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Old September 5th 17, 10:58 PM posted to rec.bicycles.tech
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Yesterday I rode 67km out to a dam and back (33.5km each way).

Descending the range near home, I passed a blue tongue lizard that
appeared to be attempting a road crossing.

There were numerous dead wallabies on the side of the road, and a dead
fox on the road.

A magpie swooped me several times but didn't make contact, unlike the
one on Friday.

A wallaby darted off the road ahead of me, and a goanna just under a
metre long ran across the road just ahead of me as well.

No snakes this time, but goannas have been known to mistake a person for
a tree and climb up. With razor sharp claws and venom in their bite,
they are not to be trifled with!

http://www.huffingtonpost.com.au/201...ia_a_21627361/

Seriously though, the risk of death by goanna bite is probably about as
high as the chances of winning lotto for someone who doesn't buy tickets.

Council have stockpiled materials to replace a pick-a-plank bridge along
the road, so another terrible danger will soon be gone.

--
JS
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Old September 5th 17, 11:12 PM posted to rec.bicycles.tech
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On 9/5/2017 4:58 PM, James wrote:
Yesterday I rode 67km out to a dam and back (33.5km each way).

Descending the range near home, I passed a blue tongue
lizard that appeared to be attempting a road crossing.

There were numerous dead wallabies on the side of the road,
and a dead fox on the road.

A magpie swooped me several times but didn't make contact,
unlike the one on Friday.

A wallaby darted off the road ahead of me, and a goanna just
under a metre long ran across the road just ahead of me as
well.

No snakes this time, but goannas have been known to mistake
a person for a tree and climb up. With razor sharp claws
and venom in their bite, they are not to be trifled with!

http://www.huffingtonpost.com.au/201...ia_a_21627361/


Seriously though, the risk of death by goanna bite is
probably about as high as the chances of winning lotto for
someone who doesn't buy tickets.

Council have stockpiled materials to replace a pick-a-plank
bridge along the road, so another terrible danger will soon
be gone.


Yikes! I thought our unseasonably cool, windy, wet morning
sucked.
It was not as daunting as your ride!

--
Andrew Muzi
www.yellowjersey.org/
Open every day since 1 April, 1971


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Old September 6th 17, 12:31 AM posted to rec.bicycles.tech
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On 06/09/17 08:12, AMuzi wrote:
On 9/5/2017 4:58 PM, James wrote:
Yesterday I rode 67km out to a dam and back (33.5km each way).

Descending the range near home, I passed a blue tongue
lizard that appeared to be attempting a road crossing.

There were numerous dead wallabies on the side of the road,
and a dead fox on the road.

A magpie swooped me several times but didn't make contact,
unlike the one on Friday.

A wallaby darted off the road ahead of me, and a goanna just
under a metre long ran across the road just ahead of me as
well.

No snakes this time, but goannas have been known to mistake
a person for a tree and climb up. With razor sharp claws
and venom in their bite, they are not to be trifled with!

http://www.huffingtonpost.com.au/201...ia_a_21627361/



Seriously though, the risk of death by goanna bite is
probably about as high as the chances of winning lotto for
someone who doesn't buy tickets.

Council have stockpiled materials to replace a pick-a-plank
bridge along the road, so another terrible danger will soon
be gone.


Yikes! I thought our unseasonably cool, windy, wet morning sucked.
It was not as daunting as your ride!


Oh, I had to contend with strong wind as well, however it was warm, dry
and sunny here. No rain for over 4 months so far, but it is likely the
drought will break over the next couple of months as the temperature and
humidity increase.

However, you can keep your unseasonably cool, windy and wet. That kind
of weather I don't miss since leaving Melbourne.

--
JS
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Old September 6th 17, 07:17 AM posted to rec.bicycles.tech
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On Wed, 6 Sep 2017 07:58:29 +1000, James
wrote:

Yesterday I rode 67km out to a dam and back (33.5km each way).

Descending the range near home, I passed a blue tongue lizard that
appeared to be attempting a road crossing.

There were numerous dead wallabies on the side of the road, and a dead
fox on the road.

A magpie swooped me several times but didn't make contact, unlike the
one on Friday.

A wallaby darted off the road ahead of me, and a goanna just under a
metre long ran across the road just ahead of me as well.

No snakes this time, but goannas have been known to mistake a person for
a tree and climb up. With razor sharp claws and venom in their bite,
they are not to be trifled with!

http://www.huffingtonpost.com.au/201...ia_a_21627361/


And a some goannas grow pretty big. I read some are as much as eight
feet long.... longer, even, then a mountain lion.

