The day for Coffeeneuring dawned very windy, stormy and without power due to electrical cells in the storms. Only a short ride then.
But where? Ah, there’s a new Bakehouse in Perth and a new bit of track at the end of the the Breadalbane to Perth shared track to try, so starting at Devon Hills and riding into Perth should give me a 6 k ride. That’s enough for today!!
Sheltering under the back door of the X-Trail I pulled out Brompton and bag. Too wet to use the Magnum as the front wheels would throw ground water everywhere. The mudguards (not fenders, the bike is made in London) on Brompton work really well.
Off to Perth. I was blown down the road it felt like I was keeping reasonably dry as the rain hit my back! The new bit of track took me past the junction with the main highway but then it was time to hug the hard shoulder of the highway as it entered Perth. The 60kph speed limit and then the 50kph limit kept things calm.
The Bakehouse has a deep awning at front and Brompton sat under there keeping dry. I decided to try one of the meat pies the advertising promotes. As you can see, service is odd. No plates, eating irons or cups – just takeaway stuff. Didn’t think I would need my keep-cup today. The steak and pepper pie turned out to be better than the old-style industrial pies made in factories but not that much better. The Bakehouse pies reflect how it used to be done but do have more actual meat in them than the old days. Today bakeries do it so much better so perhaps they need to research the boutique pies now available. The coffee was OK.
I mounted Brompton to head back to Devon Hills. Straight into the gale and rain and uphill. It needed low gears to make headway, so different to the ride down.
The missing link – new bit of track. The tyre marks are all mine. Into Perth on the left; back from Perth on the right. As I cycled up to this point I was attacked by a Masked Lapwing! It aimed at and then banked away from the back of my head, snapping its beak. It did this half a dozen times before it had driven me off it’s patch. I walked back to try and get a picture of it. As soon as I stepped into it’s territory it had another go. Too fast for a picture though.
It’s days like this that make cycling interesting!!
BTW: there is a Coffeeneuring map accessible via the Facebook Coffeeneuring Group. It flags where in the world people are drinking their coffee. Accessible by the Menu “Announcements”. My entries are flagged red while all others so far are blue. Because I am in the southern hemisphere?