Tomorrow is the Big Canberra Bike Ride and I’ll be taking part with my good friend and cycling, swimming and walking buddy. I went for a ride yesterday in a new direction and just enjoyed the light filtering through the avenue of birch trees, the cool breeze, the warm sun and the whirring of my wheels. It made me realise how much I enjoy riding and how lucky I am to live in a city that makes it so easy to get across town without risking life and limb in traffic. It also helps to be married to the ‘the cyclist’ which means I have my very own support crew.
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Do you know what this is? It’s my birthday present – new brakes for my bike. This is one of the many reasons I love my husband; his uncanny knack of buying practical and/or interesting birthday presents. Granted… I really needed new brakes. Over the years I have received some great presents. The first year I met him he gave me one of those wooden dinosaurs that you have to put together yourself – I still have it. Another year I got a Swiss Army Knife – I still use it. I should also point out that today also usually brings a box of Koko Black chocolates, my absolute favourite. Thanks sweetie for keeping me cycling safe and satisfying my sweet tooth.
P.S. For those bicycle buffs out there, these are Shimano Deore XT V Brakes and I’m sure to go over the handle bars the first time I use them.
Before the week comes to a close, I want to document Monday’s adventures. Monday (March 10) was Canberra Day holiday here in the National Capital. My boys and I joined in the Big Canberra Bike Ride. This photo is of the sea of cyclists and that’s Black Mountain Tower in the background. It was such a beautiful day and a fun event. My darling husband and I took it in turns pulling the boys in the Croozer. We opted for the 15km course over the 25km course. That’s as much as both of us could stand. Not to mention the boys who started head butting each other about 3km into the ride. The ride is put on by Pedal Power – one of our biggest bicycle lobby groups. They do good work and have made the city a very cycle friendly place to be.
This is Team Resolution of which my darling husband is a member. As I write they are making their way home from Jindabyne on Day 3 of the Hartley Cycle Challenge 2007. It’s an amazing feat to ride over 400km in 3 days and I’m so proud of him and his team. His training started in May and I have sometimes felt like a cycle widow and this weekend I have a renewed appreciation for single mothers. It’s all been worth it though – I have a fit, healthy and happy husband. What more could you want?
It’s swooping season in Canberra. This is where the partners of nesting Magpies come out to protect their territory by swooping passing cyclists (that’s me), and pedestrians. I remember the first time I came to Canberra and passed a fellow on the street with an ice cream container on his head, now I know why. I’m sure I looked very strange yelling “don’t you do it!” at the only swooping bird on my route. He’s very persistent and just a little bit scary.