Tuesday, 13 January 2009

Summer at last

After an unusually cool (but dry) start to summer we are finally getting some hot weather. Top of 38C (100F) today. 39C forecast for tomorrow. After some initial procrastination I decided to go for a ride despite the heat. It was quite OK for most of the trip as I left eary enough to be in the Otways before it got too hot, then ran along the coast from Apollo Bay to Lorne with a cooling breeze from the ocean. Only mistake I made was heading inland from Lorne to get back to Geelong via Dean's Marsh - damn it was hot! I was glad I was wearing my new Draggin jeans (Christmas present) rather than full leathers.

First stop from Geelong was Gellibrand for a cool drink.

Being a week day there were a few log trucks about.

View from Laver's Hill - ocean in the distance.

Had an excellent run along the Great Ocean Road from Apollo Bay to Lorne despite being holidays. The main beach at Lorne was packed.

Next up is a twilight ride with Marty tomorrow. However, the weather forecast is for 39C (102F) !

Post script: woke up at 6.00am 14th Jan, temp is already 30C (86F) and an unpleasant, hot northerly wind blowing. These are really bad bushfire conditions.

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