Wednesday, December 14, 2016

great vic done and dusted in style

I arrived at sunny Halls Gap on the Saturday afternoon.  The weatherman had promised good weather until the Wednesday... it was fingers crossed.

People were arriving in cars and bus loads... the bikes were transported by cattle trucks!  I was amazed the first time I went on a GVBR at how well the whole thing is run and once again I was in awe of the way the volunteers managed to co ordinate the whole shebang.

 Our first morning was freezing cold so out came the long fingered gloves... As I put them on I realised that I had one of mine and one of my hubby's! lucky for me I had a pair and not 2 left gloves.
 Every morning we would set off under the start banner to the cheers of the volunteers.
Day one was Halls Gap to Dunkeld.  72km with a nice little climb about halfway.
Day two Dunkeld to Mortlake.   89km.
 The CWA ladies had cooked up a feast of biscuits, we bought a bunch of them at sat in the shade and munched our way through them.
Day 3 was the longest day 100km  mortlake to the 12 apostles just outside Port Campbell.  I enjoyed this day as I had driven along these roads many years ago when I used to take the girls on holidays to Port Campbell.
 We arrived in Port to sunshine and a nice little treat at the foreshore of icy poles and snacks before we did our hill challenge up the road to our campsite.
 The campsite although i was really windy had the most amazing view across towards the actual 12 apostles.  We had been really lucky with the weather at this point with warm days but very chilly nights and mornings.
 day 5 12 apostles to Apollo Bay 85km.  this was the most challenging day for the whole event.  We tackled the famed Lavers Hill.  my friends said to me its fine, you have done bigger and longer hills.  So off we went.... The hills went on and on and on!  You would get to the top of one pinch only to find another one.  The climbs were great but by the time I got to Apollo Bay I was really thankful to flop in my tent for a while.
 Day 6 was the rest day!  time to get coffee and recharge the batteries! I can highly recommend the fish and chips at the co op!
 This was the view of part of our campsite.  We camped on both sides of the road and could hear the waves crashing as we fell asleep.  The worst bit about the rest day is the school kids have too much energy and don't go to sleep by 10pm and we also have the 3 day riders join us and they are pretty excited and also don't know the 'routine'.
 day 7 Apollo bay to Bellbrae 80km.  This was my favourite day of the entire event.  We had closed roads along the great ocean road to Lorne. Beautiful views with rolling hills and no cars trying to pass us or zooming towards us on the windy roads.
 We had a rest stop at Kennett River... I rolled in and could see King parrots.... A school boy gave me a handful of seed and within moments I had them all over me.... I was called the bird lady (and for days afterward people would ask me.. are you that bird lady?!).
 We did get some light rain that morning, but the parrots didn't seem to mind and they certainly helped keep my mind off getting damp.
 This cheeky one sat on the wheel of this bike with a piece of my peanut butter and honey sandwich.  Then he decided my head was even better and sat on my helmet and continued to share my snacks.
 From Lorne we had to share the road with on coming traffic, but I didn't hear of any issues with motorists.. we had a huge support crew of Marshall's on motorbikes, police on motorbikes and in cars as well as medical support and the SAG wagon to pick up the cyclists who found they couldn't quite finish the ride that day.
 Day 8 Bellbrae to Queenscliff  53km  the shortest day took us past Bells beach and other surfing meccas.... I think some surfers who came up to their cars were a bit startled to see so many cyclists in the car park.  There was over 4000 of us!
 Day 9 Queenscliffe to Geelong  62km  the last day.  We had been blessed with the best weather and the final day promised to be a scorcher.
The traffic picked up as we got closer to our final destination and the riders all seemed to take their time not wanting their journey to finish.
I can honestly say I thoroughly enjoyed my GV this year, with many factors making it so enjoyable from the people I rode with to the weather and good food. 527kms done and dusted.
Next years ride is starting at Wilsons Promontory  down Gippsland way and finishing in Trafalgar. 517kms

Friday, November 25, 2016

Great Vic bike ride

 I'm off on Saturday for my 2nd great Vic adventure!
 what more could a woman want?  hahah...   the hardest choice i have is what to wear each day.
Its all about me...... no one else to worry about for 9 days!  and I get to ride every day!

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Around the bay in a day... coming right up.

 Its that time of year!  magpies swooping, daylight savings, ... and Around the bay in a DAY!!

This year we have a new target.  160km. Rosebud and return to Alexandra gardens. Just under a year ago I had my accident which took me off my bike for over 10 weeks.  With help from my friends, a physio and my own rehab at the local pool I was back on my bike for christmas day.

I have been working my way back, increasing my distances.  I did a 150km ride to Lancefield in winter.. man that was chilly.

Sunday is looking rather windy... and unfortunately its not going to be a tailwind home.  80km of resistance training!

I got my jersey, Im part of Tribal cycling team... a ladies group that I have ridden with a few times.  Just got to decide on which socks to rock.

Have been doing some work on the froglets quilt... only a few more long seams to go.

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Odd socks and birthdays

So I recently celebrated a bit of a mile stone.  I turned 50!  EEEKKK... funny thing is I still feel like I'm in my 20's  I guess I act like it too sometimes.

So I had a quiet day, had lunch with some friends and family and then had another small dinner with some family and friends at a new local Vietnamese place which was really good.

I went for a cheeky ride the other day, the sun was out so I didn't put long legs on.... was able to wear my new velosocks.

