Kedron Brook Bikeway to the sea conditions report

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Postby ZepinAtor » Sat Aug 13, 2011 1:00 pm

Riding home on the Kedron Brooke bike path today we rode through massive swarms of little flying insects.

Our arms were freckled like hundreds & thousands on a five year olds fairy bread.

They were a little bitter & slightly crunchy, but a good free protein hit mid ride.

ps (KBBers there was a 1m long black snake across the path near the Nudgee Golf course)

& to the Magpie at Samford on Days Road who had a little "clip" at my ear IT'S NOT TIME YET GEEZ !!
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Postby winstonw » Sat Aug 13, 2011 2:16 pm

ZepinAtor wrote:Riding home on the Kedron Brooke bike path today we rode through massive swarms of little flying insects.

Our arms were freckled like hundreds & thousands on a five year olds fairy bread.

They were a little bitter & slightly crunchy, but a good free protein hit mid ride.

ps (KBBers there was a 1m long black snake across the path near the Nudgee Golf course)

& to the Magpie at Samford on Days Road who had a little "clip" at my ear IT'S NOT TIME YET GEEZ !!


Bloody Magpies
I lived in Samford Valley until this year, and rode frequently. There's two magpies that used to scare me.
- the most aggressive attacks on Mt Glorious Rd, about 25-150 metres to the east of the Co-op, Mower Centre, Garden Centre. he is a real bestard. Multiple strikes and very hard.
- the second one is on the east end of Westbourne Drive, about 50-100 metres from the Wights Mountain Rd intersection.

I phoned the council about the first one, as it is very nasty and if it attacks when you have heavy trucks going past, it could be tragic. Typically, the council is ruled by apathy and dragged out their 'natural environment' excuse to do nothing.

KBB Snakes
And yes, the snakes are back on KBB/Soorley trail this week. In the last few days, there was a 2ft brown near Nudgee Golf Course, and a 1.5 ft red bellied black about 2km west of Nudgee Golf Course. They seem to be more on the move between 930am and 4pm. These are smaller than what I have seen in past years. The red bellied blacks have averaged 4 foot, and the browns 3 foot.
Keep in mind the red bellied blacks are not as toxic as browns, and browns move much faster and are more aggressive.
In the last 3 years, I've suddenly come across about 20 browns. I have always been afraid they'll attack my legs when riding past, but their general response is to very quickly turn back into the bush, though they can be late to do this, and I've missed their heads by mm's several times.

The red bellied blacks are much slower, and I have had to go off the track several times to stop from riding over them. They just seem to react more slowly. These seem to cross the path around 8-9am heading to the estuaries or brook, and then head back late morning. Never seen a large red bellied black after 2pm.

Anyway, the above is just my experience. Always interested to hear others.

We did a Toombul Petrie Scarborough Sandgate loop this morning, so the only snakes were in cars.
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Re: Kedron Brook Bikeway to the sea conditions report

Postby ZepinAtor » Sat Aug 13, 2011 6:24 pm

winstonw wrote:[

In the last few days, there was a 2ft brown near Nudgee Golf Course, and a 1.5 ft red bellied black about 2km west of Nudgee Golf Course.



mmm, sounds like the same snake. About 2km west of the NGC.

Think I'll call him Geoffrey.

That second magpie is the same one as well, just off Wights Mt Rd as you said.

Think I'll call her Sarah Ferguson. Can you imagine next time I'm riding up that little rise just into the turn off yelling out ffff...... off Fergie !!
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Re: Kedron Brook Bikeway to the sea conditions report

Postby winstonw » Sat Aug 13, 2011 10:54 pm

ZepinAtor wrote:Think I'll call him Geoffrey.

That second magpie is the same one as well, just off Wights Mt Rd as you said.

Think I'll call her Sarah Ferguson. Can you imagine next time I'm riding up that little rise just into the turn off yelling out ffff...... off Fergie !!


Maybe we can put up signs where snakes are sighted, and nikko on names and species.
i.e.
830am 12/8/11 R-r-r-r-oger red belly sighted here traveling east for breaky. R-r-r-roger is a fine looking 3 foot adolescent and was sporting a high gloss leather coat, obviously out to pick up chicks.


