Old, damaged and then GONE

I don’t have many old pictures related to cycling, so this month’s challenge is, well, a challenge. I do, however, have some recent before and after pictures from nearby. Taken on bike rides but not showing bikes so not really an entry.

The above is my shortest “standard” ride. It’s 15 kilometres that can be fitted in easily and includes some hill climbing and travels through local countryside.

At about the 10 kilometre mark there was this:

An old farmhouse. In my early passes it had someone living in it. Later passes – empty and derelict.

I took the above picture back in 2014 soon after purchasing my Vivente touring bike. It had pedals with one side flat and clip in on the other. I was trying clip ins the first time, saw this picture, stopped to take it, didn’t unclip, fell and cracked at least one rib. But still took the picture before wobbling off home. I remember it well !

Last weekend. House gone, burnt down with the ruins still smoking.
Yesterday. House bulldozed.

I suspect the landowner wanted to remove the house and extend the pivot irrigator’s path.

A bloke cycling in (mainly) Tasmania

7 response to "Old, damaged and then GONE"

  1. By: Suzanne Posted: June 10, 2020

    Too bad the old farmhouse wasn’t kept up. Pivot irrigators don’t have quite the charm.

    • By: Tony Cullimore Posted: June 12, 2020

      That’s true but it wasn’t in the best of condition. Also, there are no farm hands to house these days with all the automation of agriculture. Contract firms look after a lot of the work plus “Guest Workers” from nearby countries at peak harvest is the way things are going. So, what to do with the house?

  2. By: gregblood Posted: June 11, 2020

    Yup, I once did the old clipless-newbie-fall too. Mine resulted in neither an injury nor a memorable photo — just major embarrassment. Good job in not letting a little cracked rib prevent you from taking that picture.

  3. By: Rich-Illinois Posted: June 11, 2020

    Sad to see the end of what once was someone’s happy home.
    Cracked ribs — major ouch! For a very long time.

    • By: Tony Cullimore Posted: June 12, 2020

      It was interesting. When standing I could turn sharply one way but not the other. If I turned left spasms occurred. For a while I only turned right!

  4. By: The Navigator Posted: June 14, 2020

    I guess it is much easier to burn it down than to demolish it – you save a lot of money on the required asbestos investigations and removal that way! Back when I lived in Corowa, there was a house of similar age and condition – an original cottage – on a riverfront property. That house mysteriously went up in flames one night. A couple years later… really big, modern home on there on that primo riverfront block!

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