CLC 2018 – Ride #7 again. This time with evidence

The weather is scheduled to produce rain and wind shortly so I thought I had better get a ride in today.  It started foggy so I had to wait until that cleared and all was sunny and still at 9.30am when we rolled out.

My plan was to stitch two loops out of Bishopsbourne together and see how far it took me.  Looks like around the 45k mark.

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With no wind the climb up Wilmore’s Lane’s hills of Rip, Rack, Roar and Rumble was easy and I was soon at the junction with Bishopsbourne Road.  The only issue was a truck plus trailer of the gravel carrying type had shot passed – I hoped it’s destination was close by so the rest of the ride was safe from the monster.  Too big for the backroad and travelling way too fast.

At the corner I received a phone call advising that the new wheel for the Bike E is ready for collection.  That’s good and a job for tomorrow.  With no wind still, the ride to the start of Armstrong’s Land was enjoyable as was the ride along the lane.  No traffic to worry about – the gravel truck must have business elsewhere – worth a cheer!!  Up the lane two vehicles were parked partially blocking the road.  I wondered if they were running cattle across the road as that happens in these parts when the farm comprises paddocks on both sides.  No – it was just two guys having a chat and I passed with a shared wave and smile. That’s OK – the road surface can be a bit mucky after a cattle crossing!

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At the join with Green Rises Road I stopped for a sip or two of water.  What a surprise – the wind had suddenly sprung up and was getting quite strong.  It was a headwind into Bracknell from there.  The sign says this is a Neighbourhood Watch area – a bit out in the wilds and there are no houses to be seen for neighbours to watch!

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Normally I turn right here but today it’s left

At Bracknell I rode into the riverside reserve to see if any touring cyclists were staying there.  BUT there is a notice advising that, as from March 2018, overnight stays are no longer allowed.  Regulations and competition are given as the reasons – but there is no caravan park near here!  I suspect the Bracknell Pub might lose a bit of business now.


The back streets of Bracknell are somewhere not explored by me so I rode around some and found this house.  Looks like it was once a church and is what one could call, unusual.  The tower and the roof are clad in fish scale slate.  That looks expensive to repair!!

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Out of the back streets and up to the Bracknell Roadhouse.  A grand name for 2 bowsers (1 petrol and 1 diesel) and a small general shop.  Searching through my bike bag and then my pockets I scraped together $3.20 – which was the exact price of the Oatmeal bar I fancied.  Now I had no cash or plastic with me at all.

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Look – I remembered !!  My Ride #7 purchase.

Up to Pitt’s Lane and along to the river bridge and a stop to eat the bar.  The bridge was rebuilt last year and it was interesting to find two small holes in the deck through which the river can be observed.

The wind was now a rather nice, healthy tailwind and it blew me up Pitt’s quite fast.  As we progressed I noticed that my left foot was tightening up.  Odd.  I could not actually pedal as something was stopping movement!  Initially it seemed all was in order but then I spotted my shoelace had come undone and wrapped around the pedal/crank join.  It would not come loose.  I managed to unclip the shoe but could not find a way to unwrap the lace and bike speed was dropping.  Taking my right foot out of the cleat I realised I never stopped putting my right foot down – so the whole operation felt wrong.  When cycling and motorcycling is was always left leg down and then take any other action required.  In the end it worked OK – not a very cool looking stop but we did get to a halt without tipping over and nobody saw.  I re-tied the lace, tucked it in the velcro strap that stops it getting loose (?) and set off again.  Funny that, I have used this bike, shoe and pedal combination for over 10,000 kilometers in the past 4 years and never had trouble like that.

The wind blew us nicely back to Bishopsbourne and I estimate it’s strength was around the 25kph mark.  I stopped at Bishopsbourne to check the shoe / lace combo and all looked OK.  I also did practice stop using the right leg!

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Autumn.  The poplars are almost bare ready for winter

From here on it was well cycled territory and I drifted off into thought land as one does.  I got to thinking about the Penguin – Turner’s Beach ride and the railway it parallels.  The rail is used by approx 4 trains a day from Devonport to Burnie (i.e. through Penguin) but once past Penguin it is no longer used.  There are talks happening about turning the track past Burnie into a Rail Trail but a strong lobby group is pushing to keep the rail arguing it could be used for a light railway.  This is the same argument that is holding up further work on the Scottsdale to Launceston disused railway Rail Trail.  I think the question is now stuck in a Parliamentary Committee so nothing much will happen either way for a while.

While I was ruminating, the storm clouds had been gathering but the rain held off until later in the day so my ride finished dry.

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Tomorrow I may have a Ride #8 to pick up the Bike E wheel – if it isn’t raining.

CLC 2018 – TC ride #7 (plus some other stuff)

I have already written about the Bike E and early week weather in my previous post for the week

The Vivente and I rode the Armstrong Lane country 40k loop twice this week.

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The wind at the beginning of the week seems to have blown away our warm weather.  Both days of the loop it was a cool start at 10°C.  I am now wearing the “Frosty Boy” top and new merino/lycra mix leggings.  These are the first bit of anything with lycra in it for me.  Nice and warm and comfortable to ride in.  They should be good for the Victorian riding I will be doing in a wintery July.  Currently there are heaps of grasshoppers on road – some small and brown and some bigger with yellow bodies.  I wondered if we have Locusts in Tassie so I checked Wikipedia – it is possible they are locusts.  I had better catch one to check it out.

It is also the start of “Ballooning Spider” season.  A couple of years ago these spiders were thick in the air between Westbury and Longford and the event even made it into the National Geographic magazine.  The article available HERE is focussed on Launceston but the real centre was Westbury.  This week a few flying webs attached themselves to us as we rode along and a couple of thick jumbles of threads were spotted sailing in the wind.  As there has been no major flooding I am expecting the numbers to remain on the small side.

Friday was the Deloraine loop and the temperature when leaving home was 4°C.  It was 7°C when starting the ride and 10°C on our return to the Empire coffee stop.  With the cool air and yellowing Poplar trees – yes – we are really into Autumn.

AND NOW : CLC 2018 Ride #7 (well almost) – Penguin to Turner’s Beach

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This ride is along the north-west coast and generally follows the sea – which here is Bass Strait.

It was a good cycling day as we left home and it remained the same as we arrived at Penguin.  This is not always the case as the proximity of Bass Strait often means wind and/or cooler temps.  We grabbed a park under a tree and took Oscar for a walk along the front while looking for a Cafe for coffee.  There was nothing suitable and so I readied the Brompton, hopped on and took off while Mrs C set off to visit Penguin Markets.  Oscar reclined in the back of the car in the shade and had a sleep after his busy morning.

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Penguin was getting a bit tatty and so it has been given a new set of clothes.  The real penguins in the area are likely to be Fairy Penguins – the world’s smallest penguin.  They are smaller than the one next to B. 

I was serenaded out of Penguin by the ice cream van.  This van had a considerable collection of music box tunes broadcast through a fair sized speaker on its roof.  I cycled out to the tune of “Mexican Pete the Bad Bandit” and “PopEye the Sailor Man”.  I did not hear it play the perennial “Greensleeves”!

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Exit Penguin.  The residents garden the roadside verges and they are spectacular in Spring.

The road runs alongside the rail and the coast.  It is pretty spectacular.

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Some lucky people have houses on the “other side of the tracks” close to the beach

The road is narrow and windy and the traffic today was helpful to cyclists.  Thanks to all.

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Interesting.  How to stage such a play?  Could be worth attending to see how it is done.

We used to belong to Huon Valley Theatre and I just can’t imagine how this will be tackled.  But then we did “Little Shop of Horrors” with an ever growing plant (as it ate cast members!).  Still, this seems ambitious.

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The views are outstanding and the day perfect.  How lucky am I to be cycling this route today?

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The only climb on today’s ride

Up the hill and then it was a downhill cruise to Ulverstone.

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Riding the cycle path into Ulverstone along the Leven River

As you can see, the local council just loves white concrete.  All shared paths are white as is the entire area around the Leven River Wharf area, visible on the far side of the river in the above picture.  I got a coffee there but could not find a seat in the shade.  All seats were in the middle of blindingly white concrete!  I walked on, pushing bike and holding coffee until reaching an older developed area which had a more comfortable and shady setting!  The temp had risen to 20°C and it was a bit hot in the sun after the ride so far.

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The route from Ulverstone to Turner’s Beach is via a series of shared trails and then the Esplanade into T Beach.  As I left Ulverstone I was unsure as to the exact way but a cycling couple overtook me.  I asked if this was the right way and they told me it was.  So I followed them as they were going the same way.  It was interesting.  I tagged along about 3 bikes lengths back on my 16″ wheel bike and wearing normal clothing and the bloke (in lycra on a lightweight bike) seemed to get a bit annoyed ‘cos I kept up with them.  So I did all the way to T Beach!  It made me feel good !!!

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The Cafe at which Mrs C and I had lunch

But .. once again I forgot to take a picture of the contribution to the local community.  The gummy shark plus chips was so good we were sidetracked by the eating.

I will have to do another trip – luckily there is a week to go for the Challenge!

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Weekly total – it’s been a good week this week but I am unlikely to get to 2,000k for the year by end April (a secret goal).

Total for week :  166 k            Total for year :  1,767 k         

Vivente :  100 k                          Brompton :   21 k                    Bike E : 45 k