Going AWOL at the top of Teddy's Lookout Escape for a couple of hours in the afternoon; out of the car port and straight down into town without time to warm up. Then ten kilometres of the climb up Benwerrin, I suspect that I’ll never again surpass my quickest time up the climb. Turn left at the top and today there are no march flies, then there’s a quiet ten kilometres or so along the dirt road along the ridge.
stats. Distance 81km Last chance training before the Audax Australia Alpine Classic! An early start — early for me, 07:30 — up and out and flying off down the hill to sea-level. Tears streaming from my eyes in the cool morning air, then around the corner and start the climb up the Deans Marsh road. Far less traffic than last time a few weeks ago, but the roadside is still a solid carpet of bottles and cans.
Apart from a minor excursion to Kafe Kaos to stuff ourselves on their magnificent Thai Tofu burgers, most of today was spent lounging on the beach. Unfortunately, neither Jo nor I applied enough sun-screen, so by the end of the day we both had sunburn in various places — me on the tops of my feet and ankles, Jo on her knees!
The Pier to Pub swim was the major attraction, several thousand people on the beach, assorted swimmers and surf-life-saving boat races.
There are huge masses of kelp washed up along the beach and rocks today, but no signs of the whales that were seen on Friday. It’s getting to be a joke that where ever I go, there are no whales. Fishermen on the pier, coffees in the café, another relaxing day as we unwound from last week.
3.30 this afternoon and I decided that I desperately needed to get out and go for a bike ride, to try and capture the last of the sunny afternoon, so while everyone else snoozed on the couch I rode off along the Great Ocean Road, arranging for them to pick me up at Torquay.
You’ld never have known that it was summer by the weather today. Grey and miserable for most of the day, it might just have got up to 20 degrees! After spending a very lazy morning sitting around inside reading the papers, Joey and I went for a walk up the Erskine river. Someone had made an interesting sculpture of rocks in the water, I’ve got a photo of it, and when I get around to working out how to include photos from my camera in here automatically, I’ll add it.
I experiment. I play. I write and I take pictures. Some of the site is organised around topics, other parts are organized by date, then there’s always the cross-references between them.
Long ago it started as a learning experiment with a few static HTML pages, then I added a bit of server-side includes and some very ugly PHP. A hand-built journal/blog on top of that PHP, then a few experiments in moving to various static publishing systems. I’ve never wanted a database-based blogging engine, so over the years I’ve tried php, nanoblogger, emacs-muse, silkpage and docbook before settling on emacs org-mode for writing and jekyll for publishing. But the itch remained… I never really liked jekyll and the ruby underneath always seemed so much black magic. So now the latest incarnation is org-mode and hugo.