An Overseas Visitor

And now for something completely different ………..

A small visitor arrived from across Bass Strait yesterday. Ernie from Sesame Street had wrapped himself up in a parcel and arranged postage to Longford – with a little help from Emily.

Ernie seems very happy to be out of the parcel – perhaps because Bert isn’t here?

I think he’s OK. A bit hard to vaccinate I guess but he has a pass on that. He quarantined back in Albury at Emily’s place before climbing in the envelope so, even though he snuck in before we have opened our borders to double vaccinated Victorians let alone characters from the USA, I think all is OK.

Ernie’s job is that of “Mascot”. He was lured here when he heard I had called Bike E, “Ernie”.

Hmm – am I supposed to ride on that thing?
Hey – I like the workshop. Let’s make some stuff !!

Sorry Ernie, today is a day for a ride. Reason – the sun is out and the wind has dropped.

Ready to ride .. but .. if you could just turn me around that would be good

We set off. I decided to introduce Ernie to local riding by taking the road down past Panshanger and along Powranna Road. One of the problems with living in an area without too many people and with lots of farmland is that sometimes a loop ride has to include a Highway. This ride would.

“You could have moved your finger! At least I was in shot” says Ernie

I showed Ernie the Macquarie River first. I was a bit nervous of how he would take things so made a basic photographical mistake!

Further along we stopped to take in the views
As we did so I noticed an interesting thing
Somehow Ernie managed to make sure the focus was on him. The background gets fuzzier the further it is from him. What a camera tart.

We turned left along Powranna Road. After a while the sound of hot, revving engines permeated the atmosphere.

Looking forward we could see a low-lying cloud crossing the road

It smelt. Burnt rubber. That could only mean – the Powranna Dragway was in session.

Once through the smoke and back into clean air, we continued up to the junction with the Midland Highway

Ernie stood on tip toes. “Shit” he said, “are we going along this?”

Emily is always careful to take her “guys” along dirt roads wherever possible to avoid scaring them with busy traffic. Sorry Ernie, we have to do this. Ernie hid out in the pannier while we negotiated 8 kilometers of highway up to the Longford turnoff. It wasn’t a bad run. Traffic was light and nearly everyone moved over as much as they could. Only one guy hooted and then gave the finger. A strange thing as we were well over to the left of the hard shoulder and in no way interfered with his progress. Must just hate cyclists or Sesame Street characters or both.

After the Longford turnoff it was the usual rural road potter back to Longford with a surprise 48 kph run down the hill to the Woolmer’s bridge.

The Ride with GPS stats show an average speed of 24.5 kph. I don’t believe that. The app did seem to drop out at one point so I reckon it got confused when catching up with where I was.

It looks like Ernie is happy to become Bike E’s mascot (thanks for the idea Emily).

’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's now 2023 and I have 3 bikes. 2 e-recumbents and the Brompton.

7 thoughts on “An Overseas Visitor”

  1. fantastic, I love it. Ernie looks the part. An explorer of the most intrepid tradition, fearless, adventurous,
    and the Oxford Dictionary adds often used as having a humorous outlook as in “our intrepid reporter” . , Glad to have you on board in Tasmania. Go Ernie !

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  2. Haha! Fun pictures! Ernie is very lucky to get to go an adventure so soon and not have to quarantine. He will have much more fun with you if you keep letting him off the bike. He was always attached to my backpack and was never ‘free’ to explore up here.

    Not sure what it is about Albury guys breaking Tassie quarantine rules…. that ‘bong’ man that sent you into lockdown was from Albury, too!

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