Monday, January 3, 2011

The Great Victorian Bike Ride. - Day 7

Day 7 - Seymour - Yea - 85km.

Another day on the road and we were all pretty pleased with how we were feeling after yesterdays long ride.

We left Seymour and had a gentle climb to our first rest area at Broadford before climbing the Murchison Spur to lunch at Strath Creek. The going was very tough and at times we seemed to be going so slow we wondered if we were ever going to get there. At the top of the spur magnificent views and the climb was certainly worth it. The downhill was scary but good, although there were a few casualties, but not in our group.

We rode on through some lovely countryside, a lot of it had been devastated in the bushfires. especially around the Flowerdale area,but new growth was very evident. If we thought it was tough riding before lunch we were unprepared for what was to come. The last 20kms before our afternoon rest area was extremely hard, in fact we had to walk a couple of sections. The sag wagon was very busy in the afternoon, picking up riders that just couldn't go any further. None our group surrendered to the sag wagon though and it was with great relief that we arrived at the rest area with the knowledge that we had a 15km downhill into Yea.

Lovely campsite at Yea and the night entertainment was great. It made you forget what a tough day we had just had.

Of course another night of rain.

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