But more important I read that "An international research team led by
Dr Bryan Fry, of the Australian Venom Research Unit at the University
of Melbourne, and colleagues at Monash University", published a paper
in 2005 titled Aussie Lizard Bites Can Really Hurt".

As I can find no reference to anyone publishing anything about the
pain of mountain lion bites it must be that the Australian Lizard is a
much more dangerious creature.

Seriously though, the risk of death by goanna bite is probably about as
high as the chances of winning lotto for someone who doesn't buy tickets.

Council have stockpiled materials to replace a pick-a-plank bridge along
the road, so another terrible danger will soon be gone.

--
Cheers,

John B.

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Old September 6th 17, 03:25 PM posted to rec.bicycles.tech
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On Tuesday, September 5, 2017 at 4:32:03 PM UTC-7, James wrote:
On 06/09/17 08:12, AMuzi wrote:
On 9/5/2017 4:58 PM, James wrote:
Yesterday I rode 67km out to a dam and back (33.5km each way).

Descending the range near home, I passed a blue tongue
lizard that appeared to be attempting a road crossing.

There were numerous dead wallabies on the side of the road,
and a dead fox on the road.

A magpie swooped me several times but didn't make contact,
unlike the one on Friday.

A wallaby darted off the road ahead of me, and a goanna just
under a metre long ran across the road just ahead of me as
well.

No snakes this time, but goannas have been known to mistake
a person for a tree and climb up. With razor sharp claws
and venom in their bite, they are not to be trifled with!

http://www.huffingtonpost.com.au/201...ia_a_21627361/



Seriously though, the risk of death by goanna bite is
probably about as high as the chances of winning lotto for
someone who doesn't buy tickets.

Council have stockpiled materials to replace a pick-a-plank
bridge along the road, so another terrible danger will soon
be gone.


Yikes! I thought our unseasonably cool, windy, wet morning sucked.
It was not as daunting as your ride!


Oh, I had to contend with strong wind as well, however it was warm, dry
and sunny here. No rain for over 4 months so far, but it is likely the
drought will break over the next couple of months as the temperature and
humidity increase.

However, you can keep your unseasonably cool, windy and wet. That kind
of weather I don't miss since leaving Melbourne.


It's scorching here -- literally.
https://www.yahoo.com/news/wind-whip...075128654.html

It's hard to breathe with all the smoke (no joke), but at least no mamba snakes or poisonous lizards crawling up my legs. This is the hottest summer on record in PDX, and it's getting old fast. We need a huge dump to put out all the fires, and that's not in the forecast.

-- Jay Beattie.
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Old September 6th 17, 03:45 PM posted to rec.bicycles.tech
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On Wednesday, September 6, 2017 at 10:25:06 AM UTC-4, jbeattie wrote:
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It's scorching here -- literally.
https://www.yahoo.com/news/wind-whip...075128654.html

It's hard to breathe with all the smoke (no joke), but at least no mamba snakes or poisonous lizards crawling up my legs. This is the hottest summer on record in PDX, and it's getting old fast. We need a huge dump to put out all the fires, and that's not in the forecast.

-- Jay Beattie.


At least it's fires causing those problems and not Mount Ranier erupting.

I hope all you people stay safe.

Cheers
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Old September 7th 17, 04:55 AM posted to rec.bicycles.tech
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On 06/09/17 16:17, John B. wrote:
On Wed, 6 Sep 2017 07:58:29 +1000, James
wrote:

Yesterday I rode 67km out to a dam and back (33.5km each way).

Descending the range near home, I passed a blue tongue lizard that
appeared to be attempting a road crossing.

There were numerous dead wallabies on the side of the road, and a dead
fox on the road.

A magpie swooped me several times but didn't make contact, unlike the
one on Friday.

A wallaby darted off the road ahead of me, and a goanna just under a
metre long ran across the road just ahead of me as well.

No snakes this time, but goannas have been known to mistake a person for
a tree and climb up. With razor sharp claws and venom in their bite,
they are not to be trifled with!

http://www.huffingtonpost.com.au/201...ia_a_21627361/


And a some goannas grow pretty big. I read some are as much as eight
feet long.... longer, even, then a mountain lion.

But more important I read that "An international research team led by
Dr Bryan Fry, of the Australian Venom Research Unit at the University
of Melbourne, and colleagues at Monash University", published a paper
in 2005 titled Aussie Lizard Bites Can Really Hurt".

