Cycle life challenge – purchase 2 and 3

Last weekend the guys and I got in an overnight ride and a couple purchases for the Cycle Life Challenge. I did several 10.5 hour days this past week at work, so I didn’t get the chance to write anything up until now.

Those of us that do still have a job are working our arses off – I’ve talked to friends in other industries and everybody is doing long hours and adjusting to a bazillion videoconferences everyday while working from home.

Restrictions are getting stricter and stricter here and overnights look like they are out for now. We do not have any virus cases locally yet, but Albury does. No local transmission yet – everybody got the virus overseas or on cruise ships. We’re probably about 3-4 weeks behind Melbourne in the curve. In great contrast to all of that, the weather here has been absolutely gorgeous all month, so I feel so terrible for Tony and Lednar that they couldn’t be here to experience it.

Here’s last weekend’s ride:

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

12 response to "Cycle life challenge – purchase 2 and 3"

  1. By: Lednar De Nalloh Posted: March 28, 2020

    Nice blog EM, You’ve had an interesting Australian-American fusion life. I’m sorry I can’t be there too. One day I’ll be brave enough to try the cheese, chocolate combo. Chocolate cheesecake maybe. Wishing you good health.

    • By: The Navigator Posted: March 29, 2020

      The mountains and the Ned Kelly history will still be here next year. If you like vegemite and cheese scrolls, I’m pretty sure you’d like dark choc and cheese, too. Milk choc and cheese is still good, but a little too much sweet against the tang. Stay safe over there and hope you’ve got good work-from-home arrangements there.

  2. By: gregblood Posted: March 29, 2020

    Another fine blog post, Emily. Great words, emotions, insights, and observations. My observations are as follows: Nice snowman bag, and not enough potatoes in that beautiful veggie basket.

    • By: The Navigator Posted: March 29, 2020

      Not enough potatoes, that is a very mid-western American observation 🙂 The potatoes were actually quite big – a half of one would be fine for a meal, which would give me 6 days of potatoes. I don’t actually eat all that many of them, so I still had some left from the week before (when he gave me 7 smaller ones)!

  3. By: Lah Posted: March 29, 2020

    Overnights make me jealous. So glad you got to do this though.

    • By: The Navigator Posted: March 29, 2020

      Well that was the last overnight for awhile. I think it is too much of a grey area between non-essential travel and exercise. Day rides are still allowed though, so I’ll just do what I can with those. Hope you are able to get out for little rides here and there.

  4. By: Rich-Illinois Posted: March 29, 2020

    Very nice! Enjoyed the photos and commentary.

    • By: The Navigator Posted: March 29, 2020

      Thanks, Rich. The scenery is different but the joy of riding still feels the same as it would in Illinois. I hope you have advanced beyond one crocus status now.

  5. By: Suzanne Posted: March 31, 2020

    Glad you got out for that last ride for a while. Nice veggie box! I had to look up kankong, though!

    • By: The Navigator Posted: April 2, 2020

      The kang kong is soooo good. I’ve stirfried it with mushrooms, garlic, onion, a bit of fresh ginger, lemon juice and soy sauce and it is incredibly tasty. You can eat the stems and leaves (stems are hollow).

  6. By: Hopkins Escapades Posted: April 1, 2020

    Wow! That is a lovely and delicious looking box of veggies you received. It’s a great way to get some variety & to enjoy truly FRESH vegetables that didn’t travel miles and miles to find you.

    Really enjoyed your ride too! So good to hear you’re feeling better as time marches on. Hopefully you can continue to get out and ride through the isolation times. Certainly seems you have plenty of roads that are barren of very much (if any) human contact, so your odds of just having many delightful self-isolation rides are high. Cheers & happy pedaling.

    • By: The Navigator Posted: April 2, 2020

      Yes, very slowly feeling better. Frustrated that the antibiotics didn’t kick the bacteria for good though – the leg pain can be intense at times and I’m tired of being tired 🙂 I am seeing a lot more cyclists out – which means I’ll see six cyclists in 50 kms instead of one or two. There are advantages to living in a rural area (other than that lack of hospital beds thing).

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