End of 2022 – It’s a Wrap

Some damage was done to the Longford Boat Ramp infrastructure during recent floods. The area shown above was totally submerged for some time and looks like it must have collected a passing tree.

December 2022 ended with a bit of good weather at last. Some mid 20°C days followed by a couple climbing into the low 30s. Lovely.

It’s time to install the canopy at last and Santa agrees

The sun finally appeared around the 21st December – the longest day. It’s also the time of peak UV and we have the added pleasure of possibly less ozone protection this year due to the Tongan volcano that erupted on the 15th January 2022. It sent more than 58,000 olympic sized swimming pools worth of water vapour high into the atmosphere where it may be reacting badly with the ozone layer. The conditions are still under scientific investigation.

On with the canopy and slap on the Sun screen – then go recumbent and enjoy the warm airs!!

One day while out riding I bumped into neighbour Pete.

We had a “catch-up” chat while enjoying the sunshine

Annual Challenge

It’s been a bit hard fitting rides in around other things that must be done and Christmas. I was a little shy of my annual target for a while but once the sun was out I was encouraged to put in a few more Kays.

There, just snuck above 5,000 kilometres for the year. By mid year I was well ahead of the count but the spring rains have a lot to answer for.

Fahrrad Wohnwagen

My recumbent riding companion, Colin, has been at work building a camping trailer to tow with his bike. On YouTube there are a lot to be seen particularly from Germany where they are know as Fahrrad Wohnwagens. There, where the land is flat and access to cycle paths and farm lanes make cycling easy, they have become really popular. So much that a company, Mody, is making a carbon fibre version – like a small teardrop camper.

Colin’s has been taking shape in his shed over the past few months and last week, after a lot of sawing, gluing and screwing, it saw the light of day.

Colin’s camper trailer

He towed it to Evandale on the back of his recumbent for an overnight camp and Sue and I drove over the next day to see how it was going. I was going to ride with Colin but had just had some troublesome sun damage burnt off my head and that precluded wearing a helmet.

The frame is wood and the covering is corflute.

Verdict. Comfortable at camp and to sleep in much better than a tent. Tough to tow without a motor!!

Now the good weather is here it’s time to think about some trips away. During the next couple of weeks I will have to change thinking into action and get out cycling and camping.

’til then – Happy New Year to you all.

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.

2 thoughts on “End of 2022 – It’s a Wrap”

  1. Congrats, Tony on meeting your riding goal for the year! Especially when the last three months were almost total write-offs! I decided after my trip that I never want to live “on and south of the ranges”, let alone dangling out there in the ocean. The trailer looks good – but I wouldn’t want to tow it with a crosswind, I don’t think.

    Hope all of the ride planning sees at least a couple good tours eventuate for autumn and some good cycling weather through summer. Happy New Year!


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