Hills

Unemployment is fantastic for cycling: another Wednesday, another ride in the hills. We met at the shop at the very civilised time of 9am. Jesse had phoned to say he couldn’t make it but young Ben showed up to make up numbers. Mike was still suffering from the lurgy but had to get out of the house. I was keen to get up Mills Road East again after enjoying its extra kick and length last week and only got us mildly lost on the way out there:
Picture 9

Should have turned left on Albany Hwy.

But we got there in the end. Pretty quickly showed Mike who was boss up the hill, mainly thanks to his having about five per cent of his usual lung capacity. I thought I might be able to show that young whippersnapper Ben a thing or two as well but he’s in a different league up the hills. By the time I got to my bottom gear he still had three left. He left me for dead and I had to have a wee lie-down at the top, while he zoomed back down again to collect Mike. Mike was scuppered but hung around until Canning Road. Logs passed on a variation of the climb up to Kalamunda:
Logs'/Rob's Kalamunda variation

Logs'/Rob's Kalamunda variation

It’s a great little climb and avoids the traffic you sometimes get on Mundaring Weir Road. Needless to say, Ben creamed me on it again. Then we skipped coffee in Kalamunda and headed home for a coffee at Lincoln’s near the Holy Sign of Cameron.
The full route

The full route

This is not a fancy camera angle. I had to sit down after Mills Road.
This is not a fancy camera angle. I had to sit down after Mills Road.

At least we somehow skipped the rain.
At least we somehow skipped the rain.
Mike's looking all rough and out-of-focus, isn't he?

Mike's looking all rough and out-of-focus, isn't he?

Young Ben is a demon up the hills.

Young Ben is a demon up the hills.

The view from the Zig-Zag is always a good reward after a hilly ride.

The view from the Zig-Zag is always a good reward after a hilly ride.

We didn't but the bikes got wet.

We didn't but the bikes got wet.

A visit to the Shrine of the Great Man

A visit to the Shrine of the Great Man

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