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.
Introducing The 2019 ‘Goose, with added @chriskingbuzz 1” headset and bottom bracket in shining silver, and of course the Wound Up Composites 1” road fork. A turn-of-the-century bike tweaked and modernised for today :) I think I’ve always loved straight-tubed bikes, particularly older ones with horizontal top tubes. Even when retro-modded, frames of this era look fast, sturdy, and clean. I think in the case of The new and improved ‘Goose, the Wound Up fork fits in perfectly with the aesthetic; a straight fork with a chrome crown.
In May and June this year, we took to South America for a whirlwind tour of five countries: Ecuador, Peru, Chile, Argentina, and Brazil. As we’d never been before, the purpose was to get a good taste of South America to find parts we may want to visit again, but in more detail. One of the highlights of the five-week trip was the hiking we did in Peru. We spent two weeks based in Cusco, from where we took two separate back-to-back hiking tours with Mountain Lodges of Peru (very highly recommended!).