The wind has dropped !!

Hi there,

I haven’t posted for a while.  The last 2 months have been awful with weather patterns being driven by unusual sea temps in the Southern and Indian Oceans causing winds normally south of us to be lifted to Tasmania.  The winds have been strong.  Cycling has been difficult.

I have my annual challenge faltering.  6,000k in 2019 is creeping forward but I still have 102 ks to go – according to my Goals.  The stats reckon I have 73k but I can’t work out why the counts are different – so I will go with the Goals.

This week I am limited to cycling on Brompton as the trike is being fettled, getting it ready for a planned 3-4 week tour in Victoria starting in March.  Always provided the bush fires allow us on the tracks.  So, the combination of wind and Brompton means I have been only cycling around town doing errands for the past few days.

The Christmas box contains a bottle of grog heading to Judy in Broken Hill; it is ready to be taken to the Post Office.

As I cycled around Longford yesterday I found more red.  This time a couple of log truck trailers sitting by the roadside.

As you can see, Longford is dry.  Tasmania is getting very dry.  Water rationing is in place in the south.  The whole country seems like it’s a huge tinderbox just waiting to go off.  What a summer!

I wish everyone a great and safe festive season and look forward to better cycling conditions in 2020.

A bloke cycling in (mainly) Tasmania

5 response to "The wind has dropped !!"

  1. By: Bill Stone Posted: December 19, 2019

    Hi Tony, Glad to see you back in action. I heard from local news that Australia has had its hottest day on record, based on average temperature across the entire continent. Whew. Hot weather. Lack of rain. Strong winds. Believe me, I know what worries that can bring. I hope the temps and winds abate and fires stay far away.

  2. By: gregblood Posted: December 20, 2019

    Tony, make sure you remind us about your tour in March so we don’t miss it. I enjoyed reading about your last one in Australia.

    You were very considerate to take a bottle of grog to the Post Office for Judy. I was very egotistical to read, at first, that you took a bottle of greg to send to Judy in Broken Hill.

  3. By: Lednar De Nalloh Posted: December 21, 2019

    Yes, this summer is a shocker. I’ll be in Melbourne at the end of March, might catch you there.

    Merry Christmas

  4. By: Rich-Illinois Posted: December 21, 2019

    Emily mentioned the effects of SAM (Southern Annular Mode) — looks like it was getting Tasmania too.

    Good to see the Brompton back in the game — that is one cool bicycle!

    Have a great Holiday Season!

  5. By: The Navigator Posted: December 22, 2019

    Crossing my fingers for you to get in your kms for the year! The wind has dropped here only to be replaced with heat. I actually don’t mind being on really restricted riding duties, because I wouldn’t really be out there all that much anyway with all the crap weather we’ve had since September.

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