Ewen Maddock Dam/Ferny Forest Ride Summary – 01/10/2017
Hey there everyone,
Sunday was our monthly community ride and this time we were back at Ewan Maddock Dam again. I like riding here as it’s a nice area with beautiful trees and views… and it’s mostly flat.
We had a good turn out with 27 riders including 9 new riders and some guests from CORCA and beyond. Big welcome to you all and I hope you had fun.
We started from Maddock Park and went through the pretty trails that ran along the edge of the water. I offered a Clif Bar to the fastest male and female to get over Horseshoe Hill (named because the trail is the shape of a horseshoe – not because it is a hill made of lots of horseshoes – I know! Sucks huh?). Of course the e-bikes smashed the climb but John Searston was the first unassisted rider over the hill with Kerry the first female – both of them are the proud winners of two Clif Bars we scored from Unique Health Products.
A few of us split off from the group to have their breakfast at some cafe at Landsborough (called the Flatulating Duck or something?) and we caught up with them in Ferny Forest later. But the rest of us crossed the secret “Skanky Swamp of Skankiness” and worked our way to Steve Irwin Way.
We all knew that coffee was on offer at the Brewhaha coffee van so the pace was starting to pick up. I chose the time honoured practice of cheating and stayed on the bitumen for the last 100m and sprinted for the Ferny Forest carpark to get the first coffee. I almost killed myself but Murray still beat me there by microseconds and got the first order in (however somehow I still got my coffee before him anyway – probably because I’m charismatic or something).
A lot of us stopped and had coffee while others did a full lap of Ferny Forest first then came back for their coffee later. Afterwards we all went back to the cars along the Mooloolah Connection Road and the ride was over.
Thanks for the coffee Brewhaha, thanks for the Clif bars Unique Health Products and thanks for the ride everyone – here are some pics and videos.
Adieu, adieu, adieu!
Michael (Not a Roadie!) Johns