Sunday Ride to Ellendale
Once again the tortoise of the group on the scooter was able to observe all that was happening from the back of the bunch. I think I may be the only one who enjoys the animals, especially the lambs and horses, and flora of Tasmania as I idly scoot past it all. Yesterday was a beautiful day with a bit of spot wind here and there from the Willows Tavern, morning tea at Salmon Ponds and then back to the Lyall Hwy via Bushy Park, Hamilton and across the gorgeous Meadowbank Dam to Ellendale.
That was when the fun and games began. Rod enjoyed the swings and urging a very dysfunctional bbq to heat the sausages. The girls, Terina, Anitonia and Betty enjoyed the exercise cycle. Time for some toning up in order to get back on their bigger cycles.
The weather held out and the wind died enough for yet another leg of the ride from Ellendale back through Bushy Park, via Westerway and on to try out the new Brighton Bypass with a turn off via Tea Tree Rd to Richmond. By then it was too hot for coffee and as afternoon tea time was upon us it was ice cream for a few of us.
There were 20 flavours and yes one of our members had the bland old chocolate. There is one in every crowd. More conversation though I was becoming almost hoarse and it was time to get back on my Scarabeo Tortoise and head back to Hobart. It really is amazing how fast time flies when one is with a group of funny child like adults on big bikes roaring over the countryside of a beautiful place such as southern Tasmania.
I think the best thing from riding behind is looking ahead and seeing the long line of bikes in the distance ahead of me travelling over such beautiful landscape. Some people just want to keep riding and riding and not wanting the day to end but after a sit down in Richmond there were a few creaking knees as they went back to their bikes. There is always a good night's sleep and another few days to wait until the next ride. See you then.
Pam Parks (#46708)