Corowa Floods October 2016
Short movie when the Murray River was about 7.5 metres at Corowa.Video focus is the area around the rowing sheds,caravan park and football ground.Music is Johnny Cash "Bridge Over Troubled Water" I've also added a Gallery of Images and the Video to the Website
From Sydney to the Giro
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.
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.
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
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.
We pretty spoilt in the country when it comes to riding on quiet roads with no traffic lights.So it was a novelty for the bunch to have to wait at traffic lights on the way home from Beechworth yesterday.We actually had to wait at least 5 minutes for a roadwork crew who were busy repairing a causeway on the Markwood-Everton Road where it crosses the Ovens River.Long enough for me to wrestle my iphone out and get some pictures. Looks like the bunch captain is throwing his hands in the air.
Flooding near Rutherglen
I've just been out on a short expedition into the flood waters with my camera. All these photos are taken within 5km of my Home at Norong which is approximately 15km west of Rutherglen
Let it Rain
This time last year you could not get it to rain. What a difference 12 months makes. Now it seems to rain every week and when the rain falls it always seems like we get quite a bit. Where I live it is normally quite dry and hot in the summer but this year has been very mild and wet.
Went out for a couple of hours on the mountain bike today. After all the storms and rain I spent most of my time riding through water which was quite fun. I parked my trusty steed on the bridge over the Black Dog creek which is on Sheridan's Bridge road which leads me to believe I may well have been parked on Sheridan's Bridge itself.
Anyway my journey south was well and truly bought to a halt at this point as looking ahead all I could see was water and riding through that much water seemed a little dodgy to me.
Time to turn around
I want to go Home