2019 Challenge – Success at last !!

My challenge to self for 2019 was to cycle 6,000 kilometers in the year.  “Ride with GPS” kept my totals with a difference between two of the 2019 counters.  I could not work out why this was so.  By yesterday I was still short by one of the measures but a ride this morning on the last day of the year made sure BOTH counters were over 6,000k.

I have been missing in action for the November and December challenges.  Mainly due to reduced riding owing to the shitty winds we have been experiencing and the need to get the trike fitted with a legal sized motor.  Both these problems have gone away but now we face the fire season!  Tassie so far has less troublesome fires than those in Victoria, NSW, WA and Queensland.  We hope it stays that way.  As I write this there is a report on TV of a fully loaded fire truck being picked up and flipped end over end by a fire tornado.  One crew member died.  These Victorian fires are huge and doing strange things.  Colin and I will seriously check the situation in March and make a decision about our Victorian trike tour then.  Hopefully the fire threat will have abated.

Here is a link to my last Blog post for 2019.  It covers the problems E-Bike expert Phil encountered when exchanging motors plus more detail of riding to win the challenge.

I wish everyone a Happy New Year for 2020. Thanks for all your 2019 posts – it is always interesting to see and read about where others ride.  I will set a New Year resolution to do better!

A bloke cycling in (mainly) Tasmania

8 response to "2019 Challenge – Success at last !!"

  1. By: Rich-Illinois Posted: December 30, 2019

    Congratulations on meeting your goal! That is an impressive figure.

    Just checked my mileage for the year, and while 1000km less that you achieved, it was over the 3000 miles I had hoped for.

    Hope the fires in Tasmania stay at a reasonable level (if there is one, which there isn’t).

    Looking forward to your tour in Victoria, hopefully some good rains there by then.

    Best in 2020!

    • By: Tony Cullimore Posted: December 30, 2019

      Thanks Rich and congratulations on achieving your 2019 target. The Indian Ocean Dipole is settling down and hopefully this will produce rains in the next few months. Apparently the next 2 months will be drier and hotter than “normal” so not a good lead in to our tour.

  2. By: The Navigator Posted: December 30, 2019

    Way to go Tony! I know you had challenging conditions at various times, so that is a very amazing effort.

    Interesting about all the bike issues. I would never have changed it out – I would have been daring and left it as is. I’ve never seen a copper too interested in me, except when I wasn’t wearing a helmet. So I would have thrown caution to the wind 🙂

    Hope you have a chance for some overnight rides soon. I’m just biding my time, waiting for the heat and fires to subside. Fire just went right through a bunch of my favourite roads in the Upper Murray in the past two days, so some of my hopes for autumn will need to be diverted – at least camping spots anyway.

    • By: Tony Cullimore Posted: December 30, 2019

      Keep out of that smoke Emily. It will do you no good at all.

      My main reason for changing was the Victorian Police. They are not happy about oversized motors on bikes at the moment (particularly around Melbourne) and I would hate to have had our tour interrupted by trike confiscation. Also, you are much braver than me!

      I hope your area stays fire-free.

      • By: The Navigator Posted: December 31, 2019

        Wow, Tony! I had no idea. I would think that nobody would care unless you were doing some super-human speeds on the bike path and endangering other users. I can’t believe they use their resources policing those sorts of things. You’ll be happy to know I rarely ever see cop cars on rural roads and have never seen them near the rail trails up here.

  3. By: Bill Stone Posted: December 31, 2019

    Congrats on meeting your challenge. I enjoy bike reports from all over the world and look forward to more adventures from you. Happy new year, and ride safe.

  4. By: gregblood Posted: December 31, 2019

    Success rarely comes easy, but when it does, it feels so damn good. Congratulations on 6,000 kilometers.

  5. By: Suzanne Posted: January 1, 2020

    Congrats on all those km’s! What an acievement! A shining example, you are. I am hesitant about setting even a modest goal for fear of feeling like such a total failure when I don’t succeed.

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