Back to the 100 plus CLC 2018 #3

Last week I only managed 42 kilometers – as explained in my last post!  Well, what with the trip south and then some stormy weather what should I expect?

Totals for week :

Total for week :  42 k            Total for year :  1,175 k

Vivente :   28 k                          Brompton :   14 k

BUT, I have had a resurgence this week and topped the 100k once more.  Generally this was riding the Bishopsbourne route a few of times and the “Heritage Ride” out past our two World Heritage Listed historical convict sites, Brickenden and Woolmers.  On the Heritage ride I saw that the roadworks to replace the picturesque wooden trestle bridge over the Macquarie River is happening – slowly.  Here is a picture of how it looked before work started :

Woolmers Bridge small

The bridge goes under water when the river floods (every year or so) and the debris hitting the bridge is probably not that good for it.  The deck is a “pick a plank” with gaps between planks and signs at either end of the bridge advise cyclists to dismount – as if (isn’t that right Kathleen?)

Anyway, it will soon be a thing of the past.  Here is some footage of the roadworks and the old deck taken with my new Fly12 (I am still getting to grips with video editing software using iMovie).  Using the Fly is safer than holding up a ‘phone!

Woolmer’s Bridge – a last look

And Now – CLC 2018 #3.

Today I cycled the Deloraine out-and-back on Brompton because it was supposed to be raining,  The B is easier to cart in the car when it’s wet and preferable to hanging the V off the back to collect road crap.  However, although the weather was grey, it didn’t rain.  In any event it was not Ride #3 as I only  bought a coffee in Deloraine and this isn’t Coffeeneuring.

So Ride #3 was a short trip after the main ride for today – to the Longford shops for drugs and booze.  So that this would qualify for a CLC ride I had to take a few detours on the way home – and this was also necessary to get my weekly total up over the 100.  Tomorrow will be wet and Sunday a no-ride day as we have the Longford Area Gourmet Society meeting at ours and we have to set up for 10 people – theme this week is Vegetarian.  As we are a 2 person household this takes a lot of moving stuff about so no ride on Sunday.

I loaded onto the bike a bike lock and cleared out the front bag to make room.  The cycle to “Hill Street at Brown’s” is via backstreets and then the footpath.  Most people are OK about bikes on footpaths but some seem to think it is illegal.  Only nice people met today.  I visited the Pharmacy for my drugs, Hill Street for the crisp bread we have tried to remember for a couple of days and, lastly, the bottle shop for some Tasmanian sparkling wine for Sunday.

BTW: We aren’t allowed to call the stuff Champagne even though it uses the same grape varieties and brewing methods.  The development of the grape types is going gang-busters here as the mainland growers are finding their cool climate grapes reacting poorly to climate change.  They are moving some of their production to Tassie.  A snippet of news we heard this week is that Tasmanian “champagne” grapes are selling at 177% above grapes from some areas in South Australia and Tas sparkling is doing really well in Internation competitions.  Arras was particularly noted as a winning drop – which is why it was out of my price bracket today!

The detour home took me down to the boat ramp on the South Esk.  The bottle of sparkles can be seen poking out of the bag.  In fact it fitted nicely in the section meant for a water bottle.  It was a bit unnerving though as the cork and neck often pointed at my left eye and some of the going was rough.

Longford Boatramp

A bit further on and I passed the Longford Caravan Park.  It has been very busy over summer and today is a bit light on.  Next weekend though will see it packed as the Easter holiday makers fill it up.  Easter is a full-on 4 day weekend to be filled with fun as it is the last hurrah before the weather cools down for winter.

Longford Caravan Park Pre-Easter 2018

Past the caravan park the track takes me up to the velodrome and as I went past I noticed this chalked onto the footpath.

Eternity

Arthur Stace was known as Mr Eternity. He gained fame as a reformed alcoholic who converted to Christianity and spread his message by writing the word “Eternity” in copperplate writing with chalk on footpaths in and around Sydney for about 35 years, from 1932 to 1967 (Wikipedia).  When we lived in Sydney from ’74 to ’84 someone or someones were still spreading the word.  Now we have a Tasmanian example.  The Sydney Harbour Bridge was lit up with Eternity on NYE 2000 and I am sure I remember seeing it depicted on the bridge in fireworks in later New Years Eves.

