The RCC troop for the day
29 Aug 2015
My obsession of reservoir led me the creation of this loop. My google map exploring told me that there are a few roads that I had not yet attempted. However, linking all the new roads together has challenges especially when putting route safety and wow factor together.
Despite the ominous weather forecast from the east coast low pressure system, our day started with hopes and promises. Although it was cold, at least what we saw was some sun and partly blue sky. We embarked the journey with familiarity, as the Cardinia route commenced as the same as the Rapha horse route, but we elected to turn off at Selby to Selby-Aura road (Google Map), which remained unpaved until recently. The high quality local road covers a gradual descend which is quiet wide and embraces gentle curves and lined by surrounding familiar ferns of the Dandenong ranges. I now wonder what the climb is like.
We soon found ourselves hugging the fence of the Cardinia reservoir. Despite the mishap of puncturing, the dam packed with views, quietness and serenity. Certainly worth the long ride! The rain finally arrived when we left the reservoir, the roads point up more than once and finally with a big effort of the Crescent towards Sassafras. The big effort at least kept us warm but we have to hurry back before we got rolled in by the weather.
We got lucky after breakfast and the sun smiled at us very briefly to send us home, saying that we have achieved something truly spectacular. This route will be a gem for summer and can be easy extended for Peaks Challenge training.
Our route can be found here