Tour de Ten Lives: Stage 11

Wednesday, 9th September

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6am Start: My Ride > Taroona Pub > Lower Sandy Bay > Home (41.75kms)

STAGE 11 – TEN LIVES STATS:
No. of Cats surrendered from suburbs on route: 194
No. of Cats adopted to suburbs on route: 245

Stage 11 starts across the Road from My Ride, for a 3-lap course. Follow the usual track down Osborne Street and right onto Quayle Street and right across the pedestrian bridge onto to Marieville Esplanade. Turn left onto Sandy Bay Road and head to Taroona. Do a U-turn at Orana Place (which is just past the old Taroona pub site and the start of the Bonnet climb) and return to Marieville Esplanade right to the end near the pedestrian bridge. Then do a second lap of the same course. The last lap is a similar trip south on Sandy Bay Road, but with the U-turn at the Churchill Avenue turn off (past Lower Sandy Bay) and return via Sandy Bay Road, Marieville Esplanade, Quayle and Osbourne Street.
A nice fast ride, but the trap is not to get the red light at Nelson Road.

DID YOU KNOW: Taroona is an Aboriginal word meaning sea-shell, specifically that of a ‘Chiton’. This district was originally known as Crayfish Point and the diaries of Robert Knopwood contain reference to expeditions to catch crayfish there. The first European settlement at Taroona took place in the early 19th century, when land was granted to settlers who had relocated from Norfolk Island. For the remainder of that century, the area was largely used for farming, and was sparsely populated. In the first half of the 20th century, more large and elegant residences were built, as well as beach shacks and cottages which were used for seaside holidays by the residents of Hobart. (Wikipedia)

David’s Day 11 debrief: Stage 11 – 2 laps from My Ride heading south to the old Taroona Pub, and a third lap just down to the start of Churchill Avenue and return to My Ride (41.75kms).
What a difference 24 hours makes. Good sleep and ready to ride. 9 Riders left My Ride for one of the most enjoyable stages. Good to see David Morris joining the group. Nice and flat and fast, in a perfect temperature morning with little wind. The pace was up, and even with the stops we managed to average 28 kilometres per hour.
Unfortunately, the Nelson Road traffic lights weren’t with us, and the main bunch got 5 out of the 6 possible red lights. The Taroona bends are a lot of fun, and a lot safer since the bike lanes a few years ago. Simon Thiessen, who has done every stage finished strong and looks likes he is going to make it through. Jacqui also got her run done, starting 5 am in the morning so she could go to work. As it was a flat stage, I guess Tim Jones and Leigh (Jack) Anderson shared the sprint honours.
So, as a summary after 11 Stages: – 467.75km ridden. 10 stages or 558kms to go. The bike is hanging in there beautifully, and no crashes or punctures, yet! Today my knees suddenly got sore, but they seem to have fixed themselves in the ride.
The next 4 days are going to be hard, but more about that tomorrow.
Special thanks to the Stage sponsor Raine & Horne. Raine & Horne has been a long time supporter of Ten Lives, supporting the Ten Lives’ very successful calendar each year. A big thank you for their support!!! Please be like Raine & Horne and support the tour by donating!
The cat of the day was Baby Puss from the Flinstones. For the younger of us, Baby Puss was the sabre tooth housecat, and each day Fred put the cat out, Baby Puss would run back inside and put Fred out. The taste of the tour were the Frittatas that Deb made last night and were gobbled down this morning (which google says are an Italian-style omelette and the perfect, healthy breakfast).