Australia Day ride to Hervey Range

The Australia Day public holiday is not quite long enough to go cycle touring, so instead we went for a touring style ride which resulted in good food and coffee!

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Despite the early morning downpour, thirteen of us met at 7.30am for the ride up Hervey Range to the Heritage Range Tea Rooms (well, eight of us met at 7.30am, three riders met us on the way, and the last two missed the start and had to chase us up the range!).

"Don't tell Ian, but I really like this bike!"

“Don’t tell Ian, but I really like this bike!”

Apart from just enjoying being out on our bikes, the idea for the ride was to practise for our upcoming four day Easter trip when we will be cycling right through the day, rather than early morning. Thankfully the sun stayed behind the clouds, which kept the heat down somewhat, but it was still quite muggy and we all drank down a few litres of water during the ride!

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Noice…Australia Day arm-cover

Hervey Range is a good climb and a rare one in Townsville. The view is worth the hard work…

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…when you can see the view that is! The fog had it’s own beauty though, and we actually felt a bit chilly once the slight breeze hit our very sweaty clothes.

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The service at the Heritage Range Tea Rooms was great, although we were a little miffed when the owner (quite innocently and politely) told us we should place our bikes a little further down the fence because ‘people like to park here’. It seems that twelve hungry people whose quiet, non-smelly vehicles take up the parking space of about one car don’t deserve to park as close to the entrance…hmmm…

Jane took her new Vivente Anatolia up the hill and loved it!

Jane took her new Vivente Anatolia up the hill and loved it!

Anyway, we enjoyed the coffee and scones…and eggs and bacon…and more coffee…

Bec up to her usual eating antics. What's wrong with eggs on toast AND two big scones for breakfast? I'm a cycle tourer right?!?

Bec up to her usual incredible eating antics. What’s wrong with eggs on toast AND two big scones for breakfast? I’m a cycle tourer right?!?

A couple of us had not ridden further than about 40km in one day before, so the return trip (another 35kms) felt a bit tough.

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Deb the Pom experiencing a hot, humid Australia Day…did those Aussie flag tattoos survive the ride?

Australian flag tattoo on someone's butt...

Speaking of tatts…whose butt could this be?

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The heat didn’t bother Lucy…they make those Dutch people tough!

We finished the ride about 2pm and completed it with a couple of snags on the BBQ, as befitting an enjoyable Australian public holiday in summer!

Every day that you’re on the bike is a great day!

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