The weather was warm – unseasonably so. It would have been a great weekend for a two-day ride. I would love to say I did an ovenight ride in mid-winter! So I tried to think of a way I could still manage that given I am quite unwell at the moment. But there was just no way my body was going to agree to a loaded ride or anything of any appreciable length. (My current riding capacity led me to purchase the shirt in the feature photo!)
So the guys and I took the new bike (which is aluminium – not chromoly – hence the post title) out for some 10-15 km rides on the dirt tracks along the river on Sat and Sun. It is good to get a feel for the new bike and think about what I want to modify (e.g. I do not like the 11 degree sweep on the handlebars). There are a few places where the dirt tracks dip and dive through some dry anabranches that let me test out the shocks, etc. My general feeling is: WOW! I can roll over tons of stuff. Just point, aim and don’t even worry about it. I can just mash right on through things I would have to pick my way through on The Wizard.
Next weekend, I have booked the cabin up at Beechworth again. It’s a one-bedroom cabin with a spa bath. I did the same thing last year in August with part of my tax return. It was such a nice weekend, I’ve decided to treat myself again. I’m not sure how much riding will be done – as the weather forecast doesn’t look especially conducive, but a weekend just sleeping and relaxing in the spa bath would be just fine, too! Things have been a bit rough lately – you do not want whatever I’ve got.