Cycling in Sydney Australia
Yes, I guess I was being over optimistic expecting to see anyone on the road yesterday morning.
Still, I confirmed previous research into my theory that cycling on Christmas morning is unpopular because all the coffee shops are closed. (Well, the ones on the north side, certainly. Nick and Nomes seem to be trying to disprove my theory on the south dark side.)
In an 85km ride, I saw only 55 other cyclists (actually there were more but I am not including the Northern Suburbs Club peloton which was too big and too fast to count as it headed the other way on Pacific Hwy).
It's not as if I was cycling on an unpopular route. On an ordinary weekend morning, numbers would be in the hundreds on most routes I ride. The first 20 ordinary riders were all in ones and twos on Bobbin Head Rd in Turramurra and Ku-ring-gai Chase Rd on the way out of the National Park.
My plan on leaving home had been to do the Three Gorges route -- Bobbin Head, Berowra Waters, Galston Gorge -- but I amended this, randomly, to just one-and-a-half gorges, twice. I turned around at the Berowra Waters Ferry and went back the way I had come.
It was still a gorgeous ride and going back through Bobbo allowed me to bask again in the radiance of the dazzling flannel flowers growing in innumerable clumps at the road's edge on the Mt Colah climb. Christmas bush and earthy red trunks of angophoras which had just shrugged off their grey winter coats gave the otherwise green bush a festive feel.
Even the motor traffic, what there was of it before 10am, was kind and considerate which put me in a relaxed and mellow mood. This mood was somewhat spoiled when I noticed what an abomination the RTA has perpetrated at the Burns Rd/Bobbin Head Rd intersection, removing all bicycle operating space which previously existed. But I will not get upset about that now. Mellowness and relaxation will prevail at least until New Year.
I hope everyone else had a good Christmas doing whatever you were doing instead of riding yesterday morning!