Happy New Year, dear internet.
Yes, I know I’m about a month late, I’ve been busy, ok! :p
So, what has been going on in my world that’s meant a 6 week hiatus? One word
I started a my new job just before Christmas – just for a few days of orientation and then started again properly just after the New Year. It’s been a blast so far – I’ve been thrown right into two projects from pretty much the first day I started and have been really enjoying the mountainous challenge of getting enough knowledge into my head so I can earn my keep.
I’ve really not done a whole lot else since I last blogged – a few rides, but I’ve not taken many photos.
Today though, I made a point of talking the camera on my ride out to Jarrahdale and the hills.
The dog has been waking up early – 5am most days, so I thought I’d take advantage of being up before it gets hot (a forecast 40C today) and go for a long ride. First, I went to the beach, which always looks lovely in the mornings when the sun lights up the water from behind.
That’s my shadow poking out down there!
Rode out to Serpentine Dam – the cafe was closed, but I wasn’t really there to have any breakfast or coffee this time. The water levels in the dam are really low at the moment – it’s been pretty dry for the last couple of months – typical for summer here – but it’s still very low.
The road the other side of the dam is pretty cool – totally deserted and pretty good quality. There are a few corners with gravel on the road, which means you have to be careful not to take your eyes off the road or go too fast where you can’t see, but apart from that, it’s awesome.
I stopped at the Kingsbury Lookout, dragging the bike through the thick gravel so I could take a photo. It’s really the worst possible bike for that place!!
Back at the bottom of the hills, I rode back through the little back roads around Serpentine and Hopelands, which are very scenic, but bumpy – I need an adventure bike for that kind of thing! My backside took a pounding from my basic suspension clattering off the poor road surface, but I stopped regularly to take photos so it wasn’t too bad.
And that was that – I did 130km and was home by 9am.