Squirrels and windows

Well the cover picture is me with a friendly squirrel or road kill that some one had placed on the bridge (I’ll let you decide) in Yosemite NP in 1986. I went on a three month journey doing the west, south and east of USA and across Canada. It was an amazing experience which I will treasure forever unfortunately the only bike riding I did was on a hire bike in Ottawa Canada. I’m pretty sure I’ve seen more of those countries than the average local.

Also a local squirrel story for Greg. When I was young, the Perth Zoo was full of them, running up trees and across the grassed parks. Unfortunately Australia’s history with feral animals such as rabbits, cane toads, foxes was not good, so they all got exterminated in case they spread out and competed with the native animals. Hey, I didn’t say it was a happy story.

Here’s a famous American painting adapted for our Covid 19 times which nicely segues to my song by Bruce Hornsby who had a great middle name

Also here’s a 1 hour talk with John Prine I heard on the radio if you’re interested


I’ve been doing some local rides to compensate for my failure to travel to the eastern states for my Ned Kelly ride

Also here’s the last of my rides around town below


Happy cycling everyone, we’re sending you some warm weather from down south.

I live in the hills just east of the city of Perth, Western Australia and I've loved cycling all my life, From riding to primary school when I was 8 years old to cycle touring as a grumpy old man. Cycling is freedom on two wheels and I love getting on my bike at any opportunity.

10 response to "Squirrels and windows"

  1. By: Hopkins Escapades Posted: April 22, 2020

    Howdy Lednar,
    Love the adapted American Gothic picture. Very clever. Nice picture of you with the friendly Yosemite squirrel, too. We have lots of squirrels here, but none friendly enough to let us give them a tickle on the belly. Ha ha. Glad you’re getting some riding in, in spite of having to miss out on your Ned Kelly tour. Hopefully you can reschedule that opportunity. I was looking forward to reading about the adventure. Cheers & happy pedaling.

    • By: Lednar De Nalloh Posted: April 24, 2020

      Still planning a big cycle tour TJ but it may take a little longer. The airline company has gone broke so my airfares may be worthless now,. Oh well, a road trip across the desert may be the only option, petrol’s cheap right now

  2. By: Rich-Illinois Posted: April 22, 2020

    Great ride and scenery — happy to know Ned has pulled himself back together (with a little help).

    The fly through is really cool!

    Im with Hopkins deciding that is a friendly Yosemite squirrel.

    • By: Lednar De Nalloh Posted: April 24, 2020

      Actually I think the squirrel is in a deep sleep, don’t know why they always choose to have a sleep along road verges.

  3. By: Suzanne Posted: April 23, 2020

    Thanks for posting the up-to-date version of American Gothic!
    I enjoyed your ride on Relive. I used it once, but got tired of getting my phone out for the pictures, then putting it away and getting my camera out for some more pictures. Maybe I should turn it on and forget the pictures. It really is a nice way to show the route.
    That picture of you is very cool!

    • By: Lednar De Nalloh Posted: April 24, 2020

      I saw your last relive without the photos. For some reason mine struggles to get the GPS co ordinates, Something I’m doing wrong no doubt. my lovely wife is more patient than me so I’ll get her to check it out.

  4. By: gregblood Posted: April 23, 2020

    Nice shorts. (Well, SOMEBODY had to say it.) And look at all that hair.

    On a friendlier note, thanks for that link to the Prine interview. I have always liked John Prine the musician, but since his death, things like that interview and anecdotes from other artists are helping me to realize that I really like John Prine the human being.

    • By: Lednar De Nalloh Posted: April 24, 2020

      Oh I miss my hair, at least I had it for about 45 years, which is better than some of my male cousins. It was a nice interview, I really like to listen to people who’ve had interesting lives on the radio, some of the best aren’t even famous, That’s why I enjoying following cycle touring journals so much I suppose. In consideration of everyone’s eyeballs I now always wear baggy cycling shorts although I do have some cycling tights which I’m summoning up the courage to wear one day.

  5. By: The Navigator Posted: April 25, 2020

    I love the squirrel pic. The wombats like to sleep on the road verges, too, you’d think there would be quieter places. Hope you can get some credit or something with your airfare. I usually fly Virgin to America each year – they are my first preference – but I actually booked with Air NZ this year. That was lucky. Still don’t know what I’ll do with it though… take a credit or change the date to the same time next year? I guess I’ve got til August to decide.

    • By: Lednar De Nalloh Posted: April 26, 2020

      First airfares I book in 20 years and this happens. Might just do what I normally do and road trip it across the Nullabor. Might be some chance of flights, but wouldn’t bank on it.

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