Planning a Ride

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.   

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About Alan

Settling into my 7th decade and still determined not to grow up too soon.
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2 Responses to Planning a Ride

  1. Alan says:

    As a diver, I was taught that you should only dive with a buddy. Over the years I learned that buddies are often more of a liability than a benefit, and eventually, I became a solitary diver whenever I could not go out with trusted companions. Biking can be a bit similar. It is good to have a companion, as long as one does not have to constantly shepherd them. I was an only child in the early and most formative years of my character, so I have always had an independent, self reliant streak. I have, over the years, got myself into some severe and sometimes life-threatening situations (often deliberately) when diving, surfing, fishing, 4 wheel driving or climbing, and always I managed to stay calm enough to get out of them. So far.

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  2. Good post and points. I’ve thought about getting a “Spot” because the reasons you mentioned but so far I always have someone riding with me when in remote areas and it hasn’t been a pressing issue. There is always the possibility of going off the road in a populated area and ending up in the weeds and no one finding for days and weeks… That has happened… I’m still thinking about it…

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