Hurt Hill - sealed?!
On Monday, I had to have a ride ...
Monday, and the old Volvo is kaput, Rich isn't due to arrive until 10pm-ish or so to tow it home, so we have another day of R&R. I did have to go for at least one ride on the (now very long) weekend. Ok, Hurt Hill it is ... I have the big Fuel EX8 with low gearing, so even in my 'endurance? That's 3 laps of the velodrome!' state of mind, I figured I'd better ride the thing to prove I can still do it. HTFU, right?
It's been pretty cold, hovering around 9 or 10 degrees during the day, so I'll use the warm jacket. The ride to the base rolls a bit and has one sharp, short pinch at the four-way intersection of Maintongoon, Sonn Berg and some other road that goes to the rest of Peppin Point. Ja .. can still grovel up hills ..
The climb proper starts just around the corner from a CFA watertank, where the road turns to gravel. Or did ... it's sealed! We'll need to redefine the start for timekeeping (ok! I have the current record! Vanders, beat 24:30 ... ). It's sealed up until the point where the nasty bit starts just as you enter the trees and turn right.
Groveling up at between 7 and 5.5km/h I make it to the top in around 24 minutes. Slow, but I didn't stop and that was the main thing. The rest of the loop is fairly uneventful, I'm underdressed for the long descent down Maintongoon Rd though and get pretty cold, and the Bontrager tyres are not suitable for the heavy wet clay (veeerrrryyyyy slippery!). Back to the house for a BBQ dinner (all we have left is bacon and eggs), and wait for Rich to roll up. He arrives at around 10:30 and decides to stay the night, we'll head back on Tues morning, we're all tired, but also it's cold, dark and we need fuel for the Adventure Truck, but every servo is shut.
Today (Tuesday) we load the Ovlov onto the trailer and truck it home. It takes about 4 hours all up, and the old Adventure Truck chugs along cheerfully - we're a bit anxious about the descent down Mt Slide on the Melba highway as it's raining heavily when we get there, but Rich handles the old girl like a champ and we're down safely.
Now the spag boll is cooked and ready for tonight's spin session, and I hope I'm not too tired to run it well. I'll have to do my ride tomorrow, today, no time.