Squeaking in some alphabet

After eight months of worsening symptoms and two months off the bike living with constant pain, nausea and random vomiting, the crew and I were able to get back on the bike pain-free last week. After a bit of a long haul through the public health system to figure out what was wrong, I had emergency surgery on 25 November. Keyhole surgery is a wonderful thing and I’ve recovered quickly – though I’m still not supposed to do anything strenuous until mid-January lest I herniate the incision site at the belly button. With that in mind, we did a ride with three days of riding and three days of resting just before Christmas. You can read about it starting here: https://rambleoutyonder.org/2021/12/26/the-waiting-strenuous-activity-day-1/

But here are a few A-B-C-D-E-S photos pulled from that trip.

Artwork on a Brick Building
Campsite in a clearing next to a creek
Disused dairy shed
Squished Evergreen with Christmas baubles (balls) and Decorations outside a Door
Dead but full of Character. Compost pile in background.
For Rich – Solstice shadow shot. (Well, day before solstice and I can’t get a good road shot as we don’t have grid roads on E-W alignment). So this shot is at about 8.20 pm on 20 December.
Sunset on 20 December.

Probably not much riding the last few days of the year as Lednar is sending over his heatwave with temps forecast to be over 100F through 2 January here. So Happy New Year to all! I hope 2022 is a much better year for everyone and I look forward to your posts next year.

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 "Squeaking in some alphabet"

  1. By: Lednar De Nalloh Posted: December 28, 2021

    I’m wrapping up the ‘heatwave’ right now and it’s headed your way. Sounds like you went through hell but getting back on the bike is looking really positive for you in 2022.

    • By: The Navigator Posted: December 28, 2021

      We’ve been lucky not to have nearly as much hot weather as you so far this year, but the next 5 or 6 days don’t look very nice. I expect we’ll have more grassfires, and later in the season, than bushfires this year here.

  2. By: BobinVT Posted: December 28, 2021

    Em, great that you’re able to get back out there. Sounds like you’re making great progress. And I’m impressed that your definition of a non-strenuous activity includes three days of fully loaded riding. 🙂

    • By: The Navigator Posted: December 28, 2021

      Thanks, Bob. My fully-loaded riding is pretty slow with plenty of breaks… so probably not all that strenuous. I did do rest days instead of pushing my bike up ridges as I originally thought I might. That seemed like it might stress the abdominal muscles more than I should, so I opted for a relaxo week instead. It was quite hot and it was nice and cool in and by the creek, so I wimped out that way, too!

  3. By: Rich-Illinois Posted: December 28, 2021

    Terrific to see you back out there again!
    Solstice photos are equally great; the shadow and the sunset.
    So, is the Salsa going to be back in the game at some point now as well?
    All the Best for 2022, looks as though you are off to an excellent start!

    • By: The Navigator Posted: December 28, 2021

      Yes, Salsa is ready to be ridden. I don’t have the fitness for it yet, though. It’s meant for the roads that are too rough for my touring bike. And I’m not tough enough yet to ride the rough stuff. The other problem is that the last two times I checked, I can’t get the parts I want to upgrade. The bike is fine for rides under 30 miles, but longer would get uncomfortable. I want a new saddle, pedals, and stem/handlebars. I can get some pedals that aren’t my first choice, but the other parts are still a no-go with all the global supply chain stuff. Plus, I can’t order anything from the US because the US suspended mail delivery to Oz, except for the most expensive category, back in October. So the Salsa is waiting on bits and pieces before it gets to go touring.

  4. By: Scooter Posted: December 28, 2021

    This is such wonderful news, Em. What a wonderful way to usher in the new year!

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