Today's Highlight, was checking out what the council had closed.
I left at 7:08am and the breeze started off blowing and increased from the South.
As usual, I rode Northward to my Lands End turnaround point. I continued down to MacIntosh Is. Goosey Lucy and mates were out and enjoying life. I rode a lap and a half of the park.
I headed to Surfers along the Esplanade shared path, and stopped at my usual spot near Hanlan St and took my weather photos. The Surfers Paradise beach is now closed. I photographed the barricaded entrances to the beach. With the beautiful Southerly at my back, I cruised towards The Spit.
As I do everytime, I rode the gravel Federation Walk track, Well NOT TODAY. The council have barricaded the Federation Walk entrance. BUT not to be outsmarted there was another entrance from The Philp Park carpark, so I rode there and sure enough it was open, so I continued on my merry way to The Spit. Every path that led to the beach was barricaded with a sign saying "BEACH CLOSED". I continued unimpeded to the Sand Pumping Pier where I have to stop and walk under the pier due to the very soft, loose sand. Continued to the Seawall about 50 meters on from the pier.
PROBLEM BIG TIME: They have barricaded the exit of the Federation Walk with a 1 meter high obstacle. ****... I am trapped.
Problem solved I lifted my bike over the obstacle and then I climbed over it which nearly killed me. I am carrying quiet a few kgs more than the last time I climbed over a fence.
Continued out to the end of The Spit, but it was too windy and wet from the spray to sit and eat my bananas, so I rode the length of the inshore Spit (Moondarewa Spit). I was the only cyclist and a few walkers, then around the shared path that surround the Doug Jennings park.
I finally sat on the seawall and ate my bananas before heading back along Seaworld Dve to see where the council had barricaded the road. There were about 20 cars in the section of the carpark that wasn't blocked off. I stopped and took a photo of the barricaded carpark. Continuing on, along Seaworld Dve, I passed a few cars heading to the Spit. I expected the road to be blocked at Seaworld theme Park, as there is a big roundabout there and it makes sense to block it there. As I rode along I took note of the paths leading to the Beach, there were 2 that I could easily ride along for next time I ride Federation Walk, if it isn't completely blocked off. Anyway as I approached Seaworld, there was no barricades, so I expected one at Marina Mirage - NOPE. As it turned out there are currently no barriacdes along Seaworld Dve, so any motorist could easily drive to the Spit. I will check this out on Friday's ride.
I continued back to MacIntosh Island, stopped for some water and saw Goosey Lucy and mates still enjoying life. Then I rode home with a beautiful tailwind.
Another brilliant ride.
The barricaded entrances to Surfers Paradise beach.
8:00am - at Surfers - looking North.
8:00am - at Surfers - looking East.
8:00am - at Surfers - looking South.
The Spit - closed off carpark.