Wednesday, 4 March 2015

The Victoria Trip (Buxton MTB Trails)

So ... the rest of the Victoria Trip.

It was meant to be a week of awesome mountain biking ...

Falls Creek MTB Trails
and lovely B&B's ...

It was meant to be both an adventure and a bit of RnR  ...

Warbutron Aqueduct Trail
Yea - so that was the plan.

The reality was just a little bit different.

After losing the first day to the Hire Car fiasco, and then having half my holiday funds disappear into a certain bike shop in Mansfield (which charged me $40 to squirt a bit of stans-no-leak into my rear tyre) I headed down to Buxton to check out the trails down that way.

I rode pretty much all the trails (except trails 6, 7 & 8 which were shortcut trails).

I loved off-camber (4) - don't skip it, but I confess I was getting a little bored by the time I got to the top of trail 8 (I like my trails to take me somewhere, or give me some views, not just draw a really cool squiggle on my GPS device) and so I almost took the fast ride home.   I'm so thankful I didn't because the last section of the acheron ridge trail (2) was the real highlight of the trails for me ...

In fact perhaps the only way not to enjoy this last section is to fly around a corner straight into a snake ... which is exactly what I did.

Yea, that throws the confidence a bit going into all those berms let me tell you.

I toughed it out as much as I could, but I was always going at 70% of the pace those trails deserved over that last section as I envisaged another snake strike heading my way.

I got to the end of the trails with no more incidents (just a big grin on my dial) and with plans to hit Lake Mountain the next day, I decided to be smart and head to Marysville for the night ... except when I got there I discovered that Marysville is an expensive ski resort town ... which was pretty much closed.

I managed to get a room in the Caravan Park ... but I had to head back to Buxton for a meal.

So much for being smart - Sigh.

... to be continued.

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