Last Sunday's ride really showed how much rain we've had, all the dams and streams are full to overflowing and paddocks partly under water, it's been a long time since we've had such a good (wet) winter and I reckon we'll get more rain yet, but I'm ready for some warmer weather, some nice days when the sun comes up over the hills and starts warming your back on a crisp morning. I don't mind the rain at all, my place looks a picture, I just want it to get warmer.
The cold weather always seems to induce a spell from the bike for me,I've had this week off, trying to beat a cold, not a bad one but enough to give me an excuse not to venture out, which is a bit of a bugger as I was trying to stay on the bike with the plan of riding a few Audax brevets in the coming weeks.
A few Lairs will be riding the Audax Spring into Seymour on the 4th of September and then heading up to Hopetoun the following weekend for the Mallee Routes rides, taking on some fine Dutch hills I expect. These are both great rides, through quite different countryside, Spring into Seymour takes you through mostly flat grazing country which will be green and lush at this time of year with big Redgums dotting the paddocks, where the Mallee is predominantly farms dedicated to cropping and will be hip high with Canola and grain crops. The Mallee is flat but it's challenges come from the headwinds that. can make for a long day in the saddle. You won't see many grand old farm houses here, a lot of them are made of fibro cement with crops going virtually to the back door, you can see for miles and a light in the distance can take a very long time to reach.
The longer Mallee rides take you into Wyperfeld national park where the trees do it pretty tough and are somewhat stunted compared to their cousins on the Seymour ride, We've done this ride when it was scorching hot, in the mid 30C's and in the chilly, wet, low teens.
Drop me a line if you are interested in either of the rides or you can get more info from the Audax Australia website.
There is a ride planned for 9am Sunday morning, meeting in the usual place, just down from the IGA in Lancefield. give me a hoy if your going to be there.
Photos taken on a Mallee Routes ride.