Last week I only managed 42 kilometers – as explained in my last post! Well, what with the trip south and then some stormy weather what should I expect?
Totals for week :
Total for week : 42 k Total for year : 1,175 k
Vivente : 28 k Brompton : 14 k
BUT, I have had a resurgence this week and topped the 100k once more. Generally this was riding the Bishopsbourne route a few of times and the “Heritage Ride” out past our two World Heritage Listed historical convict sites, Brickenden and Woolmers. On the Heritage ride I saw that the roadworks to replace the picturesque wooden trestle bridge over the Macquarie River is happening – slowly. Here is a picture of how it looked before work started :
The bridge goes under water when the river floods (every year or so) and the debris hitting the bridge is probably not that good for it. The deck is a “pick a plank” with gaps between planks and signs at either end of the bridge advise cyclists to dismount – as if (isn’t that right Kathleen?)
Anyway, it will soon be a thing of the past. Here is some footage of the roadworks and the old deck taken with my new Fly12 (I am still getting to grips with video editing software using iMovie). Using the Fly is safer than holding up a ‘phone!
And Now – CLC 2018 #3.
Today I cycled the Deloraine out-and-back on Brompton because it was supposed to be raining, The B is easier to cart in the car when it’s wet and preferable to hanging the V off the back to collect road crap. However, although the weather was grey, it didn’t rain. In any event it was not Ride #3 as I only bought a coffee in Deloraine and this isn’t Coffeeneuring.
So Ride #3 was a short trip after the main ride for today – to the Longford shops for drugs and booze. So that this would qualify for a CLC ride I had to take a few detours on the way home – and this was also necessary to get my weekly total up over the 100. Tomorrow will be wet and Sunday a no-ride day as we have the Longford Area Gourmet Society meeting at ours and we have to set up for 10 people – theme this week is Vegetarian. As we are a 2 person household this takes a lot of moving stuff about so no ride on Sunday.
I loaded onto the bike a bike lock and cleared out the front bag to make room. The cycle to “Hill Street at Brown’s” is via backstreets and then the footpath. Most people are OK about bikes on footpaths but some seem to think it is illegal. Only nice people met today. I visited the Pharmacy for my drugs, Hill Street for the crisp bread we have tried to remember for a couple of days and, lastly, the bottle shop for some Tasmanian sparkling wine for Sunday.
BTW: We aren’t allowed to call the stuff Champagne even though it uses the same grape varieties and brewing methods. The development of the grape types is going gang-busters here as the mainland growers are finding their cool climate grapes reacting poorly to climate change. They are moving some of their production to Tassie. A snippet of news we heard this week is that Tasmanian “champagne” grapes are selling at 177% above grapes from some areas in South Australia and Tas sparkling is doing really well in Internation competitions. Arras was particularly noted as a winning drop – which is why it was out of my price bracket today!
The detour home took me down to the boat ramp on the South Esk. The bottle of sparkles can be seen poking out of the bag. In fact it fitted nicely in the section meant for a water bottle. It was a bit unnerving though as the cork and neck often pointed at my left eye and some of the going was rough.
A bit further on and I passed the Longford Caravan Park. It has been very busy over summer and today is a bit light on. Next weekend though will see it packed as the Easter holiday makers fill it up. Easter is a full-on 4 day weekend to be filled with fun as it is the last hurrah before the weather cools down for winter.
Past the caravan park the track takes me up to the velodrome and as I went past I noticed this chalked onto the footpath.
Arthur Stace was known as Mr Eternity. He gained fame as a reformed alcoholic who converted to Christianity and spread his message by writing the word “Eternity” in copperplate writing with chalk on footpaths in and around Sydney for about 35 years, from 1932 to 1967 (Wikipedia). When we lived in Sydney from ’74 to ’84 someone or someones were still spreading the word. Now we have a Tasmanian example. The Sydney Harbour Bridge was lit up with Eternity on NYE 2000 and I am sure I remember seeing it depicted on the bridge in fireworks in later New Years Eves.
Gradually I progressed home and to prove purchases here they are :
Till next time …….
Totals for week :
Total for week : 105 k Total for year : 1,280 k
Vivente : 82 k Brompton : 23 k