The joys of country riding!

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The joys of country riding!

Postby martinjs » Wed Aug 03, 2011 10:28 pm

We went for a family ride on the weekend stopping at the Fivebough wetlands where we did a 2 k walk to the local bird blind and back.
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No many birds there yet, about a month or so away, I will try and get more pics closer to time.

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The way in and out.

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My back up transport with the tag-a-long.

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Bunch of slow coaches! :lol:

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If you look carefully you will notice a bloody great double grain semi that just pasts us on a road not much wider than one car. 8)

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Rough road ahead.

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More traffic, bloody busy on a Sunday avro! :lol: :wink:

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Our driveway!

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Home again, great ride and walk and the weather was great for this time of year, it's going to be cold again by next weekend, but we had fun while it lasted. 8)

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Re: The joys of country riding!

Postby ruscook » Wed Aug 03, 2011 11:21 pm

Beautiful scenery Martin. Trucks aside much nicer than the ongoing smog and bogans of urban Aus.
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Re: The joys of country riding!

Postby martinjs » Wed Jan 04, 2012 9:07 pm

With the go comes the not so good.

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I was riding into a head wind gusting at just over 50kph.

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Re: The joys of country riding!

Postby il padrone » Tue Jan 17, 2012 10:01 am

ruscook wrote:Beautiful scenery Martin. Trucks aside much nicer than the ongoing smog and bogans of urban Aus.

Country roads have their fair share of bogans too. And then there's the smell of the roadkill :(


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Re: The joys of country riding!

Postby martinjs » Fri Jan 20, 2012 8:58 pm

il padrone wrote:
ruscook wrote:Beautiful scenery Martin. Trucks aside much nicer than the ongoing smog and bogans of urban Aus.

Country roads have their fair share of bogans too. And then there's the smell of the roadkill :(


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I don't see that much road kill.
Also we must be ready to help the critters we do see, or at least dodge them.

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I've stopped and saved a few of these little beasties over the years in Leeton, both in car and on bike. :D
Moved this one off the road.

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Re: The joys of country riding!

Postby brawlo » Mon Jan 23, 2012 12:01 pm

il padrone wrote:
ruscook wrote:Beautiful scenery Martin. Trucks aside much nicer than the ongoing smog and bogans of urban Aus.

Country roads have their fair share of bogans too. And then there's the smell of the roadkill :(


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Tis an unwritten country rule that when you are out on a lovely warm day, all roadkill shall reside at the top of sharp/steep/long climbs when you are sucking in big gulps of air!

Anyway, the chance of perhaps one or 2 bogans on a ride sharply outweighs the guarantee of many in the city! Not to mention fresh air vs smoggy haze.
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Re: The joys of country riding!

Postby martinjs » Mon Jan 23, 2012 1:52 pm

brawlo wrote:
il padrone wrote:
ruscook wrote:Beautiful scenery Martin. Trucks aside much nicer than the ongoing smog and bogans of urban Aus.

Country roads have their fair share of bogans too. And then there's the smell of the roadkill :(


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Tis an unwritten country rule that when you are out on a lovely warm day, all roadkill shall reside at the top of sharp/steep/long climbs when you are sucking in big gulps of air!

Anyway, the chance of perhaps one or 2 bogans on a ride sharply outweighs the guarantee of many in the city! Not to mention fresh air vs smoggy haze.


Ha, just thought about that, from memory it seems your right. :lol:

Mind you that could be because a truck or car came over the hill and didn't see the animal until too late. Mainly small critters get hit out here, even harder to see.

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Re: The joys of country riding!

Postby il padrone » Thu Jan 26, 2012 6:42 pm

It's a bit different in Tassie - hills, headwinds and roadkill :shock:

In some areas there was really one every 200m, and they tend to be more....... juicy. All mangled by the Devils. I think it is just that in Tassie they have so much more wildlife, but it does get a bit disturbing.
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Re: The joys of country riding!

Postby martinjs » Sun Jan 29, 2012 4:24 pm

il padrone wrote:It's a bit different in Tassie - hills, headwinds and roadkill :shock:

In some areas there was really one every 200m, and they tend to be more....... juicy. All mangled by the Devils. I think it is just that in Tassie they have so much more wildlife, but it does get a bit disturbing.


Yes it would and it does, hate seeing dead critters. Participially the native wildlife. :(

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The joys of country riding!

