Back to the normal routine, away at a pretty good time with a bit of a blast from the past with coffee (and more raisin toast) at The Witches Brew. Cut off onto the rail trail just out of town – fine riding on a firm gravel surface. Now we had always planned to do most of today on the rail trail – the main road here really is not very bicycle friendly – but after some particularly stupid behavior of some of the riders the police forced the WHOLE ride off the road and onto the rail trail. Made for a much busier trail than expected and lots of punctures for roadies who really weren’t expecting to be riding these conditions.
For the second year in a row managed to meet up with a family member as brother Malcolm left the serenity of the holiday home just out of Bonnie Doon and came down to say gday. Much easier riding today but still crazy hot. After a shady lunch at Yarck I thought they might have thought we’d been punished enough and let us back on the road, but no, we got to do the full rail trail experience which added another 6 km or so. It might have been a relatively easy day but it was becoming a long one.
Finally in to Alexandra and a wonderful spread out camp site with SHADE! Tried the novelty of being able to lie down in the tent in daylight but after 5 minutes was almost in a sleep that would have lasted well past dinner, so we all headed into town for a drink and a wander. Followed probably the best meal of the trip with a return to town for an evening coffee. So nice not to be camped out in the boondocks somewhere.