However, just before I went into the dentist's chair I did manage to get away for a day's ride to Eagles Eyrie out near Maydena.
|View from Eagles Eyrie towards Lake Peddar.|
|GPS of Route. Note originally planned to follow the powerlines from ther Styx up to Eagle's Eyrie.|
|False promise: The first section of road out to Junee Cave|
|Mouth of Junee Cave|
|Mouth of Junee Cave|
|Back trails from Junee Cave to Florentine Road.|
Kim was having one of those days where the legs just weren't working, so after a bit of a consult at the top of the pass on Styx Road we decided to cut out the drop back down to the Styx Big Tree Reserve and head staight up the power lines to the lookout.
|Kim pushing up the hill.|
|The power lines ... it goes up steeply in the distance.|
To say that the start of this ride is steep is like saying the My Everest is high. The climb up this track is just brutal, but it's actually so steep that you can just sort of get in behind the bike and push. I found myself doing lots of step counting (50 steps and rest, 50 steps and rest, 20 steps and rest).
However, it only took 25-30 minutes to get up the steep bit and from there it was some fun riding along the ridge, before the final steady but ridable road up to the lookout itself.
|half way up. check that - third the way up.|
|Just for the record ... I let her beat me to the top so I could get the photo. Honest.|
You should be aware that it can be slightly depressing standing outside the building in a biting wind looking inside at the nice comfy couches and coffee machine before crouching down in the lee of the building outside and eating your sandwiches, or in Kim's case feeding it to the birds ...
|Kim, feeding the birds.|
|Following Roberts Road back down ... it's a lot steeper than it looks here.|
|John's Great Idea number #429 - let's leave the road and go this way.|
|Kim's Great Idea number #3 - roll this stump onto John before he has anymore stupid ideas.|
Other than a small detour onto the road to cut out a big dog-leg (which some of us handled more gracefully than others) it was a pretty straightforward ride all the way back to Maydena.
|How not to get down a steep slippery bank.|
|The Big Tree|
|The 'Bigger' Tree (I kid you not that's what it is called).|
|Mr Echidna having his afternoon tea.|
|I am a god - the river has been crossed.|
|... now if only I could remember how I did it.|