MelburnOut: Shifter Dan’s 40th Birthday Bush Bash Day 02

The wood is a magical place. It turns fat bloggers into slightly less fat raconteurs. It clears your head, makes your chest pound, legs throb and palms sweat. You bond with your mates and let the beauty of nature envelop you. The first day of Shifter Dan’s 40th Birthday Bush Bash set the stage for the second…

After a much-needed 12-hours of sleeping, I awoke in my Courthouse Hotel bunk bed to the call of the Magpie and the ruckus of Cockatoos around 7am. We showered, packed and went over our bikes. Which, after the rutted, bumpy and dusty descent into Jamieson, were in disrepair. A little bit of lube and a quick tightening of the bolts and we were ready to take on the second day of Dan’s 40th Birthday Bush Bash.

The course this year was the reverse of last year. We left climbing over the Great Dividing Range and ended up on the very track that caused so many flats on the previous ride, but this time we were climbing up, rather than flying down. Our spirits were bright, our legs were loose and all we could do was soak in the sights and sounds of the bush.

We finished the day at 76 miles and over 14,500′ of elevation gain. There was only one thing, wait, a few things that I wanted after the ride: a bottle of ginger beer, a coffee and a pair of mushroom and steak pies!

Enclosed is the ride report for the first leg of this 19.33 MP/C* ride.

Check out a bunch of narrated photos in the Gallery!


See more information from this ride on my Garmin Connect.

*300 calories to a meat pie and I burned 5,800 calories on this ride, putting my MP to C calculation at 19.33 MP/C.

  • Chris Loudermilk

    That Poler Field Pack!

  • Kerry Nordstrom

    This set is incredible!

  • James Williams


  • Miles Away

    Bought some Grifos recently. So good!

  • Jamie McKeon

    GINGERS AND GINGER BEER. my entire life.

    • Jamie McKeon

      also lol water filter after last year, i got sick off some dodgy water for the first time last month

  • Western Rapid

    Amazing, evocative pics, John. You are doing some brilliant stuff at the moment. Man, this site is a great daily fix…

  • Tyler Shannon

    Every one of your Australia posts just make me want to get a cross bike. It’s my next investment.

  • Adam Carter

    that pic of the kookaburra is stunning! great shots as usual.

  • Dave Manhire

    Some people are alive, others live! Inspiring pictures, words and people, thank you for sharing your ride :)

  • Larry Miller


    • John Watson

      Don’t yell, we can all read your comment!

  • Steven Tromberg