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6:50am Sunday, 30 Dec '18 - Hornsby station Jersey St carpark for Quatre Montagnes to Mt White Village Store, Mt White  
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Return via PitS to Hornsby  -  ETR 11:25am  -  70km
+   OR  return via Berowra Waters, Andy's Cafe, Nth Galston & Galston Gorge  -  87.7km  -  ETR 12:15pm

WHO, WHEN, WHERE:

Phil Johnston aka Bank Teller [1st Acceptor], Pete aka CampyAficinado [2nd Acceptor], Ann aka ToothFairy [3rd Acceptor],  Eric aka PapaBear  [4th Acceptor],   are starting from Hornsby @ 7:10am. 

Lea aka SlowLea [6th Responder], and her two amigos, Marge and Wendi are starting from starting from Berowra at 7:35am.

Bill aka Glasgow, George aka Englishman [5th Responder], Chris aka RecalcitrantBankTeller [7th Responder], Tony aka Publican [8th Responder], ,


APOLOGIES:

 

If you think you are >80% of joining us, contingent upon being greeted by a fine morn', can you e-mail or 'phone Scribe

Nosh Stops:
1st       
Mt White Village Store, Mt White             from 8:30am           (30 min)
2nd     
Andy's Cafe, Nth Galston                         from 11:05am         (25 min)

1st Leg:  Hornsby station Jersey St carpark N/W side of station due Nth to Mt White Village Store, Mt White - 35km -  100 min

6:50am rollout for 1st Nosh Stop at Mt White Village Store (30 min) from 8:30am. 

2nd Leg:  Mt White to Andy's Cafe, Nth Galston  -  38.3km - 125 min (agg 73.3km)

9:00am:

South down Old Pacific H'way for 24km to Berowra

R into Berowra Waters Rd for 6km to Berowra Waters ferry and 1st Sag Stop (10 min) waiting for Ferry

Ahead scaling to 3.5km to Koppers Log KOM at Berrilee.

Ahead along for 6.8km to Andy's Cafe, Nth Galston for 2nd Nosh Stop (25 min) from 11:05am.

 

3rd Leg:  Andy's Cafe, Nth Galston to Hornsby Heights Bus Shelter - 10.7km - 30 min (agg 84km)

11:30am:
Sth 4km along Galston Rd to Galston Roundabout
Left East 4.6km dropping to Galston Gorge timber bridge
Ahead climbing 3.3km to
Hornsby Heights Bus Shelter 2nd Sag Stop (5 min) arriving 12:00pm.

 

4th Leg:  Hornsby Heights Bus Shelter to Hornsby station carpark - 3.7km - 10 min (agg 87.7km)

12:05pm:
Left East 2.9km to Hookham's Cnr.

Right into Pacific Highway for 1.1km to Hornsby station carpark - ETR 12:15pm.

Risk Warning

Ø   Do not cycle over the metal girders on the ramp at the Berowra Waters ferry, 'cause you will come down hard, like many before you if you try to cycle over any of the longitudinal steel beams.

Ø   Descend Les Montagnes real slow on wet or damp roads.

Ø   Hardcopy these directions and bring on Sunday

Ø   Expend 5 min studying your street directory for this route, if you haven't ridden it before

Ø   Don't ride two abreast on single lane roads with an unbroken centre line and descend corners on wet roads as though you are skating on ice

Ø   When passing a fellow Mugg, always provide a metre clearance.  If you can't, or are passing on the inside, you MUST call out loudly eg. "passing inside" etc

Some forms of cycling are dangerous.  An ave of 36 Australian cyclists have been killed annually since 2000.  95% of these fatalities occur on the road

Other cyclists in Australia break bones and incur nerve impairment from falling off their bikes in accidents. 

A cyclist could fall from his/her bike, inter alia, due to -
(i)      being hit by a car or another cyclist; or
(ii)     encountering a pothole;

(iii)    cycling too fast on a wet downhill where the coefficient of friction is much less, particularly at corners; or
(iv)    getting their bicycle wheel caught in a gap in a timber bridge.

A negligent cyclist could -

(a)    be litigated by a seriously injured cyclist, or 3rd party (ie. a woman pushing a pram on a footpath or a car driver) under common law where the damages could exceed $500,000; and

(b)    lose his/her home if he/she did not have public liability insurance which covers their negligence whilst on a push bike.

A negligent cyclist who did not have personal injury insurance (ie self-employed without income protection cover) could struggle to meet regular outgo commitments.

A seriously injured cyclist could be awarded damages which a negligent cyclist could not afford to pay if the negligent cyclist -
(I)     did not have public liability insurance cover; and/or
(II)    did not possess valuable assets.

    Cycling without Public Liability cover is as silly as driving without 3rd Party -
 join Bike NSW for PL insurance, so that all Muggs are better protected

    Click on: Risk Management which warns of 'inter alia', the dangers of cycling on public roads with motor cars, potholes and over bridges with vertical timber planks with gaps

   Cycling with Muggs is predicated upon notifying Bank Teller if you materially disagree with any clause(s) in Muggaccinos' "Ride Participants Liability Acknowledgment"

 

Annual Boxing Day 'catch-up' ride - Hornsby, Sommerville Rd, Galston Gorge, Berowra Waters, Brooklyn Rd climb ride - 74km - 12 riders

The Whippet, 83 years 'young', raced BankTeller up the climb from Galston Gorge, passing each other twice.  But 110 metres from the apex, Whippet, threw in a surge to claim the KOM.

There was some unwanted conjecture at the Sag Stop at Cnr of Crosslands Rd and Galston Rd. from the sole who thinks he is Elvis reincarnated, ably supported by a former Printer, when BankTeller announced that Four Old Farts were going to take the flatter route to Berowra Waters, and not the lumpy backroads route scheduled in The Bullsheet.  Ever 'risk averse' BankTeller was concerned that The Whippet might suffer a cardiac arrest and Publican then litigate BankTeller for negligence, upset 'cause Tony had lost his midweek riding partner.

But notwithstanding taking the easier traditional main roads route, it wasn't all smooth sailing through Galston, Arcadia and Berrilee.

BankTeller headed Brian early on the descent to Berowra Waters. But after descending past the verdant meadows with the horses, Brian passed Phil and exclaimed "Race you to the bottom."

BankTeller retorted a voluminous NO. Fortunately, Whippet eased off the accelerator.  Do all of us get wiser, as we get older?

  

Xmas Eve, Monday 24 Dec '18 - 12th Annual "Tour de Old Bathurst Rd, Blaxland, Springwood, Yarramundi, Richmond"  - 86km  -  6 riders which included Pete aka Yamaha and his two daughters, Sarah aged 12 and Samantha aged 10

Apologies for Scribe's below four pics, 'cause he had Flash set to On, when he should have had Flash set to Auto.  Whereupon the flash would not have made the bright sun light even brighter.

Above 'n below pics at Yarramundi Lookout which was 'wetter than wet' and 'bluer than blue' down the valley

Relaxing at the Richmond Record Store Cafe after scaling the humongous Old Bathurst Rd, and then 22km Nth to Richmond

Bank Teller    26 Dec '18