Plan B – March Ride 3 – CLC Ride 3 – Lonesome Pine(s)

….I’m riding into a 10 kph northeasterly. The wind is light enough, though, that the farmers are all taking advantage of the conditions to burn off stubble. On the horizon in every direction are plumes of dark smoke or long lines of bluish haze. Where larger burns are taking place, a dark pink cloud hangs and looks more like a bushfire than a crop being burnt. The smell of burnt veg is in the air, sometimes thick and wafty, sometimes just a whiff on the curls of the breeze.

Read more of our short, quick and sandy overnight here:

Plan B – March Ride 3 – Lonesome Pine(s)

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

9 response to "Plan B – March Ride 3 – CLC Ride 3 – Lonesome Pine(s)"

  1. By: Seasidejanet Posted: March 24, 2018

    Em…..I love the golden tones in thes photos. Beautiful….the light from the fires was stunning. You give us a beautiful visual of the place you call home. Can see why you love it. Also, thanks for again reminding me of Xavier Rudd think I’m going to download some of his music. I’m glad you got your ‘sail’ In sounded fun….better soon!!

  2. By: Seasidejanet Posted: March 24, 2018

    Amazing timing!! We have a music festival here in Monterey every Memorial Day Weekend. It’s a reggae world music type thing…I usually go and listen outside the gates to some of the bands I want to hear Like Michael Franti, various Marley family members and so I thought let’s just see this yrs line up. Bam 💥 guess who is going to be there?! Yes, Xavier Rudd also Dispatch who I’ve liked for yrs and Slightly Stupid! Ok this year I may need to just get inside the gate? Will keep you posted. Not sure I can hang with the kids for three full days and of course they are on separate days. I’m so excited I need a live music fix.

    • By: The Navigator Posted: March 25, 2018

      I’d love that roots festival! Enjoy it for me! I’m such an introvert, I don’t like really big crowds, so I don’t usually do festivals, though. It never fails that the people you want to see are on different days! Xavier Rudd has a new single out and a new album later this year. So maybe he’ll be playing some new stuff, too. His concert in an old art deco theatre in Newtown, Sydney in 2012 was easily one of the best concerts I’ve ever been to. The vibe in there was something else – as if the whole theatre was alive and pumping all on the same pulse. Totally energizing – I felt ‘high’ afterward, such was the good energy that just totally flowed through there. I’d love to see him again some day. My newest Australian music love is Vance Joy – different type of music, but ‘speaks’ to me and always has a good tempo. The singer is very humble and very articulate and nice, too, in interviews. Em

  3. By: Scooter Posted: March 24, 2018

    Great post, Em. Beautiful photography, terrific read. I sympathize a bit with your boss though – aren’t you supposed to be taking it easy?

    • By: The Navigator Posted: March 25, 2018

      Thanks, Scott. I AM taking it easy – the total ride length was less than a normal day ride! And it was flat! And I had a strong tailwind almost all the way home! And I’m not riding today (Rain, finally!)! Enough excuses? It is tough to find a middle ground between couch potato and what I normally prefer to ride. I’m still figuring out what my body says we can and can’t do. I still haven’t done my birthday ride your age in miles ride, either (birthday was about 1.5 weeks ago). Maybe I’ll wait til spring, too 🙂 I have a significantly easier task, though, and it’s not beyond my ‘take it easy’ threshold. Em

  4. By: Tony Cullimore Posted: March 25, 2018

    I reckon that ride is one of those you will return to – in your memory, probably not on wheels – for years to come. The tones is the images are definitely “end of season” and the trees in the Reserve so different to the usual bush. The tracks both in and out were really in “Em territory” and a good camp in the middle – what more could you ask for?

    Keep on taking it easy and try and enjoy your day rides into Autumn.

    • By: The Navigator Posted: March 25, 2018

      Thanks, Tony. It was definitely a good, albeit very short, ride. The rain afterward yesterday arvo and today is really good to see, too. Change of season is definitely coming 🙂 Em

  5. By: Suzanne Posted: March 26, 2018

    A ride to savor, thanks for taking us along!

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