Saturday 31 May 2008

Saturday 31 May 2008 - Hunters Hill

A very enjoyable ride, during on ongoing period of scrappy / last minute attempts at getting out there!

Plan was a relatively fast blast from Middle Cove to Hunters Hill and back - I suppose we should have been thinking that the world may not align when T-Bone failed to turn up at 7am as planned, and when asked why on the phone, discovered he was thinking Sunday! That said, Matt and Stephe were indeed joined by some quality company in the guise of Danny and Cassandra (who were running late, and hence picked us up down by Lane Cove River Steak House).

After the basic pleasantries, we kicked off - with Matt and Stephe taking it in turns to stuff up relatively easy bits and then go back over and over again to try 'em once more. At this stage Danny and Cassie may well have been wondering what they'd got into (particularly when Matt went OTB, and then floundered around in the bush for a while before he could get back to his feet).

We eventually managed a fairly stop / start ride off to Hunters Hill, although there were still a number of fun bits to play on along the way, and similarly back from Hunters Hill(with entertaining sections as we went past the various soccer games, golf activities and the like - early Sunday tends to be a lot safer for such matters).

Back at home around 11am - making for a fairly long ride not covering a whole heap of distance, but still good to be back on the bike!

Full set of photos are up here...

[looking forward to Danny and Cassie's comments after the ride!]

Sunday 4 May 2008

Sunday 4 April 2008 - Menai

On a beautiful autumn Sunday in Sydney, and despite the absence of a bunch of heroes off at the Dirtworks, a couple of us managed to have a quick scoot around Menai.

Both Paul and Brian were non-starters, given their inability to get to the start point by 1pm - which turned out to be a bit of a bummer, as we didn't ultimately manage to get underway until nearer 2pm.

In any case, Johnbo, Matt, NicMcVic and Stephe all managed to have quite a good time toodling around Menai, including finding an entirely new area of jumps and ramps and the like, with assorted 13 year olds all over it (and one of their mums!). After venturing about in the hills and valleys, we attempted a novel exit approach from the main 'bowl', which involved riding up a ridge on to a well established area of playing fields, which meant a bit of road before the last ditch thrash back to the cars.

A very pleasant Sunday afternoon meander...

Google map snapshots from Johnbo, but we haven't yet worked out how to get the underlying .gpx file... (working on it!).