There’s the golf ball.
No recent cases of covid-19 in Northern Tasmania. In the north-west it is another story with a large cluster focussed on the North-West Hospital and a patient returning from the Ruby Princess Plague Ship.
This is a ride I put together for the Melbourne Brompton Club’s blog.
In these isolated times I am cycling shortish rides around the Longford area. I think it is not wise (or perhaps, even legal) at the moment to fold the bike up and take it to a more distance start point.
So this is my short local ride.
Longford is flat! We are “blessed” with wind though so that makes up for any missing ascents / descents. I started by riding the wide country town streets out to Back Creek.
Having checked the creek levels ( up a bit after recent rains) I then headed south, towards the Tip. Cycling past the dog park, there was little activity in there – another impact on restrictions on social groupings. Next I rode past the brickworks. This is the only brickworks in Tasmania and there was a little bit of work going on – house building sites still seem to be active so there is still a need for bricks.
At that point I turned north and headed back into town through an area used mainly for horse stables. A turn east takes me up and past the Longford Racecourse. Hence the area around here being used for stables. Longford Racecourse is the oldest continuously used race course in Australia – keeping this record by having one meeting a year on New Years Day. The rest of the time it is used for training.
Then I turned back towards the heart of the town – which is very quiet.
Down to the boat ramp on the South Esk river. This takes me past the caravan park which is, of course, closed. Only a few permanent residents have vans in there. A few days ago the boat ramp where I am standing was under water.
The ladder top in the above picture is where I am standing on this ride. Water levels have receded over the past week.
From the boat ramp it’s a short ride back home. Nobody met along the way, nothing touched, hopefully no virus taken indoors, a good wash of the hands and a homemade coffee instead of a cafe bought one.
I am taking longer rides out and about – Click Here for the latest in my blog.