It is quite easy to form a habit of riding the same route over and over again but it doesn't have to be like that. Merely by changing the route slightly by adding a climb into the ride or an unfamiliar trail, the whole aspect of the ride can change and therefore doesn't have to become boring.
Two friends and I started the ride at Cleveland Harbourside climbing 3 consecutive hills in the first 10 minutes, the last two although short, had a gradient of approximately 20% which was enough to get the blood pumping through the veins. These hills are in the suburb of Ormiston, (Dundas Street East and Sleeth Street) and are excellent for training purposes. As an added advantage, the views overlooking Raby Bay from the top are spectacular.
We continued on, weaving our way through a number of forested reserves changing from cement paths to dirt tracks following the creek line until we entered Alexandra Hills.
The ride takes you through 14 forested areas and park lands, in 35 km.
This route took us to Cleveland Point where we stopped at one of our favorite refresher stops, The Lighthouse Restaurant, where we ensconced ourselves for a short period sipping coffee etc. whilst engaging the view.
From here it was only a short ride of 4 km back to our start point.
As Christmas is only a few days away I would like to wish all of my readers a very happy and safe festive season.