Tasmanian Coffeeneuring #4. The Country Bakehouse, Perth

The day for Coffeeneuring dawned very windy, stormy and without power due to electrical cells in the storms.  Only a short ride then.

But where?  Ah, there’s a new Bakehouse in Perth and a new bit of track at the end of the the Breadalbane to Perth shared track to try, so starting at Devon Hills and riding into Perth should give me a 6 k ride.  That’s enough for today!!

Sheltering under the back door of the X-Trail I pulled out Brompton and bag.  Too wet to use the Magnum as the front wheels would throw ground water everywhere.  The mudguards (not fenders, the bike is made in London) on Brompton work really well.

Off to Perth.  I was blown down the road it felt like I was keeping reasonably dry as the rain hit my back!  The new bit of track took me past the junction with the main highway but then it was time to hug the hard shoulder of the highway as it entered Perth.  The 60kph speed limit and then the 50kph limit kept things calm.

The Bakehouse has a deep awning at front and Brompton sat under there keeping dry.  I decided to try one of the meat pies the advertising promotes.  As you can see, service is odd.  No plates, eating irons or cups – just takeaway stuff.  Didn’t think I would need my keep-cup today.  The steak and pepper pie turned out to be better than the old-style industrial pies made in factories but not that much better.  The Bakehouse pies reflect how it used to be done but do have more actual meat in them than the old days.  Today bakeries do it so much better so perhaps they need to research the boutique pies now available.  The coffee was OK.

I mounted Brompton to head back to Devon Hills.  Straight into the gale and rain and uphill.  It needed low gears to make headway, so different to the ride down.

The missing link – new bit of track.  The tyre marks are all mine.  Into Perth on the left; back from Perth on the right.  As I cycled up to this point I was attacked by a Masked Lapwing!  It aimed at and then banked away from the back of my head, snapping its beak.  It did this half a dozen times before it had driven me off it’s patch.  I walked back to try and get a picture of it.  As soon as I stepped into it’s territory it had another go.  Too fast for a picture though.

It’s days like this that make cycling interesting!!

BTW: there is a Coffeeneuring map accessible via the Facebook Coffeeneuring Group.  It flags where in the world people are drinking their coffee.  Accessible by the Menu “Announcements”.  My entries are flagged red while all others so far are blue.  Because I am in the southern hemisphere?


A bloke cycling in (mainly) Tasmania

12 response to "Tasmanian Coffeeneuring #4. The Country Bakehouse, Perth"

  1. By: Suzanne Posted: November 3, 2018

    Braving the storm and then getting attacked by a masked lapwing! Too bad you couldn’t get a picture. THose birds would scare the heck out of me.

    • By: Tony Cullimore Posted: November 3, 2018

      Mostly the Lapwings don’t make contact – they just dive and snap. Yes, the dark day also made picture taking a bit awkward. Hoping for better weather next week.

  2. By: NancyG Posted: November 3, 2018

    Nice story. Missed any photos of how food is served and what that looks like. My guess — lapwing was protecting a nest of young. Of course — I don’t even know what a lapwing is.

    Good for you to ride in the rain — you would be a good addition to our Rainiacs team for Ride in the Rain in the month of November challenge ;’-)

    • By: Tony Cullimore Posted: November 3, 2018

      Hi Nancy – the photo of food and serving style was the feature image – did it not show up with your browser? The Masked Lapwings give birth to small bundles of fluff that immediately begin looking for food. There is no nest time for them! The parents settle down on any old bit of grass to hatch the eggs and then swoop and dive and fight to keep their young safe. Later in the day I came across another family in Longford – the fur balls were scattered over the grass and mum and dad were making a lot of noise to drive me away!!

      Given the weather we are getting I will consider the Rainiac idea.

  3. By: Rich-Illinois Posted: November 3, 2018

    Eating irons and keep-cup — I continue to learn! Cool terms!
    That Bompton is super cool — been watching videos of them in action — hmmmm N+1 😉

    • By: Tony Cullimore Posted: November 3, 2018

      Hi Rich. Have you seen any of Orange Brompton’s vids on YouTube? I used to live in some of the areas he travels and remember the hills – riding them on my Raleigh single speed and then on the family Moulton.

      I really enjoy riding the Brompton. Once you get used to it’s small wheeled oddness it is a very comfortable ride and sturdy.

      • By: Rich-Illinois Posted: November 4, 2018

        Lots of Orange Brompton videos to watch — thanks!!

  4. By: Kathleen Jones Posted: November 4, 2018

    I tried out a Brompton not too long ago and found it really comfortable, especially for one of the funny upright bikes. Makes me think a folder like Brompton or Bike Friday may be in my future.

    The pie service looked quite, um, non-silvered? The pies themselves looked good. But alas, we have all been fooled before.

  5. By: Bikerdockeith Posted: November 4, 2018

    Hi Tony,
    I’m sorry the pie did not match your expectations. But that leads me to ask, which object in the picture are you referring to? The object in front looks like a tart to me (what the Yanks call a pie) and the object in back looks like a tourte (what the Brits call a pie) So what are they in Oz?
    I too have found that a Brompton is very comfortable, but it will be a while before I can sneak another bike into the garage.


    • By: Tony Cullimore Posted: November 4, 2018

      Hi Keith,

      The meat pie is the top item. Meat in covered pastry “holder”. The other is a Custard Tart – standard offering at bakeries around Australia. With both the name “Meat Pie” and “Custard Tart” covers wide variations on the theme (different pastry, different filling). When entering a bakery unknown to you it’s important to check out the offerings to try to work out the type available !!

      I have just reduced my bike stable to 2 from 4. Mrs C wonders how long it will be before number 3 turns up!!

  6. By: The Navigator Posted: November 5, 2018

    Yes, those kinds of pies are all too common and one of the reasons I don’t usually order one unless at least a couple people have personally told me that somewhere has really good pies! I was thinking of you on this day. I almost talked myself out of riding because of the wind, but then I saw the weather down your way: windy AND very cool. So I told myself to suck it up and went out to ride!

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