The ride began with 10 cyclists, led by Helen – but we picked up three more on the way – Hermann, Sally and Richard. The other riders were, Carolyn, Geoff (trusty tail-ender), Kevin, Charlotte, Denis, Lynton, David J, David S and Russell.
Conditions were perfect weather-wise, but less so on the path. While this is sealed except for the notorious short section at Fyansford, the ride was ‘all terain’ with a bit of amphibian added. Flood waters had receded, leaving only a few places where there was water over the path, but after the water came the mud! At Queens Park Bridge we noticed cyclists using the grass to avoid a muddy patch on the path. This should have been a warning but your intrepid riders continued undaunted. Some rode the path, others took to the grass. The ride leader soon became tail-ender as mud and grass caked bike wheels, brakes and settled in huge clumps where the wheels pass the bike frame. David F had a spill on the slippery grass – the fall somewhat broken by the muddy grass. It seems only pride was wounded.
Finally, very spread out, all riders reached Barwon Edge for coffee, where they were joined by Nancy and Heather. After some more hasty mud clearing from wheels, all riders successfully made it back to Balyang.
Saturday afternoon sorted – bike clean!