Nostalgia: Pyrenees 2009

Pyrenees10-61 I’ve been sorting out my photo albums and looking back at some of the great summer cycling we have had.  These 2 were taken by Adam near Torla in the Aragon region of the Pyrenees.Pyrenees10-63

Made it

 After 466 km & 11,422m ascent we arrived in none other than the awful Lido di Jesolo on the Adriatic Sea.  The tour was good even if the description in the catalogue was far from accurate 😡. Ria is signing papers to confirm that this is her last TransAlp ⚠️. Now we are looking at the ‘stans’ for the next adventure 🚀😜🚲🚲

1100m in one go

 Non stop up to pfundererjoch. Really steep and not always rideable. Nearly killed me. The picture is Andy just before the saddle at 2500m

Sunset over Sydney

Sunset over Sydney Opera HouseThis was what we saw on our way to dinner last night.  Sad that we have to leave so soon

Altitude restaurant, Shangri-La Hotel, Sydney

Shangri-La viewOur Christmas and my birthday present from Chris & Freya was a surprise, we went with them on the evening ferry from Manly to Sydney, catching the sun setting over the city on the way; but we didn’t know what was in store for us.

Just a few hundred meters from Circular Quay is the Shangri-La Hotel with its Altitude Restaurant on the 36th floor.  This was our present!  A meal at a window-side table looking out over the Opera House and Bridge.

4 Starters, A choice of 3 main dishes followed by 2 deserts all accompanied by their respective wines.  Fantastic food and good service to go with the spectacular view.

What a night 🙂

This was the menu: Epicurious menu

Don’t mess with me

Met this guy down at Kennett River

Wouldn’t want to pick a fight with him though, looks like he has been working out quite a lot recently






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Waiting for 2015

We were out at Long Reef Point this evening on the golf course to see the New Year in and watch the fireworks over Dee Why.

This was our last sunset of 2014.

The fireworks were also very good 🙂

A different Tandem

IMG_3991Back in Queenscliff now and Ria and I took another sort of tandem ride this afternoon.  We hired a K2 kayak and paddled out to Quarantine Head, Manley which is where all arrivals in Australia were checked and quarantined before being allowed to enter Australia.

We passed innumerable VERY expensive boats, some bigger than our house! (and certainly more expensive)

This was the first time in over 30 years that I have kayaked, and I loved it.  Of course, back in the day, we never had water this warm or so much sun, that was more ice floating the river and temperatures of around 10° max!

Can only get better

So glad to be leaving this behind. Poor Veda has to put up with it while we are in Australia

Photos: Prague to Porec by Tandem

_DSC6553At last I have managed to upload the photos of our summer tandem ride from Prague to Porec following the Benjaminse route.

We did 1,024km; 9,922m and were for  64h01min in the saddle.  Really enjoyed the whole trip with Ria and Ronny I think Slovenia was the most surprising country.  Great scenery, friendly people and really not touristic at all.

Next year we will be parking our tandem and going back to MTB for a TransAlp with a load of our MTB friends from our Saturday group.  Should be goooood 🙂