I woke up at 5:40 this morning and got ready for our ride today. We decided to go for an easy flat ride along the beach today.
During the ride about an hour into it, these two other guys basically just joined us 3, first by riding behind me and drafting us, then they both took turns leading in the front. Then after about 30 kms on the flats, we pulled over and stopped. At that point we saw that two girls had also pulled over, then all of a sudden Griff was realizing that she had recognized him, and lo and behold, it was one of his friends from back home in Wales. SUCH A SMALL WORLD HEY? So we rode back along the ocean with them, and along the way we ran into the girl's dad, who was also friends with Griff. So on our morning ride Griff managed to run into two of his friends from Wales, how cool is that? I also chatted with Ally, who was riding with Griffs friend and she told me about a girls group ride that happens every Saturday at 7:30, so I might join them for one soon. At around 9, we parted ways as they had work and other commitments, but since we were still free as a bird, we decided to continue on cycling! We just took it real easy around the city, with a few stops for the toilet and for dates. Then just to finish our ride off and tire us out, we ended the ride with a 5 km climb called Norton Summit. By that time it was around 10:30 and it was proper HOT. I was dripping with sweat and definitely feeling drained. Then on our way back to our place, we ran into Freelee and Harley who were walking to the airport to pick Figsy up, so we walked and chatted with them for a bit, before heading off home. When we got back, I showered, washed my kit, ate cereal, then just relaxed with the guys for the rest of the afternoon. I edited, watched griff play poker, messaged my brothers, watched Biggi read, and listened to music. Then I looked into buying a Garmin, and I think I've settled on getting the 810. By around 6 we headed out on our bikes to ride to our group dinner at Mai Kitchen. We were meeting about 8 other vegans (including NICOLE) at this Vietnamese restaurant that has a full vegan menu. I got the most incredible "omlette" pancakes filled with veggies, mint, and the most tangy delicious sauce. It was fried in oily goodness and so full of flavour, ahah.
Then I also got a huge bowl of vermicilli noodles with a spicy sauce and pickled veggies. But the best part was the layer of deep fried spring rolls it came with. They were crispy and golden and so moist in the middle. But as tasty as the food was, they were so busy so the service was slow and we didn't get our food for hours. But that just meant more time to talk to everyone that was there. It was so unbelievably lovely to catch up with Nicole, I hadn't seen her since Thailand, and she's just such a chilled out kind hearted person. I also met heaps of new people, and it was lovely getting to know everyone. Such a lovely vegan community here. Man I could totally see myself living in this wonderful city. Then at around 9:30 we realized it was basically dark, and since we biked here with no lights, we scrambled to pay our bill and head home. But after about 10 minutes riding, the sun had set and we were now riding home in the pitch black with no lights, in an unfamilar city trying to navigate our way back. Griff was a champ and google mapsed using his phone, and slowly but surely we made our way home stealthily in the dark. It was kinda cool actually riding home in the eery pitch black, and warm summer heat. And after about 40 minutes, we were finally home. I then had a few bowls of cereal at around 10 pm, and then head to bed just before 11. IM POOPED.