It is Friday the 13th today and it is return to cycling for me.
Is such a day a good day to jump onto the bike again? For the first time after my broken ulna accident and after more than a year not having done any cycling at all? Am I pushing my luck?
Heck yeah, why not? What could possibly go wrong….? Stay away all you loose dogs…
So I cycled the Capital City Trail that surrounds Melbourne today. Keen readers of this blog (are there any…?) may recall that I walked the same loop some time ago. Details here.
Here I am outside our apartment building ready to go. My bike is behind me. A bit apprehensive. How can I not be?
In true honesty, I didn’t cycle the complete Capital City Trail. From where Good Mrs and I live, it is preferable to cycle down LaTrobe Street to Melbourne Docklands and join the Capital City Trail there.
There are two advantages in doing so.
- You avoid the Southbank crowds. Always busy there around Yarra River.
- LaTrobe Street has dedicated bicycle lanes in both directions.
There is a third advantage as well. The loop would be slightly shorter…
I will not include many new photos from today’s bike ride. Scenic photos along the way were already included in that earlier post. But I did have to include the next two photos from just outside Rushall train station.
The Capital City Trail briefly “disappears” as it shares a train line underpass with pedestrians and commuters.
The underpass is narrow and the set up does not benefit anybody. Hence, there has been a long standing idea to build a new shared pedestrian / bicycle path nearby. A path that would seperate commuters walking to and from Rushall station from walkers / cyclists.
Well, the draft design is available for review. “Have your say’ as the board says. Somebody “had their say” but in a somewhat unconventional way. The spelling leaves a bit to desire as well.
And what about those trees in the background…?
Well, a tree whisperer or somebody speaking on behalf of the trees have affixed “Please save me” notes…
I have read that there has been vocal local opposition to extend the Capital City Trail here. But I can not see how a diverted path would not benefit the locals as well. Presumably, the tree whisperer does not frequent public transport…
I completed cycling Capital City Trail in 1 hour and 47 minutes. The distance was just short of 30km.
Was I tired when I finished? Yes, of course, even though it was not a long distance, the combined psychological and physical effort was tiring.
Did I look out for dogs along the way? Of course I did. One dog, in a leash, was approaching me at one stage. I did brake, but very softly indeed.
Was I chuffed that I finished it? Of course. See the photo below…
Am I keen to get back into cycling again? You bet I am. It’s great fun and Melbourne as a whole is a very bike friendly town.
I will aim for another, longer bicycle ride next week. Hans The Biker in addition to Hans The Hiker 🙂 But for now, let’s rest the muscles and the mind. And the bike…
It’s a weekend coming up after all and my brother in law with company will arrive in a few hours.
Let’s drink to all that… Even the bad karma around Friday the 13th was not stopping me today. I have returned to cycling. Craft beer, anyone?