Seeing as today was a public holiday myself and a mate took the opportunity to go for a ride. We headed up Plenty Road to Whittlesea through the hills, then through to Kinglake then down to Healsville via Chum Creek Road. After having lunch at Healsville, we decided to have a go at the Black Spur as neither of us had done it before. I had been putting it off for a few months because of the reputation of being a challenging road but thought enough was enough. So we geared up and headed up out of Healsville. Traffic was suprisingly light and i only had one scare when some shithead of a biker came barreling around a blind corner in the opposite direction - in my lane. So, my observations after running the black spur for the first time? The road surface and signage is great. The scenery is beautiful. The ride itself, would be what i would call "mild". I personally found Chum Creek Road between Toolangi and Chum Creek more difficult and technically challenging. I found myself quite often pushing 90km/h through many of the corners without really leaning the bike over that much, so all in all, i think my "fear" of the Black Spur was unfounded. After today, i think i'll be including the Black Spur into my regular rides and give the Reefton Spur a try at some stage and see how i fair.