Only got my learners in April and up to now all my riding has been in carparks or to and from them to practice. I know I still need heaps of it but I did get my learners to ride the wide open spaces so decided today since I wasn't up to the Woodend ride I'd do one on my own. Went up through Eltham and Panton Hill to St Andrews. Had driven all the way to Kinglake last weekend to check the roads out with riding in mind. Decided as much as I would love to go all that way, my riding isn't up to it. The sign saying there was 530 motorbike accidents up there since 2003 kinda made me think not a good idea just yet as well. I did stall at lights in Research but other than that no incidents. Really enjoyed the bends and was amazed at how much better I took them than I thought I would. All the tips I have picked up from this site were really priceless. Did take one bend a little fast but as there was nothing come the other way thought it better to touch the double lines then brake right on the curve and come off. I did have one car part of the way that was on my tail a bit closer that I would have liked. Decided it was maybe a good time to claim the lane so started weaving a little from side to side. He soon backed off. Stopped at Hurstbridge for a muffin & latte on way home. There was a young pimply teenage boy standing there looking like he was waiting to be picked up. I'm only just over 150cm & weigh 50kgs so even under all the gear I think it's easy to see I'm a chick. The double take when I took the helmet off was golden. I am probably a good few years older than his MUM. Another gentleman biker of mature age was slowing down for the lights as I was putting my helmet on the holder to go get my latte & gave me a "good on you kinda nod" it made my day.