|Lady in red|
After reading the title you are probably wondering who Poinciana is. She is a gorgeous, voluptuous redhead which slips into and out of my life once a year. In fact, the poinciana is a beautiful flowering tree which, when in bloom signals the coming of Christmas. This year however it burst into bloom far earlier than in other years, possibly alerting us to the fact that we are in for a very hot festive season. In all of the years I have lived in the Redlands, I have never experienced a spectacle such as we are experiencing now with these trees in full bloom. Streets of vivid red with just a dash of white.
|Red heads are the order of the day|
We, in Australia are still in our spring season but a visitor to our fine land may well be mistaken for thinking they had arrived in the middle of summer. Just recently, I had a friend from England arrive and although she has experienced our summers at their worst, coming from a northern hemisphere summer to the heat we are experiencing at the moment, was quite a shock and it is taking a while for her to become acclimatized.
Last week, the Pathfinders decided to ride to Manly for our weekly ride. Although this is a frequent ride for us it never becomes boring as there are a number of routes that can be taken which make for a more interesting ride.
|Wellington Point with King Island in the background|
The ride from Cleveland Harbour to Wellington Point was slightly different in that we chose to cruise down the hill leading to the Point and then just to make it a little more interesting on the way back, we ascended the hill on the eastern side via a series of steps with just sufficient room on the side to wheel our bikes up.
As the next stage involved riding through Thorneside and Birkdale, we stayed on the cycle path following the coast line as much as possible. Like all of our cross suburb rides there is a necessity to ride on some back streets but these do not present any problems as they are in excellent condition and traffic volume is low.
|Lota Creek boardwalk, Qld.|
From Birkdale to Manly is another pleasant section, crossing wetlands via boardwalks and bridges to Lota and then following the pathway to Coopers Restaurant and cafe, situated on the water in Manly. Although we do vary our coffee stop from time to time, Coopers seems to be the favorite, mainly due to the view, openness and the friendly staff.
On the way back, it's just a matter of retracing the same route back to Cleveland. We vary our rides to and from Manly quite a lot. but unless you are a local or love riding with a map in your hand, it's best to stay on the beaten track and I have to say that it is the most scenic route.
|Cleveland to Manly via Wellington Point, Qld.|
If you haven't done this ride now is a good time to think about it.......another great ride with the beautiful poinciana's in full bloom as an added bonus.
|Flaming Red, Bold, Beautiful and Voluptuous|
Although this route is approximately 55 km long, it is quite easy, however, if you are feeling the pinch, you can always hop on a train from Manly, Lota, Thorneside or Wellington Point back to Cleveland.
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Cheers and safe riding,