Victoria

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Salsa El Caballo de Carga

The Salsa El Caballo de Carga resting in the scrub This week I had the pleasure of putting together another bike based around an old Salsa El Mariachi frame. I call this one The Salsa “El Caballo de Carga” (The Salsa Packhorse). “Packhorse”, because its purpose is a gravel-y, touring-y, bikepacking-y, off-the-beaten-path, do-it-all kind of bike, and also because Salsa “El Mula” (the Mule) sounded pretty boring. I’ve had a build like this in mind ever since completing a 4-day tour of the Great Allegheny Passage from Pittsburg Pennsylvania, to Cumberland Maryland (240 kms/150 miles) in 2017.

Sunride

The Goose on the loose! Took The Goose out for a quick morning ride up some hills this morning; my first ride with the new Wound Up forks and my first ride on a road bike in, well, quite a while. Strange feeling to be on a road bike again after almost two years, since my first #ms150 in 2017. Things that notably felt weird: Narrow bars. I’m so used to riding 640mm+ bars now that riding these feels like I’m ducking and weaving like the X-Wings at the end of Star Wars Large chainring.

Great Otway Gravel Grind

Last weekend I competed in the Great Otway Gravel Grind in and around Forrest, Victoria. The GOGG is a 49km or 100km bike ride through the beautiful coastal mountains of Southern Victoria on gravel/dirt roads. As this would be my first “real” bike ride since returning to Australia I opted for the 49km option rather than the century. My bikes didn’t arrive from the US until late January, giving me about five training weeks before event day. I used most of that time riding up and down the hills of the Mornington Peninsula, in particular going from my front door to the end of Port Nepean, roughly a 10km round trip with ~320m of elevation.

Faraway Beach party NYE 2011

Here’s a teaser image from our New Years Eve beach party in country Victoria. That’s right, I said beach party. More images to come soon, but I’ve put this one up because a) I’m heading away to Kuching for Chinese New Year this long weekend, and b) I think it’s rad. (Tap for a large version) Back in a few days!

Kyneton

My last trip home to Australia had me stay with some good friends in country Victoria. Kyneton to be exact[1. Sup Stevo?]. Being one to rarely venture out into the country, I got up in the morning and took some photos, including this one. Fact: there are worse-looking places than Kyneton, Victoria. Here’s a link to a full screen version. And here’s a giant, click-and-draggable version.