Monday, January 3, 2011
The Great Victorian Bike Ride - Day 8
Day 8 - Yea - Eildon - 64km.
Much warmer riding conditions today and a slight wind. It was a bit hard to get out of bed this morning, although none of us were sore after yesterday. Only 64kms today.
We have now realized why it is only 64kms today. We started climbing straight away with gradual hills to the gorgeous small town of Alexandra, where we had our lunch stop. Alexandra is nestled in the foothills of the Great Dividing Range and for us to arrive at Eildon we have to negotiate some of the Great Dividing Range. Why did we think 64kms was going to be a quick ride?
The pain started very soon after leaving Alexandra as we climbed up and up. I can assure you that a reasonable amount of walking was needed, even by our boys in the group. Once again the sag wagon was working overtime, but once again none of us succumbed.
The warbies ( we are right behind you) were also busy helping out with jammed brakes and just moral support with handing out jelly beans for extra energy, anything for a distraction from the screaming leg muscles.
At last we reached the top and the views of Lake Eildon were magnificent. It was worth it ( I think )
Then the wonderful downhill run into Eildan. We crossed the Lake Wall and into the very pretty campsite around the Lake. Would you believe no rain in sight.
It was our last night on the ride and we decided we needed to celebrate. We all went into the village of Eildon for a meal and sat around and enjoyed the entertainment that was provided.
It is hard to believe that we have been riding for 8 days, you forget about all what is happening in the outside world. For me I have just about forgotten that I own an online business that is very busy with the Christmas rush. Thank heavens for my girls that have taken control for me, I know Raptup is in good hands.