The famous song lyrics “There’s a fine line between pleasure and pain” sung by the Divinyls accurately summarises this Sunday’s ride. Autumn was in evidence as we made the steep journey to Lowanna with stunning scenery. Leaves with orange and yellow tinges on the trees and a brisker feel to the air’s temperature emphasised the season and the Bellbirds made themselves known with their melodic calls on our ascent.
Lowanna Masochism started at Urunga with seven riders; Phil and Dave completing the entire 110km journey. It was a fast pace up the highway where five cyclists decided that coffee was in order before the return trip to Urunga. Mike, Steve, George, Herb and Leigh had varying and valid reasons for taking the shorter but no means easier ride to Coffs and back to Urunga. In Coffs, Phil and Dave were joined by Bruce, Don and Michele and the ride continued up the mountain.
Lowanna Masochism began in earnest, with Red Hill the first challenge. After a break at Coramba where Dave discussed the finer points of his new bike, he proceeded to test it to the limit and race Phil up the mountain – approximately 11km of gradual but constant climbing. He was crowned King of the Mountain for the day with Phil a close second, both reaching George’s Gold Mine 15 minutes before the slower group. The slower, some may say more sensible and steadier riders, took the hill at a sedate pace with Don, Bruce and Michele chatting amongst themselves along the way. They too enjoyed the challenge of keeping the pedals moving as well as the flow of interesting conversation, the bellbirds also joining in to provide their point of view.
At the café at Lowanna our energies were replenished, sitting back and relaxing with our coffees and array of tasty delights whilst learning of Dave’s exciting NSW Coastal Cycle Trail plans. Then the fun part began! The ride down the mountain was thoroughly enjoyable with everyone taking the curves and corners with respect, keeping in mind the cars and motorbikes that might have been heading up the hill.
Thank you to all in the group who encouraged Michele (who probably would have headed home after the sharp incline of Red Hill). The friendship, camaraderie, good conversation and encouragement ensured that the Lowanna Masochism ride was unanimously decided a definite pleasure, despite some small amount of pain. Phil’s leadership was appreciated, with thorough planning and support throughout the ride.
We wish our cyclists who are heading off on holiday a happy and fun-filled journey with many memorable moments – safe travelling to you all.
Next week we look forward to the Fernbrook Loop ride, commencing at BP Urunga at 7am or Dorrigo Top Pub at 8am. Please contact George Smith on 0419182117 for further information or if a lift is required. All are most welcome and we hope to see you there.