If I am riding alone, I tend to just set off and explore. I may have a general idea of the direction in which I wish to head, or I may have a road in mind that I would like to follow. Sometimes I just set out with no plan at all. There is a lot of fun in that. There can also be some risk. A case in point being the time I hit a log, lost my gear lever and had to limp home in second, after using pliers to get it into gear. But I guess that is what cell phones are for, except that there are vast areas out there with no coverage. I was discussing this the other day with my young friend Andrew. We concluded that there is probably a good case for carrying an EPIRB (Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon). Mostly used at sea, there is very sound logic for having one with you in outback Australia. I already always carry a first aid kit, extra warm layers, wet weather gear, a small stock of emergency food and water. Maybe it would make sense to have an EPIRB. Any opinions out there?
Riding with someone else provides a little insurance against a lonely slow death under a tree or down a bank somewhere out the back of beyond. It makes a lot of sense to at least have some idea of where you are going and the likely road conditions. Since my little foray onto the Holland Track, I have been quite interested in getting an idea of the condition of the road I will be travelling, before setting out. If I am taking Brenton and Andrew along, I need to know whether the road is sealed. They are not too keen on gravel roads.
When I was planning the ride north with David, I found the street view facility to be really useful. Dropping the little Google man onto a road enabled you to see what kind of road surface was there, as well as letting you get an idea of the country around about.
I have been up to Porongorup from the Chester Pass end. I had breakfast there one morning on my way back from somewhere. The road was a pleasantly winding country road and I would like to explore the rest of it. In checking it out, I discovered an alternative way back that looks fun. So here is my next full day ride. I hope Brenton and Andrew will join me on it.