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Saturday, January 05, 2008

Washed away

floodwaters

Those who have clicked on this post expecting a heap of spectacular photos are going to be out of luck. My camera stopped working at some point during the day's ride. Presumably inside the last 10km as that was when I took a picture of the floodwaters engulfing Elanora this morning. I have a store of previously unseen pictures from recent rides that I can use to "decorate" the page until I have other arrangements in place.

I have a feeling that the amount of moisture around this place offers at least a partial explanation for the demise of the camera. It certainly had an impact in Tallebudgera Valley overnight. According to the "official" figures, parts of the Gold Coast Hinterland received as much as 600mm (24 inches) of rain over the last 48 hours, much of it falling last night. This morning's ride proved to be as much about evading giant pot-holes and fallen trees as it was about racking up kilometres.

A landslide prevented me from riding the last few kilometres right to the end of the valley, but I was astonished to have made it as far as I had. By that stage I had negotiated three fallen trees, a barbed-wire fence that had "moved" across the road at some point, a "crater" in the road surface that was as wide as the road itself and several metres long, and had observed telegraph poles that were lying horizontally across farms some 40-50 metres from where they should have been standing.

Astonishingly enough, the sights that I had expected (impromptu waterfalls and mist-covered mountains) didn't seem to appear for most of the ride. I can only assume the downpour had cleared from the valley a little earlier, and left behind the mammoth clean-up job. For my part, I managed a reasonably pleasant 60km in conditions that were reasonable, if a little more humid and muggy than I would have liked. Somedays you have to take what you can get.

4 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well i also live in Elanora and woke to find my entire back now water front views! The amount of water sitting in the lakewood estates is quite shocking. I have plenty of pics if your interested.

9:32 pm  
Anonymous 4tfingers said...

Thinking.... Just 6mths ago the area was a wasteland suffering drought and water restrictions. Then 3mths ago fires everywhere. Now a spectacular mass of moisture. Nature is pretty darn amazing!

And me missing out on riding... a major saddle sore!
Dave

1:51 am  
Blogger Chris L said...

Anon -- I actually rode back from the Valley with someone from the Lakewood estate, after the climb over Ducats road. We noticed the big park on Guineas Creek Road was totally submerged. Where do you have the pics stored?

Fingers -- I was thinking today that it's now a lot like what I was riding through in Scotland before I came home to the drought. Everywhere is so green that it almost hurts to look at it!

8:56 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Chris, i have photos on my computer of the floods around Elanora, happy to share them!!

7:28 pm  

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