I often thought of devising some helmet mounted spring loaded net that I could catch the Samford Valley maggies with.
Though I ended up resorting to waving my pump around above my head, or tucking it in the top back of my jersey so it protruded above my helmet. This seemed to deter both the bustards. Once I got off the bike and threw rocks at the Mt Glorious Rd one for about 10 minutes. The cheeky puffed up chest little punk just stared me out, and didn't back off an inch.
He should be called Genghis, Herman, or Maximillian. BTW, these were the only maggies I came across in my rides around Samford Valley, and I did most roads.
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Re: Kedron Brook Bikeway to the sea conditions report

Postby lethoso » Sat Aug 13, 2011 11:30 pm

I saw a little black snake on the side of the path out past the crit track, poor little feller had been squished :(
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Re: Kedron Brook Bikeway to the sea conditions report

Postby ZepinAtor » Sat Aug 13, 2011 11:45 pm

lethoso wrote:I saw a little black snake on the side of the path out past the crit track, poor little feller had been squished :(


Think I'll call him Matt Preston. (RIP--flat Mat) :cry:


winstonw wrote:Maybe we can put up signs where snakes are sighted, and nikko on names and species.
i.e.
830am 12/8/11 R-r-r-r-oger red belly sighted here traveling east for breaky. R-r-r-roger is a fine looking 3 foot adolescent and was sporting a high gloss leather coat, obviously out to pick up chicks.


Bbbbwwwaaa,very funny idea that. I'll be looking out for a few of those signs next week. :lol: :lol:
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Re: Kedron Brook Bikeway to the sea conditions report

Postby Comedian » Sun Aug 14, 2011 12:01 pm

Just in case some people are considering never ever riding Kedron Brook again - I've never seen a snake. I've felt a few bumps under my cane but I always thought they were sticks. :?: :?: ? :mrgreen:
Once you can climb hills on a bike it's all downhill. :mrgreen:

Hopefully I'll know what that's like..... one day. :shock: :lol:

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Postby winstonw » Sun Aug 14, 2011 12:44 pm

Comedian wrote:Just in case some people are considering never ever riding Kedron Brook again - I've never seen a snake. I've felt a few bumps under my cane but I always thought they were sticks. :?: :?: ? :mrgreen:


I was dumbfounded a few years ago after coming off a sprint on the Corso Yeronga, blabbing with mates, when suddenly shlte...snake...b-bump. Must have looked funny as I tried to pull both feet up out of the pedals and around my ears...it was a 3 foot black snake. Who'd have thought there? snot eye.

Some of the red bellied blacks on Soorley Trail would launch you into the air if you hit them. The biggest I've seen was a full 7 foot and at least 12 cm diameter.
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Postby marinmomma » Sun Aug 14, 2011 12:50 pm

winstonw wrote:
Comedian wrote:Just in case some people are considering never ever riding Kedron Brook again - I've never seen a snake. I've felt a few bumps under my cane but I always thought they were sticks. :?: :?: ? :mrgreen:


I was dumbfounded a few years ago after coming off a sprint on the Corso Yeronga, blabbing with mates, when suddenly shlte...snake...b-bump. Must have looked funny as I tried to pull both feet up out of the pedals and around my ears...it was a 3 foot black snake. Who'd have thought there? snot eye.

Some of the red bellied blacks on Soorley Trail would launch you into the air if you hit them. The biggest I've seen was a full 7 foot and at least 12 cm diameter.



The snake stories have got to stop....not keen to ride out to Nudgee again, certainly not on my own, except during winter!
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Postby winstonw » Sun Aug 14, 2011 1:08 pm

marinmomma wrote:The snake stories have got to stop....not keen to ride out to Nudgee again, certainly not on my own, except during winter!


