(Almost as good as seeing the Aboriginal flag raised with our official flag on Sydney Harbour Bridge this Australia Day for the first time).
Australia Day is a great chance to do something fun - like riding singlespeed MTBs up Mt Donna Buang. Donna Buang apparently means "the body of the mountain" in the Wurundjeri language. About halfway up our ascent we veered off northwest to Badger Creek to check out some new territory. We were curious to find out whether the dirt surface of Don Road would continue down to Healesville.
Unfortunately the dirt ends at the T-intersection. Don Road from the intersection to Healesville is all bitumen, but makes for nice and fast descending. This is all good when gravity is your friend, but climbing back up is a tad painful when you've only got one gear and the Garmin is saying its 10-13%. 5% became the new perception of "flat" here.
While it was a warm 20 or so degrees down in the lower altitudes of Don Rd, the temperature quickly dropped and it became misty once we reached the top third of Donna Buang Rd. I couldn't see much in my favourite rainforest section on Donna - usually I take in the sights of moss-covered myrtles, tall tree-ferns and birds flitting through the shrubs. But today, it was pea soup. Visibility dropped to about 10 m at the summit. Given that we've had 40degC days recently, riding in 7 deg felt like a trip to Antarctica. Glad I brought a wind jacket!
There was plenty of wildlife around though - you could see and hear it. Kookaburras, lyrebirds, wrens, and a fat black wallaby who hopped across the road as it heard us crunching along the gravel through the fog.
|Donna Buang rd - wallabies in the mist!
|Yes, it is summer in 'Straya
|2, 4, 6, 8, bog in don't wait!
|Mmmm, juicy BBQ pork roll. Bun Bun we salute you!
|And a home-made coffee made by Champion Hubby when we arrived home