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Published January 27th 2016
A flat and enjoyable ride
Last weekend we joined two other lovely couples for a bike ride along the scenic Moreton Bike Cycleway. Our entire group of six are massive fitness-lovers so joining together for a cost-free date sounded like a brilliant idea. My love for the Moreton Bay area (which probably stems from it being our proposal spot) meant I organised for us to leave from Wynnum and cycle as far south as we could, taking in all the stunning blues of the water on our way south. It did look at one point that the rain was going to spoil our fun, but we peddled through the drizzle and thoroughly enjoyed the day. Turns out rain only cools you down when on the back of a bike… so don't ever let it stop you!
Getting ready for the ride (I did put a helmet on I swear)
A couple kilometres into the ride we made a completely necessary stop; at the incredible spiderweb-like playground at Manly Boat Harbour. I watched on, counted down, and then adjudicated my mates' race to the top. What this says is, that regardless of whether you are group of adults or a family out with the kids, at least you now know the perfect place to take a break. And this isn't the only fabulous resting spot along the way. In fact BBQs, picnic spots and playgrounds littered the path, so in essence this is the best family bike ride around.
When racing up the playground it was nice to feel like a kid again.
After ditching the playground and climbing back on the bikes we weaved along the stunning shore and then though the dark mangroves until we reached Beth Boyde Park in Thornside for our break. We had pre-packed some yummy goodies and so indulged in a delicious picnic overlooking the bay. You would think that with donuts, cookies, carrots and dip we would be weighed down heading back to the car, but instead I was surprised to find that it was a much quicker trip (maybe because my bottom was so sore I wanted to get off my bike asap).
Resting our wheels for lunch before making the trip back.
I was very impressed with my efforts during what I though was a wonderful 7-8km ride. It wasn't until I got home and I put our path into google maps did I realise we had biked 22km! I think it probably just goes to show that exercise with family or friends really doesn't feel like working out at all. So if you are looking for an easy ride, to enjoy with mates, with great views and the lots of spots to enjoy some relaxation, this is the one for you!