With no children, relatives, or close friends nearby, it was going to be a quiet Christmas day for Lynn and I, so we dragged out the bike and went for a blast around the Great Lakes race track. And it was the perfect day for a blast, temperature around +18C, no wind, and mostly sunny. Also, there was hardly any traffic, we only passed around 10 cars on the whole 250 Km ride, though of course, we met most of them on blind, hairpin bends.
The first part of the ride was through the beautiful farm lands between Mole Creek and Deloraine, then it was onto a dirt stretch called Bogan Road (really) which winds through the forest at the base of the Western Tiers, lovely trees, ferns, flowers, and streams along here. Then we went back onto tar road and the climb up passed the Poatina hydro-electric power station, which draws it's water from the Great Lake through a tunnel, and then a massive pipe down the side of the mountain.
I made a video recording of this climb for your entertainment, note the pedal cyclists walking their bikes up the mountain, they must have questioned their own sanity as the mighty Tenere thundered passed. The run across the plateau was fast but uneventful. We couldn't stop at the Great Lakes Hotel because it was booked out for Christmas lunch. Nothing else was open.
Thankfully, the road passed Liawenee has been repaired, it was full of huge potholes the last time we went through. Then it was down the mountain to Golden Valley, this bit of road is even better than the Poatina climb. We went through Deloraine hoping to find somewhere to have a coffee, but it was dead, so we continued on home to relieve our sore bums and have some lunch.