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Chris L 08-09-04 01:45 PM

I'm posting here now solely because I've just had to call off a pre-dawn ride due to some thick bushfire smoke blanketing this place. Evidently some idiot thought it would be "really kewl man" to start a fire somewhere in the vicinity of Mudgeeraba, and right now, just breathing is painful enough. This weekend's century has now been thrown into doubt, too. It's nothing a decent downpour wouldn't fix (even a sea breeze would probably help), but that isn't going to happen during the dry season. :cry:

In all seriousness, this is proof that our creator (i.e. God/Allah/Buddha/whomever) was quite obviously imperfect. Why are people like this given hands? Surely there are more worthy recipients out there. :mad: Heck, so far this months I'm barely averaging 40km/day.

madpogue 08-09-04 02:47 PM

Bloody rain can be very messy. Ordinary rain would probably be more desirable.

Chris L 08-09-04 09:29 PM

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Originally Posted by madpogue
Bloody rain can be very messy. Ordinary rain would probably be more desirable.

If it puts the fires out, I don't care how messy it gets! Even a hail storm would do.

countryrider 08-09-04 10:39 PM

too bad you don't live up here. It rains every weekend! trust me enough rain gets annoying.

HereNT 08-09-04 11:26 PM

Blame Prometheous.

Dutchy 08-10-04 01:24 AM

Hey Chris, we have just had our wettest first week of August in 165 years. Something like 70mm in Adelaide and significantly more in the hills. We've already passed our monthly average in 7 days. The only problem is that when it rains down south the temperature is usually between 10-15C, (closer to 8 where I live) for 3 months. Bring on Summer.

CHEERS.

Mark

Chris L 08-10-04 02:24 AM

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Originally Posted by Dutchy
Hey Chris, we have just had our wettest first week of August in 165 years. Something like 70mm in Adelaide and significantly more in the hills. We've already passed our monthly average in 7 days. The only problem is that when it rains down south the temperature is usually between 10-15C, (closer to 8 where I live) for 3 months. Bring on Summer.

Yeah, I learned a few hard lessons about southern rain in Tassie last year. Mind you, 10-15 degrees C doesn't sound that bad to me -- it was actually 12 on my commute this morning. Still, I'm glad someone is getting some rain. I'm sure most of us up here would happily trade our fires for your rain. :D

NZLcyclist 08-10-04 03:04 AM

70mm in 7 days? hell some parts of our country are getting that in a day. You can have our rain anyday!!! we've had enough! oh yeah the bitter cold and wind can go over your way as well.

Chris L 08-10-04 03:35 AM

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Originally Posted by NZLcyclist
70mm in 7 days? hell some parts of our country are getting that in a day. You can have our rain anyday!!! we've had enough! oh yeah the bitter cold and wind can go over your way as well.

Yeah, I was wondering about those figures, too. We got 250mm in five hours one night last February. Of course, that was in the "wet" season.

geebee 08-10-04 06:16 AM

Chris, you should have been in southern Tassie this year a lot more rain and a lot colder than last year, I doubt a fire bug could light a fire if they wanted to.
I agree with your thoughts about fire bugs.

H. Star 08-10-04 07:25 AM

Be careful what you wish for because you might get it. We have had rain every day for over two weeks. If you stand still for very long you will grow mold on the shady side! I had a flat tire around dawn yesterday and must have gotten 30 misquito bites before I got underway again.

Chris L 08-10-04 01:12 PM

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Originally Posted by H. Star
Be careful what you wish for because you might get it. We have had rain every day for over two weeks. If you stand still for very long you will grow mold on the shady side! I had a flat tire around dawn yesterday and must have gotten 30 misquito bites before I got underway again.

