Monthly Challenge – finally finding a flag, kid or row of something

The last three months have been very busy. That’s not too good when you have a very finite level of energy. But we made it through – but that did mean not much riding or internet time, as all my energy was spent on work, study, attaining a new job and various medical stuff.

However, we did manage a kid shot today after last month’s total fail at flags. Please note the cow and calves in the feature photo. That will be our lone entry for the month. If I still lived at Jindera with Nigel, I could have easily gotten a photo of ‘kids’ as there is a guy who raises goats on one of my old ride routes there. Alas… I am 1 hour and 20 minutes away from there now!

The calf photo is from a very short overnight ride I did this weekend which you can read about here.

So sorry to be absent so much lately – I’ve just been way over my energy limits just getting through everything the past few months. I’m hoping to get caught up with everyone next week when I have a week off between leaving my old job and starting a new job.

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 "Monthly Challenge – finally finding a flag, kid or row of something"

  1. By: Rich-Illinois Posted: November 24, 2019

    Congratulations on the new job!!

    Sounds like things are beginning to turn around for you, as well they should!

    Good that you can get at least some limited cycling in — enjoyed the photos and story.

    • By: The Navigator Posted: November 25, 2019

      Thanks, Rich. I hope you are getting in some late autumn rides before the cold and grey of winter really sets in.

  2. By: gregblood Posted: November 25, 2019

    A heartfelt retelling of your struggles mixed with a bike ride, a hopeful ending and a great dam metaphor. Some mighty fine writing.

    • By: The Navigator Posted: November 26, 2019

      Thanks, Greg. I always love the humour in your posts because I am usually quite serious by nature and my stuff is very rarely funny.

  3. By: Lednar De Nalloh Posted: November 25, 2019

    This little rock might wash up near you around April, planning a Melbourne to Sydney ride.

    • By: The Navigator Posted: November 26, 2019

      How cool – that will be an epic ride whatever route you choose. You are of course welcome to wash up on my doorstep and have a place to stay if I’m on-route… or I’m sure I can find my way to you somewhere nearby for a coffee when you pass through the area (unless you’re going coastal, and then that is out of range 🙂 ). I hope you have lots of fun planning that trip. April is a great month for riding (planned burn smoke not withstanding).

      • By: Lednar De Nalloh Posted: November 26, 2019

        Thanks Emily, I’m planning a route that’ll stay east of the Hume Hwy, which would include Milawa, just in the planning stage. The coast route is busy, a lot longer and you apparently don’t see much from the Hwy anyway.

        • By: The Navigator Posted: November 28, 2019

          That’s great! Planning can be so much fun. I’ve driven the coast route before and wouldn’t want to ride it. You can definitely get a lot of bike friendly routes inland and east of the Hume. I’ll look forward to seeing you, and hopefully Tony and maybe Scott and Rachel all next autumn!

  4. By: Bill Stone Posted: November 25, 2019

    I don’t know about all those rocks, but greetings from this stone. I hope everything continues to flow in the right direction.

    • By: The Navigator Posted: November 26, 2019

      Thanks, Bill. I think of stones as more polished and refined than rocks. You are a definitely a Stone, my life is probably a bit more rocky.

  5. By: NancyG Posted: November 26, 2019

    For what you consider short jaunts on your bike, you tell us a lot about your adventure. Your photos and stories bring us right along with you.

    Happy to hear of a new job that you want and that your new home is in a place better than where you were living.
    Thanks for the interesting post.

    • By: The Navigator Posted: November 28, 2019

      I write up the stuff for myself and for my family and friends who are so far away, so they can keep up with what I’m doing. But I’m glad other people find it interesting, too. Hope you get some bright and sunny days among the grey to get out and ride.

  6. By: Suzanne Posted: November 27, 2019

    Good to hear of all the good things coming your way – job, new home, studies. Hopefully your health can be added to the stony path, stony in a good way.

    • By: The Navigator Posted: November 28, 2019

      Thanks, Suzanne. I’m looking forward to catching up on your latest tour this weekend. I hope you are getting good weather for late season riding.

  7. By: Scooter Posted: November 30, 2019

    Thank you for sharing your story and wonderfully honest writing with us, Emily. It’s great news that you’ve found a new job, and it’s encouraging And perhaps a comfort to you that you have a firm diagnosis At long last. I don’t think I’d give up on help coming from the medical community either. It’s a fast-moving subject, and now that it’s an acknowledged condition it must be getting some real research, Rachael’s mother suffered from this for much of her life also, at a time when people still regarded it as psychosomatic.

    • By: The Navigator Posted: December 5, 2019

      Thanks, Scott. I have hope of getting mostly better – though I’ll have to be really careful for the rest of my life. You never really get rid of it – you just get it into a remission of sorts. There has been some good research being done – but there is still so little funding. It affects significantly more people than MS, but that disease gets 10 times more funding. It will be nice when they can get a blood biomarker though, so people don’t have to spend thousands of dollars on tests and doc visits like I have to rule out all the other diseases it might be but isn’t!

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