Just takin’ it easy

For those who have followed my blog may have picked up the theme that I like riding my bike and I like riding a long way.  Well that is very true.  However, I also really love sharing my rides with Deb.  These rides aren’t measured in 1,000’s of kilometers but in the number of coffee shops, craft shops, and sight seeing opportunities we take.  Generally they are limited to approximately 400km per day.

So with a couple of free days we planned a quick overnighter down to Mallacoota on the Victorian coast with a couple of friends.

But before I go any further I want to apologise for the photos – they are crap low resolution photos! I forgot to check the settings before I set off.  Lesson learnt.

So with record rainfall over the last month and a lot of the north west of the State under flood waters it was nice to see blue sky as we headed south out of Canberra.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

There’s always got to be some dirt somewhere (back road to Cathcart) – Black Lake on the right.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Heading down Mt Darragh

The beauty of these types of rides is that there is no real time constraints.  So the unwritten rule if you are in the lead is that you set the direction, the stops, and the side roads to explore.

It is really easy to just keep riding, to rush to the destination.  It can be much harder to stop.  This is a lesson I’ve had to learn. Stopping. Just sitting and gazing out over the mountains, taking it all in.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Besides with less than 400km to ride there’s really no need to rush.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Popping into Eden for fish ‘n’ chips by the ocean

By early afternoon we arrive at our accommodation, ditch our luggage and head out to explore. After a bit of aimless wandering around we came upon a nice walkway by the ocean so for the next hour or so we just wandered, sat and took in the calmness. A very nice way to just while away the time. No place to be. And no hurry to get there.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Our accommodation for the night

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Just hanging out

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Just chillin’ watching the world go by

Being a public holiday on Monday the roads were always going to be a bit hectic so we decided to keep off the main thoroughfares as much as possible and rather than going up the coast before heading inland back to Canberra we popped across to Cann River for breakfast at the ‘Relics Cafe’ before travelling north on the quieter Monaro highway.

On our way home we made a detour back towards Cathcart to have a look at Black Lake. And we are glad we made the effort, it’s such a beautiful little spot.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

I was fascinated by this gum tree.  It looks like it had fallen over some years ago but with some roots still grounded just refused to die. A bit of lesson there – often we get knocked around and only focus on what happened or what we lost.  Not on what we have, adapt and move on.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Then before long we rolled into Canberra only to be treated to a rainbow.  Welcome home.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

 

 

Advertisements

6 thoughts on “Just takin’ it easy

  1. Yes love the welcome home! I always look out for rainbows. It looks like a great trip and one I might make myself since it’s not too far. Glad you and Deb got to share it together as well.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s