Cycling in Autumn

A friend of mine from Switzerland sent me a blog about Zwift, a virtual cycling game. At first, I felt puzzled, then elated. The blog was describing Eric, a young man who logged into Zwift, which he regularly used to prepare himself for the real-world racing. The blog was describing in details that due to the pandemic, the online cycling site was crashing. No matter what poor Eric was trying it was in vain. His race was over before it even started.

I had to swallow a smile. Our lock down in Denmark wasn’t bad at all. Luckily for us, Aiyana Retreat is minutes away from the three best tracks/trails in the Southwest; The world renown Bibbulmun track is literary touching our property, the Munda Biddi trail is at Lights beach which is about 20 min. ride from Aiyana Retreat and the Denmark-Nornalup Heritage trail is barely 5 minutes ride on Ocean Beach Road.

In the midst of the gloom and doom, since mid-March, we have re-discovered the magic and the thrill of being active in the bush. All of it is available anytime we need it. We were getting better at exploring it. 

Yesterday we got ambitious. we biked 10 km west towards Greens Pool on the Heritage Railway trail. It was a bit more challenging than the MundaBiddi, but well worth it. Once we got to the gravely part of Lights Beach we veered to the left and biked hard up the hill mostly on gravel road, before heading super-fast down the hill towards Lights beach. The sun was blazing like in mid-spring and we both felt ageless. As we biked back into our property, faces red and eyes shinning, I said to my wife “What a perfect way to perform social distancing”. We ended up biking for 36 km and spent almost 4 hours in pristine nature. 

What a blissful day. I can’t wait for another adventure.