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First Ride After Two Months of Hiatus

Two months since the last ride. Finally I got back onto the saddle and also to prepare for an upcoming ride as a ride marshal.

Slow ride around the neighbourhood. 

The next day, on the road again for a ride with some cycling buddies to a local bicycle fair.


On the way home, did some shopping for the home. The S-Bag held 3 packets of rice, 2 cartons of milk and some knick-knacks from the bicycle fair. 

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Updates in 2016 (as of June)

Good day to all. It has been a long break for me from here ever since the last entry. The last 2 years was a hectic time at work, restructuring and refocusing on the direction, vision and mission.
Nonetheless, there was still time set aside for some exploration on the wonderful Brompton. Here are the updates from 2016 itself. Mid-2014 to end-2015 will have to be included in the next entry.

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Acquired the 4th Brompton in one of my favourite colours, Racing Green.

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Final look of the 4th Brompton after swapping out the H stem for a M stem and adding a rear rack.

The last year also saw my missus and I shifting to a new location.

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One of the many gorgeous sights the new area I shifted to has to offer.

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Took me some time remodelled the storage and display area for the Bromptons. This is after selling a Montague and an Alex Moulton.

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Our First Tour Cycling in Perth, Western Australia – 8 June to 13 June 2014

We headed off to Perth in the first week of June to explore the place on our Bromptons. This would be Missus’ first visit to Perth. I had been there three years ago for a working trip.

 

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7 June. B transport bags with our clothings and other cycling equipment checked-in as fragile luggage.

 

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8 June. We arrived at Perth at 5 in the morning. Too early for us to check-in. So we placed both transport bags into the luggage holding room and found a place to rest.

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Missus did not have a restful sleep during the flight. So she took 40 winks on a couch in the hotel.

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With the Missus having enough sleep, we headed out looking for breakfast on our walk towards Harbour Town. Along the way, we saw this dedicated path for both cyclists and pedestrians.

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After topping up of my work wear at the Kathmandu store at Harbour Town (my work wear mostly comes from Kathmandu and other outdoor adventure clothings store), we headed back to the hotel to check-in. A warm and cosy room awaited us and it was time for us to take a nice warm bath and rest for the day.

 

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9 June. We had breakfast at the hotel’s restaurant. It was a cosy Swedish restaurant that serves a wonderful spread for breakfast. It was also a cold and wet morning, having rained during the early hours.

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The Bs ready for their day out.

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The starting point of our day’s ride, along the cycling path right beside the Swan River, with the Swan Bells Tower in the background.

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The cycling paths are well-designed and well-thought out.

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After visiting the local Brompton distributor and losing our way, we headed back to Victoria Park, a small town we passed while losing our way.

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Visited this shop at Victoria Park as promised to the owner, who was very kind to give us very specific directions to head towards the local Brompton distributor earlier.

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Soon it was lunch and stopped for a quick vegan lunch at the outlet of the same eatery we ate our dinner when we were in Jeju last December.

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Took another route along the Swan River to return to Perth City Center.

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Panoramic view of Perth City Center with Swan Lake in the foreground.

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The cycling path built right next to the vehicle lanes on the expressway next to King’s Park. How cool is that?

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Before we called it a day, Missus took her B for some off-track cycling and posing.

 

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10 June.  We moved off to our second accommodation in Scarborough after finding out that this hotel offers a gorgeous view of the Indian Ocean. Another reason is because we had planned to cycle down Sunset Coast to Fremantle. We reached early and paid to check-in early, plus a room upgrade. Upon entering the room, this was the gorgeous view we had, with a thunderstorm approaching.

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How I carried both our clothings and cycling equipment on my B, leaving Missus’ B to carry some light stuff and her B transport bag.

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Rested and did some work in the room, waiting for the thunderstorm to clear. It cleared by evening and soon we were out for a short ride along Sunset Coast.

