I’ve been in a ‘fly on the wall’ mode recently, just happy to appreciate other bloggers efforts, the family lazy gene is totally responsible again for my procrastination. Well, I’ve got a few challenges due and some photos in the mobile phone so I’ll do my best. The featured image is of a few handmade mosaic pots with faces, made by my clever Lovely Wife in our front garden
IMAGES OF SPRING IN W.A.
I’M LUCKY I (AND OTHERS) SURVIVED THIS WEEKEND
A few weekends ago a few extraordinary events combined which threw a spanner into my normally safe and sedate cycling life. On Saturday I was happily cycling down the Zig Zag (a local rail-trail) at about 20kmph when suddenly I noticed a writhing creature only about 5 metres ahead. It was a largish snake who had just sensed my approach and was desperately trying to get off the road. In a few nano-seconds I contemplated should I hit the brakes, should I swerve, would stopping near the snake be a great idea? In the end, with a burst of adrenaline, I did a quick pedal, lifted my legs as high as they would go and ran right over the top of it. Snakes find it hard to move on smoothish surfaces so I don’t think he could get enough traction for a lunge at me. Phew.
On Sunday after a long cycle around the city I popped into my favourite pasty bakery in Guildford. There are no bike racks here, so I locked my bike on the post and went into my panniers to get my lock. I vaguely recall bumping something, then felt something heavy rolling over my back and SMASH as it hit the top of the barrier fence just missing the top of a lady’s head by about a foot. We were shocked. Evidently, I’d nudged an old, narrow, tall, heavy, wooden ladder which the antique shop owner next door had propped up on the roof for display purposes, moving its base and it then cartwheeled over my back. This event could have been tragic. A bit later the owner came out and took the ladder away, the lady must have complained. I rode home later contemplating how things could have been so much worse.
I did an overnight ride on the Munda Biddi Trail. Video below