For the dot watchers and self-isolated….

The Indian Pacific Wheel Ride starts in about 4 days. This is the self-supported endurance race from Perth to Sydney. This is the ride Mike Hall was killed in outside Canberra in 2017.

I know a person riding the Indipac this year. We did our PhDs at the same time and graduated together in 2011. Her PhD is related to plant ecology. She’s a pretty awesome and kind woman. She is “STIRLING ROADRUNNER”, if you’d like to dot watch and cheer her on. The site is here: https://indianpacificwheelride2020.maprogress.com/

She is raising funds for Trees for Life as part of her ride. If you’d like to donate, you can do so here: https://www.gofundme.com/f/alison039s-campaign-for-trees-for-life-growing-fund

In other news, the weather has been perfect here the past few days. Sunny, light winds, low-mid 20s for highs. No one has started burning off yet, either, so there is no smoky haze. Perfect for riding and just about anything else outdoors.

Unfortunately, COVID-19 is putting a spanner in everyone’s plans and the panic is exhausting, even if you don’t participate in it. The guys and I have been riding, though, and spent a bit of time just hanging out by the river the other evening before heading home. It was nice to find some peace among all the collective stress.

Floating the Ovens River the other evening. The river is still flowing chocolate milk brown after the fires.
Floating the King River on another perfect autumn day – on a shorter ride than planned since I forgot my riding gloves.
I am likely to have to start working from home, as early as Wednesday. I hate working from home, as I like to keep work and home very separate. If I do have to work from home, at least I could work on the verandah with this view. OR, if I can figure out a power source, I am strongly considering taking my folding table and chair and heading down to the river to set up my ‘office’!

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

8 response to "For the dot watchers and self-isolated…."

  1. By: gregblood Posted: March 16, 2020

    I had never heard of the Indi-Pac Ride before, and even if I had I probably wouldn’t have paid much attention to it. But now that I know somebody who knows somebody participating in it, I’m quite interested. I’m going to follow Stirling Roadrunner. I’ll have plenty of time to do so now that I’ve cancelled my Texas/New Mexico tour that was to start next week. Damn Coronavirus!

    • By: The Navigator Posted: March 17, 2020

      Damn! So sorry to hear you’ve had to postpone the tour (because I know you’ll do it at some point – so cancel seems a bit strong). That really sucks but is probably for the best. I hope you can do some short tours within driving distance of home where you don’t need to resupply or be in contact with other people. Just load up for a few days and hit the road sorts of rides 🙂

      The Indi-Pac race is well-known with dot watchers and people who follow the self-supported, endurance races because one of the biggest names and founders of the sport was killed during the race in 2017. It really rocked that community and the coroner’s report didn’t really blame the driver who ran over him from behind. Pretty infuriating. My friend is a really awesome chick and not many women do the ride, so I hope she goes well. Her partner holds Australia’s land speed record for women, so they are both really competitive and strong women I highly respect.

  2. By: Bill Stone Posted: March 16, 2020

    I’ve cancelled my Texas/New Mexico tour

    Had to look this up. Found it over at crazyyouknowwhere. Sorry about cancellation. I know it must be a huge disappointment to you (and your avid readers) but I think you made the right decision under the circumstances. A few days ago we cancelled our annual trip (with Ogre) to Arizona. And that was before California decreed seniors must self-isolate.

    I hope weather and other factors allow you to compensate with some more ambitious rides from home base. We are definitely NOT going to give up local hiking and biking on empty trails and paths. We might change our tune if, per your quote, we see a tornado in the front yard.

  3. By: Hopkins Escapades Posted: March 16, 2020

    That looked like a lovely float for the boys. A perfect outing considering the craziness swirling around in the world right now. I think you and the boys have the right idea, a bike ride and languid float is just what the doctors ordered. And if you have to work from home, I suppose there are much worse views you could be enduring. At least yours involves some nature and flowers. Cheers & happy floating.
    P.S. @ Greg & Bill – Very sorry you both had to cancel your planned trips. All of us who enjoy your journals will be missing out greatly on your adventures, but both of you especially must be disappointed even if it’s necessary under the circumstances.

    • By: The Navigator Posted: March 17, 2020

      Thanks TJ – I feel very fortunate that my main hobby/sport/interest is something I can still do in all this craziness. I know gym-goers that are going to be really lost without their workouts at the gym. I am also very lucky to have a job where I can work from home and will reliably be paid through the whole thing. If I lived in a house and didn’t share a common wall, I wouldn’t mind quite as much, but I will hate making my neighbour have to listen to all my work phone calls for weeks and weeks. Plus, I like home to be my sanctuary and not somewhere that work intrudes. But I really am grateful I am not a retail worker or in the tourism trade. Things are going to get really tough, and many businesses won’t be able to survive this hit to business after the huge hit they took during the bushfires this summer.

  4. By: Lednar De Nalloh Posted: March 17, 2020

    Hi Navigator, that’s a nice sunny courtyard to hang out in. What’s it like in the country regarding the virus? Are pubs, shops still open? Would I be better delaying my cycle trip I wonder? Not so bad here apart from the supermarkets being cleared out of essential items.

    • By: The Navigator Posted: March 18, 2020

      I don’t know what travel advice to give you since things change so rapidly, but as of today, there are no cases in North East Vic. I don’t think there are any cases outside of Melbourne, but I’m not certain about that. Yes, the shop shelves are completely bare, though people were able to find milk and bread today. Meat prices have doubled. BUT, the cafes all seemed open today. The ban on indoor numbers in VIC is still 100, so that doesn’t impact the cafes. It wouldn’t impact the small, country pubs either. I am planning an overnight or 2-night ride on the weekend, because I figure you can’t get much more social distancing than low traffic roads in the forest. Hopefully, everyone’s fridges and cupboards and garages and freezers will be full soon, so they can stop panic buying and there will be stock so you can refill your panniers along the way. My biggest fear would be catching something on the plane or at the airport – though maybe that risk will diminish as the intl travel ban comes into effect. I certainly think the cycling bit is low risk, but things are changing so rapidly, who knows?!

      • By: Lednar De Nalloh Posted: March 18, 2020

        Thanks for the info, not sure what to do. ATM Qantas and Tigerair are offering free deferments of flights for up to a year but not Virgin. I agree about the flight, There’s now direct flights from London to Perth, then they can hop straight on a domestic flight to Melbourne without any Carona checks then isolation. If some one infected sits next to me I might have to be stuck in Melbourne for two weeks isolation,,,AArrgghh.

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