12 response to "Clouds. A day of strong wind"

  1. By: Rich-Illinois Posted: January 10, 2019

    “Pass me my brown trousers”

    LOL! Id say! Ive hit an astonishing 20 mph on the Raleigh, and that was clearly enough for me!
    Somewhere I heard someone say, each and every day you should do something to absolutely scare the hell out of yourself.
    Mission Accomplished, Tony!
    Enjoyable read and photos, thanks!

    • By: Tony Cullimore Posted: January 12, 2019

      Hi Rich,

      Scaring yourself every day – an interesting philosophy. I think I will stick with every now and again but then it’s good. I will be using the brakes in future.

  2. By: Lednar De Nalloh Posted: January 10, 2019

    70kmph downhill…wow.

  3. By: The Navigator Posted: January 12, 2019

    Ah, you deserve 70 kph to make the average speed look good after you’ve been doing 2.5 🙂 I have never managed 70kph (somewhere in the mid-60s is my record), but not for lack of trying. It would feel more stable and perhaps a bit more safe on three wheels… but there is no recovery on any bike or trike if anything at all goes wrong! Glad you survived and perhaps enjoyed it a bit. And kudos for getting out overnight. It has been waaaay too hot here to want to ride much at all.

    • By: Tony Cullimore Posted: January 12, 2019

      You are right – it does feel more stable on three wheels. With the direct steering though it feels too easy to overcorrect direction changes due to dips in the road etc. and end up tipping the thing over. As I said to Rich, I will be braking in future. But I needed to know ,,,,,

      The headwinds did really cut into my average speed and even with a good day the next day as the stats show I was still just a tad over 10kph for the two days. Extra weight plus wind = a miserable day.

  4. By: Suzanne Posted: January 12, 2019

    Very enjoyable read, Tony! I too had a big lol at the brown trousers!

    • By: Tony Cullimore Posted: January 12, 2019

      Thanks Suzanne – I am not sure where to this week but wherever it won’t need the special trousers!

  5. By: Bill Stone Posted: January 14, 2019

    Good job on the high speed descent. Before hitting 70 kph I would have braked, pulled over, sat myself down, mumbled a few incoherent words, and considered a stiff drink. Also enjoyed the Antipodean clouds.

  6. By: The Navigator Posted: January 16, 2019

    Tony – this ABC article made me think of you 🙂

    https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-01-16/tour-down-under-going-downhill-fast/10713478

    And I lied. My fastest speed ever is 70.81 kph. I’d never converted it from mph before. It was not scary though – it was a straight shot down a smooth, very low traffic road with a long sweeper at the end that ascended in a gradual uphill. There was a cattle guard part way down, and i’ts the only time I’ve ever gone over one and sounded like a car “zing,zing!” instead of “thunk,thunk,thunk,thunk,thunk”!

    • By: Tony Cullimore Posted: January 16, 2019

      That’s a good article – thanks for pointing it out. Imagine the glue on your tyres starting to melt and tyres rolling as you take a bend! I recall that back in the (UK) day some lads used tyres that were sewn onto rims – sewing or glue I guess each method has it’s problems.

      I thought you must have descended faster somewhere on one of your tours. And you did.

      It looks a bit warm up your way today – as it has for a while now. We are sticking in the low 30’s so riding is still OK.

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