After the success of our Gold Coast bike ride last week, Mum and I decided to drive up to Sandgate to ride along the northern Moreton Bay waterfront. After-all, the beach is the place to be in summer.
We started down at Sandgate just near the Sandgate jetty. The sun was shining and the tide was on its way out. Where else could we want to be. The photo above is the only time I hit the drops all day.
As we meandered our way along the waterfront, we came across this wonderful Christmas display. It was a beautiful blending of Christian nativity scene, festive Santas and gifts, and natural materials. There were even two guest books and pens left out for us to sign. I love this type of creativity.
We rode across the long hot 2.7km long Hornibrook Bridge (well, the new bridge is actually called the Ted Smout Bridge, but to me it will always be the Hornibrook Bridge or Houghton Highway) to the Redcliffe Peninsula where we continued our waterfront meander. We stopped at Suttons Beach for a cold drink in the shade of a large tree. The water looked inviting but we opted to enjoy it from the shore.
On the way back to Sadngate we stopped to check out the HMAS Gayundah shipwreck. The ship was a navy vessel that entered service in 1884. After being decommissioned, she was used in civilian service before being scrapped and run aground to serve as a breakwater.
Fish n chips seemed like a fitting end to the ride. So we found a shady picnic table overlooking Cabbage Tree Creek, Shorncliffe and bought some lunch.
These cruisy rides with Mum are my favourites. We don’t ride far or fast; we ride like we’re on holidays exploring old places in new ways.
Total: 40.4km road cycle