The skies are blue; no rain in sight. What a great day for a ride.
With me on my Bolwell Firenze scooter, and my husband on his Suzuki V-Strom, we set off from Croydon on a little jaunt to Healesville, in the Yarra Valley, east of Melbourne. I chose the right number of layers for the day, making it even more enjoyable. You always have to allow for the wind chill factor when riding. I donned my gear, choosing my denim Draggin Jeans, with their protective Kevlar lining, a t-shirt, hoodie, cardigan and red bike jacket. Boots, neck scarf, helmet and gloves completed the ensemble. Socks and underwear go without saying.
We set off down Canterbury Road to take the back way to Lilydale to join the Maroondah Highway for the relatively easy ride up to Healesville. There are some lovely sweeping curves heading up to the Valley, which is scattered with local wineries and pleasant scenery of mountains in the distance. If you can manage mid-week as we did, traffic is not a problem.
Our usual stop in Healesville is the Beechworth Bakery, one of a few so-named, the original of course being actually found in Beechworth. Healesville is a popular stop, and we enjoyed cappuccino and a foccacia for a reasonable price. You can also get a bottomless cup of filtered coffee for only $3.00 which is a good drawcard.
On the return home my husband led the way, this time via Yarra Glen and the back roads through to Chirnside Park, staying off the beaten track, where you can imagine you are nowhere near the suburbs of Melbourne.
Just over eighty kilometres for the whole ride, we returned home with a sense of satisfaction and a feeling of gratitude for such a nice interlude.