A special treat of a long ride in spring is seeing a new born calf being encouraged by its mother to take the first tentative steps
I need to add 1500 km in a day is beyond this piecemeal adventurer these days. But Australia is a good place for eating up long miles. On my most recent trip north I covered around 950km in the first day from Melbourne to Coolah at the start of the Black Stump Way. That allowed a more leisurely 500 ks the second day – and stopping for photos and sightseeing which I can share. I try to keep to the back roads which makes disctance eating harder but travelling for more enjoyable.
In the more closely settled countries of Western Europe off the highways 5-600k is a big day on the road
January 2019 Previously published March 2018- This beautiful part of Australia is on fire at this very moment. Horrendous hot fires nothing like anything before. If we don’t act now on the Climate Emergency so much of the nature we love will be lost
I had ridden up to Jingellic to join some others camping on the side of the Murray River in the foothills of the Snowy Mountains. It was ANZAC day, in a part of the country linked to national legends, the men of the Snowy Mountains and the headwaters of the Murray River – Australia’s biggest river. It was cool and crisp camping by the river and on ANZAC Day the memorial service remembered other local legends who had died at Gallipoli and other fields of battles since. Other local legends. Australian Legends Mountain men Snowy Mountain Men Murray river men
Hard men of the bush Dead on foreign shores But the river still flows Still on the surface Reflecting The mountains around The sky The heaven as a cloud hangs in the valley The river A mirror on the surface Is flowing relentlessly below