“Where have you been the past ten days?” dedicated fans of RT’s LOTR are asking. The answer is, I’ve been doing the Great Victorian Bike Ride, joining 4500 other lycra loonies, including my son, in a 590km spin across the lovely state of Victoria, from Yarrawonga to Dookie, Euroa, Nagambie (you have to love Australian place names) and eventually to Marysville.
The organisers bill it as ‘a week in another world’ and it’s true that, though there was mobile phone coverage everywhere we went, internet access was too limited to post anything from the road. I didn’t have the energy for it anyway. We rode, we pitched the tents, we socialised, we ate, we drank, we went to bed. The following morning we pulled on clammy cycling gear, queued for the warm toilet seats, crawled back onto the bikes and did it all again.
I will soon write more about the tribulations of the trip with its hills, thunderstorms and flooded campgrounds. I’ll review the sparkling new Garmin GPS Edge 800 computer which offered me navigational advice along the way. I’ll offer some tips on health and safety and advice to those who are thinking of doing it in 2011 and beyond.
In the meantime, here are a few photos to keep everybody going…
So all in all…a great trip!