Ride Report 19th August 2012 – Urunga to Glennifer Hall

DUBBUG Ride Report

19th August 2012

George Smith

What a fantastic day for a bike ride.  There were mild temperatures, clear skies, and little traffic. That was what our riders experienced on their travels from Urunga to Gleniffer hall and back. (A stop was made at Bellingen for the obligatory coffee on the way home).

It was Phil’s first major test of his new bike and so the slow folk such as I saw little of him, Tim and Peter as they tried to outdo each other up the numerous hills.

It has been suggested that the electric gears sported on Phil’s and Tim’s bikes are, in fact, motors.  However no firm evidence has been produced and so we must assume, reluctantly, that they are just strong riders.  What Peter, who is visiting from Beechworth in Victoria, used to power his performance is a mystery to us all.

It is pleasing to report that there were no punctures and no breakdowns.

Our ride leader Alan Brighton did a fantastic job of marshalling us and didn’t make George and Herb feel too bad for lagging behind.  That is George lagged and Herb kept him company.

To add to the great scenery we were delighted to have live jazz played whist supping coffee at the Bellingen Butter Factory.

Other new is that Bettyanne and David have returned from their Tour de France and other European travel exploits and joined on our Friday ride.  They are loud in their praise of European cycling generally, and, in particular, the respect motorists there show to cyclists.

Next Week’s ride is: Sunday 26th Start 8 a.m. from Urunga BP via Southarm Rd to Bellingen Butter factory  (coffee); then home via North Bank. Weekday rides as usual on Wednesday & Friday.  Start Urunga BP at 8 a.m..