January Challenge – The smoke clears

It’s been a busy month down here in Tasmania for me, which means I haven’t clocked up quite as many kilometres as I would have liked. It’s all good though as I plan on being much more relaxed about my cycling in 2019. No chasing distances or Strava segments or anything like that. I’m simply going to enjoy each minute I get to spend on two wheels.

Bushfire season is upon us too. There’s a couple of fires raging uncontrollably to the south of Hobart with homes under threat. Huge kudos to the firefighters, it’s one job I do not envy a single bit! This morning saw a break in the smoke-laden skies for long enough for me to snap off a photo of some clouds. I also included this road sign, my favourite Tasmanian road sign! A beautiful early morning 40km local ride and home in time to hide from the summer heat.


The sound of a perfectly lubed chain whirring through a fresh drivetrain, slick summer tyres humming across the blacktop as you spin, otherwise silently over country roads early in the morning.

7 response to "January Challenge – The smoke clears"

  1. By: Lednar De Nalloh Posted: January 30, 2019

    Just enjoying the cycling is the way to go. Tassie would have to be the roadkill world champion unfortunately

    • By: Tony Cullimore Posted: January 30, 2019

      Interestingly I have seen many more dead snakes on the road this summer compared to previous years. Probably because it is sooooh dry.

  2. By: Tony Cullimore Posted: January 30, 2019

    It’s been good weather for cycling – glad to hear you are out and about.

    In the north yesterday we had a series of fires at Blessington which have been lit by some idiot. The firies don’t need unnecessary extra work. I hope the cretin(s) are caught.

    I too like the sign. Not the least because “Dusk to Dawn” always reminds me of that wonderful B Grade horror Vampire movie.

    My triking friend Ken lives at Huonville and he and Diane are currently hosting evacuees from Franklin. Franklin is one of the small towns on the Huon River which has been in the line of fire for the past few days.

    Luckily the skies around Longford have been clear some days so I have got some rides in.

    • By: tempocyclist Posted: February 2, 2019

      Haha yes Tony! I was going to throw in a reference to the movie, but I didn’t think anyone would get it. It’s one of my favourite B-grade movies (with an A-grade cast).

  3. By: The Navigator Posted: January 31, 2019

    I love that the advisory speed is 55 – not 50, not 60… but 55. How hard is it to sit on that speed, especially if your speedo isn’t digital?

    I also think the kangaroo looks like he is trying really hard to lift the bonnet of the car – gave me a chuckle!

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