A bit of Radiant Heat wouldn’t go amiss

I have some catching up to do – you have all been very busy riding and writing.

I noticed one challenge is radiation – or something similar. Well, I did make reference to ‘radiant’ in my most recent post so I will link to it HERE.

The thing is that we have days following an overnight frost where the sky is clear and the air is cold. The sun cuts through the cold air and warms up the cyclist – just like a radiant bathroom light. It warms the person but the air around the person remains bloody cold.

The post also contains the Burning the Virus video. I hope! The vid has been on Youtube, taken down and now replaced. Maybe you will be able to see it.

I have some work to do to catch up with all your travels ..

A bloke cycling in (mainly) Tasmania

16 response to "A bit of Radiant Heat wouldn’t go amiss"

  1. By: Scooter Posted: August 8, 2020

    Very entertaining post! I especially enjoyed the currawong/wallaby story. Frightening watching you careen down The Grunter though. I see what you mean about experiencing high speeds so close to the ground.

    • By: Tony Cullimore Posted: August 12, 2020

      Now to find a longer – or steeper – hill. I recently read about ROAM – Roll Across America – which happened back in 2012. Velomobiles from all over met and cycled across America. They story mentioned speeds of 70-80 mph. That would be scary!

  2. By: Lednar De Nalloh Posted: August 8, 2020

    Glad you destroyed the virus and it didn’t escape into the community. Looks like it’s been REALLY cold in Tassie lately

    • By: Tony Cullimore Posted: August 12, 2020

      It’s been a bit nippy that’s for sure. Rainfall totals have been down and that means clear skies and, in Longford, that means fogs and frosts.

  3. By: Bill Stone Posted: August 8, 2020

    Whew! I feared that low-flying rocket was shaking so hard it might break up when it hit Mach 1!

    • By: Tony Cullimore Posted: August 12, 2020

      Hi Bill. Yes, they do rattle a bit. Mostly due to the poor surfaces on our country lanes. When you hit triple vision due to shaking and glasses bouncing you know its time to slow down.

  4. By: BobinVT Posted: August 9, 2020

    I’m sure that descent gets the adrenaline flowing!

  5. By: gregblood Posted: August 9, 2020

    I rode a quarter-mile hill with a 19% grade once. I named it something more vulgar than “Grunter” though — much more vulgar.

    • By: Tony Cullimore Posted: August 12, 2020

      Anything over 15% is very slow for Bluey and I – even with the motor assistance. Some time ago Ken and I tackled a hilly pass in the south of the state. It was well over 20% in places and the ride up was pretty slow. A nice descent though 😃

  6. By: Suzanne Posted: August 9, 2020

    Looks like some lovely countryside you were cycling through – but that downhill…. yikes!

    • By: Tony Cullimore Posted: August 12, 2020

      Sometimes I just cruise along thinking about how lucky I am to have retired in Tasmania and am well enough to get out and travel through this great countryside. A lot of our local roads are relatively traffic free too, especially just now. The east coast gets busy with tourist traffic in a normal year and, although the scenery is great, I stay away due to the careless or inexperienced driving encountered over there.

  7. By: Rich-Illinois Posted: August 9, 2020

    That is some decent down the Grunter!
    Yesterday, I came up behind someone walking along a township road. I announced my presence and he jumped about a foot and replied: “You scared the s*** plumb outta me!”
    There is a similarity there! 🙂

    • By: Tony Cullimore Posted: August 12, 2020

      Approaching a pedestrian from behind is a situation full of worries. I ring the bell – they don’t hear. I honk the horn – they get pissed. I take to the grass – they jump, as yours did. I say “Good Morning” and sometimes that’s OK other times they tell me where to go. Us cyclists just can’t win!

  8. By: Rocky Posted: August 9, 2020

    Looks like some great cycling! The video was great especially the descent. It sure looked scary.

    • By: Tony Cullimore Posted: August 12, 2020

      There certainly is some good country for cycling around here. With our Victorian trip off the cards at the moment (covid border closures) we are putting together a Tasmanian trip into the west of the state. It’s hilly and there should be some meaningful descents to do!

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