There is always a certain amount of satisfaction from planning and executing a new cycling route, no matter how long or short it may be. Trepidation is also present when riding the route for the first time, particularly if riding with a group. The saving grace is that all the riders share the same emotion which heightens everyone's awareness of the surroundings and they also share in the satisfaction of having a good ride.
Entrance ramp to Eleanor Schonnel Bridge
On this particular ride, we took a train from Cleveland to Park Road, crossed the Brisbane river to St. Lucia, riding through the campus of Queensland University, passing the lower portals of Mt. Cootha to Bardon Bowling Club where we stopped at Beans on The Green https://www.facebook.com/BeansOnTheGreenor for some well deserved refreshment. Well deserved in this case as the route in this area is quite undulating with a couple of reasonable hills to be climbed and as fate has it, a wrong turn was taken and we found ourselves off route for a short while.
The second part of the ride took us to The Gap, where we retraced our steps to Ashgrove and followed the Enoggera Creek Bikeway to Windsor and then on to Albion Station where we boarded the train back to Cleveland.
The ride itself is 26 km but our little error in navigation added on another 4 km, making 30 km in total.
Embedded Map: http://ridewithgps.com/routes/6971847
LIST OF CYCLING MAPS WITH JIMMY BEE: http://jimmyb9.blogspot.com.au/
Cheers and safe riding,