Historic Walls

I finally emerged from the wall of work. For a few days after two weeks of standing up for 10-hour days, I did very little – it felt very nice to just lie around and watch movies: Rocket Science, Brooklyn, Paradise Road, Mad Bastards, Testament to Youth, and others. Aaaahhhh….

But, as frequently happens at Christmas, we got a miserable weather forecast. More Christmases than not are uncomfortably hot where I live. However, this heatwave has got to be the worst since 2009. Forecast temps are 35C on Christmas Eve, then 38C on Christmas Day. And then it gets just ridiculous and obscene, as shown below.

Sooo, this meant that we should do an overnight ride on Sat/Sun while the high temps are only 30C. Alas, the amount of traffic on the road thinking only of Christmas consumption instead of other road users scared me away from that. So we just did a 30km ride around our local haunts on bike paths and roads with shoulders on Saturday. We found some walls as shown below. On Sunday, we did a Thanksgiving ride in the national park but found no rubbish! I’ll write this up later with my Christmas day ride. Enjoy the walls.

This wall is a community project called “Our Place” that was installed in 2016 on the main street. It covers the length of the supermarket wall in five panels showcasing all of the flora, fauna and landscape themes that are associated with the Murray River that runs through town. The squiggly metal that runs the length of the piece is the river with its sinuous, meandering course and many billabongs and anabranches. This wall is in Corowa – the rest of the walls are over the river in Rutherglen.

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Old brick building that’s been a used car dealership for yonks. Still is being used for such purpose.
I don’t know the history of this building or the stone wall next to it, but it was an antique store when we first moved down in 2003. It’s not open now.
’twas very much the wrong time of day to get a pic of my bike with the wall of the hall. This is the best I could do for wall and bike with the building text.
I wanted to get a pic with the detail on the tile and the wall, but the sun was glaring over the building. I did get a two-headed reflectie though – how did I manage two heads?
Wall near the entrance to the RSL Club (like a VFW Post). This RSL Club in Rutherglen is very understated – the one in Corowa is massive and has two restaurants and a zillion pokie machines.
Pool wall. The sign above the bike has a bunch of grapes diving in a pool – Rutherglen is very well known for its fortified wines. The area produced a third of all VIC’s wine in the 1880s. The water looked VERY inviting and there were very few people there. Just wait til next week!
The old stables out the back of the Victoria Hotel which you can see to the left. Established in 1868.
Bike against the wall of the old goods shed in Rutherglen. This is now a rail trail. You can still read the old goods train schedule on those pieces of paper on the wall.
Bike against the grain silo wall in the old railyards. That chute amplified the sounds of the birds nesting inside. You have never heard such loud and echoing ‘coo’s.
This is the bike against the wall of the water tower that has been made to look like a wine bottle. Views over to the Barambogies. I couldn’t compose this shot because there is a party of 25 people on the other side of the tower in the shade and their kiddos won’t leave me alone long enough to get it right. As you can see in the pics, there’s no shortage of sun and warmth here at this time of year!

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

16 response to "Historic Walls"

  1. By: Lednar De Nalloh Posted: December 23, 2018

    Those temperatures are obscene, although it will be 35 Celsius here on Christmas day too. Good luck.

    • By: The Navigator Posted: December 23, 2018

      I hope you get a chance to go for a sail or spend some time at the beach 🙂 They say the heatwave here could go until at least 2 Jan!

  2. By: gregblood Posted: December 23, 2018

    Just remember the wise old saying about reflecties–“two heads are better than one.”

    Sorry about the dumb joke. Here’s another one: This week we’ve had some unusually high temperatures in the upper-30’s and lower-40’s here in Minnesota too.

    Alright, I’ll stop now. Anyway, nice to see you got out from underneath that gigantic pile of work.

