Cabin Fever Respite

We’ve all been joking about how absolutely crazy it is that a 36C day feels ‘cool’ and quite manageable. But when you’ve been up in the 40s many days over four weeks, the mid-30s seem absolutely lovely. Believe me, you are glad you did not have to live through that feature photo or the week in the 40s that preceded it.

I was able to ride again on Tuesday which was a relief. After four weeks of being stuck indoors, and sweltering when not at work since I don’t have any A/C or climate control at my place, the cabin fever was starting to make me pretty grouchy! If you have heating or air-conditioning at your house and no dysfunction of your autonomic nervous system, I do not have a whole lot of empathy for any of your “it’s too hot” or it’s too cold” moans and groans at the moment….. See… pretty grouchy!

Since it was only 36C when I knocked off work Tuesday, I did a gentle 14 km ride. I have to be really careful about overheating with these thermo-regulation issues, so I don’t think my average speed was more than 15kph. Still, there were some opportunities for cloud shots in advance of the front that came through Wednesday. See the pics below.

It was still in the mid-30s today (Thurs), but not a single cloud in the sky, so I didn’t take any photos on a short 15 km ride after work. The last day of Jan just didn’t produce – though I am beyond grateful to be able to get out on the bike even for some short rides. The month itself, however, produced a heap of heat records and very, very little rain. Cross fingers Feb is not quite so extreme here or anywhere else our riders are trying to pedal!

Along the Murray. They installed some new benches in spring along the new section of bike path. This is a nice spot for a set of them… in winter… too much sun right now.
Good thing I wasn’t riding along the path when that came down. It’s done a lot of damage to the path and is a good reminder of why you should never camp under red gums. They lose limbs without warning, particularly when it’s hot.
It’s been so hot for so long that even the trees are getting naked. They shed bark, leaves, limbs and twigs like crazy in the hot days of summer. By the end of Feb, it will be hard to see the bike path at all. Come autumn and winter, the leaf fall ceases and the greenest time for the leaves is winter… quite opposite to what I grew up with!
The bike hanging in the shade of the palm in the gardens out front of the RSL club. This is on former railway land and is a really nice park – just perfect for throwing a frisbee around in.
The old railway station. The station-master’s house is next door and is privately rented out quite cheap because of a long history of ‘deferred maintenance’.
The old hoist-like thing. This rail line was the end of a branch line that met the main SYD-MEL line at Culcairn. Passenger service ceased in 1975. Other bits were decommissioned in 1989 and the rest of it mothballed in 1991. It is a rail trail now within the city limits.

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

14 response to "Cabin Fever Respite"

  1. By: gregblood Posted: January 31, 2019

    I can’t blame you for being grouchy. My Celcius to Fahrenheit converter tells me you got up to 116-degrees. I once experienced 118-degrees in Death Valley. After 10 minutes of non-stop sweating, sun blindness and irritability, we got back in the air conditioned car and headed for the mountains. I can’t even imagine weeks of that with no AC.

    • By: The Navigator Posted: February 2, 2019

      Yeah, you’d never live in Phoenix without A/C, but the majority of homes in Oz are poorly insulated and a surprising number don’t have any heating or cooling. At least my face will never freeze off at any time of year here. Hope you can thaw a bit early this week.

    • By: The Navigator Posted: February 2, 2019

      It’s the politicians with no climate change policy that should be sweating. There is a NSW state election in March and a federal election in May… and climate change was already a big issue for the public across all genres of political identity. Now, much of the country has gone through an ‘unprecedented’ heatwave for more than a month, Tasmania has experienced ‘unprecedented’ bushfires, and the town of Townsville, QLD is now experiencing ‘unprecedented’ flooding… all at the same time! The public is crying out for meaningful action on climate change….

  2. By: Seasidejanet Posted: January 31, 2019

    Glad you were able to get out😊 No air???? Don’t think I could do it….take care.

    • By: The Navigator Posted: February 2, 2019

      Yeah, it’s frustrating to feel/see my symptoms regressing and delaying my recovery. However, I know several people who are training for various events and competitions later in the year and the heat has seriously disrupted their training. So it could be worse.

  3. By: Rich-Illinois Posted: January 31, 2019

    Nice ride and photos — the RR station and hoist particularly.
    Glad you were able to finally get out, cooped up here is getting old — maaaaybe able to get some riding in this weekend and early next week.
    Might consider asking the folks at Coober Pedy for heat avoidance housing techniques. 😉

    • By: The Navigator Posted: February 2, 2019

      Hope you are thawing out now. I’ve been to Coober Pedy a couple times and stayed in the underground motels. No thanks! I found all of it really claustrophobic and a tad creepy. My best bet is to just find a better job and better place to live in a different town! I’m working on that….

  4. By: Scooter Posted: February 1, 2019

    Oh my gosh. I can’t believe you haven’t got A/C. That’s frightening. Great post, take care.

    • By: The Navigator Posted: February 2, 2019

      I’ve never had A/C anywhere I’ve lived. One place had it… but it was no more effective than the fan, so I never used it. Normally, it’s okay. I just sleep outside for the week or so that a heatwave lasts. But this one is just off the charts for the severity and duration. The nights have been really hot, too, and it was hotter sleeping outside in my courtyard than inside with a wet towel over me and a fan. I’m waaaaay over it though at this point! I could do with a few days of Portland cold rain!

  5. By: Lednar De Nalloh Posted: February 2, 2019

    I’d buy a a bag of ice and throw it into a bath then get in it and read a book or listen to soothing music.

    • By: The Navigator Posted: February 2, 2019

      Oh yes, I’ve been spending most of my off-work time in a cold bath watching movies. I even slept in the bath the one night it never got below 29. I don’t normally watch many movies, but I’ve watched dozens since this all started on Christmas Eve! Thank goodness for SBS on Demand, ABC iview and kanopy!

    • By: The Navigator Posted: February 4, 2019

      Thanks, Suzanne. It hasn’t been a good start to the year for riding, but if we get above average temps all the way through April as they are predicting… at least that means the temps will actually be quite nice in late autumn instead of cool 🙂

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