Postby ozzymac » Sun Jan 29, 2012 6:04 pm

Can't say country riding is always great......

There is a section of road I have to ride on that goes past a dairy farm, and the flies around that section of road are just so bad this year, and the worst thing is there is a large steep hill just past it, which makes it interesting trying to stop swallowing flies but breath at the same time.

Bring back winter :-)

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The joys of country riding!

Postby toolonglegs » Sun Jan 29, 2012 6:09 pm

A lot of the road kill here ends up on the table... Why would you leave a tenderized pig or deer on the side of the road ;-) especially as it probably trashed your car as well :-(
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Re: The joys of country riding!

Postby martinjs » Sun Feb 12, 2012 1:07 pm

More photo's from the MIA!
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Plenty of rice growing this year, most I've seen since moving here. :D Seems the bird life likes the rice paddy's too! Natural pest control! :D

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Not to mention tamed wild life. :D

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What's this I see, almost a mountain view! :lol:

Just love riding this time of year.

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Re: The joys of country riding!

Postby martinjs » Sat Feb 18, 2012 8:54 am

More pictures :D Why? Because I can.

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When these pass on narrow rough roads it can get a bit hairy, although saying that they usally give me plenty of width. 8)

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Naturallly weed control, often see sheep roving around the edges.

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This seems to happen in light to medium winds after tractors have gone by.

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No trucks now.

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Re: The joys of country riding!

Postby open roader » Tue Feb 21, 2012 8:50 pm

Tall willy willys - good photo.
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Re: The joys of country riding!

Postby open roader » Wed Apr 11, 2012 8:09 pm

Great evening light on the way home today........... (near Deans Marsh, Otways- Victoria)

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Re: The joys of country riding!

Postby silkishuge » Fri Apr 13, 2012 4:46 pm

I never take the time to stop to take photos. I guess I should but my photos will never justify the scenery I see on my rides. The sun rising where the rays shine across the golden fields. You can see your shadow stretched across the road and onto the field on the other side of the road. Its a nice to watch the fluid motion of the shadow of a cyclist with a steady rthythm. My only issue is with km after km of dead roads. I have also learnt to watch out for gravel at rural junctions.

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Re: The joys of country riding!

Postby open roader » Fri Apr 13, 2012 7:46 pm

The joys of scoring a flat in the country....... waiting for the cavalry to arrive could be a lot worse than sitting here for a couple of hours................. clean air, warm sunshine, birds-a-singin........

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Re: The joys of country riding!

Postby il padrone » Sat May 05, 2012 6:30 pm

open roader wrote:The joys of scoring a flat in the country....... waiting for the cavalry to arrive could be a lot worse than sitting here for a couple of hours.................

You don't carry tyre levers and spare tube?? Really not too heavy or bulky to do so. Get one of these and have the gear 'always ready'

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Re: The joys of country riding!

Postby ColinOldnCranky » Sun May 06, 2012 9:06 am

I have a couple of time ridden on highways - Bridgetown, Busselton, Mauritius... Indeed I went for an early morning ride in the rain through Chidlow and The Old NOrtham Road last Sunday. And while I can't see me doing any great distances I do find it a nice change from riding the PSPs. There is always a touch of anxiety but I would prolly feel the same on a bike too.
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Re: The joys of country riding!

Postby open roader » Mon Jun 11, 2012 10:41 pm

A little bit of rainbow joy....... Warrnambool to Melbourne rail line near Birregurra

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Re: The joys of country riding!

Postby Aushiker » Tue Jun 12, 2012 3:37 pm

open roader wrote:A little bit of rainbow joy....... Warrnambool to Melbourne rail line near Birregurra

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Nice photo.

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Re: The joys of country riding!

Postby ldrcycles » Tue Jun 12, 2012 3:58 pm

Absolutely loving the pics in this thread, some real corkers, keep em coming :D .
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Re: The joys of country riding!

Postby clackers » Tue Jun 12, 2012 4:53 pm

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The (newish) bridge over Lake Hume on the rail trail between Tallangatta and Wodonga.
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Re: The joys of country riding!

Postby clackers » Tue Jun 12, 2012 4:55 pm

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Rail trestle bridge near Belgrave on the way to Cardinia.
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Re: The joys of country riding!

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Went with my wife on an enjoyable MBTC day tour of French Island, and learnt these chlamydia free koalas are used to restock the populations of their less virtuous mainland cousins.
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