Not quite following the rules

The guys and I got out for a ride last Saturday and got a few pics for the August Challenge of very common trees in our area. However, I neglected to get a picture of the bike at any time, so we didn’t quite follow the rules. See that ride HERE.

To make up for that, and to get a pic of a bike with a tree in the post somewhere, see feature pic of Em aged 15 with my freestyle bike standing in front of a Colorado Blue Spruce at my childhood home. My parents have many pictures of me and the tree growing up together – it now takes up most of the front yard… though maybe it’s been cut down by now. My parents sold the house 5 years ago.

We did not get out for a ride this weekend. I am packing and cleaning the house. I also came down with a rotten cold on Friday so don’t feel much like riding (the sore throat actually started last Sat on the ride above, but I was hoping it was just spring allergies). I’m coughing too much to really be able to ride anyway!

The good news is that I had the shoulder hydrodilatation done on Thursday and immediately saw improvement in range of motion. The radiologist felt the adhesions break and I am happy to report I can now reach my handlebars with MUCH more ease. My whole back is less tense, too. I still have a lot of work to do and time to wait until I get most or all of my range of motion back… but the procedure was worth the high cost. I am sooooo looking forward to less painful riding!

Next weekend I will move to Milawa, southeast of Wangaratta. I will have new roads to ride and will be 45 minutes closer to the places I like to ride on weekends. Check it out HERE.

I will have a spare bed and a bit of a yard where you can pitch your tent if you’d like to tour through. I’ll be 20 kms from the Wangaratta train station with off-road paths available where the roads are busy and narrow.

Now… next on the list: a new job. The position I’m hoping to get should be advertised by mid-September….

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

12 response to "Not quite following the rules"

  1. By: Lednar De Nalloh Posted: August 25, 2019

    Gotta love the perm hair-dos of the eighties and have Wagon Wheels got smaller? Nice ride, maybe next time go for the parmigiana and leave the roast.

    • By: The Navigator Posted: August 25, 2019

      The wagon wheel was plenty big – the larger ones are way too much to eat! Part of going to that pub for lunch is to go for the roast, and I’d hate to break his tradition by ordering something else. The beef stew on mash would have been better though. I’m not real big on any of the traditional pub meals anyway – I’d much prefer Thai or Indian if going out for a meal!

  2. By: Seasidejanet Posted: August 25, 2019

    When I get to my next post there will be some more 80’s looks going on!! Good to see you are making some improvement!! Know it’s been a long road for you……I nearly skipped over the info about the “ponds” very interesting. When I saw the photo the first thing I thought of w/o reading your info was they reminded me of the “bedrock mortars” of Pt Lobos and all around Calif. The indigenous peoples were so creative and way more aware than the white man gave them credit for……but that’s another story.

    • By: gregblood Posted: August 25, 2019

      Janet, if your 80’s picture catches on as well as Emily’s, I might have to post one too. You’ll laugh.

        • By: The Navigator Posted: August 25, 2019

          I guess it goes to show how behind the times Indiana has always been. That pic is from 1993 – not the 80s. Takes a while for the trends to get to the Midwest, I guess. That is also not a perm. That is all natural curl! My hair is still curly underneath when wet (the hairdressers always make this comment). I think it started to straighten out after about age 18.

    • By: The Navigator Posted: August 25, 2019

      Yes, I don’t know why we are ‘amazed’ that they built such things. If you are there in that landscape, even now when we are very disconnected to the land, it seems a very obvious thing to do. So of course they took advantage of those natural features!

  3. By: Rich-Illinois Posted: August 25, 2019

    Great to hear the hydrodilatation had positive results!
    Best wishes on your move and, hopefully, new job!

    • By: The Navigator Posted: August 25, 2019

      The physio has given me a new round of exercises to work on. You want to get as much movement back as possible while the ligaments are all stretched and pliable to prevent the adhesions reforming.

  4. By: Scooter Posted: August 25, 2019

    Who cares about the rules – what a great picture! Thanks so much for sharing it with us.

    Milawa looks like a fine place to land. I hope we can make it down there and take up your offer of hospitality some year. I was intrigued though looking at the map, and the circular depression just east of there, centered on Murmungee. Is that an asteroid crater, or a collapsed caldera?

    • By: The Navigator Posted: August 26, 2019

      Ah, yes, the Murmungee Basin does look like a caldera rim! But, unfortunately, it is much more mundane. Beechworth sits on a big granite pluton several hundred metres higher than surrounding areas – the basin formed from differential weathering of a specific type of granite – granodiorite. That crescent range was uplifted with the plateau somewhere around 450 mya. I have a great route from Milawa up onto the plateau and on up to Stanley (mostly gravel though) that goes up through the Murmungee Basin before climbing up the plateau. There are so many good rides up that way and I can’t wait to start working back up to riding them! The feature pic in this post is from the lookout over the basin from the rim (part of the good route is described on Day 2) https://rambleoutyonder.org/2018/05/28/plan-b-may-ride-4-extended-twilight/

  5. By: Suzanne Posted: August 26, 2019

    Love the picture of you!
    Hope you continue to heal, and that your move goes smoothly. And good luck for getting the new job!

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