My legion of fans have demanded action with some more babble. Well, okay, it was just Shammy from Toronto who asked me. She’s a sucker for punishment.
All’s been going well here in the land of Oz. Retirement continues to be a case of why we didn’t take it up when we were 20. Lot’s of bike riding, walking, running and swimming etc and life is good.
We’ve had quite a mild summer here in OG and only 7 days over 35c and an average of 24c yet they say Australia has had the hottest summer on record. Not on our doorstep.
After 2 years of good rains, we had 16mm on 31 January after a dry couple of months and again nothing since. A decent dumping wouldn’t go astray.
Apart from marvelling over the antics of the knuckle dragging obese rubbernecks in the supermarket, the annual thrip invasion came and went quickly without drama. Maybe burying my head in the sand each summer is the trick. Anyway, the beach is now ours again and I can even tolerate some of the knuckle dragging locals now.
Last week, we ventured to Forrest in the Otway Ranges about an hour from here to watch our friend Syg (Some Young Guy) and to give him support while he competed in the Kona Odyssey 100k Mountain Bike Race.
A gruelling event in 34c heat conducted in the mountain forests and trails around this beautiful part of the country. Siggy did very well and finished right in the middle of the field of 690 finishers. Check him out here in full flight. I’m not sure if that banana is going in or coming out! The track was very dry and dusty and all you could see when riders came past was their white pearlies and white eyes. Check out a before and after from a guy who decided to wear all white gear.
I took up competitive running when I was 35 but I would love to be that age again and mix it with these guys on the bike. Too old and too cautious these days.
Still MP and I love our bike riding and when she goes to her exercise classes, I’ll jump on the bike and tear off for a quick 30k to 40k.
Only rule is that a caffeine stop is mandatory.