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Old 09-12-04, 05:31 PM   #1
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I love spring!

Yes, it's Spring on the other side of the world

Wen't for a gentle ride on a few trails along the river and beach yesterday and saw dozens and dozens of ducklings, a few baby swans and even a purple swamp hen nest. It was threatening to rain, and was a little cool but managed to remain generally sunny. Only had one magpie attack (multiple times) so it seemed I faired well.

There's very little that's cuter than half a dozen ducklings asleep under mummy duck - or watching a few baby swans feed on the food the parents stirred up from the bottom of the water.

A few wrong turns on the trails meant I found my way into a golf course on a rough and narrow dirt track with large roots cris-crossing the path (on the road bike ). There was also the moment when my partner tried to ride the road bike up a steep grassy hill - road tires + wet grass = no traction

It was all topped it by a great lunch at a surprisingly good thai restaurant - their green curry and lab gai was a highlight!

Before departing I tossed up on whether to bring the camera. Decided at the last minute that it wouldn't be worth it, boy was I wrong. I knew I should have learnt from ChrisL's thread!

Hope everyone else had a good ride on the weekend!
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Old 09-12-04, 05:45 PM   #2
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Yes, it's Spring on the other side of the world
Hope everyone else had a good ride on the weekend!
It is still fullblown summer here. It is in the 60's when I get up in the morning to go for my walk, but then the heat hits the upper 90's before the day is out. I took a HOT ride today..I think I ended up going a total of about 35 miles, which is good for me! I know I felt like I was gonna faint by the time I got home. It was hot, hot, HOT. After a quick dip in the pool, I was as good as new.

Usually by the middle of September it has cooled off enough to quit swimming. I am still waiting on the cooler weather! You just never know in east Texas. One year we went swimming on CHRISTMAS DAY (that was when we heated the pool).
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Old 09-12-04, 07:22 PM   #3
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Spring in Tasmania is unpredictable. Coming into October, we call it Show Weather... it's the time when the agricultural shows are held, and it usually means slightly higher temperatures, but winds and spring showers. Even snow is not unheard of.

Then that translates into the Fire Season, when all the new undergrowth dries off in summer and becomes a tinderbox.
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