Welcome to the Dandenong Ranges, a blog dedicated to cycling, hills & adventure.
This is my first blog, and I have no idea where this blog will take me. I have no ambitions, no expectations. Maybe one day someone will read this.
I was staying at my brother-in-laws place near Bacchus Marsh. Deciding to start the New Year with a loop from the Marsh up to Gisborne returning via Melton. I had only ridden this loop once several years back, and it was cold, foggy & wet that day. For the small amount of climbing along the way between Bacchus to Gisborne, it’s a really tough slog. There’s several climbs along the way, but for the most part there’s a false flat for over 20 km’s which really wears you down.
I encountered a stiff cross wind which made for some hard work. Doing alot of work without setting the leaderboards on fire. It’s always nice to get out & about on a Public Holiday riding. There is usually minimal traffic, and you’re less likely to encounter road rage. Most people tend to be in good spirits. The last 8 km’s to Gisborne, I had a tail wind, but this was about the only respite I enjoyed for the entire day. I stopped in at the local Bakery, and had some pick me up breakfast, and headed south towards Melton. I was hoping for some PB’s along the way, which shouldn’t have been too hard. It’s about 24 km’s, which mainly downhill all the way to Melton.
Apart from false flats, I don’t enjoy descending into a stiff head wind.
Then heard the hhhhsssssttt!!!
This piece of metal ended up being thrown into the side of my tyre, & ripped a hole about half the size of a 5 cent piece. I needed to fill the hole, and it was a shame that I used my $10 dollar note to pay for breakfast as all I had on me were $50 notes. Didn’t really want to use that in the tyre. Next to the bike was a Fast Food wrapper that had been thrown out, and I decided to use that to jerry rig the hole (yeah I know…)