Sydney night sky.I also took this photo last year.
I had a trip to Sydney last week to visit family and catch up with legendary bike fitter Steve Hogg. I have recently changed from Speedplay pedals back to Shimano and wanted Steve to set up a couple of pairs of shoes and check my bike position.
My appointment was for late afternoon which coincided with a couple of quiet beers with a couple of Steve's mates when we had finished.My bike fit was pretty easy as once the shoes were set up nothing else was changed.We also organized a ride for the Sunday which I was looking forward to.Sunday turned out to be pretty wet and we rode in some pretty ordinary conditions around Botany Bay.Still nice to get out on the bike and the feast at a local Bakery on our return was pretty special.
The master at work,this photo was taken during a previous visit in 2011.
Yesterday I decided it was time to get out for a decent ride, I also wanted to have a play with a new toy I'd purchased in Sydney during a rush of blood and retail therapy. The new toy is a Garmin 800 bike computer which I bought mainly so I could read it's larger display as I struggle with the Garmin 500 which is much smaller.During yesterday's circuit I planned to call into local chocolate producers, Renaissance Chocolates
,where I also have some of my photographs for sale.
Renaissance was inundated by the worst floods in memory earlier this year.
On arriving and looking forward to a coffee and beautiful chocolates,only about 4kms from my place,Neil said"we've got a present for you".This was certainly unexpected and I wondered what was going on.After sitting down to my feast Robyn came out of the chocolate making area bearing the gift.Both Robyn and Neil have just returned from a trip to France and Italy and happened to be in Milano on the last day of the Giro d'Italia
They were initially unaware what was going on as they are not cycling fans and it was pure coincidence they were there.They told me initially they were a little annoyed, as the tourist bus that you can get on and off at the various attractions, was cancelled for the day.After trying to avoid the cycling crowd for most of the day they weakened and went to have a look.
It turned out to be the final TT of the Giro with the top 5 riders still left to start.So they saw history being made with the first Canadian to win a Grand Tour,Ryder Hesjedal
.After 3 weeks of racing and over 3,500km he took the overall victory by 16seconds.After 3 weeks of racing
The gift given to me by Neil and Robyn
Now,back to my present.You can see the pic above and there is a signature on the hand.I asked Robyn who's signature it was and her reply was something like."Some Canadian bloke,the winner"Not only had they accidentally stumbled across this very exciting event,Robyn got the signature of the winner because she new I would like it.
Like it?I love it and it's gone straight to the pool room and if it was in a wrapper I would not have taken it out.
Drove up to Sydney a few days ago with my mother.We're staying at my sister Anne's and husband Gary's beautiful house in Woolwich on the Sydney harbour.Here are a few photos of them preparing Pizza last night.
Today we went out on my sister Anne and her Husband Gary's yacht. The weather was a little ordinary so we just motored out to the Heads and back. Their yacht is a 14 metre sloop manufactured by Hallberg- Rassy in Sweden. It a beautiful boat and I was pretty happy not to get sea sick as I havn't been out on the ocean for ages. The light was very grey but not bad for portraits. My family has many generations of sailors in our ancestral pool and some are still involved in the shipping business in Germany. My brother has some old oil paintings featuring some of my family's sailing ships hanging on the walls of his pool room,I think they are dated around the early 1800's.