The festive, or silly season has well and truly descended on Sydney – and I partook in the festivities last night. But even though last night’s hydration methods were not optimal, I did not want to give up the opportunity to go for a weekend ride. It is funny at the moment, because riding on the weekend during the  silly season is an eye-opener. In addition to the regulars that you pass by on a morning ride – other riders, runners, and walkers – I find myself passing the stragglers coming home from Christmas festivities, in all their garb from the night previous. There is a lot of glass on the ground too, but at least it is quieter.

So it was a perfect setting to take my road steed out for a spin and blow away some cobwebs. I am fortunate that my local road runs are not that far away from some of Sydney’s major tourist attractions. I am less than 5km from getting onto the bike path on the Sydney Harbour Bridge, and not much further from The Rocks, Circular Quay and the Sydney Opera House. I decided to keep the spinning local into The Rocks and then back again over through the inner west. Here are a couple of snaps that I stopped to take while on route (it was not a hitout ride by any stretch).

Riding in Sydney - Dec 12 #1

Don’t let the clouds fool you, it was 20 degrees celcius at 7:30am.

Riding in Sydney - Dec 12 #2

The Sydney Opera House had a gloomy wake up this morning, before being lit up by the beautiful summer sun.

My reward for this morning’s ride was provided after rounding the corner at Dawes Point. The silly season is also the cruise ship season in Sydney, and docked at Circular Quay was the massive Royal Carribean ‘Voyager of the Seas’. A huge cruise ship – 311m long and 63m high. I was pretty blown away by it’s size.

Riding in Sydney - Dec 12 #3

It has a big backside too.

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A surprising ride, and a few PBs on some of the segments. Definitely need to get the kilometres back up, and looking forward to doing some big rides over the Christmas break.