Sydney by bicycle

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I was supposed to do Tough Mudder today but instead of flogging myself in a mudbath, I enjoyed a glorious day cycling around Sydney with my mum. I’m just down here for the day so we hired bikes from Bonza Bike Hire so we could explore the sights.
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We started at The Rocks where we breakfasted on Lebanese flat bread with spinach, mushrooms and feta washed down with freshly squeezed juice. It was both delicious and relatively healthy.

We then rode down under the Harbour Bridge where I logged an earth geocache. It was so cool to ride along the harbour under clear blue skies. We rode along Circular Quay, past the iconic ferries and on to Opera House, where we bought tickets to see Le Gateau Chocolat tonight (the show was brilliant).

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From the Opera House we walked our bikes through the Botanical Gardens and down to Wooloomooloo(sp). I stopped to grab another geocache, which led me to see these strange waterside sculptures near the navy base.
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We stopped at a marketin urban Potts Point to buy some snacks and play draughts in the square. Mum thrashed me but it was still great fun. We haven’t played draughts together since I was a young child. The games cost a gold coin donation to play with proceeds going to a homeless people’s charity. The chocolate brownish we ate were divine.

We followed the harbour the Rushcutters Bay where we stopped to stand in the crystal clear water and watch the yachts sailing in the distance. It’s amazing that this scenery is less than 5km from the centre of Australia’s largest city.

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We left the harbour near Vaucluse and cut across to the ocean. Boy were there some big hills to climb and long flights of stairs to negotiate. But it was worth it; the view from the cliffs was amazing!

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We rode all the way along the cliffs to The Gap, carrying our bikes up and down many more tortuous flights of stairs.

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From The Gap we dropped down to Watson’s Bay for another quick geohunt before riding to Vaucluse Point where we watched a pod of dolphins play around some sailing yachts. It’s amazing how dolphins have the power to make us humans stop and stare in awe.

At Shark Bay we stopped for drinks and snacks. It was almost 4pm and we’d not eaten since midday. It was so pretty sitting there overlooking the harbour and beach. I felt like I was on holidays.

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Given the time, we followed the main road all the way back to Rushcutters Bay where we went back to the waterfront.
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It was early evening by the time we carried our bikes down one final flight of stairs and followed the path back to the Opera House and Harbour Bridge to return the bikes to the hire company. Mum and I both agreed it was the perfect way to spend a day in Sydney.

Total: 50km cycling at a leisurely pace (who cares the average speed).

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