On the Way Home with a New Bicycle

by Stephen

Today was a day of beginnings. Today, I picked up a new bicycle. Will it be the bicycle that I take around the world with me? Probably not. It’s just an entry level mountain bike. However, its purpose is to get me back in to cycling – something that I haven’t done, regularly, for over 20 years. In the intervening time, I have twice ridden a bike – once down to the local doctor, while living in Manchester, and then a couple of years ago in Sydney’s west (the day’s ride I didn’t even complete). Over the next five years, I intend to do a lot of cycling.  On the way home, I took a few pictures. πŸ™‚

The old Pyrmont Bridge
The ANZAC Bridge – from the City end
ANZAC Memorial
The ANZAC Bridge – from the Lilyfield end
The old Lilyfield Road bridge
Date 8th May, 2015
Distance 13.9 km
Ride time 1 hours, 5 minutes
Elapsed time 1 hour, 30 minutes
Average speed 12.9 km/h
Maximum speed 47.2 km/h
Altitude gain (alleged) 143 metres

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Mabel Kwong 20th June, 2015 - 12:03

Lovely views on your ride home, and congratulations on the new bike. Australia is certainly a cycling-friendly country and there are endless cycling tracks both in the main cities and the suburbs. These photos of Sydney are amazing. So crisp and clear…I’m assuming you stopped cycling and took them. Then again, who’s to say you can’t cycle and take photos at the same time πŸ˜‰

I’ve never been much of a bike rider. I tried learning as a kid but found it hard to keep my balance. Maybe one day I will learn how to cycle for real, who knows. Just need to be okay with falling over and over again πŸ˜€

I chucked you a follow on Twitter. Looking forward to catching up on your blog and travels there!

Stephen 20th June, 2015 - 12:13

Thanks for the wonderful comment, Mabel! πŸ™‚ I haven’t had too much of a chance to ride, due to the mentioned cold and the lousy weather. But I’m hopeful! As for the photos, I stopped. I’m not skilled enough to cycle and take photos at the same time. Some are. I don’t know how they can balance and take photos at the same time.

Riding a bike can take a bit of time to get used to. But, once you know how to, you never forget. It’s just a matter of practice. πŸ™‚

Thanks for the Twitter follow! πŸ™‚ Though, oddly, I didn’t get the notification.

Mabel Kwong 20th June, 2015 - 12:47

So true. The weather has been lousy in Melbourne too, freezing cold and single digits at night. One reason I haven’t been out much of late taking photos. Cycling and taking photos at the same time sounds like a risky thing…only the very brave will attempt that!

Hmmm. I am sure I’m following you on Twitter now πŸ˜€

Stephen 20th June, 2015 - 13:27

Melbourne weather is always lousy in winter. πŸ™‚ I will have to bring down some warm clothes, in August.


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