Very Windy

Riding this week was held back by windy conditions. Once the wind speed hits the 40-50kph strength, cycling into it is not good. Nor is a 45 kph cross-wind. Riding it as a tailwind is bloody brilliant but not enough not make up for the rest !

Unfortunately most of our rides are loops so you get one leg into the wind, two legs as crosswinds and one ‘smiling’ leg. A planned overnight camp ride to Ross has been cancelled due to wind and overnight temps predicted to be 3°C at 3am. We are not hardy cycle/campers!

Base Camping

Our base camping gear is quite large and we didn’t fancy loading the 2 metre / 25k bag on the roof racks – so we have bought a trailer. Well, the trailer will have multiple purposes but being able to carry our camping gear is an important one.

We picked it up on Saturday morning and it towed nicely back to Longford. Weather permitting we will have a ‘shake-down’ trip next weekend. The weather is supposed to warm up by then and Brompton may get an outing.


Riding

As previously indicated, cycling was limited this week. I did manage a Bishopsbourne trip on Monday and then a couple of rides out past Woolmer’s to the Highway and back.

The skies indicate the wind.

The Woolmer’s rides. The first was on the trike and the second on the Bike E. One purpose was to ride the hill from the Macquarie River bridge up past Woolmer’s to test the Bike E gearing for hill climbing. While not a long hill, it is quite steep.

All went well.

The Brickendon Estate hawthorn hedges. When trimmed = punctures. Gee, that chain looks long!
It looked a nice day and the hawthorn hedge provided wind shelter.

As I neared the Midland Highway (turning back point) I noticed a contrail! Yes, planes are flying again. As our States open the borders, people are once more flying places. Last week I met a couple of cyclists from Byron Bay in NSW who were busy touring Tasmania.

A variety of these signs are appearing.

I reported in a previous post about these signs. This is a new one that seems to have had a flight of hard shelled bugs (dung beetles?) fly into it. Surely no-one has shotgunned it !

So, no long rides this week and a cancelled S36O to Ross. What will next week hold? My goal of 4,500 kilometres for the year is looking shaky.

‘Til next time …………

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 is good!

2 thoughts on “Very Windy”

  1. Glad the Bike-E went well – does it ride stiff compared to your other bikes? I think I might feel like I was riding along a structural beam? Hope the windy and wet weather recedes a bit so you can get out on some camping and cycling trips. The past couple days in the low 20s have felt wonderful after the really hot days the past couple weeks here. At this stage, the weather shows some potential for an overnight ride next weekend – hope your forecast is similar!

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