First blog in months! To be fair, first long ride in months. Moving and new job has really taken it out of me, to the point where weekends were mostly spent at home going wtf or heading into Melbourne to do Christmas shopping, then there was Christmas and its associated craziness, my rebeginning at the gym, plus the rather sudden requirement to purchase a new car kinda sapped all the time. Plus,the weather here in costal Victoria is just bizarre – but rarely hot. The weather report for this weekend though was supposed to be hot, sunny and without massive winds (another regular weather event down here) so when OH suggested going for a ride I was optimistic. I was recovering from a cold, but that would be fine……
So yeah, turns out yesterday was one of the hottest days so far – it was over 30 by the time we left the house at 9.30am. And it just kept going up…..
Its a decent slog up the highway from Geelong, but it’s actually much better on the bike than in the car! Its a really wonky road to put it mildy, and the cars I’ve driven on it have rocked and rolled all over the place – being about to stick in one wheel track made a huge difference!
Then it in the ring road around Melb, and made our first stop in a little servo somewhere just before Greensborough to top up and have a drink.
On we went to Healsville, through the Yarra Valley (and I definitely need to come back in the car for an overnighter – so many wineries! 😍) with its gorgeous views, pretty little towns, and good roads.
We stopped at a pub in Healsville for an early lunch and got the bbq of a lifetime:
Buttermilk chicken where have you been all my life???
Only available parking was in the sun……black seats burn!
After lunch we headed on up to Marysville and that’s where it got really hot. Once we got into the mountain roads properly tho it started to cool down a bit, which was a major relief.
Called a 5 min ‘just have to stop in the shade for a minute’ break here, was getting gruelling
I was suprised by how much the scenery reminded me of the Alpine Way,until I saw the snow signs… it dyes apparently snow up there in winter, and there’s even a little ski resort! Something to remember for later in the year.
It was a great 80kmish stretch from Marysville to Warburton, steady twisties all the way, gorgeous scenery, and really good roads. We took it pretty easy due to the heat, but I can definitely see myself coming back for a power run at some point in time 😊
Coming back through Lilydale and Ringwood was pretty standard, except for the temp kept rising and was probably nudging close to 40 on the road. At our last couple of fuelstops I had actually doused myself completely with water (the motorcyclist AC lol) and it was drying out within a couple of km, so I wasnt particularly suprised when Stellas temp gauge when up to the one-below-boiling indicator when in a bit of stop-start traffic. Pulled over out the front of the Olympic Stadium and left her to cool down for half an hour while we lay in the concrete in the shade and just URGHED.
Safe photo from the shade and the lovely cool concrete block
And after than it was pretty standard run down the highway and home, crawl into the air conditioned house (thank EVERYTHING we left that on before leaving) and literally peeled off my sweaty kevlars and laid down on the floor. Where it was cool. And then drank a lot of water!
Our route for the day