Marty and I took our usual Otways circuit today. We left reasonably early as the temp was forecast to be 37C here today and warmer inland. We met at 8.30 am and rode carefully in fog for the first few kilometers until the sun broke through. Once the sun came out it warmed up quickly. It was around 31C at Gellibrand and on the inland section of the GOR – then amazingly it dropped down to 20C at Apollo Bay. A wallaby sitting on the edge of the road mid corner at Burton’s Lookout certainly focused my attention! Thankfully it jumped back into the bush instead of into my path.
We had a great run on the twisty stuff on both the GOR and the run from Skene’s Creek up to Forrest, with very little traffic to hold us up – though there was a stack of traffic heading in the opposite direction.
The final leg home from Forrest to Geelong was pretty warm with my bike’s ambient temp showing 37C (98F). I actually wore my Gortex lined textile jacket rather than leathers today and was more comfortable (a relative term in these temps) than I was in leathers yesterday. Despite the last section being so hot, it was still a most enjoyable run of approx 310 kms – and the new Yoshimura pipes were music to my ears!