Maybe it is safer to ride at night. Never seen a snake on the trail then :D
There's a group of HPRW's who occasionally do a fish and chip run from the crit down to Doug's, in the dark. On the last ride there were 18 of us. God help anything that didn't see the 30+kph wall of Ay Ups sweeping through the Wetlands.
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Kedron Brook Bikeway to the sea conditions report

Postby Max » Sun Aug 14, 2011 4:30 pm

marinmomma wrote:The snake stories have got to stop....not keen to ride out to Nudgee again, certainly not on my own, except during winter!


+lots. Please stop, guys! I've seen one small red-bellied black in all the times I've ridden that path. Don't freak me out with tales of Anaconda-sized behemoths. :shock:

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Postby Max » Sun Aug 14, 2011 4:32 pm

winstonw wrote:Maybe it is safer to ride at night. Never seen a snake on the trail then :D


I have.

Ok I'm going to stop posting now. I'm hoping to set the example so everyone will just shut up about the snakes already!!!!

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Postby marinmomma » Sun Aug 14, 2011 4:43 pm

Max wrote:
winstonw wrote:Maybe it is safer to ride at night. Never seen a snake on the trail then :D


I have.

Ok I'm going to stop posting now. I'm hoping to set the example so everyone will just shut up about the snakes already!!!!

Max


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Re: Kedron Brook Bikeway to the sea conditions report

Postby winstonw » Sun Aug 14, 2011 4:56 pm

How about the cane toads during the wet season? You couldn't ride 50 metres on the Soorley trail without ..... p-pop!!! :P

Seriously though, I get just as freaked at the sight of a snake as any snake-o-phobic. That's why I want to better understand their reaction to a fast moving bike. I've always imagined the worst, that they'd attack the soft fleshy bits within range - my ankles/calfs. But the few close encounters have proven otherwise.

And yet, I've got my first aid plan well and truly rehearsed - stop immediately, apply tubigrip compression bandage (used to store spare tubes within), rip off jersey to apply more lymphatic delay bandage, relax, breathe easy, phone 000. :)
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Re: Kedron Brook Bikeway to the sea conditions report

Postby Comedian » Sun Aug 14, 2011 5:23 pm

Max wrote:
winstonw wrote:Maybe it is safer to ride at night. Never seen a snake on the trail then :D


I have.

Ok I'm going to stop posting now. I'm hoping to set the example so everyone will just shut up about the snakes already!!!!

Max

Oh Oh... Max is getting snakey... I mean upset.... :mrgreen: :mrgreen:
Once you can climb hills on a bike it's all downhill. :mrgreen:

Hopefully I'll know what that's like..... one day. :shock: :lol:

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Postby ZepinAtor » Sun Aug 14, 2011 11:04 pm

winstonw wrote:Seriously though, I get just as freaked at the sight of a snake as any snake-o-phobic.


Don't worry about the snakes. What about the spiders ?

Those new solar powered wonders along the path will be sure to act as spider magnets as insects swarm around the light.

I can see the sequence of events leading to the explanation of why you rode into creek. Swerved to miss R-r-r--oger the slimy snake only to land on a toad (Terrence) then slide into Charlotte's web temporarily blinding me resulting in a plunge into the duck pond with Daffy & his mates.
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Postby Comedian » Mon Aug 15, 2011 6:08 am

ZepinAtor wrote:
winstonw wrote:Seriously though, I get just as freaked at the sight of a snake as any snake-o-phobic.


Don't worry about the snakes. What about the spiders ?

Those new solar powered wonders along the path will be sure to act as spider magnets as insects swarm around the light.

I can see the sequence of events leading to the explanation of why you rode into creek. Swerved to miss R-r-r--oger the slimy snake only to land on a toad (Terrence) then slide into Charlotte's web temporarily blinding me resulting in a plunge into the duck pond with Daffy & his mates.


You forgot the collision with Thomas the turkey. :mrgreen:
Once you can climb hills on a bike it's all downhill. :mrgreen:

Hopefully I'll know what that's like..... one day. :shock: :lol:

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Postby ZepinAtor » Mon Aug 29, 2011 6:22 pm

Yesterday on the KBB there was a huge slime pit just before the major road works heading east.

Now don't get me wrong I really enjoy a good muddy MTB race & don't mind grinding my brakes back to bare metal, but on the bike path ?

