Up Lavers Hill

(77 Km)

Friday, 29 Nov, 2019

Peterborough - Beech Forest

The day of the big climb - 23 kms uphill. And we had to be past the 12 apostles by 10:30 or be picked up by the SAG wagon. This meant another morning of long queues for breakfast. We had drunk our coffee by the time we got our breakfast.

Another overcast day but the Great Ocean Road was still magnificent and there was minimal traffic. We stopped at London Bridge, the Arch and Loch Ard Gorge before reaching the Twelve Apostles. It was fairly easy riding and there were frequent glimpses of the sea.

After a quick stop at the Wildlife Park rest area we started the climb up Lavers Hill. There were a few steep sections and a few downhills but a lot was just grinding up in a low gear. We enjoyed a quick stop at the top before heading onto lunch. There was a big mass of riders waiting to be allowed to progress on to the campsite. The road had been temporarily closed to let the tucks through to the site which was on the Williamson’s family farm. It was a beautiful location but freezing cold. After showers and dinner we retired to the warmth of our tent.