August Challenge: The mighty Murray

So I can’t let the month pass by without getting in the liquid that flows down Australia’s most famous river. I live less than a kilometre away from the river, so there’s no excuse. This river, and its tributaries, drain over a third of the Australian continent. It’s quite low at this time of year because there is little demand for irrigation water.

I enjoy riding along the river on my after-work rides – at this time of year it is noisy as dusk approaches and all the birds come home to roost for the night. In summer, the trees provide a little bit of shade and humidity to offset the heat. And soon, as we hit the start of spring, the yellow blooms of the wattle will explode forth with colour (those pics are just days away it appears).

I may feel like crap, and my energy may be almost nil, BUT I am so grateful to live somewhere with access to a number of different easy rides right at home and more interesting and hilly rides not very far away.

Here we are at 5.08pm on 14 August. The black speck is the sun confusing my camera. On the solstice in June, the sun set at this time. So we are clawing back the daylight – won’t be long until I’m whinging about heat and flies (not that I ever stop).

Nerdy chick in Australia who loves to ride and is accompanied by the crew: 'The Commander' Verne and the 'Mental Health Specialist' Kermit.

10 response to "August Challenge: The mighty Murray"

  1. By: Lednar De Nalloh Posted: August 14, 2018

    I think Australia has the noisiest birds in the world. I curse our kookaburras who go off just before sun rise, they’re not even native to here.

    • By: Scooter Posted: August 14, 2018

      I LOVED that about our visit to Australia! I’ll never forget the ruckus of the galahs and cockatoos at Halls Gap. I think I could happily waken to that every day.

    • By: The Navigator Posted: August 15, 2018

      Yes, I’m not very fond of the parrot family – beautiful but obnoxiously loud. The decibels on the screech of a sulphur-crested cockatoo does not meet WHS standards, I’m certain! I don’t mind kookaburras though – it’s just the galahs, corellas and cockatoos that I would prefer to strangle!

  2. By: NancyG Posted: August 14, 2018

    Thanks for the nice little visit to part of your Austraila. ;’-) You are getting ready for the long summer days as our daylight hours dwindle over here in the USA. I love long summer daylight, and do not look forward to long winter night times.

    • By: The Navigator Posted: August 15, 2018

      Thanks, Nancy. I don’t really like summer here, and I look forward to cooler temps of winter. I don’t like the short days either, though. If only it could be cool but with long, sunny days!

  3. By: DJG Posted: August 14, 2018

    Hi, thanks for the comments of the Thames, size wise and drainage area it doesn’t match up to the Murray, it’s still a nice river though.
    Hope your health pick up in the very near future.


  4. By: Rich-Illinois Posted: August 14, 2018

    Ditto what Nancy said — good photo of bicycle along the Murry — Beautiful!
    Hope your energy level returns soon.

      • By: Rich-Illinois Posted: August 15, 2018

        The corn has pretty much done its thing, beginning to dry, so harvest isnt too far off.
        Just updated the field photos on the Party Bridge page and you can see it beginning to yellow.
        Party Bridge still has its graffiti, and happily their spelling has improved. 🙂

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