Life In Harmony

Round the Bay in a bunch of days

I've only hatched the idea very recently and have really only given scant thought to the first 3 days. My very rough plan to head down to Portsea tomorrow morning really early and see what I find at the park and also walk back to Dromana. I have 2 other days to play with, so thought I would head from Dromana to Frankston on the second day. On day 3 would be the final leg of the first part which would be from Frankston to home or somewhere around Brighton where I could catch a bus.

The map above shows my total plan to walk from Point Nepean to Brighton (not far from my home here in McKinnon).

Day 1 would go something like this, drive to Dromana, drop my bike off, continue onto Portsea, walk back to Dromana, ride back to Portsea, walk to Point Nepean, walk back to car, drive home, sounds like a plan! In hindsight, I probably could have cut out the car as I did on the following 2 days, but it was a very big day and I did get started at Portsea before daylight and this might have been problematic with public transport on a weekend. That said, I did do a bit of backtracking, something which I will try and refine in the weeks and months ahead if I do more of this type of walking in more remote locations.

Day 2 (above) would involve me catching the train to Frankston, catching the bus to Dromana, walking back to Frankston via the beach and then catching the train home. Fairly straightforward plan!

Day 3 would be even simpler (I thought) and involve a single train trip to Frankston and just walking back. I kind of knew it would be hard simply because it was day 3 and I would be tired, but the transport seemed a lot simpler than when I was going further afield and using multiple modes (eg car, bike, bus, train). Below you can see my best map for this trip, I only put this together for this web page, I certainly didn't take a map with me. All I had to do was follow the coast line.

The next part of my plan was to walk (and ride) from Werribee back to Sandringham, sort of like a big loop involving public transport, pushbike, walk and even a trip on a boat (to cross the Yarra via the punt for $5).

Another hard lesson - Part 4

I'd really rather not be typing this, nor have had to spend quite a few hundred dollars on physiotherapy treatment (so far). But the truth of the matter is a took my ill-fitting mountain bike along with me on part 4 of the ride. The reason for the bike was that I knew that there were lots of wetlands and coastal concrete paths to get around / over, along with crossing the Yarra and following the very urbanised part of the ride from Westgate to Sandringham.

It's now exactly 7 days since I completed the walk, I've had 3 physio sessions, scheduled for another in 2 days, have also had 2 days off work, couldn't walk for 2 days, 2 nights in agony and bed bound, had 2 days on crutches, 1 with a leg brace and am sitting here in bed right now with ice on my right knee. I'm a bit mad at myself for not reacting better to the signs of pain and the problems I would incur afterwards.

I'm pretty sure that the main problem was a too high bike saddle - 86cm from top of peddle vs 83cm from top of peddle on my normal road bike - I'm not sure if either is correct, but I'm about to add some science to all of this - simply because I a) want to learn about this issue and b) avoid it in the future and c) look after my body for the longer term rather than wear it down with old fashioned grind and toil - which has been one my most potent weapons over the last few decades.

To set my bike up properly I will be following instructions on Road CC and will record what I find are any of mine or my kids bikes correct or even close to being a good height that will protect and prevent injuries. Over the last 30 years, it's been more luck than anything else that this has not occurred before, that and a lot more wear on my joints (potentially) - so maybe this is a (another) wake up call, to get smarter and stronger, particularly in my preparation and training.

I might be back on my bike as early as next week, but might also be spending 4-6 weeks out of action, hard to say at this stage and really not sure how quickly I'll be back walking or doing my regular training routines. I've been working on my physio exercises and just today (day 7) did a few of my normal exercises, just a few and trying to keep everything in check. I can almost walk normally but slowly and can put weight on my injured leg again, that was impossible 3 days ago.

Now What?

According to my son, my inside leg measurement is 81cm. So I need to check if this is the correct measurement. There are seemingly (at this early point) 2 ways to go - Greg Lemond 88.3% of this measurement from central crank to top of saddle OR the classic 109% from saddle top to top of peddle. I took 2 rough measurements the other day to find that my mountain bike (peddle to saddle) was 86cm and my racing bike was 83cm. Yet the 109% formula results in 88.3cm meaning that both are too low. This means that both seats should be higher.

Measure inside leg again, from floor next to heel to bottom of crotch (centre) area. Now I get 77cm, which is starting to sound better as my ride bike feels too low and my mountain bike feels too high. That works out to be 83.93cm - let's call it 84cm. Now I need to work out the Greg Lemond version. Back out to the shed with the tape measure and torch for me.

Okay, I'm back and here is what I found (shown in table below), that the saddles are just as I thought / felt ... mountain bike 3-4cm too high and road bike 1-1.5cm too low.

Day 5

Werribee river to Skeleton Creek.

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Suburbia, Industrial Grunge and Sanctuary Lakes

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The mess that we (and Alcoa) created

When doing some research on Point Henry, I came across this in the Geelong Advertiser newspaper: "SUPPORT is building for Geelong to become the happiest place on Earth by transforming the former Alcoa site at Point Henry into the southern hemisphere’s first Disneyworld." Which I think is just a moronic idea, particularly after I trudged through all the shit, destruction and chemicals ... and then this person we set up some junk food shops and some rides and it is the happiest place on earth ... really ... next you will tell me that people aren't mostly fuckheads?

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SS Ozone

I liked this picture of the historic wreckage in the foreground and modern wreckage (Melbourne skyline) in the background. The ship was deliberately sunk off the end of Indented Head to create a breakwater. Originally built in Scotland in 1886, it was one of the fastest paddle steamers in Port Phillip Bay. I wonder why the called it Ozone. Isn't it just rubbish that we dumped in the ocean? The prefix of SS stands for either single screw or steamship (most likely the latter) given that it was a paddle steamer.

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Global Warming Criminals

I'm not a big fan of 'keep out' signs and there are plenty at the Pt Henry / Alcoa wharf. The Alcoa fuckers have a lot to answer for in regard to the mess that they left behind and the environmental problems that will be with us for the forseeable future. Production at this site kicked off in 1963 and by 1964 the plant required more power (by burning coal) than the rest of Geelong combined - all of this just to make soft drink cans and global warming. By 1969, power demand at the site had doubled so Alcoa set up a coal mine at Anglesea to burn coal and provide more power. By 2014 power demand had almost tripled and was supplied by Loy Yang A - what a mess.

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The mess that Alcoa and us created.

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