2023 Indi-Pac Day 19 Report

Wednesday April 5, 2023: I was up at around 8am…..sounds sloppy but it had been a very late night and I doubt that I would have fallen asleep before 3:30am. Although to be fair my generous hosts had probably faired way worse sleep wise given they had waited up for me, had a couple of beers with me, watched me face plant beard first into a baking dish of lasagna and listened patiently to my rambling stories of road trains, emus and high viz super heroes, and then woken up early for parenting responsibilities.

Everyone still had a smile on their face though, including the little ones, one of which I hadn’t seen since she had just learned to walk and the other I hadn’t met before. Furthermore, Andrew was keen to join me for the first part of the ride along the bike path.

Great friends – love these guys!

Wednesday April 5, 2023: Love these guy!

Packed up, including my new Rapha items and it was back on the road at 9:18am.

Andrew goes, “How are the legs?”

My response, “What legs?”

I was feeling rough, very rough. It was going to be a tough ole’ day to be sure.

Wednesday April 5, 2023: Out into the Melbourne inner burbs….

Wednesday April 5, 2023: Out into the Melbourne inner burbs. Take 2.

Wednesday April 5, 2023: Bike Path action.

Wednesday April 5, 2023: Bike Path action. Take 2.

Wednesday April 5, 2023: Bike Path action. Take 3.

Wednesday April 5, 2023: Bike Path action. Take 3. CoooooEeeeee.

Wednesday April 5, 2023: Bike Path action. Take 4.

First break at around midday for pies, ice-cream, caffeine and jedi magpie mind tricks to aid motivation, at The Basin.

Wednesday April 5, 2023: Jedi Master Magpie.

I’d need the motivation as there was plenty of climbing to be had, up into the Yarra Ranges.

Wednesday April 5, 2023: Up into the Yarra Ranges.

Wednesday April 5, 2023: Up into the Yarra Ranges. Take 2.

Wednesday April 5, 2023: Up into the Yarra Ranges. Take 3.

Wednesday April 5, 2023: Rolling through the village of Olinda.

Wednesday April 5, 2023: Yarra Ranges.

Very distinct agriculture up here – fruit trees, bushes and vines of all sorts. Very pretty country.

Wednesday April 5, 2023: Fruit growing activities…

Wednesday April 5, 2023: Vineyards.

Wednesday April 5, 2023: Fruit growing activities…

Wednesday April 5, 2023: More vineyards….

I didn’t have the energy to kill for anything but stopped here, not that I was hungry, to jam calories into my face….I wonder if Ned took his helmet off for the sausage roll?…….I did.

Wednesday April 5, 2023: A little off piste for Neddy boy….

Wednesday April 5, 2023: worth a photo I thought.

Wednesday April 5, 2023: Bit of Easter traffic about….

Wednesday April 5, 2023: At last a bit of down action.

Wednesday April 5, 2023: More fruit growing activity.

Wednesday April 5, 2023: A little timber milling settlement before Yarra Junction.

It was around this next section before Yarra Junction (pop. 2,875) that I fell off my bike for the first time. Just thinking about it now, a year later still makes me giggle. Long story short, my cleats were wearing out to the point that it was becoming very hard to both engage and disengage from the pedals. Every time I disengaged I had to actually think about doing so in advance, as it took a little additional effort, judgement and concentration to do so. During one particular road side stop to take a quick breather (of which there was many), my head was just not in the game and I failed to anticipate all the required movements to disengage while slowing abruptly going up hill……………

……….Tiiiiiiiiimbeeeeerrrrr (quite appropriate given the hood).

I ended up on my left shoulder, just off the road, still attached to the bike.

In the scramble to disentangle while furiously looking around to see if anyone had witnessed my misfortune I stumbled, lost my balance and ended up tumbling down the rather steep embankment into the forest undergrowth.

(at least I had been separated from the bike at this point).

Fun times!

Wednesday April 5, 2023: ……and a but more climbing.

By the time I rolled into Yarra Junction I was more than ready to cut my losses and find a bed for the night. Local dotwatcher James Carmichael who had tracked me down to say G’day and to offer me some snacks, very kindly offered me his backyard to camp. I just couldnt do it though – his wife had only just had a baby, and even though I’d be outside the house I would still feel that I was in the way.

After a bit of ringing around though I was able to arrange a room at the Toolshed in Noojee (pop. 157), 45ks up the road.

After over 3 hours of up and down I finally arrived in Noojee. I spent the next 20 minutes trying to find the Toolshed in the pitch dark (I had no phone coverage). With a little luck I finally found it, up a very steep driveway at the end of which I fell of my bike again……..for the same reasons as described above.

It turns out that the new owners, a husband and wife, didn’t think I was going to make it and had turned off all the lights and had settled in to have a few drinks from their bar.

……so I of course joined them for a couple….

Wednesday April 5, 2023: Somewhere on the Yarra Junction to Noojee Road.

Wednesday April 5, 2023: Enjoying a few laughs with the new owners of the Toolshed, Noojee.

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