With a week of true winter weather and near-record snowfalls this ride was always going to separate the men from the boys, or should that read the sheep from the goats? The day dawned with photos sent from friends in the Woodend and Kyneton districts, the planned route for the ride, showing snow on their paddocks. So it was on with the thermals and suit liners and off to see if anyone was silly enough to come along!
It was 5 degrees at Kalkallo and in the event there were 2 takers, Big Dave and recently joined member John Francis. We discussed simply going home but posting a ride report of valiant derring-do, but in the event decided on a truncated single-leg ride from Kalkallo to Bacchus Marsh with a revised route staying south of the Macedon Ranges.
Our new route incorporated Sunbury, Riddells Creek and then on to Gisborne where we were greeted with snow on the cars and gardens. A quick blast down the Calder lost us some altitude and we turned right at Couangalt Rd, and hence via Toolern Vale to Bacchus Marsh. The temperature remained chilly throughout but we enjoyed bursts of sunshine along with a little rain.
After a leisurely early lunch Dave decided to nose around Bacchus Marsh while John and I hit the Western Hwy for a quick ride home which was mostly sunny with dry roads. Thanks to Dave and John for making the effort, and John for the photo. I will reschedule the original ride to a date later in the year.