Monday seems to be a standard ride the Daytona day this summer.
Not that I mind.
This time I headed somewhere different. The road from Canberra to Bateman’s Bay is apparently interesting.
Well it is, but you have to ride for about 45mins down a pretty boring road across the plains to get there. But Clyde Mountain, wow. It’s pretty steep and winding and I don’t think I got to the end before I hit my turnaround time. It was also in the middle of being resealed so I’ll give a month or so and might head that way again. Except for the hours of boring stuff.
The road out to Marulan, though less technical, more interesting. I might do that next Monday. Or tomorrow?
OOOOhhhh Friday morning on the MTB, I was massively happy. There is a turn on a track called See Saw that I fallen on 3 times and skipped at least twice. Rode down it without falling or stopping Friday. I think the whole forrest heard my happy yell.
Got out again this afternoon, trying a newly built trail. A fun ride actually, “Brake Dance” and “Rock and Roll”. Both had some tricky stuff and both were mostly downhill, so good fun. However the uphill bits were harder as the new trail was still pretty soft (not compacted by lotsa tyres).
Disappointment though in the end as I hit “Creek Run” a fun quick blast at the end…. the back started getting really loose and it was obvious I had another flat. Two in three rides.
Spoiled that last hurrah.
Home and I FINALLY washed the Daytona, the Trance (my MTB) and fixed the tyre. Actually pretty happy about getting that stuff done.
Wednesday…. you know I’m really loving this summer time at the moment, anyway, early knock off Wednesday so I jumped on the Daytona and headed for the Cotter… again.
Hey, it’s a great road, and its close, about 30mins from home here.
So this time with no thunderstorms looming to the south I followed Paddy’s River Rd, that the Cotter Rd turns off and headed south towards the space tracking station at Tidbinbilla.
I rode up and back (Partly as I didn’t feel like dragging myself all the way through south Canberra) for another afternoon enjoying the Daytona. This road is a lot more open with the southern half a stretch of open sweepers that are a nice change from the technical tight Cotter Rd.
And Australia… dodge a Blue Tongue Lizard down the street and have to change lines mid corner because a snake was crossing.
Can’t tell you what kind, I didn’t stick around to check…
Tuesday I got to work and found an email from a friend, he wanted to hit Sparrow Hill in the afternoon. But I’d already ridden that day and my MTB was at home…
But that’s only 20mins round trip after resting all day.
So we rode into Kowen, he knew his way around so I let him lead. Did about 12km and that added to the 10km I did in the morning. Actually was quite surprised to find that I had covered that much.
And remember my levers problem? Well I was riding along and the handlebars were just really looking strange, sort of sloped in and down.
I had been suspicious that they had been slowly rotating over the past few rides, but I couldn’t remember how they started out so wasn’t sure. And if it was rotating, it was happening really, really slowly.
We stopped and had a look. My mate thought they looked odd too, so I broke out the tools.
As soon as I loosened the bolts in the clamp, it was obvious it was loose. The bolts were tight enough that the bar was firm, but they were just not tight enough, that it must have been slowly rotating as I rode along.
Another problem fixed.
Though I did have to turn my levers back around too :(
Thursday morning I did another 10km in the forest before work too. Might head out tomorrow as well. Good fitness yeah!
So sunrise on Tuesday found me already in the Sparrow Hill carpark. I woke up early and realised that I could get out there and have a ride before work. Then afterwards, shower and change at the gym at work.
What a great plan.
So I did about an hour in the forest. Started out on Short Loop again, but was worried about the time so cut out the last 5km after small gate.
Stopped at one point and rotated my levers as they were at a funny angle. Much more comfortable. (this is important later)
So I got back in the car when I realised that I had left my locker key at home. /doh! So in the car and headed home to get it. As I was heading home I thought, you know I should just shower at home and then go back to work.
And ride the Daytona in.
Yeah…. that’s a plan.
Lol, multitasking at the moment, with Bourne Identity on one screen and house warming invite and messaging wife on the other.
Noticed my hand resting on the keyboard, resting on SHIFT & WASD.
I headed into the forest this Wednesday morning. Meet up with someone from work and we headed up Sparrow Hill.
He was a lot faster than me and I don’t think he was pushing very hard.
For my second time wearing cleats I was really happy. Didn’t fall down :)
But I did have one first, a flat tyre. It started pretty slowly, the bike got gradually more loose in the rear. After about 5km, I stopped an pumped it up, hoping it would last the remainder of the ride (we were on our way out by then).
It didn’t hold and got loose again very quickly. Very obviously the tube was holed. I walked a bit, but eventually we decided to try fixing it.
That didn’t hold either.
So it’s off to the bike shop to get a new tube, and to get a puncture repair kit to take with me on my solo rides.
Plugging away at the questing tonight. It is interesting seeing the differences between Outlands and Dreanor. The destruction (I assume it was something the Dark Portal or whatever) was pretty massive.
Looks like the Spires of Arak (sp?) disappeared altogether. Obvously, Zanger Sea became the Marsh. Frost ridge became Blade’s Edge etc. Arch and Shat look pretty impressive. Haven’t got into either though.
These guys are pretty cool looking. Their animation is nice too.
So I managed about 25% into 95.
Then it’s back to the Garrison to be ready for tomorrow.
Finally got to some more questing, so I hit up Talador and eventually Shattrah City, well docks anyway…
Bashing Some Iron Horde
Shattrah has docks, I don’t remember that from last time I was here.
Well there are, and one of the Orc Lords, Blackhand was here. Fought him but the battle was finished by this Draenai and Durotan.
But to be honest, I think he got away.
At the end of all this I dinged 95. :)
Spent an hour up the Cotter after work. need I say more?
So the big news at home is that my youngest has started school now. Couple of days in now and she’s enjoying it. Settled quick and no tears.