28/03/2015 – My First Time to Lead an AOA Trip
“This is a beautiful ride on gravel with no cars to worry about. It will suit anyone who wants to take easy riding to the next level (you should at least have coped with a 30km ride). We will not be going fast, we will be enjoying the scenery, making photo stops, chat stops, and coffee stops. There are several possible pancake stops!!!! There are some gradual inclines but definitely no major hills to climb and the gravel is very stable. This ride will not suit road bikes with very narrow tyres, but my touring bike handles it easily, so not just for mountain bikes. Call me if you want advice on this. We can access the trail directly from the Bellevue RSL car park. It takes us through the old train tunnel, past a waterfall and other stunning scenery. The whole loop is about 50km, so you must have a reasonable level of fitness”. This is my description of the trip that appeared on the AOA website.
A beautiful day dawned, everyone turned up at the right time at the right place, so we made a good start. First photo stop was at the Hovea Falls, stretch the legs, (fall over on the gravel – me only), take a quick walk down to the smooth rocks and admire the view.
We made a more substantial stop at the Mount Helena Tavern, unfortunately the organizer of the trip had failed to calculate that it would be closed at this hour of the morning. Never mind, we commandeered a table in the sun and enjoyed a nice break. You can tell from the smiles they have worked out that the uphill ride is just about over.
Mundaring Sculpture Park
Cyclists befriending sculptures. Sorry, not many pictures, but then I did have a leader’s responsibilities.