Riding With Friends

Riding With Friends
Most times it’s not about the destination.
Sometimes it’s not even about the journey – it’s about the people you share it with.

Riding With Friends
My friend Bangers organized a point to point ride from Caboolture to Mooloolah. Although a few of us had done this ride a month ago, we thought it would be fun to do it again with a larger group of people.

“We could turn up fifteen minutes early to give us time to get ready for the ride,” I suggested to Darb.
“Or we could turn up an hour early to give us time for coffee and bullsh*t,” I continued.
Darb opted for the second option.

So we started our day with a leisurely snack and chat before slowly rolling away.

Riding With Friends

Riding With Friends

We started by following bike paths and quiet back streets out of Caboolture.

Riding With Friends

The forecast was for rain, but we’re optimists and defied the grey skies anyway.  None of us were made out of sugar – we were confident we’d be able to survive a bit of autumnal precipitation.

Riding With Friends

Our ragged peloton ended up on Pumicestone Road, riding east towards the pine forests.

Riding With Friends

Kaye got a flat.

Calum helped her fix it.

Riding With Friends

The rest of us had a break and continued our pre-ride discussions.

No one was in a hurry.

Riding With Friends

We left the roads behind and disappeared into the forest…

Riding With Friends

…dodging puddles and mud.

Riding With Friends

It was perfect riding weather.

The rain was staying away; clouds kept the sun away; a gentle breeze kept us cool
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After an hour we stopped for a quick break.

No one seemed to mind me sticking the camera in their faces (much).

Riding With Friends

After five or ten minutes we continued northwards.

Riding With Friends
(Photo: Jason Grant)

Some of the tracks were muddy.

Darb skidded off into the bushes and injured his knee.

Thankfully Tony was there to help him back up.

Riding With Friends

Darb decided to call it a day and head for the nearest railway station.

Simon and Adam rode with him to make sure he was ok.

The rest of us continued north.

Riding With Friends

The track past the strawberry farms was especially muddy.

Riding With Friends

Unfortunately, the people with the courses in their GPS were at the back of the pack.

Everyone else missed the turn-off and kept riding down the road for a couple of kilometres.

Eventually I called Bangers on the mobile phone and suggested he turn around.

Riding With Friends
(Photo: Jason Grant)

To avoid the paved roads we cut through the Beerwah section of Glasshouse Mountains National Park.

The track was soggy in spots, but it was reasonably firm and easy to ride.

Riding With Friends

We slipped and slid through more mud near road works on Roys Road and continued north.

Riding With Friends

Towards Landsborough the skies started to look menacing.

We decided to end the ride there and catch the early train home rather than risk getting stuck in the rain, and having to wait another ninety minutes for the next train.

Total distance: 50 km
Max elevation: 71 m
Min elevation: 12 m
Total climbing: 762 m
Total descent: -713 m
Average speed: 15.92 km/h
Total Time: 04:26:28
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We rode a total of about fifty kilometres in about four and a half hours including breaks.

During that time we climbed about 350 metres in elevation and I burned about 1,800 kcal.

This was a leisurely ride on easy tracks.  The mud posed a slight challenge, but it added to the fun.

I’ll rate it 6 out of 10 on the tough-o-meter.

It was a perfect day for a large bunch of friends to have an enjoyable get-together on wheels.

Thanks everyone for another good adventure.

Riding With Friends

2 Replies to “Riding With Friends”

  1. I did this ride yesterday with a friend and our two sons. A great school holiday adventure. Hopefully we can follow some more of your trails in the future. Thanks for the inspiration Neil.

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