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From Pandemic Inspired Cycle Touring by Graham Smith

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Graham Smith replied to a comment by Susan Carpenter on The End

Susan thanks for initiating the idea for this format of journaling. It’s been fun.
And also the journal has formed a record, via exploratory cycle rides, of the past year I wouldn’t have had otherwise.

1 year ago
Susan Carpenter commented on The End

Graham
Thanks for sharing your excursions over the past year - I quite enjoyed the "local" perspective of your neck of the world. Looking forward to your Trans Oz tour. Susan

1 year ago
Graham Finch commented on a photo in Overnighter

Carradice certainly makes good quality stuff that will last for years.

My bike stored in the UK has a saddlebag that I think dates from the 1950s.

A friend here has bought some bags with Harris Tweed on - very nice, but perhaps not ideal for very long tours.

Hopefully the virus will be under control soon so we can all resume tours overseas. Stay safe.

1 year ago
Lednar De Nalloh commented on a photo in A Colourful Day Ride

Cassowary I'd say.

1 year ago
Graham Smith replied to a comment by Graham Finch on a photo in Overnighter

Thanks Graham. I’ve bought quite a few pieces of Carradice gear recently. So far they are proving to be very functional and good quality. I’ve fitted the largest model of Carradice saddle bags to my folding bike, and to my MTB.

This Covid series of rides has provided the opportunity to try out my different bikes in various contexts of short tours.

I’m preparing the Thorn Sherpa for a trans Australia ride starting mid April.

The KHS folding bike I rode around Taiwan is still stored in New Zealand at my relatives’ house. It’s been stranded there by Covid border closures for 12 months.

1 year ago
Graham Finch commented on a photo in Overnighter

Nice red saddlebag, Graham!... I'll have to treat myself as mine are looking a bit worn now.

1 year ago
Andrea Brown commented on a photo in Over the Hills and Not Too Far Away

Riding to a place called “Wee Jasper” sounds quite beguiling.

1 year ago
Lednar De Nalloh commented on a photo in Over the Hills and Not Too Far Away

Maybe the Frilled Neck Lizard can live in Canberra because of all the heat generated by the politicians composting bull dust. I think it's an Eastern Bearded Dragon.

1 year ago
Graham Smith commented on a photo in A Mini-Adventure Interstate

It does look a bit weevily.

1 year ago
Graham Smith commented on a photo in A Mini-Adventure Interstate

Thanks Bill. I’ll take your word for it. I wasn’t even sure it was an orchid.

1 year ago
Graham Smith replied to a comment by Scott Anderson on A Mini-Adventure Interstate

Hi Scott I’ve not seen the countryside this verdant for at least six years. It’s been a freak spring and summer. I’m wondering if the months of dust storms and dense smoke we had last year deposited micronutrients which have boosted plant growth.

We are now standing by for yet anotherincoming ‘rain event’ via weather warnings. There could be up 50mm dumped in an hour or two.
Our annual average recently has been about 450 mm.

1 year ago
Scott Anderson commented on A Mini-Adventure Interstate

Amazing to see all this green down there! Looks like it could be in New Zealand.

1 year ago
Bill Shaneyfelt commented on a photo in A Mini-Adventure Interstate

Snout beetles are so interesting!

Seems to fairly well match Botany Bay weevil photos.

https://canberra.naturemapr.org/sightings/4368363

1 year ago
Bill Shaneyfelt commented on a photo in A Mini-Adventure Interstate

Looks like it might match rosy hyacinth orchid.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dipodium_roseum

1 year ago
Graham Smith replied to a comment by Gregory Garceau on A Taste of Orange

Greg an amusing observation is that Orange is surrounded by apple orchards, but oranges aren’t grown there. And yes the Orange region is very green. The green environment there is also a contradiction because it is the only electorate in Australia with a Shooters Party (very non-green) Member of Parliament.

The world is full of puzzling concurrences.

1 year ago