Today was the first real deviation from the planned cycling touring holiday itinerary. I completed the Great Southern Rail Trail like I planned although a little earlier. The original plan was to then ride the Grand Ridge Rail Trail (starting at Mirboo North), but as I was already back at my parents house I decided to do a bike ride from their house to somewhere instead.
While riding the Warby Rail Trail I met a fellow who said that the Blind Creek Trail went all the way from the Dandenong Ranges to Carrum, and on the strength of the information he gave me I decided to attempt to ride from my parents house to Carrum (or wherever else I might have arrived at) on Port Phillip Bay. The trail passes through various natural features.
The trails between Belgrave and Knox City were your fairly standard suburban bike or shared trails with housing estates surrounding it and various other public amenities, parklands, wetlands and sporting fields. Once on the Eastlink trail south of Knox City the scenery changed quite noticably with the trail right next to the Eastlink Tollway in some places, or not far from it. The scenery was also a lot more open from where I joined the Eastlink trail, the more so the closer to Carrum the trail got. The trails were beautiful to ride on, mostly of asphalt or concrete, with a 5km or so section approaching Carrum where the trail was small stones. The architecture and man-made features along the trails was interesting too, and so I have included some photos below.
There was an unknown element of ‘danger’ on all the rides I did so far this week and I only realised it today. I noticed that my front tyre was a little flatter than I liked, and so I got out the small tyre pump I brought along and noticed that it was broken. So all this time I was riding with a broken tyre pump! I’m sure thankful that I didn’t get a puncture on one of my rides, especially a long way from the car as I could have put a new tube in the rim ok, but would have had no way of pumping it up. So today I pumped up the tyre using Dad’s car tyre pump, and prayed for no punctures. I even figured that having 2 spare tyre tubes was fairly pointless too, so left one behind and added a windcheater into the pack instead.
The ride was not only puncture free, but apart from a short stretch where I seemed to lose the trail, was totally problem free. So I got from Belgrave to the Bay, Port Phillip Bay that is, without incident. I got on the train at Carrum, and within an hour or two I was back at my parents house, just in time for a slightly late lunch.
For GPS data for this ride, go here: http://www.strava.com/activities/118339181 .