27.4.20

An Exercise in Peace 'An Escape From Lockdown'




If stuck at home there's nothing better than a ride up Arthurs Seat, on the Mornington Peninsula, Victoria, Australia. A normally busy place stricken with tourists, coffee lovers, busy trucks and cars and even the odd peloton of professional cyclists grinding their way to the summit, it's as quiet as I've ever seen before.











It's like a ghost town up there, with both cafes and the gondola closed due to the outbreak of Coronavirus.
It's not to say that there isn't still the occasional exercising hiker, cyclist and of course the odd car speeding by but most moments are free to magnificent flora and fauna.


It's not to say that there isn't still the occasional exercising hiker, cyclist and of course the odd car speeding by but most moments are free to magnificent flora and fauna.

Cycling up to the summit of Arthurs Seat (sometimes three times in a row) isn't easy but it's worth the views and as I've said, it's one of the most peaceful places I've felt in the last few months since the 'virus' began.

One of the other features about Arthurs Seat is it reminds me of some of the well-known climbs in Europe. Despite its meagre 3.03 kilometres, this granite hill is remarkably steep. For half its length it has a gradient of 9.5% or more,with an average of 8.1%. That's steeper than France's Col du Tourmalet, Hautacam, Italy's Passo dello Stelvio and many others.
 



Meanwhile, while you're moving over the top of Arthurs Seat, think of its present quietness and perhaps even some of the world's magnificent climbs.



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