by mynameiskoko » Fri Oct 15, 2010 4:40 pm
Yes, I did the scenic. Lets get that out of the way now. Ahem..
Woke up groggy that morning, didn’t get a good nights sleep. So even though I ticked “long ride” on the registration form, I changed my mind when we were starting out to do the scenic instead since I didn’t feel like torturing myself on the long ride that day. Hei, can’t blame me for thinking like that since two dogs is in the list of hares!!
It was quite an enjoyable ride I might say. I stayed at the back of the pack at the start of the ride, and got caught in the traffic jam at the first climb. I still remember this section well, since Winston and I spend a lot of time here transporting 5 bikes between the two of us on the Nov 2009 bash. Didn’t seem too difficult now though as compared to that time.
After getting past all the pushing, it was a nice and easy ride through sections that I recognize from a number of rides. Its quite easy to go fast now since the bulk of the pack has zoomed off in front of me. Met the usual suspects, stopped to chat a lot of times, and taking everything very easy since I know I only had about 12km to do.
Finally arrived at the split for long and short, again stopped for quite some time to chit chat and wait for a friend. Quite a pleasant day for a ride actually, and after taking off into the scenic route I started to regret not going for the long that day. Ah well, I can always come again another day to torture myself if I wanted to.
After a while of riding, we finally ran out of paper. Backtracking we actually found that it was actually at a check that is not broken yet! Hmm.. this is a rare occurrence to me being in the middle pack most of the time riding a bash so an unbroken check is not something I see often. We totally missed the check marker since we were not expecting one.
A rider came from one of the branches heading uphill, so there were 3 of us to solve the check. I proceeded to backcheck and didn’t have to go far before hearing on! on! called. So off we go again, riding a pleasant trail back to the car.
I must say, that must have been the fastest 12km scenic bash that I’ve ever done. I remember checking the odometer when reaching the main road thinking that we might have skipped some sections since it felt too short. Nice scenery and good weather must have made the time and distance seem to fly by quickly.
Good job to the hares, I’ll be sure to take this route again when I want a nice easy ride!