4 response to "CLC Ride 8: The tour that wasn’t"

  1. By: Seasidejanet Posted: April 28, 2018

    It will be better!! You are such a strong amazing woman. Good for you for getting out there. So sorry that you are going through this… I did chuckle when you said you were as slow as a75 yr old woman!! Me too!!

    I think I read that all those pines are Monterey pines….it is a very interesting juxtaposition to what we have here….beautiful native Monterey Pine forests with occasional planted “gum” tree forests that get out of control. I love them but they aren’t native and can cause issues. I keep meaning to get some photos for you.

    Hope your feeling better a little bit each day!! My ribs are taking their time in healing….going to try and do the 11mi tomorrow but like you we shall see.

  2. By: The Navigator Posted: May 1, 2018

    Thanks for the kind words, Janet. I hope you were able to run and were happy with your time.

    The pines are all radiata. They did extensive trials in the 1960s of various pines. In some of the state forests, you can still visit the old arboretum sites to see all the ones they tried. They decided radiata was the only one that grew fast enough and tolerated the climate enough to be commercially viable. They may have different ones in Tassie – we could ask Tony – but the mainland are all radiata. They like cooler and wetter conditions – so that is why they are all up on plateaus and mountainsides above 500 metres. I remember some of the eucalypts in San Diego when I was there in Americorps – it was so strange to smell that oil and not be in Oz! The Australian meleleucas are also a pest species in Florida (over here they give good shade!).

    All the best!

  3. By: Suzanne Posted: May 6, 2018

    Maybe the tour wasn’t what you had planned, but I think it certainly qualifies as a tour. Just a but more drama than you had bargained for. I wish you a speedy recovery from the physical and emotional stress of the weekend. So take it easy, Em, better days are coming.

    • By: The Navigator Posted: May 7, 2018

      Thanks, Suzanne. I think you have to be out at least for a week to consider something a ‘tour’. Three days is just a weekend ride for me. However, the following weekend I was able to go back and complete the road I got stuck on, so I was able to turn that crappy ending into a good one. More blood tests and a sleep study coming up to rule out every possibility of rare diseases before the doctor settles on chronic fatigue syndrome. I know you understand the frustration of many doctor visits and tests before finally getting an answer!

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