Lost Worlds with Keith Bremner
As I sat in the darkness watching the rain drops hit the windscreen I was secretly wishing I could just go back to bed! It was Labour Day holiday so when Rob’s headlights burned the back of my head I knew we were doing this ride. He’s raved about it for a while now and I’d finally committed, sort of. Well I was here! We would meet Steve down the road and carry on as the 3 Amigo’s towards Urliup Road in NSW.
The air was fresh but we were in for a day of climbing so I wasn’t too concerned about being cold. I pulled the Carrera Nemo out of the rack to tackle the hills today and after riding the Colnago Master yesterday, this thing just feels quick and light in comparison.
After a quick coffee and oat bar breakfast at the servo at the base of a heart starter of a hill, we crested the hill and it was a fast descent. Before long we were in another world. A world that civilisation had forgotten. A road shrouded in mist winding it’s way through a dense tropical rain forest. Are there dinosaur’s still running around the undergrowth?… if you let your imagination go, there certainly could be. The bitumen soon turned to gravel and the road just kept winding towards the sky. Some of these descents could have been lifted out of a stage of the Tour de France. Just sheer exhilaration, especially one handed while taking photos!
In the middle of nowhere as we were climbing damp leaf sodden section, Steve runs into an old girlfriend from Uni days! This place is a gem of a ride and I will not need any arm twisting to return.
We dropped from the clouds and looked over the cane fields to see Murwillumbah in the distance. The sky is huge out here. The roads wide and smooth. The wind was at our back and were were in cyclist heaven.
We kept climbing as we made our way past Tropical Fruit World before smashing it down to Kingscliff. This Carrera just goes and loves being pushed hard. We cruised into Kingscliff and found a cafe to refuel. Problems of the world discussed and solved, it was onwards to Tugun. I had developed a slow leak in my back tyre but it wasn’t going down fast enough to bother with changing it. Two stops to pump some more air in and we put the hammer down to complete the journey. What a ride. 80km of absolute sensory overload and exhilarating riding. It was awesome riding with Steven and Rob. Were are all similar fitness and we all love riding the gravel. This ride will definitely be in the Southern GC Steelers repertoire in future. Thanks for the company guys. Loved the ride. What was I thinking… going back to bed. Crazy!
See the photo roll of this engaging landscapes