It turns out going for a nice, long ride is an excellent way to recover from a few days of boozing and meat-eating. And it’s even better if spent with six amiable companions at a nice, steady pace. The Five Dams ride is, I hear, an established challenging ride that takes in Mundaring Weir in the north and works south to Serpentine Dam. There’s even a Facebook group dedicated to it but there’s something a bit weird about that sort of geeky devotion. The 230 or so kilometres needed for that ride is just a bit beyond the amount of time we wanted to spend in the saddle, so we skipped Mundaring Weir, headed out along the Armadale railway line and up Mills Road East to take in Canning and Serpentine Dams. No one ever seems to explain what the other two dams that make up the Five Dams are. The ride looked like this:

Four Dams Map

And you can see it in more detail here

The roads were wonderfully quiet, even along Railway Parade on the way out of town. There were some very nice hills to go up and some very nice hills to go down; a splendid lunch – thanks Alf! and the coining of a new term to describe those long flat parts where Matt decides to ramp the speed up to 45 or more kph and the rest of us hold on for grim life – a Mattburst. This time around, it happened to be while we were going over the course of the ATTA 160km time trial which made me wish I’d had Matt to lead me round for the last lap. Photos of the ride courtesy of Alf and Karl:

Waiting at Kenwick for Karl to prevent Matt from getting a flat

Waiting at Kenwick for Karl to prevent Matt from getting a flat

Top of Mills Rd

Top of Mills Rd

Wonder where we are?

Wonder where we are?

Karl wants my hair style

Karl wants my hair style

Me and Alf discuss fashion over lunch

Me and Alf discuss fashion over lunch

Aren't we naughty?

Aren't we naughty?

It always seems to end up back at Tiger, Tiger

It always seems to end up back at Tiger, Tiger

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