2017 ‘Gong Ride update

I rode the 2017 Gong Ride yesterday. Unfortunately Danya couldn’t make it – he came down with a cold on Friday and wasn’t able to recover in time. Given the weather, I’m glad he didn’t try and push himself to ride; it was quite wet and cold at times. The number of participants was perhaps slightly smaller due to the… Read more →

Cat on a lead

We finally decided that Ripley was settling into the new place, and put a harness and lead on her. Then we took her “walking” in the back yard. She was nervous and slinking around – partly due to the indignity of being trussed up 🙂 Meg was very bemused and solicitous and kept wanting to help, which Ripley wasn’t keen… Read more →

Changed work circumstances

Over the past few years, it’s become increasingly apparent that the company at which I work doesn’t need an office. When we downsized our premises in 2012, it might not yet (just) have been economically a good option – various cloud providers like AWS and Rackspace didn’t have the solutions available that they do now – and there was also… Read more →

HelloFresh is Part of a Modern Cancer

We had a door-knocker today from HelloFresh (not giving them a link) – a company that is marketing itself as an alternative for shopping and preparing food. You choose from a handful of recipes, order on-line and get a bunch of portioned ingredients delivered which you then combine. I was aware of American versions (Blue Apron being one), but wasn’t… Read more →

Meeting Cadel Evans

I’d forgotten that Gleebooks have regular book launch and author speaking events, but Bobbie was perusing the latest catalogue and noticed that Cadel Evans was booked in so I made an effort to reserve a seat. He’s written a book that’s launched in time for the Christmas present season and he’s been doing the rounds of bookstores around the country…. Read more →

Keep track of your medicines!

This weekend I learnt not to trust Ambulance and Hospital staff with my medication. I was admitted on Saturday morning early with chest pains (being of that age 🙁 with a family history) and the Ambos must have taken my blood pressure and cholesterol tablets. That was  either for easy referral to by hospital staff, or in case I needed… Read more →

“The last thing you want is George Brandis telling you what hard drive you have to buy,” Senator Ludlam said

So true. The man’s, at the very least, a technological idiot. Almost certainly a complete idiot! Originally shared by +Ben Short More moronic policy thought bubbles from the Australian Government. Telcos draw the line at latest national security laws A battle is brewing between telecommunications companies and the Government over further national security laws.

Ride Reflections

Looking back on the ride, I’m very satisfied with the outcome. I rode 880km over 12 days – 65 and a half hours – and felt quite capable of continuing. My schedule of 3 day’s riding, a rest day, 4 day’s riding, a rest day and a final 3 day’s riding worked perfectly. However, that depended on a routine of… Read more →

Day 12 - Casino to Huonbrook

Day 12 – Casino to Huonbrook

Final day! Today was another start just after 7am. I had a good run into Lismore (the usual crawl past Parrots Nest), and got there by 8:30. After a meusli bar, I continued though to Bexhill and then onto Clunes, where I stopped for lunch just after 10. The climb up from the railway line to the ridge-top after Bexhill… Read more →

Day 11 – Grafton to Casino

Today was another good day. My average speed was over 18km/h which is something I haven’t done since I first started riding this route in 2007, and certainly not with such a load. I woke up slightly early and was on the road by 6:40, and could soon tell I was setting a decent pace, settling into a slow but… Read more →

Day 10 - Coffs Harbour to Grafton

Day 10 – Coffs Harbour to Grafton

Today was a good day. I’d mostly packed last night, with only the toiletries and tablet to go into a front pannier. By about 6:45, I was on the road although I’m not exactly sure since the GPS didn’t start recording when I thought it should have. At about 4km I realised and started recording just before I started the… Read more →

Day 9 - Rest Day in Coffs Harbour

Day 9 – Rest Day in Coffs Harbour

It’s been a day of spills and breakages, so far. I went down the road for breakfast (French toast with maple syrup, bacon and banana) and managed to spill coffee on my t-shirt. Then I came back to the motel and changed, washing out the old shirt, and then went for a walk to the bike shop to get some… Read more →

Day 8 - Macksville to Coffs Harbour

Day 8 – Macksville to Coffs Harbour

Yesterday, I was discussing the route with the motel owner and he told me that there was a bike path from Macksville to Nambucca that started from the north side of the bridge. Since I assume that, as a local, he must have some local knowledge, I rode along the river foreshore after crossing the bridge (which has to be… Read more →

Day 7 - Port Macquarie to Macksville

Day 7 – Port Macquarie to Macksville

Today I started a bit later than previously. The car ferry across the Hastings River only starts running at 8am on a Sunday. Mind you, I still woke at the same time, but just took my time over breakfast and packing. I rode up to Settlement Point and was waiting when another touring cyclist turned up. He wasn’t as heavily… Read more →

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