Forecasted to be about 8-10 degrees cooler, the weather today should be perfect for taking out Henry the bike to Cottesloe, since it is a pretty long way. Syking myself up with a few hours in the morning to eat a decent breakfast and using the time to organise travel plans, booking a last-minute flight to Bali due to it being on a ridiculously cheap promo offer of $200 AUD return, so with luggage and fees a total of $270 (130 GBP) I am able to get a final getaway to Bali, which I really wanted to do considering from Perth it is only a 3 hour flight and not sure when I will get the chance to go again. Plus keen to improve on my surfing, keen to spend time in Canggu known to be an amazing surfing spot and place to learn with lts of surf camps available.
So around 12 I head out to Cottesloe and having to go a different route to what I usually do going to Mettams or Hilary’s, the road I take is an absolute killer with the biggest hill ever and having to walk it up the last past as far too steep! The ride over the other side is always fun through, however somewhere along the way I manage to get a load of thorns in the tyre and end up with a flat tyre.
Only getting as far as Scarbourgh sports center, luckily McGregor is about to pick me up and take Henry to be fixed at a local bike store. Feeling bit bad as interrupting his flow of sorting out the garden, removing all the slabs and stones getting it ready for being grassed up, so tell him to leave me there so he can crack on with the jobs he has to do. So not costing too much to repair ($36 – 20 GBP) I manage to get Henry back on the road within an hour.
Re-starting from the bike shop is much easier and for most of the way it is fairly flat bike path, maybe with just a slight upward gradient. Australia is good for providing good cycle paths to places and the path along is cool with protected dunes and bush most of the way and super big houses, that would be so amazing to live in especially with views of the sea. The dunes go on for about 20 minutes of riding and the first main beach I come to is City Beach, which is a pretty beach, usual gorgeous white sands and blue water. It has a nice rooftop and seaview restaurant that would be cool to go to one time called Odyssea cafe.
So cycling through, heading onto Cottesloe it takes about another 20 minutes or so to reach there and on the way pass a funny number plate with Fishface on it. Eventually arriving after what felt like a long cycle, there is a Sculpture By The Sea exhibition on, which is really different and a lot of work has gone into each one. It has a lot of partners like rio tinto, who must sponsor the sculpture artists.
So having a little ride around first to see what is about, come across a little turret type building called sundial, which looks a bit roman, has a cool flooring of coloured stones and patterns with a cute little dolphin statue outside it. Great views to the sea and beach below.
So parking up Henry, start off by having a walk around the sculptures which there are quite a few and go right along the grass part and the on the beach. It’s nice having the ones on the beach with the backdrop of the blue sea and I walk right along to where they start, while eating one of the nice ice creams they have in all the shops.
After browsing all the artwork, its chill out time on the beach resting up after the quite hard ride until the sun decides to go in about 4 and I realise with such a long journey back (and hardly any phone signal) I should hit the road back. The way back however is much easier and feels mostly downhill. I stop a little way in at a Floreat beach to have a quick apple and water stop, admiring the long beach which is totally empty apart from a couple of lone walkers.
The rest of the journey is quite nice and I eventually get back to the house about 5.30 feeling pretty exhausted, but pleased with the long ride and exercise. Looking forward to anther nice night chilling, the guys rustle up a super delicious spaghetti and it’s relax time on the couch after finalising a few last flight changes now needed with me squeezing in the Bali trip! Now heading NZ for the start of April (only a month later than planned haha).
15th March 2016