Just a Quick Ride Around the Block

by Stephen
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Today, I decided to go for a short ride. I had no real destination in mind, apart from first riding to Birchgrove ferry wharf. Cycling along the southern shore of Iron Cove was pretty easy (including a few wrong turns). Until I reach a very steep path, to get back up to the roadway.

A very steep path, which I chose to push the bike up instead

I reached the ferry wharf, missing the ferry by a few minutes. Oh well. I had a pretty good consolation prize, though – can’t beat an hour’s worth of Sydney Harbour views. 🙂

Sydney Harbour Bridge and CBD
Birchgrove Ferry Wharf
Me at Birchgrove Ferry Wharf
Sydney Ferries’ Golden Grove – going the other way
Sydney Ferries’ Golden Grove, and the Sydney Harbour Bridge

After deciding to make a quick drop in at the McGrath Foundation’s office (one of the charities I’m riding for, next month), for a chat, I headed south towards the Harbour Bridge.

Pacific Highway, at Crows Nest
Sydney Harbour Bridge, and CBD
Crossing the Bridge

A quick stop at Observatory Hill, after crossing the Bridge. Last time I was there, it was a few years ago for New Year’s Eve. It’s a wonderful place to just relax. However, I had to press on.

The view from Observatory Hill

I headed back home, through the city and inner western suburbs. Even though Sydney is a global city, it is quite lacking in cycleways. It is getting better, but there is such a long way to go.

Cycle lane
Cycle lane
Date 15th August, 2016
Distance 27.3 km
Ride time 1 hour, 49 minutes
Elapsed time 4 hours, 33 minutes
Average speed 15.0 km/h
Maximum speed 43.6 km/h
Altitude gain (alleged) 380 metres

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