Winter is receding into memory and the fresh breezes and warmer days of spring are once more upon us. With spring comes a flurry of planning, made of much easier by the plethora of mapping websites such as the most excellent ridewithgps.com. With the plans we've made for the coming Audax season and talk of overnight rides from Launceston to Hobart and loops of the high Central Plateau, there should be some good riding ahead.
This weekend is the Mallee Routes ride, and thought I'd like to be up there churning out a 400, I've also just booked a three-week cycling holiday in Vietnam and money, like time, is a finite quantity. After missing the Spring into Seymour because of work commitments, it's been a thin year for rides in Victoria. I'll have to make up for it next year. Plans are afoot.
Winter is a good time to bed down gear choices too. I'm settling in new wheels on the Thorn and swapped the old rims over to the Crosscheck. New cables and a new drivetrain have given the bike a new lease of life, and will probably hold off the impulse to buy one of the new disk-brake equipped Surly Stragglers for a few years yet.
But talking about bikes and thinking about bikes and writing about bikes is all forgotten when a good ride can be had. Last Sunday's trip was to Tim's, not a long run to be sure but enjoyable nonetheless and a good chance to get some lovely photos of Tasmania at its best.
4960km so far this year.