- Distance travelled: 5615km (more than the distance between the southermost point of Tasmania and the northern most point of Cape York Peninsula, the norhernmost point on the Australian mainland, via the most direct route. And roughly half way between the 2014 and 2015 distances).
- Amount of time to travel those kms: 262.5 hours.
- Average speed: 21.4kph.
- Elevation gain: 23611 metres (2.66 Mt Everests).
- Rides: 215.
- Average distance per ride: 26kph.
This is a follow-on from my previous post. Photos will be added in a future post.
Last Thursday and Friday the weather was rather inclement – thunderstorms, quite a lot of rain, high winds. So my base for those few days was my parents-in-law’s house. I pondered what to do over those two days, especially regarding my bike, which really needed some repairs to get it back to workable condition after the failure of the aforementioned vital part failure. The component on the rear derailer that had failed was beyond my ability to fix, so I decided that I would take the bike by car to the nearest bike shop some 50km away. The bike mechanic estimated the repairs would not be able to be done for a few days due to his workload and would be about $150. That blew the budget for the holiday out of the ballpark, but couldn’t be helped.
Over the Thursday and Friday I found some contentment reading a book about Martians and Venusians. If you have read such a book you will know that one I am talking about. On Friday the (whole) family arrived for the weekend. Sabbath was spent having a bible-study and lunch at the house of one of Rebecca’s aunties, and the afternoon around the in-laws house, and walking along the River Trail at Wahgunyah. Quite a pleasant way to spend a Sabbath.
Sunday dawned a little overcast but otherwise pleasant, so I borrowed a bike from the in-laws, and went for a ride. This ride was a mix of asphalt road, farm track, bike trail and rail trail, and by the time I had returned I had ridden around 32km but no where near the amount of climbing I had done during the earlier days in the week. Then in the evening once we got home I wanted to go for a ride but there were only two bikes I could use – a 20″ rimmed K-Rock foldable bike, and a $20 26″ Mountain Bike which I purchased while in Geelong back in February. The Mountain Bike had a rear flat tyre and as I couldn’t be bothered fixing it I opted for the K-Rock. This bike was aquired from my father-in-law to take to Nowra when I had to go here for week for work back in May as it as the only bike I could take on the CountryLink XPT train for free. While I was there in Nowra the rear brake assembly failed so I replaced it while there. The bike itself is quite tough but not designed for rough surfaces and with those 20″ rims it gives the impression of not being able to go very fast. So I trundled off on this 6 speed wonder. At least I thought I was trundling (ie, not going very fast), but when I got back and synced my ride to Strava I noticed the average speed was the fastest average speed of any ride I have done for quite some time. That little 6 speed low-geared ‘morris mini’ of the cycling world turned out to be a great bike on the 20 or so km ride, and I even got a KOM on one of the segments towards the end of the ride!
Today, Monday, dawned and started with an aborted ride along the road near the house. The weather forecast for the day was for 30 degrees celsius, clear skies – seemed like too good a day to waste. When looking through the garage I found a rim and mountain bike tyre that still had air in it (which meant there was no puncture in it) that had the same number of gears and was the same size as the one on the mountain bike that was flat so I swapped them and headed to Wagga Wagga to explore some mountain bike trails there at the Pomingalarna and Silvalite reserves, and along the Kapooka Bikeway. This was the first time I had ever really done any riding on trails designed for mountain bikes, and it proved a lot of fun. The $20 mountain bike worked great and I had a great couple of hours exploring the aforementioned reserves, then headed home for some lunch and a relaxing afternoon.