Still here, still riding

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.

Hi Dayna,
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.

A bloke cycling in (mainly) Tasmania

11 response to "Still here, still riding"

  1. By: Rich-Illinois Posted: April 28, 2020

    There IS the golf ball! Eagle-eyed Tony!!

    The next day all the rocks were gone, including the golf ball. I was hoping rain would wash them off so I could see what they all were. The rocks were actually on city property so they had to be removed Im guessing.

    I know what you mean about flat lands being made up for by wind — we have had plenty of that lately.

  2. By: The Navigator Posted: April 29, 2020

    You’ve broken out the woolies 🙂 Definitely a winter blast for the end of this week.

    My friend Don, whom you provided folding bike advice, had a daughter and son-in-law on the Ruby Princess. They ended up testing positive, but never felt sick. I read 10 percent of all cases in Oz last week could be traced back to that ship!

    Hope the ferry is spic and span by the time you do your tour next year!

    • By: Tony Cullimore Posted: May 3, 2020

      I wonder what the investigation into the Ruby Princess and the actions of crew, Border Force and State governments will uncover. It would seem someone, somewhere made a Blue.

      How did Don go? Did he get a folding bike?

  3. By: Hopkins Escapades Posted: April 29, 2020

    FOUR! I bet the golfer wished he had you around to spot the ball when it went missing.

    Interesting before rain & after rain photo. I had to look at the photos a couple of times to see where the ladder handles were in the first picture to compare to the second ones almost submerged. You had a good bit of water from that storm!

    Glad you are staying healthy & your region has thus far been removed from any of the pandemic illness. Keep riding & remain in good health!

    P.S. Now THAT’S a beautiful coffee makin’ device! (And I only drink tea.) With that appliance in your kitchen, you should make your own every day. It’s probably better than anyone else can make. 🙂

    • By: Tony Cullimore Posted: May 3, 2020

      Hi Hopkins. Yes, the river does react to rains. It collects a lot from the hill range along the east coast and can quickly rise at Longford. The caravan park has to evacuate – sometimes very early in the morning. There are levees around town and on days of challenge the gates in the levees have to be shut. Closing us in. The last good flood was about 4 years ago now. I recall cycling around looking for interesting pictures and Bill warning me to be careful.

      Coffee. When I retired I missed my morning coffees from the cafes close to work. So I decided to learn how to make a good cup. I have ended up getting green beans from a Melbourne supplier, a small Roaster and the coffee machine. Two cups in the morning and 2 at lunchtime are poured. Mrs C reckons we have textures and flavours just about right. When it doesn’t quite work or I am a little too careless, I am told!!

  4. By: gregblood Posted: April 30, 2020

    That’s going to be a pretty tough lie for the golfer who has to play that ball out of the rocks. I see a penalty stroke coming.

    I feel bad for you having to put on the warm clothing at the same time I am starting to shed mine. I guess it will balance out in October though.

    • By: The Navigator Posted: May 1, 2020

      Oh, but Greg, even in wild, windy and wet Tasmania in winter, Tony will never need the 72 layers you do and will never have to be worried about being impaled by a roof icicle. You win ALL of the winter awards!

      (I don’t know about Tony, but I actually like winter here – it is a brief cool and wet respite from our very hot and dry summers. I feel like summer where I live is 8 months long, winter is about 2.5 and spring and autumn about 3 weeks each).

    • By: Tony Cullimore Posted: May 3, 2020

      Hi Greg,

      Emily is right – winters aren’t too bad. Nothing like you experience anyway. The problem is we get used to living in specific temperature boundaries. When the temperature changes – like when we go into Autumn – I feel it quite a lot. In a week or two the body will have acclimatised and all will be well. That said, I would much rather take the caravan up into warmer Queensland for winter than stay at home !! No way we can do that this year.

    • By: Tony Cullimore Posted: May 3, 2020

      Hi Bill. Sue asked “Why did you get a grey Brompton?” “To match the rest of me” I replied.

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