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Tuesday, May 31, 2005

It's been too long

Do you ever go somewhere you've not been for a while and get the feeling that you've been away too long? Tonight was the first night ride to Austinville for weeks (I was doing it every Tuesday at one point). When I was hammering along in the darkness, taking in the pristine rainforest air, pedalling toward the glow worms, I just had a feeling that I should take time out to do this more often. I think I'll have to find a way.

Incidentally, tomorrow is the first day of "winter" officially. My Winter will only be about three days long, but it's actually getting close. The annual Queen's Birthday Weekend Darling Downs ride is just around the corner. This is a little long-weekend tour that I do at this time each year, which allows me a complete change of scenery and a chance to keep the fires burning as it's still five months to my NZ tour. In 2003 it actually got very, very cold up there, as it tends to be about the only part of Queensland that experiences a real winter. Last year wasn't quite so cold, but I have reason to suspect that this year is going to freeze, which reminds me that I need to get some new leg warmers, and possibly some warmer socks than I currently have.

Either way, it's getting close, and perhaps I'll spend some time this weekend poring over a map or two. This is, of course, a pointless exercise, as any planned route will almost certainly be changed when I actually go to ride it, but it's a pointless exercise that I enjoy nonetheless.

3 Comments:

Blogger Rodney Olsen said...

I think I should note down the times I think 'it's been too long' or 'we should do this more often' because most of the time it's a fleeting thought that I don't act upon.

Relaxing times with my family, getting away for a few days, having a BBQ and a few beers with friends, really hammering on a ride just for the fun of it; so many of the things that make me feel alive get pushed to the background. I've got to make them a priority.

12:04 am  
Anonymous Mike Schwab said...

> Incidentally, tomorrow is the first day of "winter" officially. My Winter will only be about three days long, but it's actually getting close.

I hear you guys down under are hogging the planet Venus for the winter. It will be barely visible after sunset up here. About springtime down there, fall up here, Venus will become visible a lot longer up here while down there it will be near the Northern horizon.

3:53 pm  
Blogger Chris L said...

Thanks Mike. I'll keep an eye out for it over the long weekend. The night sky up on the Darling Downs, once the moon goes down, is a truly wonderous sight.

9:04 pm  

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