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Along the way while the sun was setting, I saw this gorgeous scene and knew instantly that our Bs have to be there with the tree and the sun in the background. A gorgeous setting for anyone who would want to have their pre-wedding shoot or photoshoot in Perth.

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Another shot with the tree, Bs and sun only.

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Returned to the room in time to capture this part of the city during blue hour, a few minutes of the day just before the sun sets totally.

 

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11 June. The sun rising over the horizon on our 4th day in Perth. A beautiful to cycle to Fremantle.

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The Bs cannot wait to hit the paths to Fremantle.

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After cycling for more than 13km along the cycling path next to the road, we turned right at one of the metro stations and cycled up this hilly road, which will rejoin Sunset Coast on the way to Fremantle.  Missus giving her all, despite the discomfort and slight pain at the coccyx.

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The first sign that we have rejoined Sunset Coast.

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With the Indian Ocean in the background, Sunset Coast is a scenic stretch of cycling path leading towards Fremantle.

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Along the way, we saw this ghost bike, a memorial to a cyclist who passed away while cycling on the road. This ghost bike was set up by the family of Timothy David Anderson (7 April 1985 – 9 March 2012) who died tragically at the age of 26 after being hit from behind by a drunk driver. while cycling in the bicycle lane in a safe and responsible manner and had his helmet, high visibility clothing and lights on. This memorial serves as a reminder to all to drive responsibly and cycling safely.

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Missus soaking in the sight, sound, and aroma of the Indian Ocean.

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After about three and half hours of cycling leisurely, we reached our end point, Missus’ reward, me revisiting this place that serves wonderful fresh seafood and our lunch.

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Missus soon gobbled up her lunch of grilled red snapper with seasonal vegetables and grilled potatoes hungrily.

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After cycling around Fremantle, we headed back to the hotel, in time to capture this beautiful scenery. A preview of the time lapse video which will be taken the following evening.

 

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12 June. We took a day off cycling for Missus to recuperate and us to slow things down even further for this trip. We walked around the area near the hotel. There were numerous such entrances to the beach and they all came with a warning that there are snakes around.

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Missus getting closer to the majestic Indian Ocean.

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Some surfers attempting to ride the waves in the cold waters of winter.

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Found a nice cafe by the beach and ordered a cuppa to go with some readings we were doing.

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Returned to the hotel room to setup for a time lapse video of the sun setting, using the B as a rig and a monopod to mount the mobile phone.

 

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13 June. We checked out in the morning to catch our flight back home, leaving behind wonderful memories of gorgeous views and delicious food.

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The fiery sky which greeted us on our approach towards home airport.

Till the next time we cycle.

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Summary of the Weekend

Friday was one of those days where I cycled to work. Having meetings starting late means I can have breakfast leisurely before making my way out.

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Usual fare at a nearby eatery.

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A ride over the weekend to s neighbouring town. Missus was able to do so without experiencing any sharp pains. A milestone and confirmation that the swap to Schwalbe Marathons was the right move.

Till the next ride.

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Tour Cycling Setup

Purchased a set of cloth panniers for a great discount in preparation for the possibility of an overseas tour cycling.

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How it looks together with rhe T-Bag on front, the Rack Sack on the rack and panniers at the side.

Still considering if I should get the Ortlieb Front Rollers Classic, although they will hang even lower.

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Missus First Ride of 2014……and After 6 Weeks

Missus had not been well 3 weeks prior to our trip to South Korea for 3 weeks. So in all, she had not been cycling for 6 weeks. So time to get some distance on her Dr Seuss.

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Cycled to another town for breakfast, a good 8.5km away. Had some Burger King and off we went on our return home.

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Some posing before heading off.

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Along the way home, we detoured to visit a hot spring which was near our home. A place which we have never visited although Missus and I have been living in this area for more than a decade and a half.

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Found a toad who was admiring Citrus.

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Information about this hot spring.

Going to revisit this gorgeous place some time soon.

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