Plataturkeypus-up and emptiness

Things were going very Minnesotan this month, a cold and wet November, my bike froze up, see featured image (fake news??). ‘ Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery’ they say, so I’ll return he favour of Greg’s ‘Hastings Little Australia theme park’ and demonstrate how we’re going Minnesotan around here. I agree that Plataturkeypus-up is really a funny name for a town but I’ll add the local aboriginal ‘up’ which means ‘ place of’.

These Bald Eagles had headed south for winter and forgot to stop, escaping the elections I think. Now, no doubt Bald Eagles are a beautiful bird but I warned them that the the local Wedgetail Eagle guys are three times bigger, meaner and attack parachutists and bring down drones so they won’t like them on their turf.

The local beach had lots of white, fluffy stuff. Was it snow?, didn’t seen cold enough.

Our cornfields aren’t as extensive as in Illinois or Minnesota but it’s a start. Apparently you need good soil and summer rain, which we don’t have much of.

The Guilford sewerage pipe suspension bridge has been repainted red and has now been renamed the ‘ Hastings- Plataturkeypus-up Friendship Bridge over the Ol’ Man River (formerly Swan River).

I found this empty bike rack so I put my bike in it to be eligible for the Cycle365 Monthly Challenge…Duh. Oh, no. Alas its no longer empty, I’ve fallen for the old Catch 22.

Well there’s an empty bench overlooking the Indian Ocean with the bike. Challenge met, Mr Magoo, you’ve done it again.

An early morning empty river shot.

I also did a weekend trip with my cycle club to Northam last weekend. Liz’s Kep track ride to Northam, by Randal Dutchy (

Thanks for reading.

Happy crackin everyone

I live in the hills just east of the city of Perth, Western Australia and I've loved cycling all my life, From riding to primary school when I was 8 years old to cycle touring as a grumpy old man. Cycling is freedom on two wheels and I love getting on my bike at any opportunity.

10 response to "Plataturkeypus-up and emptiness"

  1. By: NancyG Posted: November 24, 2020

    Ooohhh that frozen bicycle! And I really think the town did a bang up job of finger painting the bridge red ;’-). Good emptiness too. You got it all for the month!

    • By: Lednar De Nalloh Posted: November 26, 2020

      I’m pretty sure my bike will never go like that around here, thank goodness. The bridge is now back to it’s grey colour again.

  2. By: Bill Stone Posted: November 24, 2020

    Because it’s so cool (or perhaps cold), everywhere wants to be like Minnesota!

    • By: Lednar De Nalloh Posted: November 26, 2020

      I do admire those guys for sticking out winter. If I’d been born in Minnesota I’m pretty sure I’d be in Southern California or Florida by now.

  3. By: gregblood Posted: November 24, 2020

    How DARE you mock Minnesota like that!!!!!!! (Did I scare you with my fake outrage.) Seriously, I enjoyed your post — especially the Hastings/Platyturkeypus Friendship Bridge over Ol’ Man River. I guess I was wrong in thinking our bridge over the Mississippi was one-of-a-kind.

    I always heard you Australians were a hardy bunch, but when I see little campsites set up on the snow, with cold Antarctic winds blowing in off the ocean, I am convinced of it. You are an honorary Minnesotan. (Provided you give up your evil Packer ways.)

    • By: Lednar De Nalloh Posted: November 26, 2020

      Sorry, Go Pack Go. I might need to be de-progammed and lobotomised to go for the Vikings, think I’ll stay a honorary Wisconsinite.

  4. By: Suzanne Posted: November 26, 2020

    You had me fooled, with all that snow and corn and everything. And that bicicle is almost scary.

    • By: Lednar De Nalloh Posted: November 26, 2020

      Ha Ha, It’s going to get hot, hot and hotter now. Hopefully no bushfires like Santa Rosa.

  5. By: The Navigator Posted: November 27, 2020

    I love that pathetic little patch of corn! Our November was quite dry and pretty hot toward the end. I think La Nina took a break. Or you just had all the rain over there and didn’t send it on. Hope the summer isn’t too toasty.

    • By: Lednar De Nalloh Posted: November 27, 2020

      It does seem we get the opposite weather than what you guys get. The shire visited our street and I had to prune lots of trees near the house and have filled up two skip bins. Summer was so much easier in suburbia on the coast.

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