CLC Ride 4 – Fish N Chips

Finally, we got some good rain. It rained from about 4.30-9.30 last night and 9.00-1.00 today. Now you can’t deny a frog and turtle some habitat after it’s rained for the first time in two months. So we went for a long detour ride to the takeaway shop that included some habitat time along the river. (Our ride was 14 kms – it is about 1.25 kms directly to the takeaway shop.)

I had a piece of grilled fish at home I wanted to eat, but I also wanted to test out my guts and see if we could eat fried chips. Potatoes have been a staple for me the past couple months, and the only way I think I’m keeping the weight loss at bay. But fried foods give me problems even when I’m healthy, so I wanted to see if I could tolerate a little bit of grease. This will make going out to eat with friends a little easier if I can manage a few chips. So a long trip to the takeaway shop rounded out our Sunday afternoon and qualified as a CLC ride..

I love these trees along the bike path – they are big red gums. I think of them as the gatekeepers to the path.
I love this section of road through the floodplain that leads out the Wahgunyah Oval.
How you know it’s Easter and school holidays – the river reserves are already packed out with campers a week in advance. Every man, woman and child goes camping at Easter in Oz. Normally, there might be one or two grey nomads and a homeless camp down here and that is all.
The Willows Reserve at Wahgunyah. We are just downstream from the old John Foord bridge.
Habitat time for my crew.
The lagoon at Corowa. On long weekends and holidays that spit of land will be filled with people and heaps of waterski boats tied up. The entry to the left leads to a boat ramp. There is a caravan park next door that also fills up with people from Melbourne in the holidays. This is Oz’s iconic Murray River.
Takeaway shop on the main street of Corowa. The food is okay; they change the oil out enough that it all tastes okay. ‘Bout as much as you ever expect from such a place. There are some real gems out there – but not many. Most are pretty bog standard fried food shops like this one. It was quite busy since it was a Sunday evening.
The safest option is to order ‘minimum’ chips, and usually you get enough for two. This shop only has small and large. Small, shown here, easily feeds four for $4.50. I immediately took half of these over to my neighbour – a divorced guy in his 50s who doesn’t eat anything healthy. The guys and I had half of the remaining half with our fish piece. My guts didn’t immediately protest….
Look! I’m in trackie pants! Celebrating the first evening in six months that it is cool enough to wear anything other than a sarong and sports bra. (I took this pic to show my folks that I’m still a healthy weight and don’t look too ill.)

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

6 response to "CLC Ride 4 – Fish N Chips"

    • By: The Navigator Posted: March 26, 2018

      Yes, Tony. Though I was a little nervous standing underneath them to take a pic on a very windy day after a long hot spell! Em

  1. By: Suzanne Posted: March 26, 2018

    Love your beautiful surroundings – not sure I would want the flies, mosquitos, snakes or heat though. The red gums are gorgeous.

    • By: The Navigator Posted: March 27, 2018

      Thanks, Suzanne. I put up with all the nasties and the heat in exchange for the low population density and being able to go out and have roads completely to myself at times 🙂 The beauty here is not always an ‘easy’ beauty, or a pleasant sylvan or a lush pastoral, but it is unique and diverse, and I’ve grown to love it very much. Em

  2. By: Lednar De Nalloh Posted: March 28, 2018

    I must be a complete guts..I could eat all those chips, no problem. Corowa looks like a nice, sleepy, atmospheric place to relax in.

    • By: The Navigator Posted: April 2, 2018

      Probably a good thing you like to ride and be active then, if that doesn’t seem like a lot of chips. The potato volume there is about 6 large fries from Maccas! Of course, portion sizes are just crazy these days anyway. I have never been able to eat large volumes of fried foods without consequences – that’s probably been a good thing!

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