Gradually I progressed home and to prove purchases here they are :

CLC 2018 Ride 3 Proof

Till next time …….

Totals for week :

Total for week :  105 k            Total for year :  1,280 k

Vivente :   82 k                          Brompton :   23 k

CLC 2018 Ride #2.

Not too much cycling this week – so little that I have no chance of making the 100k weekly target.  I read the CLC reports from those who crank out 100k almost before breakfast and think “Wow!” – but I can live with cycling in the slow lane.

Some happenings from this week.

Brompton sent me a reminder e-mail regarding their recall to replace a bothersome batch of bottom brackets.  I checked my serial number again and I am still OK.  Good – and I feel thankful that the company is taking the time to fix a problem that occurred on a couple of bikes.  I don’t think the exercise will cost as much as the car air bag recall!  Oh yes, checked our X-Trail VIN and we are OK there too.

I received some comments re using a phone as a video camera while going downhill on the B.  Basically the advice could be summed up as “Don’t be so bloody stupid”.  So I have ordered a Fly12 headlamp / camera combo after being introduced to one last weekend.

BTW – here’s the video

And now to this week’s CLC ride.

I add to the Deloraine town economy this Friday.  I arrived for the weekly Friday ride to find the weather looking a bit crappy.  It was 12°C – which is not really cold but felt cold ‘cos we have been experiencing somewhat warmer weather for quite a few months now. It was also looking a bit grey and rainy.

Deloraine Friday 1 small

The sky on arrival – not the nice blue colour we have gotten used to.

Deloraine Friday 2 small

I “warmed up” as I waited for the others by cycling onto the footbridge then up and down the road a couple of times.  Then it was back to the car to rug up with more layers.  How do we handle winter?

Mirrored River Road V small

For those who haven’t been here before, this is the start of the ride along River Road.  I couldn’t find the original so had to make do with this mirror image picture I took and produced last year.   To view the original, just cover the right hand half and you will get the feel of the “tunnel” we ride through to begin.

Friends arrived and off we went to the junction with Porters Bridge Road.  Today the air was still and there was very little bird song.  On sunny days the air is full of bird chatter – this grey, silent day felt like we were all just waiting for the storm to arrive. BUT it didn’t.  I was riding at a pace I felt comfortable at and rode with the group for the first 4-5 kilometers through the flatter paddock area.  When we reached the first of the hills I was immediately dropped!  No worries – just pedal and enjoy the ride.  One member turned at about half way to the junction and headed back to the ‘Cycle Pub’.  The others politely waited for me at the junction before starting the return leg.

Deloraine Friday 3 small

The blue bike is always in the lead.  The next bike back is electric and travels second spot and the ones hiding are a new Vivente and the B.  At the junction the bush all around was quiet and the only sounds were us talking and blowing our noses clearing them for the ride back.

After some chatter and the picture someone said “OK – coffee shop?” and we started back.  I stopped to clear a dead wallaby off the road and by the time I remounted I was already well back.  So, like the ride out, I pedalled along at my own speed and enjoying my own company and a comfortable trip back.

My purchases in Deloraine.  1 latte and a round of raisin roast but these were not photographed.  Then I went up to “Wholesome House” in Emu Bay Road.  It is, as it’s name suggests, a health food shop.  There I purchased two packages as shown below.

Deloraine Friday 4 small

The large bag is a couple of scoops of my favourite muesli mix which does not include all the extra sugar found in supermarket boxes.  The second bag, that looks like it contains picked up Oscar droppings, is a bag of Jumbo Licorice Bullets.  Yes, they are from the health food shop so they must be healthy!

The storm still hasn’t hit as I write this up but it is coming.  The weekend is flagged as wet and windy so how many more ks will be done this week is an unknown.  I think I will  just accept this week as being a bad one and start again with determination next Monday.