Or NOT And – A two-day winter ride

After feeling a bit better in May and June, I felt incredibly crappy for two weeks in July. It was terribly frustrating to not have enough energy to ride when we had many, many good and rideable days (not normal in our wet season). In the midst of it, though, Tony from Tasmania stopped by for a short ride on his way north. We endured a really cold, foggy day (which we haven’t had many of this winter) to ride over to Rutherglen for lunch with his wife Sue. It was a very enjoyable day and a nice break from all the crud. When the total exhaustion crud finally lifted, I was able to get in a short two-day ride with the guys. No camping and not much gear, but an excursion nonetheless. Read more about it here: https://rambleoutyonder.org/2018/07/29/or-not-and/

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

9 response to "Or NOT And – A two-day winter ride"

    • By: The Navigator Posted: July 30, 2018

      Thanks, Bill – I know you, with your bum arm, that you understand my frustrations of not having any set recovery period!

  1. By: Suzanne Posted: July 29, 2018

    Beautifully written, Em. Glad you were able to get out and pedal in the countryside you so love.

  2. By: Rich-Illinois Posted: July 29, 2018

    Great to see you got out for a much needed ride — very enjoyable read and photos.
    Rumor is we (the US) may be getting a Mondeo in a couple years — glad yours checked out fine. Nice car and already proving useful!

    • By: The Navigator Posted: July 30, 2018

      I like the Mondeo so far – but I really haven’t driven it much. I don’t use it through the week, so it will be a while before I have driven it enough to really ‘learn’ it. One of the things I don’t like, but don’t have a choice, is that it is front-wheel drive. Rear-wheel drive is better for some of our roads. Is the US discontinuing the Taurus or the car of that size? Because this car is European, everything is exactly opposite to my old car. Indicator and windscreen wipers are on opposite sides. You push up for the wipers instead of down. You pull back instead of push forward for the high beams. I’ve had few mistakes so far 🙂

  3. By: gregblood Posted: July 30, 2018

    Oh, to have a mid-winter day in which my bike ride only required me to wear a jacket all day. But enough about my unrealistic dreams. Not even a thousand prayers to Jesus could bring me that kind of weather in January.

    Another wonderfully descriptive story, Emily. My only comment: I think that koala on the toy bridge was either lifting a torch like the Statue of Liberty, or lifting a pineapple ice-cream cone.

    • By: The Navigator Posted: July 30, 2018

      Yes, Greg, it was a severe winter day. I wore my jacket all day AND I wore full-finger gloves all day. I think it was in the mid-50s for a high. A few weeks ago, we had a high of 46F after a low of 28F. It was grey and damp. And it felt FREEZING! I think it was a record low for a high temp. There is payback for mild winters… I can say I’ve felt what 118 feels like and I’ve gotten blase about multiple days in a row between 108-113.

      Poor Koala – I thought he might have been a Commonwealth Games mascot or something. If I were Aussie and holding the Statue of Liberty torch, I’d be puzzled, too. As a funny side note – the way I knew I had finally adjusted to Australia was when I started dreaming on the left. For some time, I’d have mixed up dreams where I’d be dreaming of something here, but people were driving on the right, or I’d dream of someplace American and be riding on the left. Finally, when all of my dreams went left… I knew Australia was home.

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