    • By: The Navigator Posted: December 23, 2018

      I like the humour, Greg 🙂

      I’ve had lots of conversations over the years with my parents when we had the same temperatures – just on different scales. Glad you got some warm days in the 40s too 🙂

  3. By: NancyG Posted: December 23, 2018

    Wonderful walls Em, and a lot of history there too. I like it when old buildings are repurposed rather than torn down. We seem to do more of the latter in the states. That metal river is very intriguing. You got a lot of walls on your ride this day.
    Here is what I learned to do to convert your temps to ours: Double your temp, subtract the first digit, add 32. If that is accurate, it brings me pretty close to seeing that your high temps on Saturday will be 106!!!! WOW. Stay hydrated.
    Thanks for the great pics Em.

    • By: The Navigator Posted: December 23, 2018

      Thanks, Nancy. Many old buildings survive here in regional areas – I’m not so sure about the cities. Your temp trick sounds right – I think in both Celsius and Farenheit and can flip back and forth between the two after nearly 20 years over here. Anything over 40 Celsius is unpleasant – but gets unbearable day after day when the nights don’t fall below 20C to cool things down. I don’t have A/C, so I’ll probably spend a couple nights in a motel and at a friend’s place toward the end of the week.

  4. By: Bill Stone Posted: December 23, 2018

    Great pics, Em. I especially like the chute, ready to disgorge a load of grain into your panniers.

    • By: The Navigator Posted: December 23, 2018

      Thanks, Bill. I was just hoping the birds didn’t disgorge their stomach contents onto the bike while I was taking the photo.

  5. By: Suzanne Posted: December 23, 2018

    Glad you plowed through your work load! congrats! Love the “Our Place” mural. Also great shot of your bike and the silo chute.
    As for your weather, I can only say OMG!

  6. By: Rich-Illinois Posted: December 23, 2018

    Sounds pretty warm down your way! Id happily settle for half of that here right now.
    Great photos of walls and buildings — and the Cannondale —> looks very nice to me!
    Have a Happy Holiday!

    • By: The Navigator Posted: December 23, 2018

      Rich, I’d settle for half the forecast high temps, too! I prefer cold to heat. It is always very hot here in summer, but more than 4 days over 40C this early in the season is a bit much. I will send lots of excess warm thoughts your way. Happy holidays to you, too!

  7. By: Seasidejanet Posted: December 24, 2018

    Nice ride and I return of wall photos! I rally enjoy thes challenges and seeing parts of folks everyday riding….Hope you have a better year and are on your way back to “normal” well dare I say “crazy guy normal” 😂😂

    • By: The Navigator Posted: December 26, 2018

      Thanks, Janet. Everyday riding here is not all that exciting, but I am grateful for the variety of scenery, the river and the trees and easy access to the mountains for more interesting and beautiful rides. If I can make as much progress in the next year with my health as I have in the past 3-4 months, then I’ll be close to what I was before getting the virus. I feel like I’m about 50 percent of what I was before I got sick. So fingers crossed. I’m doing all I can to help it along, too.

  8. By: Tony Cullimore Posted: December 27, 2018

    So far we have been left off the High Temp map. While we were away up in the north-west the max was around 25-26°C and very acceptable. AND it was dry.

    I too like the grain silo wall. It must be even better with the sound effects.

    The panels involving the Murray river – a worthwhile community project to get the kids involved in. Did the Supermarket provide sponsorship?

    Let’s hope the current heatwave dissipates and New Year is more rideable.

    • By: The Navigator Posted: December 27, 2018

      Glad you’ve been escaping the heat! It was 43 yesterday and should be the same again today. A low of only 27 tonight. We get a reprieve of 35 on Monday before it is right back up to 37-40 all through next week. Too early for that much heat for that long!

      Woolies didn’t sponsor the wall or anything. They just happened to have the best wall (the bricked in windows of the original building) – the freezer section sits on the other side. It was done through a community grant that Council got. Some of the landscape panels are really well done and it looks really good in the busiest bit of the main street.

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