About 4:45am at the old substation just across from the Old Museum at Bowen Hills. Just me and Ryan today and the plan was Caloundra and back. We’d done this before back in 2012. But conditions this time were so, so much better.
It was dark for the longest time. Later today when we came back through in the opposite direction we were like, “Oh — this is what this road actually looks like.” Some sections — like at Strathpine — were just BLACK. Not even street lighting.
Just coming into Caboolture the light started to seep in. The Glasshouse Mountains looked a lot prettier than this pic.
20 minutes later the world was a tiny bit more civilised.
We had a break at Beerburrum — just like last time — then started smashing along Steve Irwin way. This road has about 18kms of no-shoulder death-zone-ness. It gets quite scary in some sections where there is a traffic island in the middle.
Beerwah has to get on the map somehow.
From Landsborough the road is actually really, really good. Nice surface, plenty of shoulder, not too much climbing.
The sun came out for a bit.
For the return journey just imagine exactly the same as before except:
1) heaps more traffic
2) a tiny bit of rain
3) very sore legs, plus sore neck, back, hands, bum, etc, etc
4) I had the beef and vege pie at Beerburrum instead of the chicken curry on the way up.
Total distance was 207km, over 1500m of climbing, an average speed of 30.9 and 6.5hours of riding (not including breaks). It is safe to say that me and Ryan are pretty fucking proud of ourselves — just quietly. Having made it through today we both know this will make the Killarney ride that’s coming up just a little less daunting.