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A Sad Christmas

December 25, 2009 Leave a comment Go to comments

Well that was a fizzer. Ended up with one heavy shower and about 2mm.  A mass of rain swept across the north of the State and NSW but managed to miss us as per usual.

It’s been a sad start to Christmas with the death of a running colleague.  Another one killed while out riding his bike and mown down by another arsehole who had a complete disregard for other road users.  Unfortunately, the roads are full of them and it happened in broad daylight on a straight stretch just out of Ocean Grove.

Like MP and I, Rex didn’t run competitively anymore but we had some great friendly battles over 20 years with the Geelong Cross Country Club.  We both started in the Club with Rex about the same time back in the 80’s and he ended up with 380 runs to my 370.  He was a gentleman and a great guy and his loss is such a waste.

Anyway, I hope all my readers have a good Christmas and enjoy whatever you are doing and hopefully 2010 is a good year for you all.  And everyone, please take care on the roads and respect the rights of bike riders.

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  1. December 25, 2009 at 7:58 am

    That’s why I take my chances with the bears. Bears aren’t bastards.

    Sorry for the loss of your mate, Dogbait.

    Such a shame.

    Scott–

    Scott – Thanks mate. At least bears will make you ride VERY fast!

  2. muscat55
    December 25, 2009 at 10:32 am

    And we thought it also by passed us, but we got 10mm.

    I have the Yarrawonga Weather Radar on my Google home page, and watched bemused as it again split and mainly went either side of us, but at least we received more than you did.

    I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your friend, at least up here we are slowly getting more bike paths to hook up with the mountain bike trails through the parks.

    During one of the recent bushfires, they found the old miners trail to Falls Creek from Bogong Village, and now have permission (from about 20 departments) for volunteers to dig it out by hand, ie no machinery allowed, and expect it to be finished by mid year. It is to be called Packhorse Trail, but someone has a perverse sense of humour, because horses are not to be allowed to use it. Go figure!

    Great finding another trail. Sounds like it would be a grunt going up but if you had a packhorse………..

  3. june in florida
    December 25, 2009 at 6:32 pm

    Sorry about you friend, people don’t give cyclists enough space.

    June – You are right. See my comment to Peggy.

  4. December 25, 2009 at 6:40 pm

    I am so sorry to hear of your friend’s death. My husband was knocked off his bicycle by a motorist in November. He’s fine now, but there are some with no regard for other road users if they are not in cars!

    Peggy – You were lucky he’s now not “The Man that Was Around the Place”. I had a bike rider in front of me yesterday and slowed down behind him to let an oncoming car pass and I saw him waving in appreciation in my rear mirror. Too many try and squeeze past and can’t wait to extend that moment of courtesy.

  5. December 26, 2009 at 5:55 am

    So sorry to hear of the death of your friend. There are many of those inconsiderate arseholes hogging the road, I see them every day. And it gets even worse when the roads are covered with snow and ice.

    shammy – Goodness, if we had snow and ice we’d be killing twice as many.

  6. Thomas Houseman
    December 26, 2009 at 6:52 am

    That sucks… as both a cyclist and motorcyclist I am often amazed at the stupidity of other drivers.

    Oh and I would have waved and thanked you too DB.

    It’s amazing where a little common courtesy wouldn’t go astray…

    TH – Yes, you would well understand what they have to go through. I’m a cyclist an an ex motorcyclist too so can relate to their problems.

  7. The Librarian
    December 26, 2009 at 3:54 pm

    We got a good soaking on christmas eve, and I even felt sorry for those trying to enjoy carols at the bowl.

    Very sorry to hear about your friend. It sends shivers up my spine every time I hear of a cyclist hit by a *#%!@&^* arsehole.

    Best wishes to you both and a happy new decade! It must be time for a visit soon. Cheers…

    TL – Carols by Candlelight got washed out in Geelong but we only got 2mm here. It’s tradition for the campers to get a soaking between Christmas and NY so maybe another drenching next week.

    Damn, are we into another decade! Life flys.

  8. December 26, 2009 at 8:06 pm

    Sorry to hear of the loss of your friend; he seems to have been an unassumingly nice fella.

    Brian – He was. One of those guys you admired for their friendliness and willingness to help others. A great loss.

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