 I received some lovely gifts.... here is my new teapot and cup.... I sat outside with the beasties and enjoyed a cuppa.

 The fisherman/mamil bought me some new wheels.  For the non cyclists out there.. these ARE the bomb!   I'm really happy with them and he did a great job to surprise me.

my quilting buddies surprised me even more, they had bought me a gift voucher from my local bike shop.  Then the shop had a sale!  I scored big time with shoes, sunnies and new knicks.
Some of you have figured out that I often can be seen with odd socks on.  The noisy one bought a heap of new nail polish.. I couldn't decide on a colour!And finally from the vegie patch... a MASSIVE cauliflower, modelled here by the froglet!

Friday, July 22, 2016

holiday time

 I have been sewing.... here's another splendid block.  I'm hoping that I might actually do abit more sewing and maybe take some photos and post a few things here in the next 3 weeks as I am on annual leave YAY!
 Last Saturday the fisherman/mamil did an epic ride.... he rode 200km  yes you read correctly he did 200km.  It took him a very respectable 10.5hrs of riding time.. he rode up to Yea and then back down through Broadford and back home.  I'm very proud of his achievements as a cyclist, we are now both working our way forward to our next big rides later in the year for around the bay in a day.  He is going to do the 250km and I'm doing the 160km to Rosebud and return.
Here's my newest socks from Italy!  the Froglet brought them home for me. We are going up to Brisvegas in a few weeks to set up the apartment for when her soldier boy returns home in a few weeks time.

The noisy one is on her first placement in aged care, she seems to be enjoying doing 'nursing' rather than reading about it.

I'm also about to join the 50 club!  eekkkkk.  

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Sewing some blocks

 I have been sewing in between my riding!  I'm doing the splendid sampler.... I wasn't going to as I really don't need another project but after looking at other peoples blocks and seeing colours I saw a chance to use my black and white collection.... I have also thrown in some colour.  I made a mistake on the above block... thus a few extra flying geese.
 This is the quilt shop.... have to do some embroidery.
 And the friendship block.  I haven't tackled the paper piecing yet....
 Now I didn't do this event.... this is called cyclocross.  For those who don't know what it is, its basically cross country on a bike!  you get to have fun in the mud and tackle obstacles and a massive hill.
 A few people I know did the course and made it look really easy, but I know its not.
 It was mothers day a few weeks back... the noisy one made me some yummy pancakes for my dinner.  I also got some beautiful flowers from the froglet, who is in Italy at the moment with her soldier boy.

Saturday, April 23, 2016

riding, sewing and a long weekend

 been awhile!  Ive been busy riding.  Did Lake Mountain 113km ride about a month ago.  Rode around King Lake a few weeks ago, was bit over 90km from memory... then last Sunday I took part in the first ever women's only ride.  We were blessed with excellent weather and had the most amazing route.  We rode from Wandin cherry farm through the 1 in 20  which is from the basin to Sassafrass... then through to Monbulk.... I rode past Mrs Martins!  I wanted to stop and take a photo but was on a time line!

I know that many locals were not happy about the event due to the road closures, I was very surprised at the amount of closures that we had (I was not upset personally, it was great having no cars up my butt).  The event went so well and we didn't want for anything,  we had challenging hills and the last 25kms were the hardest of the entire 100km event.

Tomorrow we are off to Euroa for ride the ranges..... my bestie and I did this last year, but only did the 85km route.... tomorrow we tackle the 130km... and we are taking with us another 8 people!!
 Sewing wise?  I have been doing the noisy ones best friends 18th quilt... she loves capt America so this is the back.  and theres the front below......
 I have also been doing the splendid sampler..... I am well behind in my blocks.... thought i would get some done today... nope.  Ended up going to a cat adoption day (oh my I nearly came home with 2 more beautiful kitties!) and then to westies to spend more of my money and not on me!
We are having a long weekend down under.  This is for our ANZAC day.  The froglet and I went to the spirit of ANZAC earlier in the year.  She is going to the dawn service at our nearby Army barracks on Monday as she has a pass to get into the base due to the boyfriend.

I usually ride and think about those who have served our country and those still protecting us.


Sunday, February 14, 2016

new projects

 so my vegie garden is growing.... and the fisherman is going to extend it!
 We have harvested all our lettuce and have planted some more.  along with leeks, cauliflower, broccoli and Asian greens. We actually have had to plant some of them in our regular garden beds!
 I have a new project.  The noisy ones bestie is turning 18.... what to give her?  A quilt of course!
 She loves captain America so she is getting that on the back... but she likes purples, greens and black.  I found this jelly roll when I was in Queensland it fit the bill perfectly.
 Lil decided to make herself at home on my material.... cats like doing that.
 So I sewed the strips together and then cut them as you do......
This gives you an idea of whats coming......  I hoping it looks as good as its supposed to!

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

brisbane trip

 So another trip up north, this time to bring the froglet home for 6 months while solider boyfriend is in Kabul.
 I took some photos of the local plants and flowers.... some I know the names of... some I'm not sure.
 I love flowering gums.... such stunning flowers.
 I got some stitching happening on the balcony in the late afternoons while the light was good.
 This flower was amazing, so pretty and delicate... looks like a bottle brush.
I also finally went to this shop!  I realised it was on the way home from our trip to Mooloolbah so I plotted a detour.  The froglet is so good with my little detours, she finds a chair and sits and waits and comments on my finds.