a while now – sod it, let’s find out.
The plan. To use the Macquarie Road backroad and then a gravel shortcut through to the Midland Highway coming out close to the Ross turnoff. This will be the longest fully equiped ride I have done – if I get there! Around the 70k mark.
To begin :
Monday opened after the warmest overnight temp for some years. To our north, Melbourne had a minimum of 28°C while we had 24°C overnight with high(ish) humidity to get us started. I rode an extended Bishopsbourne Road loop out of Longford (20k) and then had a welcome cool shower. On the road were hundreds of dead dragonflies. Maybe the warm night drove them into an orgiastic frenzy and they were now paying the price!
Total for week : 132k Total for year : 365k
Vivente : 101k Brompton : 31k
The weather this week has been up close to 30°C early in the week and got hotter as the week went on – eventually we even had a 36°C day with a strong dose of humidity to flatten our spirits.
Early morning – getting ready for a day harvesting along Bishopsbourne Road.
Total for week : 110k Total for year : 264k
Vivente : 101k Brompton : 9k
Total for Week = 39 kilometres : Brompton. Total for year = 154
Some time ago I tried to ride the Tasman Bridge and got there to find the cycle tracks closed for maintenance. To bring Oscar (Maltese-Shit..su) to the Vets (3rd time to Bellerive from Longford – 200k away) this time we decided to assume he will pass the final exam (after cruciate ligament/patella surgery) with flying colours and so will be more mobile than before. This meant we could take the caravan down to Cambridge (16ks outside Hobart and on the Bellerive side of the river) and spend some time in the Hobart area.
Week total : 115 kilometers. 50% on Vivente, 50% on Brompton
The 115 kilometers were cycled sharing riding duties between V and B – almost exactly 50% for each bike. Generally the rides were local ones with the exception of January 7th approx 20k event in the Port Sorell area.