Monday, 27 January 2014


There is a movie I've never seen, actually there are many I haven't seen, but in this instance, there is one in particular I wish to draw your attention to. Eddie and the Cruisers, according to IMDB, it's about "a television newswoman [who] picks up the story of a 1960s rock band whose long-lost leader Eddie Wilson may still be alive, while searching for the missing tapes of the band's never-released album.".

That sounds a lot like today's ride. I played the part of the plucky newswoman (I reckon i've got Ellen Barkin's match in terms of pins), and Eddie Wilson played the part of the long lost singer Eddie Wilson.

While I didn't find any missing tapes, I did find a lot of fun in those Buxton trails, I also found a Red Belly Black Snake. I chose not to interview the snake.

I'd heard the trails up there were rad, but a little short. So when Eddie put out the call for people to come ride them with him, I made sure we could get a couple of laps in to justify the 100 minute drive that sandwiched it. At the end of the first lap my face hurt a little bit from grinning, we rolled out of the park, refilled our bottles, and headed back in. At this point, I wasn't going back in because I needed the kms, I was going back in because the berm filled trails were ridiculously, addictively, fun.

By the end of that second lap I was done. My legs ached from the last section of track, and it wasn't because it was super pedally. My calves in particular were smashed from pumping into and over all the well formed trail features. It was definitely time to head back to Casa de Ally's parents, were I got a shower, time in a hot tub and a feed, all courtesy of Eddie's lovely lady friends's parental units. Thanks Mr and Mrs Ally's olds!

Strava link.

D: 41.5km
A: 765m

PMPW: 96kg

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