Lots of deep puddles & mud in other sections as well. You'd think the council or somebody would put in a little drainage here & there :roll:
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Postby Comedian » Mon Aug 29, 2011 6:51 pm

ZepinAtor wrote:Yesterday on the KBB there was a huge slime pit just before the major road works heading east.

Now don't get me wrong I really enjoy a good muddy MTB race & don't mind grinding my brakes back to bare metal, but on the bike path ?

Lots of deep puddles & mud in other sections as well. You'd think the council or somebody would put in a little drainage here & there :roll:


I think the problem is they have damed it and use pumps to pass the water. When it rains it over flows and causes havoc on the bike path. Luckily it's just the bike path though... they have billions of dollars to spend to build a tunnel for those cars. I wonder if it was cleaned up today? I might go an alternate route tomorrow morning.
Once you can climb hills on a bike it's all downhill. :mrgreen:

Hopefully I'll know what that's like..... one day. :shock: :lol:

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Postby ZepinAtor » Wed Aug 31, 2011 11:18 pm

The sludge pit is completely gone & has been cleaned up really well.

Only a couple of muddy puddles with the usual diversion up onto the grass.
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Re: Kedron Brook Bikeway to the sea conditions report

Postby landscapecadmonkey » Sat Sep 03, 2011 8:07 pm

Took a run to Sandgate from Grange last weekend on the new bike, a relatively heavy Surly Big Dummy. Havnet weighed it yet, but im thinking about the 16-18kg mark. Trip was about 70klm all up, all done at a fairiy good clip (havnet fit a speedo yet). But this is what i love about KBB sometimes, nice and flat, through some great landscapes, urban areas and allows you to get to some very different and distant places relatively quickly with a minimum of fuss.

Another quick 40klm dash to Nudgee Beach today. Turned into quite a social trip. Ended up stopping a few times to talk to a number of fellow Surly riders, including a chap on a Long Haul Trucker who has provided the final motivation for me to consider some semi-serious touring, hopefully by the end of the year. As well as meeting Comedian/steve for the first time closer to home after being lured by the charms (or oddity) of the Big Dummy. Great to finally meet you.

Off to Redcliffe tomorrow at sparrows. Keen to clock up a 100klm trip on the BD. Should be a nutbuster on an 18kg bike, but still in the honeymoon period, so all will be forgiven.

KBB perfect for so many options. I was getting bored with it over the last 6 months, but have found a new found love of it again. Maybe its just the dawn of spring, the cracking sunny days and the waft of jasmine in the air.....
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Re: Kedron Brook Bikeway to the sea conditions report

Postby ray » Sat Sep 03, 2011 10:06 pm

I thought you guys were getting carried away with the snake stories but believe you now. Came across a red belly black snake in the middle of the path towards Nudgee road at midday today. As I went by it kind of snapped around towards me.....not fun!
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Re: Kedron Brook Bikeway to the sea conditions report

Postby ZepinAtor » Sat Sep 03, 2011 11:13 pm

ray wrote: As I went by it kind of snapped around towards me.....not fun!


Aaahh yes now you've met "Snaparoundsally".

You have to watch her carefully or you'll become a nowayray.
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Re: Kedron Brook Bikeway to the sea conditions report

Postby winstonw » Sun Sep 04, 2011 12:31 am

ray wrote:I thought you guys were getting carried away with the snake stories but believe you now. Came across a red belly black snake in the middle of the path towards Nudgee road at midday today. As I went by it kind of snapped around towards me.....not fun!


Maybe we can get more precise with our reported sightings. Either we'll discover there's dozens of snakes, or the same 4 suspects over and over.

Did a run up to Sandgate mid morning and didn't see anything. Going to Scarborough at sparrow's tomorrow via Sandgate Rd, and may come back via Wetlands/KBB. as I've said before, I've seen snakes more mid morning to mid afternoon.
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Postby Max » Sun Sep 04, 2011 5:30 am

I'm riding to Nudgee beach today. I really would prefer not to know about the snakes, thanks very much! Denial, denial, denial.... :shock:

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