A ride around Lake Hamilton

A great day weatherwise. Sunny, light breeze, up to 26C.

I had decided to take a look at Hamilton today and then, after riding the gravel lake trail, clean and oil the chain.

It’s 5 k around the Lake.

It was a shared path made of reasonable gravel – for the most part. When there was a hole to fill though a few barrowloads of large gravel have been thrown at the problem. The trike just stuck in those spots. Front wheels dug in and rear spinning.

the Grange Burn track running up the feeder river added a series of dried out cracks to the mix.

All obstacles considered it was a good ride taken at a saunter.

A few dog walkers, baby pushers and one pusher plus 2 dogs were met along the way. The latter advised snakes are about so she has her work cut out to watch toddler, manage pushchair and keep an eye on the dogs!

Lots of work revegetating the Burn side. Plants look healthy.

The lake supports a goodly number of birds. Seen today and tecognised were : magpies, ravens, perwees, Willie wagtails, coots, herons, musk ducks, brown ducks and masked lapwings.

After the lake explore it was time to head for the regional Art Gallery

There was a good place to park – with 24 hour CCTV.

Inside there was an exhibition of a glass blower’s work. Large pieces, multi coloured, with a basket weave like effect flowing through some. How are they made? I want one. Difficult to carry!

There is an Howard Arkley in their collection. One of his iconic works featuring an older suburban home with grassed front yard. What would he have made of today’s mansions with their entry porticoes?

When I lived in Deloraine I used to cycle with Rob Arkley amongst others. Rob told me his brother was Howard A. At that time I was unaware of Howard and his work so my initial response was not the one Rob was looking for. Rob could only show me art gallery postcards and a book of Howard’s work, so to see one full size under gallery light was really something. His air brush technique and medium control really makes the painting glow as if with defused light emanating from it.

After the Gallery I went for a walk around town. All the time wondering why, as the streets are so narrow, hasn’t a one way system been implemented? I can see benefits including an easier life for pedestrians and posibly providing space for cyclists.

And then I came upon this:

A community notice board.

I have been suggesting such a notice board for somewhere in Longford. The Council and shopping centre people see only problems with the idea. I shall send them the details of this version to start the next round of talks.

While taking in the lake circuit, a chunk of gravel stuck in the chain idler wheel, jammed the chain and unseated the tubes through which the chain travels. Could have been worse but, as I was sauntering, no parts broken or unfixable damage done. It did remind me the chain needed attention. I cleaned it (using Baby Wipes – thanks for the idea Colin) and then put a drop of oil on each link. Hopefully that will help the gear change action.

I also got a load of washing done so all is well and things are set up for the next leg.

Author: antc1946

Born in 1946 I learnt to cycle about 10 years later. On a bike with rods connecting brake levers to the brakes - anyone remember those? I emigrated to Australia (from the UK) in 1974 and moved to Tasmania in 1984. Bicycles were in my life for most of that time although sometimes they were replaced by motorised two wheels for a bit more excitement. On reaching 70 I decided to stick to pedal power but in 2019 an electric recumbent made an appearance. it's now 2023 and I have 3 bikes. 2 e-recumbents and the Brompton.

One thought on “A ride around Lake Hamilton”

  1. You’re very welcome, Good suggestion for a community notice board, I am considering approaching the Longford
    council about setting up a WINDFARM, so the town dosn’t become known as “Pongford” !!!


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