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.
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).
Happy New Financial Year everyone!