Tuesday, December 5, 2006

Blue Mountain Heaven

Got up at 5.45 on Sunday for a big plate of porridge and to put the coffee on. Leigh managed to get up in time and Andrew, Kurt and Margaret duly arrived. At 7.30, only 1/2 an hour late we were on our MTBs heading for the Blue Mountains. It was a very cold start but the day looked as if it was going to be a warm one. Once we'd climbed the 12 k to the start of the track it was heaven. An hour of single track, slightly downhill with over 40 creek crossings was our treat before the 15k road slog home into the wind. We all had a fall into the creek, apart from Leigh. Margaret really impressed making a couple of successful crossings without getting off; after all she is our most senior member. Kurt had a dramatic spill in front of me, sailing over his handlebars and into a muddy puddle! It's a wonderful ride. Andrew sprung a surprise and revealed he was carrying some cash so we had a coffee and muffin at the Hot Bread Shop! Leigh and I then punched our way home into the wind.

To top off a perfect day Kurt, Lucy and I went fishing in Blakes and caught a nice kahawai for the smoker. It was great to be able to share this with the staff for lunch today.