It was a great ride up on the Dorrigo plateau despite the 7 a.m. start from Urunga and the 8 degrees on arrival! Naturally, only the hardiest DUBBUG riders were present, but we are all well versed in the importance of quality over quantity. Our newest rider, David, hailing from Valery, again approached one of our most testing scheduled rides, with vigour and enthusiasm. The 14-kilometre ride out to the Fernbrook Loop, involved just one hill. Coincidentally, it was of 14 kilometres in length! We were soon unaware of the cold and more concerned by an experienced rider’s concern about altitude sickness! Opportunely, the Waterfall Way west of Dorrigo, was magnificently maintained and the traffic minimal.
The Fernbrook Loop, although narrow and a little rough, provided some breathtaking views. When on the plateau every vista is worthy of framing, particularly the patchwork effect of the rolling and verdant green pastures juxtaposed by swathes of volcanic-red tilled soil. The return ride was sensational, as it was naturally, primarily down hill. Initially, we had thought about venturing beyond the programmed 40 kilometres, as we were keen to maintain our Coffs Challenge conditioning, but were unanimous in our decision on our return Dorrigo, to “hibernate” for coffee.
Next week there is no scheduled ride, as most of our riders will be participating in the Coffs Coast Cycle Challenge!