A gentle ride this was not.

Ok so we (or rather I) thought that we could short cut through the forest from our property to visit my sister, you know, just like the Little Red Riding Hood story. Well, we tried it over Christmas and discovered that it wasn’t quite the short cut that we were planning –  43.7km and 1146 metres of climbing to be precise. Here is our Strava print out:

The ride out of Fox Hill Hollow
The ride out of Fox Hill Hollow

The forests out our way are just magical changing from native woodland to pine to mixed forest as you move on through. There were plenty of Kangaroos and Wallaby’s to keep us company and a few lovely lizards stopped to say hello too. Also the tree coverage took a few degrees off the temperature which was great as it was a stinking hot day – that said we still chugged through plenty of water so if you are planning this, carry a good two or three bottles worth per person.

The ride was almost completely on fire trails which were of a pretty good grade making this accessible for most mountain bike riders who can stomach the massive climbs and sharp descents.  In addition it is also a pretty well used route so should anything go wrong you would be unlucky not to have someone pass in either a ute,  a trail bike or even some other crazy mountain bike riders.

I’m nowhere near my fittest and so really struggled up some of the hills but even so I’d have to say that the scenery and pure magic of being able to finally get to my sisters for a cup of tea kept me going. Well that and a couple of bags of jelly lollies – sugar IS good for something 🙂

The verdict: I will be doing it again but before I do, I’ll be off to the gym to get a bit more muscle power in my old legs as that is a complete smash-a-thon.