Here's a dozen impressions of the day:
a completely unanticipated descent out of the northern Warby Ranges (and zooming across the plains for ages at the bottom) and an anticipated descent from Beechworth
a scrumptious apple cake at Yarrawonga
a battle of the Celts in Beechworth (the Irish Dancers vs the Scottish Pipe Band in the main street)
solitude and wildflowers on the rail trail to Beechworth
puddles in the otherwise parched streets of Yarrawonga
dry farm dams between Wangaratta and Yarrawonga
quiet country roads and the good manners of the vast majority of motorists
a cold Blue Tongue at the end of the ride
good company all day
favourable breezes and fair skies
a strange hankering for a cheese sandwich on plain white bread in the last hour
I'd highly recommend this ride. With it's choice of distances and varied and interesting countryside, it's a winner. Most importantly, riders are also never too far from a coffee stop—a vital ingredient for a successful ride in my book!
Yeah, I reckon you should Charlie. But maybe just go and try a few rides first. A few other recommendations coming up soon:
- 15 Nov: Pyrenees Magic (Avoca)—a very popular 100k
- 23 Nov: Indigo Classic (Beechworth) or The Bellarine (Geelong)—rides between 50k and 200k
- 6 Dec: Jump the Gun (Maryborough)—rides between 100k and 600k
More info on these in the rides calendar.
Here's the Audax membership info.
Am not touching that first remark with a bargepole!
But yes, I really did enjoy it.
OK. I really need to do some more rides, and that looks like a good one. I should really join Audax, shouldn't I....
I hope you took your reflective ankle strap and spare light mounts!
Sounds like a fun ride though.