This is winter – fog season – riding in my part of Oz. I dash out the door as soon as work ends and get in a short ride as the sun sets. Sunset is around 5.07pm. On the day of the feature pic, it had been drizzly mixed with showers all day. The clouds parted a little bit right at sunset on this day.
The summers are so inhumane here that the gentle weather of winter seems like an indulgence. In June, our average high is 13C, average low 3C. They promised us lots of rain this winter, but June was just cold (we had a couple days it never got above 8C!) and we’ve only received 2/3 of the average rainfall. The big Hume dam (6 x the volume of Sydney Harbour) still sits at about 32 percent capacity.
We need more rain! They still say it’s coming, and that we are now on La Nina watch – meaning there’s a 50 percent chance of that happening. La Ninas give us lots of rain typically.
Work remains busy. I think everyone working from home is really burnt out at this point. I find I’m dragging myself to my computer each morning – I’m over it. We’re all over it. And now it looks like we’ll be working from home until at least September. Sigh…
The bad news about international travel was confirmed yesterday when Qantas said they would not be flying internationally until at least July of next year. The government then confirmed that borders are likely to stay closed until a vaccine is found. The trans-Tasman bubble that was supposed to start in July is unlikely to start until at least September.
All of that is really hard for those of us with families overseas…. And that is a huge number of people in Australia: over 25 percent of all Australians were born overseas and 50 percent of Australians have one or both parents born overseas.
The good news is that I have sorted out a very short tour for late November. I bought Nigel a racing experience at Mt Panorama for 1 December. He gets to drive a V8 supercar for 4 laps on the most famous circuit in Oz (the equivalent of getting to drive an Indy Car at the 500 track in Indianapolis). I told him he needed to do it now before his reaction times start to slow (he’s 8 years older than me). He is super-excited about the experience… and should be, as it costs more than a return flight to America!
So what this means is that I will do a 6-day ride from Gundagai to Bathurst on backroads to meet him up there for his race experience, and then I’ll travel back with him in the car. And if my body decides it can’t do what I want it to do… then he can also rescue me on his way to Bathurst.
It all sounds good in theory. Now we just wait to see what the virus does and continue riding all the chances we can get, even if it is just short rides during sunset after another day of 4-hour video conferences and trying to figure out how we are going to meet our legislated statutory duties with 30 percent budget cuts!