When I was planning this hitlist task, in my mind I was thinking that it was only 20km there, fairly flat, shouldn’t be too difficult. I obtained the map for this ride from The Department of Transport website. It looked easy to negotiate and recommended timeframes were anywhere between 40 minutes and two hours depending on your fitness level. On my trusty exercise bike I was knocking over 20km in 40 minutes, no problems. As we all know an exercise bike is nothing like riding outside, so I thought I would allow an hour there, leisurely lunch…latte….then an hour home. Even if I left at 10am I would still be home comfortably around 1pm, plenty of time to pick the kids up from school. What could possibly go wrong with this plan??
I had decided that I would park in South Perth at the Coode St jetty, as it was an easy drive from the Perth Hills and I love that stretch along the Swan River, so pretty. I thought it would be a fairly simple matter to hook up with the riding path from this point. Initially I had convinced a local to come with me but things came up and it didn’t happen so I roped my cousin in at the last minute (he had just driven over 5000km from North Queensland to move to Perth a couple of days beforehand, so a local he was not!)
Now the day didn’t start as planned as the day was grey, drizzly, and overcast when the day before had been spectacular. I dropped the kids off at school and my cousin and I ummed and ahhhed about whether to go but we sucked it up and went anyway, a little rain never hurt anyone! We had a quick look at the map again, figured we would be able to work it out, packed our camelpak’s, loaded the bikes and off we went. I will let the pictures tell the story!