Last year I stumbled on the semi-humorous “coffeeneuring” cycling challenge via the Chasing Mailboxes blog and had lots of fun as a result. The months have rolled around and here it is again, their eighth coffeeneuring challenge, my second time through. Seven rides to seven coffees in seven weeks… how hard can it be? A quick perusal of the rules… hmm, I think rule 9 would have tripped me up last year – one of my coffees was taken during The Slog and wouldn’t qualify this year, I’d better be more careful!
Well that was an interesting announcement. Some months Facebook announces the Cambridge Analytica security breach and there’s a general wringing of hands, today Google announces a lesser problem and immediately announces their intention to shut the Google Plus platform. Wheels within wheels… I’m sorely tempted to delete my Google Plus profile now but I think I’ll just let it end of life when Google shuts down G+. Unclear what’ll happen after that; I’ve not used Facebook for months due to the toxicity of both the company’s practises and the population on it, I’m teetering on the edge of dropping Instagram due to the Facebookisms – advertising, out-of-order posts, general algorithm-driven-fuckery.
A long day, truly magnificent weather and a fantastic day out for Cam’s longest ride ever – almost 70km by the time we added in 9km getting to the start and home afterwards. Despite my misgivings about logistics and timing, it all went to plan, although as usual my body clock refused to trust the alarm clock, so I woke up pretty much every half hour from 1 am to 4 am, and barely got back to sleep in between.
After over a decade of not riding in the Around the Bay in a Day bike ride, this year Cam and I have entered for the family option on the tandem. It used to be that when you said you’d ridden “Around the Bay in a Day” it meant that you had, in fact, ridden around Port Phillip bay and that you had done so in a day. There are now so many options and distances that you can pay your money, ride 20km from Albert park down to Elwood and back and say you have “Ridden in Around the Bay in a Day (event)”.
Finished reading… Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow by Yuval Noah Harari My rating: 3 of 5 stars View all my reviews
Finished reading… View all my reviews Nature Near London by Richard Jefferies My rating: 4 of 5 stars View all my reviews
Rode 22.4 km in 1.6 hours
Bicycle commute home
From my childhood memories – the big stack of “World of Wonder” magazines that I inherited from some family friends and that then gave me years of fascinating reading. I was reminded of them because of a slashdot story on towing icebergs from Antarctica to the middle east – which was the feature article in one of those magazines from the early 1970s! Now if only I could find a picture of that particular cover image.