Night Riding

A light bike doesn't replace good fitness.

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Delores
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by Delores

Hi, Thank you )!
I am also taking here a mobile battery pack capable of charging an i-phone 5 times so that should be heaps.

kgibbo1868
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by kgibbo1868

Check out my ride on Strava.
https://www.strava.com/activities/1390578854


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by kgibbo1868

Well, I had an epic day of riding. With a better route choice I could have got more kms, but this was a crazy, amazing, challenging day that I won’t forget any time soon!


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TonyM
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by TonyM

kgibbo1868 wrote:Well, I had an epic day of riding. With a better route choice I could have got more kms, but this was a crazy, amazing, challenging day that I won’t forget any time soon!


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That sounds good!!!!!
Write your experience!!

kgibbo1868
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by kgibbo1868

Thanks to everyone who gave advice, I was all set up with heaps of reflective tape, 2 x headlights, 2 x tail lights, lots of food, 3 liters of fluids, a portable battery for recharging my phone, and lights. I had warm gloves and arm warmers as well as a windproof vest. I set the alarm for 2:45 (wife was not impressed) and checked my watch every hour from the time I went to bed as I could not sleep. Too much nervous energy I think.

3:00am departure, 50km in the sun started to rise. By this time I had already seen a Tasmanian Devil eating road kill, as they do..., A bunch of possums and rabbits not to mention a constant flow of wallabies crossing the road in front of me. One got a bit to close, but contact was avoided! The first 50km was truely wonderful quietly cruising down road by myself. I saw 2 other vehicles in the first 50km, traffic is definatly not an issue! :-)
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The pavement ended, to my surprise, after 50 km and turned to gravel. I had planned the ride on ride with gps and it looked like a decent highway.... :cry:
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I thought I would see how I go on the gravel, I had some sealant in my tool bag and a spare tubular as well.
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The road wasn't great but I kept hoping it would get better, it didn't.... Gravel and 20% climbs on 23c tyres will test you, not to mention trying to go down the other side and not lose your $hit.
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100km in and 50 km of gravel. By this time I was committed to trying to make it to pavement, I could not turn and ride the last 50 km again. I was feeling pretty beat up from the vibrations and the effort required to ride this road was starting to take its toll on me both physically and mentally.
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The bike was filthy and so was I... I stopped to have a stretch and take a picture of the river. While taking the picture 2 hikers came out of the bush and told me only another 20 km of gravel to go. I had already done 80 so I guess another 20 wouldn't be the end of the world, but inside I was feeling like it might. By this time I had lost both water bottles on a scary decent, then I rode back and collected them but one had a broken nozzle and they were both disgustingly dirty. Then at some point (not sure when) I lost another water bottle and one of my rear lights ejected itself as well... :evil: Did I mention that this road was a bit sketchy, especially on steep descents?
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This little dude was in bad shape as he had been run over, I was not game to help him though...
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At km 150 I finally saw pavement again. I had actually ridden 100km of gravel and gotten a flat, how is that even possible? My ax-lightness 24 ULT wheels and Veleflex tyres impressed me once again! :D :D
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Back to the coast at km 240, and I turned left into a nast head wind... :cry:
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278km of vast nature, this was my longest ride ever, and totally solo. It was around 8:00 pm when I called in the SAG wagon.
I am a bit sore and tired today but still glowing with a buzz from the ride.
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TonyM
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by TonyM

Sounds a great experience indeed!!!
Maybe one day I will do something like that. That inspired me. Thanks!

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wheelbuilder
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by wheelbuilder

Wow. Nice job!

TheKaiser
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by TheKaiser

That ride was a proper "adventure", and sounds like a great bit of "Type 2" fun. Much more satisfying long term than if it had gone off without a hitch. :thumbup:

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