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.
The wardrobe at Rare Hare on the Mornington Peninsula.
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.
View from Bushrangers Bay Walking Track on the way to Cape Schanck lighthouse.
Dolphins gonna dolphin… On route to the previously mentioned GOGG event by way of the Queenscliff–Sorrento ferry, this pod — or part of a pod — of dolphins was out having a …whale of a time (😛) in Port Phillip Bay!
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.
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!
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.