September Challenge: Watch out for wildlife!

G’day there cycle buddies! I’ve been away from the site for a little while due to this and that. Mostly because the guy a couple of doors down dug a trench straight through our broadband internet cable, grrr! I’ve been reading a few posts, but haven’t been able to comment or write one of my own. I’m back now (sort of) and got a snap for the September Challenge! Here’s one of my favourite Tasmanian road signs:

In all seriousness though, road kill is actually a huge issue in Tasmania. The country roads are littered with the battered bodies of wallabies, wombats, possums, tassie devils, etc. It’s even recommended to carry an emergency kit in your car so you can rescue a joey from it’s mother’s pouch of you come across one that has been hit.

It’s a dangerous island if you’re a marsupial. Hardly a day does by when I don’t see a freshly scattered carcass on my journey to and from work. I think it’s mostly the night freight trucks that take them out. If you’re driving – or cycling – at dawn or dusk you need to keep a watchful eye out for wildlife darting out in front of you. I’ve almost collided with a startled wallaby that hopped out onto the road when I was flying down the mountain one evening!

In other news, Spring has arrived down here in the Southern Hemisphere. My fruit trees have flowered, the days are getting longer and each week is ever so slightly warmer. Happy days. Ride safe, enjoy life and keep those wheels rubber side down!

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.

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