Saturday morning rolled around and the weather looked pretty darn good. Trinny and I had decided that so long as the rain kept away we'd head out for a decent 1/2 day ride. Met up early at the Mobil on Lane Cove Rd, topped up the tank, set the type pressure and had a short discussion to select a route... Really I didn't give too much thought to how far exactly we'd be going when I suggested we go for a run up Putty rd. I'd only ever ridden the first 1/2 (2nd base? ) and Trinny was a Putty virgin. So, off we set - M2 on to Old Windsor Rd, up through Windsor etc... Rocked into an Ampol service station I'm sure many here know well, average coffee but still nice and warm given the early start in summer gear. Big fry-up brekky that I'll try to work off at the gym tomorrow. With the rider ballast properly adjusted we kicked off for Singleton, awesome run, a reasonable pace and only about 3 specs of water on the visor from a slightly ominous looking cloud. By the time we hit Singleton a fair chunk of go juice had been consumed so we filled up and stretched out the back muscles ready for the second leg. Over towards Newcastle on the Golden & New England Hwys. Some nice towns but a bit crowded . Jumped on to the Freeway to make up some miles on the home-bound journey. By this time my butt was starting to feel the effects of a long ride, going a little numb, the traffic was flowing well though, and we were able to flow on past the poor cage drivers on a day that was rapidly becoming stunning. I probably looked like I was trying to be Valentino as I leant down towards the visor and shifted my butt back on the seat; seriously I was just trying to give the cheeks a rest A rest stop was necessary about 30k's out from Gosford to let my ass wake up again and so I could outline the last stage of my master plan. Given we were running to a time-frame we stayed on the Freeway until Peats Ridge, finally leaving the 3 straight lanes of tedium and getting back onto something worth riding. I have to say that on the bends of the old Pac, the suggested speeds seem extremely slow when you've been doing 80-110 zone speeds most of the day. Er at least I'm sure they would seem slow, obviously we had a reasonable buffer between us and the suggested speed to maximise safety and enjoyment :grin: Final pit stop at Pie in the Sky at 2pm for a light lunch and a decent break before the run home. I know the route describe above is probably very pedestrian for some riders here, but at 450k's round trip it was the longest ride I've tackled so far and it brought a smile to my dial many a time. (map approximation only 'cos I don't know how to work it and 'cos it does something funny around the exit to Peats Ridge rd no matter what I do) Safe riding fella's.