Cycling in Sydney Australia
I should be training. I've committed to nine days of the RACV Great Victorian Bike Ride and I would not call myself "touring fit". I'm 55, I ride a hybrid Malvern Star (... yes, really, and it's usually weighed down with library books) and I cannot pretend comfy rides of 15km around town twice a week constitute serious preparation.
I did the ride last year and loved the freedom of the road, the up close and personal connection with the landscape (all those giant skies over Murray Valley wheat fields). I loved the welcoming towns, the conversations struck up en route, the chill in the early morning air as I scrabbled around my tent trying to find knickers.
This week I get mobile.