Crikey. It’s May Already !!

And I’ve written so little in the blog during 2023.

For a number of reasons that I won’t go into I haven’t felt the need for cycling targets this year and so none are set. That said I watch the odometer on the Trike as it creeps up towards 12,000 kilometers travelled on the Bafang motor. Some people proudly brag about killing them in a few kilometres, so they say anyway. Mine is going well, looking like 20,000 kms will be no hassle for it.

Because I am not cycling quite as much as in previous years it’s interesting to follow a well worn route and see what changes have occurred. To some people driving through it would seem like nothing has changed. When you cycle through at the slower pace, one can spot all sorts of things that are different.

Here I would like to illustrate with pictures – but I haven’t taken any!!

Autumn is here
And the strikingly red mushrooms have come back

Colin and I felt like a longer ride a few days ago. We decided to head to Cressy via the back roads in a fairly long loop – for us anyway.

In the event it was slightly longer than expected as we had first to search the road to Woolmers for a missing wallet. An issue with recumbent riding is to watch what is in your trouser and jacket pockets as the riding position easily empties them. The wallet was not found.

With the Woolmers extension the days ride turned out to be a nice 63 kilometers in total.

A good, sunny day with a cool wind
Yes, the views were a delight

I didn’t take many pictures but here is the video. The constant rumble turned out to be the camera mount rattling. I will fix with some duct tape.

Riding the Norfolk Plains to Cressy

After weeks of easterly winds, we now had the prevailing westerlies to contend with on the above ride.

As I write, we are expecting a good southerly blow for the next day or two. The change will bring the first frosts and then the first snow down to 600 metres.

Winter is on the way and I have a project in mind.

A Canadian guy, Robert Beriault, designed the above trailer. When you arrive at the campsite it opens up to this.

Pictures are thanks to Robert’s instruction book

The roof rises to form a camping trailer with space inside similar to if not slightly larger that a one person tent. It was built by a chap experiencing the same issues as myself in lack of flexibility and a desire to camp more comfortably.

I have the plans. My current trailer will supply the transmission and tow bar. The construction materials are mostly wood and coroplast/corflute. My questionable ability to follow plans and use woodworking tools will, hopefully, supply the rest. We shall see.

I am really interested to see how the structure will cope with Tasmanian winds!

OK – that’s it.

’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.

6 thoughts on “Crikey. It’s May Already !!”

  1. Hello Tony.
    We really enjoyed the backroads to Cressy video and (a) marveled at the blue skies (b) shuddered at the proximity of some of those passing vehicles. Robert Beriault’s camping trailer has us fascinated. We’ve been into his highly informative website to learn more about the rig. Now we would like to read and see your ‘questionable ability to follow plans and use woodworking tools’ here as you build old mate’s trailer.
    Old Bob and His Young Nurse.


    1. Hi OB. Glad you enjoyed the video. Yes, some drivers just can’t keep 1.5 metres away. I’m still working out how to make the space to build the trailer. Getting there – and maybe will use Colin’s workshop for some if it. I will certainly write about the process – try and stop me!!


    1. Too cozy? Robert reckons it has more room than a two person tent. Hmm Don’t think it will be that good – maybe the size of a large one person?


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