The Grand FinaleDepart: 6:24; arr: 2:15; dist: 89.0km; saddle: 4h 50m; ave: 18.4k/h; ascent: 1378m.
Total Dist.:780.1km; Total Asc.:9597m.
Time to go home. We’ve had the mystical Ezekiel experience. Like hobbits we must return to the Shire. Time to burn the last of our matches. Leave nothing in the tank. The final departure. We have pretty consistent in leaving 20-25 minutes late each day.
At the end we cannot avoid traffic, or can we? After a couple of kms of “Sydney traffic” we are again on dirt tracks. This one unintentional, a feature of mapping with Google maps without road surface information. However it allows us to climb Mt Dandenong without the traffic.
At the top, after an epic 1378m ascent for the day, there’s nothing left in the tank. Quick, jelly snakes and banana milk, that’s better. We check the Vodafone silence. Perfect.
Cutting it fine. Left Leah to be picked up at the bottom of Dandenongs. At one stage we were in 4 groups: Leah, peloton, Mals house, Mal in car with flat tyre; all unable to communicate with each other. One hour until we have to be packed & on the way to the airport. In the end, it all came together. And that is The End.