Well, I did.
I knew it had been a while since I had done anything other than a "Cornubia Bike Park" ride and I needed a kick in the arse to go for a decent pedal on my mountain bike.
Enter Troy, aka Area 54 on the local MTB forums, and his kind invitation for an early morning lap around and over Green Mountain, south of Canungra.
This mountain (hill really) has been ridden a few times before and I have posted about those rides here and here. This time though, Troy was going to be the tour guide as we climbed Duck Creek Rd then dropped down the main road to Canungra, then found our way via various back roads and cow tracks back to our starting point at the bottom of Duck Creek Rd. How far? I didn't ask the question but knew it would be about 100km(62mi). Perfect way to stretch the legs!
I did consider camping out for our 7am start but 7am isn't that early and it wasn't too far to drive so I had a great nights sleep in my own bed, a civilised breakfast and coffee then jumped in the truck and headed for Duck Creek.
Just on the southern side of Beaudesert I passed 3 hot air balloons being prepped for flight.
The combination of their colour and the sunrise made for a most spectacular sight as the burners roared 10ft long bursts of flame in the still morning air.
I arrived at the meeting point early for a change and rode south to meet Troy as he rode north from his camping spot to meet me.
Once linked up, we turned back toward Duck Creek rd and that hill. It was nice to be warmed up a bit before pointing the bike up.
We were soon at the gate marking the start of the climb.
The road rises so steeply that within 10 minutes we were puffing hard and were looking back at views like this.
After a short stop to catch our(my) breath at the main lookout we climbed a little bit further to a "secret" spot. The views to the north were amazing and Troy floated the idea of a Sub 24hr (S24) bikepacking trip out to this spot, then home again. I like it!
We continued up the climb, noting how dry it was once we entered the rainforest section. Instead of turning right at the main road and heading for a coffee and breakfast at O'Reilly's we turned left and began the drop off the mountain toward Canungra.
This is an awesome piece of road. Great views and challenging bends. We passed several motorcycles enjoying their way up the mountain.
Tucked in and haulin'. Hell yeah!!
Notice there are no photos of me in front of Troy? This is because he is a bloody strong rider and there is no way I was leading today. Luckily, it wasn't a race and while he smashed me on a few hills, we mostly rode along chatting about stuff. Really, that is what these rides are all about.
After a bit of farm road we motored along sealed, single backroad. I was finding the pace a bit harsh toward the end and dropped into a speed that I could maintain. Reading between the lines, Troy was SMASHING it and I was starting to grovel along, but I pulled into the parking spot where I had left the car just a few minutes behind.
While hurting a bit, I had a great morning out on the bike (how could I not?) taking in some familiar trail and some new roads as well. The profile is below.
Thanks Troy for the ride.
Take notice DeanO, Wayne and Troy. That Duck Creek Rd S24 is on, soon!