Why don’t all train stations have great names? Like “King’s Cross” or “Flinders St”? Or even the happily named “Woy Woy” which sounds like a steam engine whistle! I do realise that the stations are conveniently named after their location but I feel that this can sometimes be irresponsible. For example “Southern Cross”. Melbourne’s major train station used to be called Spencer St Station if memory serves me, which it rarely does. However its new name suggests its location is amongst the stars somewhere. Out in the Milky Way!
Judy-May what on Earth are you on about?
I took a day trip to the Victorian capital about a fortnight ago to do some fun biometric scanning for my visa to the UK and I just got to thinking is all. What did I do well…
I hung around and watched people. I didn’t take any photos of random strangers though.
I saw lots and lots of cyclist in regular clothes zipping up and down Collins St. It’s important to me that the cyclists were in streets because I don’t agree with lycra or it’s friend spandex unless worn ironically or as underwear/swimwear. I don’t appreciate seeing that much of people in my every day life.
While I’m speaking of bikes I saw Australian comedian and spunk Frank Woodley riding his bike down Smith St in Fitzroy. He was appropriately attired in jeans and a t-shirt. And he had a ukulele in his back pack! Seems Melbourne is the place to cycle and to play small instruments.
I saw this bird and several of his friends in a MacDonald’s where I stopped for a thickshake and to write some postcards to friends. He was sitting beneath this sign:
It says “please do not feed the birds”. I had previously wondered about the sign. I thought it was being funny. No.
I saw a movie. I window shopped. I walked a lot. Which I hated. I should’ve got a rent a cycle from the new bike racks that the city has installed.
And that was my trip to Melbourne. In a nutshell.
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Yesterday I rode 13+ km around my town! It was a great jaunt. Above is similar to what I wore.
My bike is a white version of the Electra 7sp Cruiser you see above. My jeans are Clockhouse from C&A in Halle, Germany whereas these ones are from City Chic. My top is similar to this one from City Chic but it’s from Rockman’s BeMe range. My birkies are the same make but in Burnt Orange. And finally my bag is Bluebird from Strandbags. Everything else is bang on!
I now am sunburnt, (silly me) and have a great strap mark across my chest. I took lots of photos and I will share with you soon. In the meantime here was the view from one of the prettier spots on my ride.
I took Angus, my bicycle on a massive 8.5km ride today. Ok it’s not that massive but for a relatively unfit, chubby woman it felt massive.
I stopped for lunch at around 1 for over an hour and I walked through town. I ran into so many friends who were keen to jump on Angus and have a quick ride. He was very obliging. It was really lovely.
I’ll be biking around a lot more often now that I’m feeling more confident! And I’ll be pimping my ride, so to speak. I’ll need a basket in front and a rack and some fenders. It was such a leisurely thing to do.
I even rode on the ROAD! Only in dedicated bike lanes however. What a feeling?!
One thing I will say is that you have a lot better perspective on a bike than you do in a car or even walking, especially on the road. Inclines that I had never noticed before, were huge mountains to climb over. I’ll admit to jumping off and walking occassionally, generally because my knee felt like it was about to give.
I was able to see the city from a whole new angle. The above photo doesn’t demonstrate just how striking the view was here. I could even see that the tide was out on our river. That’s how detailed it was.
And we finally made it home after a big adventure.
Here’s the route I took. Screen shot from map my ride: