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.

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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

 

 

 

Recumbent stories and CLC Ride #6

“The Groom of the Stool” was a male servant in the household of an English monarch who, among other duties, “preside[d] over the office of royal excretion,”.

I have been asked to look after the Bike E and so in a similar style have adopted a title :  : :  “The Custodian of the Recumbent“.

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As reported previously, K of Huonville brought the Bike E to Longford as part of his recent caravan trip north in the company of the delightful D.  While K & D were staying in the neighbourhood, K took the Bike E out for a ride around the quiet, flat Longford streets but found the task hard going.  That evening I was offered the Custodianship, provided the recumbent stays in my shed at Longford.  I rather think Mrs K didn’t want it cluttering up the place in Huonville any longer!

Brief Bike E History.  The bike is an American 2-wheel recumbent which is said to be one of the easiest ‘bents to ride.  It is not radically low and the rider sits at a reasonable height for visibility.  It was built for comfort and not speed.  They were last made in 2002 for in that year the company went bust so this one is approx 16-18 years old.

I spent an hour or two adjusting the gears.  Initially the hub gear was having difficulty engaging more than gear 2 but after some work with the control cable and adjusters it now works well in gears 1, 2 and 3.  The 7 speed derailleur worked OK so there is now a set of 3 x 7 SRAM gears available.  I also changed the seat position.  I had an idea we were sitting too far away from the pedals and this proved to be the case.  It is much easier to start off and put power onto the pedals when sitting closer.

I met up with K in the local supermarket car park early on the day of their departure and he had another ride.  Although pleasantly surprised at the improvement, K reckoned the bike should remain with me.  For now.

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While most of the riding interest for the week has been with the Bike E, I have also listened to the whinging of the other two bikes complaining about being stuck in the shed and took them out for some spins around the area.  This included a return to Four Springs Lake with two friends who were interested in the ride.  We stopped at the Give Way sign with the weather station mounted on it mentioned in my last post.

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I can now report more.  It looks like there is a wind direction indicator, a wind speed calculator and a unit containing other stuff which we couldn’t properly identify mounted on the post.  Next to that is a box from which runs a cable – probably the battery.  I suspect the things we could not identify were a thermometer, hygrometer and a WiFi link to a nearby house.  After our study period we rode the dirt road to the Lake and I can report the others were not impressed at all by riding on corrugated and then rocky gravel !

And now to CLC Ride #6.

Windy Day 1

Overnight Friday we had an electrical storm with plenty of thunder and lightning plus wind and rain, or so I am told.  Fancy sleeping through a great weather event!  There was going to be little time for a ride today as the weather radar was showing plenty more water heading our way.  The winds had already arrived.

A short ride was called for.  I selected the Brom and set off, heading out to support the Newsagents and the bottle shop.  My first picture of the main street and Newsagent was hopeless as the sun washed out the screen on the phone.  Sun, yes at this point the sun was out.  The winds were north easterly and so it was a battle to the shop.  Once in the main street, the buildings provided some cover from the wind and I cycled along the footpath.  Doing this meant I could cycle slowly against the wind and look like I was a citizen concerned with the well-being of pedestrians – which, of course, I am.

Continuing on the footpaths after buying the Saturday papers, it was still a fight into the wind down to the Village Green and on to the quiet road around it.

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At the bottom of the green is the row of houses pictured above.  They are the “Spinster Cottages”.  Erected by a philanthropist to house the “Spinsters of the Parish” he also set up a Trust to manage them.  Great efforts are being made to end the Trust and to sell the cottages or knock them down as we don’t have too many Spinsters these days.  On the other hand they do provide much needed low-cost housing.  I think others are eyeing off these prime position sites for non low-cost housing.

On down past the Velodrome and caravan park we come to the boat ramp area.  Here the  lack of hedges and buildings let the wind hit in full force.  It was quite strong.

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You can’t see it of course but the trees were copping a bashing and Brommie had already been blown off it’s parking wheels at the previous stop.  The sky began to look menacing.

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It was going to be a race against the rain.  I cycled on a little further and then turned  .. and stopped pedalling .. and was blown up a small rise – accelerating as we went!  Great.  Up the road to climb the short sharp climb over the levee bank and, with wind assist, 4th gear was used up the levee.  Turning right and down to the bottle shop – what’s this?  Too early.  Shut.  But I couldn’t wait as the rain had started.

Cycling back up the main road with the wind behind was a buzz.  I passed the cyclists cafe at full speed (34kph) in 5th gear – but they weren’t fooled, they knew it was the wind enabling this!

Got home as the rain began in earnest – heavy and wet and cold.

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The evidence for today’s purchase.  The papers were dry as they had been in the front bag – which was soaked.

Total for week :  109 k            Total for year :  1,601 k 

Vivente :  51  k                          Brompton :   23 k                    Bike E : 35 k

CLC 2018 Ride #5 – Four Springs Lake

Classifying this as a Cycle Life Challenge entry was a bit awkward but it turned out OK in the end.

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I am a member of the Tamar Bicycle Users Group and, on paying my Subscription for 2018, I was given a voucher for a basic bike service at Cycology.  I thought this “Loss Leader” would provide a way for the shop to make some money out of parts and extra servicing, so I expected a bill when I picked up the bike this morning.  Any payment would count as the ‘supporting a local business’ required for the Challenge.  Imagine my surprise then when I had to pocket the plastic and wheel the bike out without charge!

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CLC Ride #4. The Longford – Carrick Loop

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I haven’t had a longish ride recently.  For one reason or another the time hasn’t been available.  So I was pleased to be able to fit in this 55k ride today.  “I am Well Pleased” as the Brits say (I have obviously been watching too many of the London Recumbent Club rides on YouTube!) as the weather today was really good cycling weather.

I got my act together but not quickly.  I sold the canoe on Saturday and spent some time in the shed yesterday working out how to use the newly available space.  I moved heaps of stuff from stacks against the walls so I can add some extra shelving to what is already there.  The stack stuff became intermingled with the riding stuff and the riding stuff hard to find.  Then I decided to pack a pannier with rain gear – just in case.  All this meant I pulled the bike out, shut the shed roller door, opened it up again to find something, closed it, opened it up again ….  and this went on for far too long and reminded me of Scott’s trip preparations.  In the end it didn’t rain so I needn’t have bothered.

Now this ride may or may not be accepted by Goddess Kathleen the Great as a CLC ride because I didn’t take the real proof picture.  There were reasons as you will see.  And they may be mitigating.

I pedalled slowly out of Longford enjoying the wind-free, sunny but cool airs.  I had two cycling tops on as it really was a lazy breeze that movement created.  The “Frosty Boy” top is windproof to some extent and did keep things warm.  There are a couple of 5 acre blocks at the top of Catherine Street I am keeping an eye on.  Both will be building soon and I am just interested in how the general works are proceeding.  Today one block has been fitted out with sheep to keep the grass down – that explains the serious barricades made out of pallets around the trees they planted.   The other seems to be digging the trench to take power and phone to the house site – a job requiring a reasonably deep pocket.

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Onto Wilmore’s Lane and up Rip, Rack, Roar and Rumble once more.  Nothing much changed here other than things greening a little after the recent rain.  At the junction with Bishopsbourne Road I stopped, removed Frosty Boy and dug out the camera.  Tried for a shot of some water birds in the protected Lagoon.  While stopped I also sent a message to our dog-loving neighbour advising I was out for a ride – could she collect Oscar to assist her working in the garden please.

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Parked by the rail crossing.  Cars going over it actually stopped this morning.

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Distant birds.  They are black swans.  Honest.

I took a couple of other shots at full 42 times optical zoom but the results were rubbish – too much movement.

Cycling on along Bishopsbourne Rd I noticed a number of black beetles scuttling along the tarmac but couldn’t identify them.  A stop at the Bishopsbourne Sports Ground toilets was necessary and the Men’s door was firmly locked.  A gentle push at the Women’s door and I was in.  In thanks to the Ladies, I made sure there were no signs of a visit including returning seat and cover to the down position.  I wonder if this is a physiological game being played by the Council.  Lock the guys out of their domain, force them to use the Women’s and with thanks and appreciation for their surrounds they take more care?  I doubt it.

Down to the church and turn left for the run down to Pitt’s Lane.  By now legs were feeling good and speed naturally increased.  I think of the battery indicators in electronic gadgets – an outline of the battery and a colour inside showing how much power is left.  My outline leg would be almost full at the moment.  I stopped at the junction with Pitt’s Lane.

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The closest we get to the Tiers today.

The hedgerows here were showing signs of Autumn.

Hawthorn and Sloe berries plus Rose Hips were colourfully displayed.  In other places people are busy picking blackberries which are plentiful this year.

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Pitt’s Lane is a backroad linking two roads into Bracknell.  At the end I turned right heading towards Carrick.  Pitt’s is not a busy road and only one car passed on the way to the junction.  The road to Carrick is rather busier with most traffic travelling at 100kph.  As usual, when a vehicle was approaching from behind one came from the front too and I formed a mobile chicane.  Again as usual, I was looked after by 80% of passers by.  The two double trailer, double story sheep trucks came a bit close though and the wind blasting off them was interesting.

Some time ago, in another blogging universe, I posted pictures of poly houses being erected.  It looked like they would be growing strawberries and as I cycled past today I saw this is so.

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It is quite an operation.  There are approx 30 of the tunnels shown on the right with another row of 30 behind.  Today all have strawberries dangling and a group of pickers could be seen working it’s way along one of the tunnels.

With no wind and feeling good and the leg outline power indicator well above 50%, the undulating back end of the road was soon completed and I popped out onto the Meander Valley Road heading into Carrick.  On the way I passed the Mill (on the Liffey River) which has been recently repurposed from a Cafe and Restaurant to an Antique Centre.  It will be interesting to see how long it stays open because the bottom seems to have dropped out of Antiques and many of the shops that were around have given up.  Maybe old furniture just doesn’t suit modern houses and all older houses have enough (a suggestion I attribute to our Oscar sitting neighbour).

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It was then a few seconds of pedalling up to the Carrick Arms and the associated Cafe.  Sometimes an old guy is sitting across the road on his pusher seat, watching the traffic go by.  He waves a lot as he knows most drivers.  I give him a wave and, after a bit of thought, he waves back – but he wasn’t here today.  Hope he is OK.

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THEN.  Horror.  The Cafe was closed.  This has happened before but the Publican organised an egg and bacon roll.  Today it was a different situation as the Pub has new management.  I asked for a roll and coffee and it took a bit of chatting before all was OK and the Chef assured the owner he could and would knock up a roll for me.  And he did.  2 eggs, lots of bacon in a large Turkish bread roll.  Thank you both.  The new owners told me that had expected a “soft landing” in their new place in Tasmania (coming from Brisbane).  Instead their first weeks were very hectic as customers deterred from using the Pub and it’s Restaurant by the previous owners, returned in droves.  So, to cope, they shut the Cafe and concentrated on renovation and re-opening the Restaurant.

During the conversations and the eating and the coffee I totally forgot to take a picture – and I feel it wouldn’t have been polite anyway!  Thanks for the roll – let me take a picture of it!!  But contribute to the local community I did and did so again on arrival back in Longford by telling others about the place and setting up a plan to return for an evening meal in the next week or so.

The trip back was by a slightly different route to the out but generally it was more of the same and all very enjoyable.  I rode 54 ks according to the tripometer thingo and the leg outline was at 50% after the egg and bacon roll top up.

Now to plan Ride #5.

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 :

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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.

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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.

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

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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 :

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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.

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

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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?

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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.

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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.

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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.