CLC 2018 – Ride 1: The Rod Run

It has been a very big week. On Monday, I had my appointment with the gastroenterologist. He is a little stumped, too. On Thursday, I started the “Leave No Orifice Unviolated” tour. Gastroscopy, colonoscopy, a nose cannula and half-hourly temp checks in my ear in the recovery room. That leaves only one orifice left unviolated – but that comes Monday with a pelvic ultrasound. Yippeee! The good news is that they found no cancer or polyps on Thursday. Biopsies for non-life threatening illnesses were gathered and results will be back 4 April. We’re ruling out all the sinister stuff for why I’m all out-of-sorts before we settle on more mundane and annoying diagnoses.

So, after all that, I did not think I would get a ride in on the first day of the CLC. I did, but I was all fatigue-y and feeling sorry for myself, so I didn’t document it. I just rode my local short route – 20 kms around the river – just to get out and on the bike once I got home from Albury.

It’s still hot here, and it is a huge weekend for events (Horse races, Rod Run, military vehicles arriving for their week-long shin-dig, Tastes of Rutherglen food festival, Wahgunyah Speedway VIC titles, and all the Melbournians coming up for their Labour Day long weekend to waterski and camp on the banks of the river). Consequently, the roads are busy and I did not feel like doing an overnight. So I did the same ride Saturday as Friday… but I took a few pics along the way. I ride some variation of this route, or a 30km one, almost every day after work.

We first ride past the old flour mill on a rail trail that ends about 1.5 kms away. I live only about 500 metres away and the tops of the grain silos can be seen from my living room window.

The old flour mill – bought by Council when it was derelict and leased for $1 on a very long lease to some folks on the proviso they fix it up. Those people run a whisky distillery and chocolate factory and have a very nice cafe inside as well.

Then, it’s over the river on the new Federation Bridge built in 2005, and through the woods of the floodplain on the bike path. They finally came and swept it – all the leaves and bark had left a tiny path about 4 bike tires wide for a couple months.

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After riding both sections of the river bike path, it’s back over the river on the old 1890s bridge and up to the end of Sanger Street where three old pubs anchor the corner into NSW.

One of three old hotels/pubs that anchor the bottom end of Sanger Street – the main street in Corowa. After you waited for yonks to get through Customs on a hot summers day before Federation in 1901 (we are on the NSW/VIC border at the river), you would have needed refreshment, too! This one is currently closed.

Then we ride through the neighbourhoods and out past the “Wildlife Sanctuary”, more commonly known as the ‘poo ponds’ (sewage treatment ponds).

Then it’s round a corner and past the old Catholic Cemetery – still in use – and the Corowa Lawn Cemetery where you can buy yourself a rose and a plaque if you’ve been cremated and don’t need a traditional burial site.

Catholic Cemetery in Corowa.

Back into town through more residential streets and then down the sloping main street to take a few pics of the older pubs and ex-bank buildings. You can see some of the other old shops, and the heritage-listed Memorial Hall in the pics of the hot rods. (My dad used to build hot rods, so I went to many shows as a kid, and I always take a few pics to send to him when I come across a show here. None were all that unique or special in this one.)

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My purchase for this ride – new tire levers from a local bike shop in Albury. My old ones seem to have vibrated out of the hole in the mesh of my pannier. This CLC may not see too many food purchases – most everything makes me feel pretty crappy at the moment.

My ride purchase – new tire levers from a local shop in Albury.

Next weekend still looks hot (36C on Sat)… so there may not be an overnight then either. The overnights really do me in for the few days after, too, so maybe I need to back off them for the moment, anyway?

Nerdy chick in Australia who loves to ride and is accompanied by the crew: 'The Commander' Verne and the 'Mental Health Specialist' Kermit.

8 response to "CLC 2018 – Ride 1: The Rod Run"

  1. By: Bill Stone Posted: March 12, 2018

    Hi Em,

    I hope all goes well with your medical investigations, and soon you are back in tip-top shape. We are counting on youthful Em to provide inspiration and care for me and all your other aged companions in this virtual cycling club! 😉

  2. By: The Navigator Posted: March 13, 2018

    Thanks, Bill. Everything life-threatening has been ruled out. I probably won’t get a confirmed diagnosis until early April. I’m hoping to do a 4-day ride over Easter weekend and then a week-long tour at the end of April. I’ve got plans… but big mileage and really hard stuff is out for the known horizon. Darn, mosquitoes!

  3. By: Suzanne Posted: March 13, 2018

    Nice pics, Em! Even if it was “only” 20 kms, it must have felt good to be pedaling.
    And now you have to wait until April 4 for results. Hope you feel more like your old self soon.

    • By: The Navigator Posted: March 16, 2018

      Thanks, Suzanne. I’m hoping the autumn temps will reinvigorate me… there’s always hope. Glad to see you are getting out on the bike a bit, too. Em

  4. By: Tony Cullimore Posted: March 13, 2018

    Hi Emily. Back in the optimistic ’60s we thought that by now the Quacks could just plug us in to a scanner and fluid tester, press the button and the diagnosis would be printed c/w what the fix is. It’s just turned out to be a bit more complicated than we were led to believe.

    The good thing is that you know you have nothing really bad going on, so take it easy until April 4.

    I second everything Bill said.


    • By: The Navigator Posted: March 16, 2018

      Thanks, Tony. I’m trying to take it easy, but it is very hard for me. It will be hard to go slow when the weather finally turns cool, but my body puts up a huge fuss if I push too hard, so I will try to strike a happy medium. Em

      • By: Alchemyrider Posted: March 17, 2018

        Fingers crossed for any easy-to-fix diagnosis Em.

        And listen to what your body is telling you. There is no point in pushing it – despite all the “your body can do more than your brain leads you to believe” proclamations one reads about.

        • By: The Navigator Posted: March 18, 2018

          Thanks! It’s hard for me to take it easy – one of the things I love about riding is pushing myself and expanding the limits of what I and the bike can do. It’s tough to take that my body is imposing such low limits at the moment! I

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