I wouldn't be terribly bothered if it rained everyday. I still ride in the rain regardless, if anything I like it better than riding when it isn't raining. In fact, all this smoke (it's still here this morning) is about the only thing that prevents me from riding.

greywolf 08-11-04 04:10 PM

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Originally Posted by NZLcyclist
70mm in 7 days? hell some parts of our country are getting that in a day. You can have our rain anyday!!! we've had enough! oh yeah the bitter cold and wind can go over your way as well.

yeah Chris harden up mate ! :p :p

AndrewP 08-11-04 09:37 PM

I will send you some dehydrated rain packets. You just have to mix with water.

Hitchy 08-11-04 09:50 PM

G'day,

Only a bloody Queenslander would be wishing for rain in winter!.......send 'er down Huey...(but only on mudgeeraba)

cheers,

Hitchy

willic 08-12-04 04:22 AM

You can have some of ours, AUGUST and SEPTEMBERS average rainfall has just occured in 2 days here

Chris L 08-12-04 04:32 AM

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Originally Posted by Hitchy
G'day,

Only a bloody Queenslander would be wishing for rain in winter!.......send 'er down Huey...(but only on mudgeeraba)

I'm not wishing for rain in winter. Spring started up here on July 15. :p

Incidentally, I'll be down in your neck of the woods probably in late November for a bit of a cycle-tour, do you know of any reasonably scenic routes from North Melbourne down to Frankston, and on to Stony Point? I'll be "officially" starting from Phillip Island, but I'd like to ride that bit too.

wabbit 08-12-04 07:16 PM

I guess rain has a different meaning for aussies, but really, you can have some of our rain. We've had one nice day this past week and now we're going to get MORE rain because of Bonnie. In fact, it started raining just now! I don't need a bike, i need a boat!

Hitchy 08-12-04 07:37 PM

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Originally Posted by Chris L
I'm not wishing for rain in winter. Spring started up here on July 15. :p

Incidentally, I'll be down in your neck of the woods probably in late November for a bit of a cycle-tour, do you know of any reasonably scenic routes from North Melbourne down to Frankston, and on to Stony Point? I'll be "officially" starting from Phillip Island, but I'd like to ride that bit too.


G'day Chris,

From Port Melbourne to Frankston is known locally as the ' beach road' rides. This is the weekend cycling mecca of the universe!. On any given weekend, there will be literally 1000's of cyclists of all abilities out on 'beach Road'.....in november when the weather is a bit warmer it will be 'chocka' with bikes, especially early AM on either SAt or Sun. This is the venue for the world famous, 'Hell Ride', So named for it's speed rather than the venue!)......hope you enjoy your trip to the cycling capital of the world,

cheers,

Hitchy

Chris L 08-12-04 09:43 PM

Thanks for that Hitchy, it's actually my second trip to Melbourne. I spent some time down there briefly a couple of years ago before riding the Great Ocean Road (now that was a treat!). Looks like this time there will be plenty of people to embarass the guy trying to haul his camping gear down the Beach road. :eek:

Great news this morning, both the fires at Mudgeeraba appear to be OUT!!! There's still one in the vicinity of Mt Tamborine, and another (I think) at South Stradbroke Island, but things are improving. I have a ride this weekend. Ra!

operator 08-13-04 10:42 AM

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Originally Posted by MERTON
man.. you shoulda seen it here when they were burnin' all that weed down in mexico... anyway

get a smog mask.

Hold on a second, what type of weed is this?

Chris L 08-13-04 10:23 PM

I spoke too soon about the fires obviously. Another has just commenced out at Nerang, and it is huge! The smoke is blocking out the sun from 12km away.

Chris L 08-13-04 10:38 PM

I've just been looking outside after shutting all the doors and windows of my apartment to try to keep that smoke out, and seen the most amazing thing. When looking up toward the sun through the cloud of smoke it appears literally blood red, and it's currently reflecting off the canal outside. Incredible! Of course, it just had to be now that I'm without my camera.

AdrianB 08-15-04 05:21 PM

Hope the smoke clears soon! Otherwise, smoked passionfruit...


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