It has been a very big week. On Monday, I had my appointment with the gastroenterologist. He is a little stumped, too. On Thursday, I started the “Leave No Orifice Unviolated” tour. Gastroscopy, colonoscopy, a nose cannula and half-hourly temp checks in my ear in the recovery room. That leaves only one orifice left unviolated – but that comes Monday with a pelvic ultrasound. Yippeee! The good news is that they found no cancer or polyps on Thursday. Biopsies for non-life threatening illnesses were gathered and results will be back 4 April. We’re ruling out all the sinister stuff for why I’m all out-of-sorts before we settle on more mundane and annoying diagnoses.
So, after all that, I did not think I would get a ride in on the first day of the CLC. I did, but I was all fatigue-y and feeling sorry for myself, so I didn’t document it. I just rode my local short route – 20 kms around the river – just to get out and on the bike once I got home from Albury.
It’s still hot here, and it is a huge weekend for events (Horse races, Rod Run, military vehicles arriving for their week-long shin-dig, Tastes of Rutherglen food festival, Wahgunyah Speedway VIC titles, and all the Melbournians coming up for their Labour Day long weekend to waterski and camp on the banks of the river). Consequently, the roads are busy and I did not feel like doing an overnight. So I did the same ride Saturday as Friday… but I took a few pics along the way. I ride some variation of this route, or a 30km one, almost every day after work.
We first ride past the old flour mill on a rail trail that ends about 1.5 kms away. I live only about 500 metres away and the tops of the grain silos can be seen from my living room window.
Then, it’s over the river on the new Federation Bridge built in 2005, and through the woods of the floodplain on the bike path. They finally came and swept it – all the leaves and bark had left a tiny path about 4 bike tires wide for a couple months.
After riding both sections of the river bike path, it’s back over the river on the old 1890s bridge and up to the end of Sanger Street where three old pubs anchor the corner into NSW.
Then we ride through the neighbourhoods and out past the “Wildlife Sanctuary”, more commonly known as the ‘poo ponds’ (sewage treatment ponds).
Then it’s round a corner and past the old Catholic Cemetery – still in use – and the Corowa Lawn Cemetery where you can buy yourself a rose and a plaque if you’ve been cremated and don’t need a traditional burial site.
Back into town through more residential streets and then down the sloping main street to take a few pics of the older pubs and ex-bank buildings. You can see some of the other old shops, and the heritage-listed Memorial Hall in the pics of the hot rods. (My dad used to build hot rods, so I went to many shows as a kid, and I always take a few pics to send to him when I come across a show here. None were all that unique or special in this one.)
My purchase for this ride – new tire levers from a local bike shop in Albury. My old ones seem to have vibrated out of the hole in the mesh of my pannier. This CLC may not see too many food purchases – most everything makes me feel pretty crappy at the moment.
Next weekend still looks hot (36C on Sat)… so there may not be an overnight then either. The overnights really do me in for the few days after, too, so maybe I need to back off them for the moment, anyway?