A few weeks ago, in order to accompany my daughter on local rides, I bought the first reasonable quality bicycle I think I've ever owned; a Giant Transend (cue laughter from every experienced cyclist on the forum ). Time and opportunity have limited me to very local pootling but, over the weekend, having no really pressing calls on my time, I had a go at something more ambitious. So I did this route on our local trails, doing Chidlow to Bellevue via Mundaring and then back via Parkerville and Stoneville. Now bearing in mind I haven't really ridden a pushie in 25 years and am a fat bastard who's done little in the way of sustained physical activity since I hung up my landscaping shovel 15 years ago, I was ever so pleased to even make it all the way without having to call out MrsB with the sweeper ute. I was even more pleased to average 12km/h for the whole trip, exclusive of a 15 minute rest at Parkerville to sink a couple of litres of water, having done the long climb from Bellevue without a stop. Better still, apart from a patch on one leg where I missed with the SPF30 and some rather creaky knees, I felt OK afterwards. Incidentally, now I know why it's called pea gravel. It's 'cos that's the instinctive reaction of the incompetent newbie when hitting it, on road tyres, at the end of a long, fast descent . Didn't fall off though . I look forward to doing it all again and seeing If I can get down to four hours dead.