Only thirty-seven (37) other cyclists spotted on this morning's 66 km circuit encompassing Mosman, Wakehurst Parkway, northern beaches, Church Point, McCarrs Creek Rd, Mona Vale Rd and Pacific Hwy! Most of those were between Mona Vale and Terrey Hills – the total only reached double figures at Church Point. And that includes all the little kids riding their new bikes on the footpath and locals pottering around. Probably less than a tenth of the riders usually out on a typical weekend or holiday morning.
Mind you those numbers still almost exceeded those of cars out early. This, plus cool temperature and light overcast made for ideal cycling conditions, probably about the best all year.
So where were the rest of you? It can't just be explained by everyone staying home to unwrap their presents, can it?
It wasn't until I was returning to civilisation at St Ives (?!) that it hit me. No, not a truck, but the realisation. The cafes were closed!
Is this really what we have come to? Cycling in the early mornings is no longer about the exercise (if it ever was) but is now all about the caffeine hit? Sad ;-)
Did anyone else ride anywhere and see virtually no other cyclists?