Some fun links

I am sorry to have missed all the fun of the scavenger hunts and Suzanne’s May challenge. I hope everyone has been having a great time! I started a medication in April that was absolutely brutal and diminished my quality of life to nil. It was the final thing that pushed me over the hump to finally resign from my job, though, which I had needed to do for at least 6 months. So I suffered through a couple more months of feeling like death by meds and doing my stressful job until late June, but now I am done.

So now I’ve been voluntarily unemployed for a week, and I stopped taking that horrid medication two days ago. It has messed up my digestion so badly I can’t go too far from home at the moment, but I’m hoping this rectifies itself soon-ish. I’m working on a gut-healing diet with lots of fibre (as shown in the feature pic), probiotics and digestive supplements, as I think this is the key to getting better at this point. The bike has also had about $300 worth of labour and love, too, so the guys and I plan to get back out there very, very soon and will enjoy looking for faces!

In the meantime, here are a couple links of some bike stuff I’ve found interesting recently.

This first one is about a program to get women on bikes in Canberra. This is encouraging to see.

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-06-26/canberra-volunteers-from-girls-on-bikes-teaching-women-to-ride/100245252

This next one is a video about a group of young people that ride in New York City. I personally related to this because it is like the modern version of what my college mtn bike friends and I used to do each night – only instead of doing tricks like wheelies on the bikes, we were jumping off curbs, riding down stairs and weaving through less dense urban traffic. I was the only girl in that group, so could also relate to the woman in this group recruiting other women. This sort of video gives me hope for the future and reiterates how close cycling communities can be (I’m still in touch with all of the guys I rode with in college).

And finally, here is a link to a series about places to ride in Oz. The series is targeted to an audience my age or younger, and is a bit heavy on mountain biking, but I suppose this is because it is more exciting to show on film. It still shows some nice areas to ride in Oz though. Episode 4 is the region where I live – you’ll note the mention of Wangaratta (where I used to work) and Milawa (where I used to live). I’ve ridden everywhere they’ve featured in this video, except Paradise Falls (I’ve been there many times but never by bike because it is rough gravel on an out-and-back ride and I prefer loops). You will need to create a profile to watch these videos, but I do know you can view them in America (sorry don’t know about Europe!) if you have the profile. Just use a fake name and your secondary/junk mail email address (if you have one).

https://www.sbs.com.au/ondemand/program/trail-towns

Happy New Financial Year everyone!

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

12 response to "Some fun links"

  1. By: Kathleen Jones Posted: July 1, 2021

    Great to hear from you, Em! Not working will do a lot of good for you, it seems. I know you went back and forth on that one. So good thoughts wafting your way for quick healing and long rides.

    • By: The Navigator Posted: July 4, 2021

      Thanks, Kathleen. Timing and finances would have been better to finish up at the end of this calendar year. But it is what it is. In the end, I really could not do anymore than I did. The last 3 months of trying to work and be productive for 9 hours a day when all I wanted to do was lay down and curl in a ball highlighted I had reached a point of ridiculousness and had to say NO MORE. I have enjoyed laying down, curled in a ball, with no responsibilities for the past 11 days for sure.

  2. By: gregblood Posted: July 2, 2021

    Hi Emily, glad to see you back on Cycle365, and thanks for those links. I especially liked the video of the crazy cyclists in New York City. The guy who rides without a front wheel is amazing — even one slip up could mean a ruined front fork. Of course, he doesn’t even NEED a front fork anyway.

    That salad and grilled vegetables medley is one of the nicest looking food pictures I’ve seen, and I don’t even like some of those ingredients. (Brussels sprouts, yuck.)

    • By: The Navigator Posted: July 4, 2021

      Oh yes, the guy with no front wheel is awesome. I thought: a unicycle is much more conventional, but not nearly so cool. I wanted to see the outtakes that show how he recovers or dismounts when he gets his balance too far forward.

    • By: The Navigator Posted: July 4, 2021

      So foodie Greg, I used to not like brussel sprouts either. I’d always had mushy, bitter ones. But once I was given some that were prepared well, and I like them now. It is brassica season over here right now, and they are one of the things I can actually eat at the moment. You could definitely grill them, but those were pan-fried in a bit of olive oil. So here is the secret to brussel sprouts. Find the smallest ones you can. They are the least bitter. Halve or quarter them and put them face down in a bit of olive oil – don’t need too much, just enough so they don’t stick to the pan. Sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste. Garlic and onion go great, too. Pan-fry them on med-high heat, covered, until their flat sides are caramelised (3-5 min). Then, use tongs to flip them over. Splash them with balsamic vinegar (the sweet takes out any remaining bitter) and let them fry without the lid until the vinegar has cooked off (another minute or so) or until desired softness. (Really, you may be converted like me if they are done well – since really, they are just cute little cabbages) 🙂

  3. By: Suzanne Posted: July 2, 2021

    Good to see you back on the grid, Em! Love that salad! Including the Brussel sprouts….

    • By: The Navigator Posted: July 4, 2021

      Thanks, Suzanne – I’m aiming to eat 30 different plants a week to try to give my guts a variety of different things to feed on in an attempt to get back to a better good/bad bacteria ratio!

  4. By: Lednar De Nalloh Posted: July 3, 2021

    I’ll check out the Trail Towns on SBS, looks good. Sometimes the cure’s side effects are worse than the actual problem, they just want to make money I suppose. Hope things improve and a suitable job eventuates.

    • By: The Navigator Posted: July 4, 2021

      Maybe you can see all the inaccuracies and where the commentary doesn’t match the visuals for the WA Trail town episode like I did for the NE Vic one.
      Not too concerned that the nasty meds were prescribed to make money – the guy who prescribed them is one of the top docs in the country for chronic fatigue syndrome and associated problems. People in WA do telehealth with him – he is in that much demand. I just think my body really, really does not like the aspartame and other stuff in the powder. I’ve never ticked off all the common, and half of the severe side effects for a drug before! And a job will come, I have 3 offers now for when I’m ready to go back to work, but not sure I want to return to what I was doing. Not worried about it now – I can survive for a year or so if I need to without work.

  5. By: Rich-Illinois Posted: July 4, 2021

    Great to see you back!
    Some well deserved R&R is certainly in order.
    Interesting links, thanks!

    • By: The Navigator Posted: July 4, 2021

      Thanks, Rich. A lot of times I see interesting bike stuff but forget to copy links and then can’t find them when I go back for them!

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