Its sometimes funny how things just seem to work themselves out. I missed my RDO on monday due to work commitments and was wondering when i would get my RDO when Geoff just happened to ring on wednesday and tell me he had organised a ride with a few friends for friday if i can get the day off. Then my boss tells me i need to take my RDO on friday. Well i couldn't have planned that better.
Plan is to meet up at Heathcote Macca's and head down to Macquarie Pass and Kangaroo Valley. Its very cold this morning only 3 - 4 °C so i decide to wear my thermals this time and take my neck warmer. Thats the best thing i did all day. It was so good to not get cold today.
Then it was down through Kangaroo Valley, there was a fair bit of water on the road here as the sun didn't touch some sections of the road here in winter. After this we turned off up Kangaroo Valley Rd towards Berry Mountain. I had never been on this peice of road before, it was very scenic with some spectacular views and some real sharp hairpin bends, but the road surface here was much to rough to be riding fast. I was at the back on this section when we came round a downhill right hand bend that had water on it to find all the bikes parked on the side of the road. First thoughs were 'whats going on' then 'whos crashed'. Only to find that Steve on the beemer had run on through the bend and up the driveway of someones house and squeezed between the mailbox and the vine/bushes. Phew, that was close.
Up through kiama bends, these bends are really fantastic when you can get a clear run, nice radius smooth sweepers, i wish there where 10km off these. We turned off the main highway and went up Jamberoo Rd and onto Jamberoo Mountain Rd. This was the first time i had been up this road as well. I was a fantastic little ride around 25km's but would be a lot better in summer.
Another quick stop at Robertson Pie shop, yes the pie's were tempting me but no, no pie's this time.
Turning off up Picton road after leaving Wollongong we saw some thick black smoke rising up into the sky not far ahead over the hills. Suddenly we come upon 2 lanes of traffic completely stopped. Oh shit its an accident for sure to be blocking the road, and no cars going the other way either.....
Geoff suggested lane splitting to the front to check it out which sounded like a good idea to me. Well what did we see when we got to the front?