As I can find no reference to anyone publishing anything about the
pain of mountain lion bites it must be that the Australian Lizard is a
much more dangerious creature.


Oh yes. Terribly dangerous. It's a wonder I made it home in one piece!

I passed a dead snake on the side of the road today, as well as numerous
bearded dragon lizards squashed on the road. The snake was probably a
python by the looks of it. Relatively harmless.

I watched a pair of magpies in hot pursuit of what I suspect was a young
sea eagle. Had their attention not been taken, I would likely have come
under attack instead. Such is life in Australia. Everything is out to
get you - even some drivers!

--
JS

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Old September 7th 17, 05:08 AM posted to rec.bicycles.tech
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On 07/09/17 00:25, jbeattie wrote:


It's scorching here -- literally.
https://www.yahoo.com/news/wind-whip...075128654.html

It's hard to breathe with all the smoke (no joke), but at least no
mamba snakes or poisonous lizards crawling up my legs. This is the
hottest summer on record in PDX, and it's getting old fast. We need
a huge dump to put out all the fires, and that's not in the
forecast.


It isn't scotching here, yet. But we have gone nearly 5 months without
rain, and the West winds have dried everything out. There are numerous
fires burning within a 100km radius of where we live, but at the moment
there is no smoke at home. However, my ride today took me about 30km
South and the air was noticeably smoky there.

So, I'm hearing you. We need rain here too.

--
JS


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Old September 7th 17, 07:13 AM posted to rec.bicycles.tech
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On Thu, 7 Sep 2017 13:55:43 +1000, James
wrote:

On 06/09/17 16:17, John B. wrote:
On Wed, 6 Sep 2017 07:58:29 +1000, James
wrote:

Yesterday I rode 67km out to a dam and back (33.5km each way).

Descending the range near home, I passed a blue tongue lizard that
appeared to be attempting a road crossing.

There were numerous dead wallabies on the side of the road, and a dead
fox on the road.

A magpie swooped me several times but didn't make contact, unlike the
one on Friday.

A wallaby darted off the road ahead of me, and a goanna just under a
metre long ran across the road just ahead of me as well.

No snakes this time, but goannas have been known to mistake a person for
a tree and climb up. With razor sharp claws and venom in their bite,
they are not to be trifled with!

http://www.huffingtonpost.com.au/201...ia_a_21627361/


And a some goannas grow pretty big. I read some are as much as eight
feet long.... longer, even, then a mountain lion.

But more important I read that "An international research team led by
Dr Bryan Fry, of the Australian Venom Research Unit at the University
of Melbourne, and colleagues at Monash University", published a paper
in 2005 titled Aussie Lizard Bites Can Really Hurt".

As I can find no reference to anyone publishing anything about the
pain of mountain lion bites it must be that the Australian Lizard is a
much more dangerious creature.


Oh yes. Terribly dangerous. It's a wonder I made it home in one piece!

I passed a dead snake on the side of the road today, as well as numerous
bearded dragon lizards squashed on the road. The snake was probably a
python by the looks of it. Relatively harmless.

I watched a pair of magpies in hot pursuit of what I suspect was a young
sea eagle. Had their attention not been taken, I would likely have come
under attack instead. Such is life in Australia. Everything is out to
get you - even some drivers!


Somebody said, was it you, that they were actually attacked by Magpies
while riding.

The scariest thing that I've seen from a bicycle, was a dead king
cobra that reached completely across a two lane country road. O.K. not
a wide country road but I'd reckon it was more than 10 or 12 feet
long.

--
Cheers,

John B.

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Old September 7th 17, 02:13 PM posted to rec.bicycles.tech
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On 9/6/2017 9:25 AM, jbeattie wrote:
On Tuesday, September 5, 2017 at 4:32:03 PM UTC-7, James wrote:
On 06/09/17 08:12, AMuzi wrote:
On 9/5/2017 4:58 PM, James wrote:
Yesterday I rode 67km out to a dam and back (33.5km each way).

Descending the range near home, I passed a blue tongue
lizard that appeared to be attempting a road crossing.

There were numerous dead wallabies on the side of the road,
and a dead fox on the road.

A magpie swooped me several times but didn't make contact,
unlike the one on Friday.

A wallaby darted off the road ahead of me, and a goanna just
under a metre long ran across the road just ahead of me as
well.

No snakes this time, but goannas have been known to mistake
a person for a tree and climb up. With razor sharp claws
and venom in their bite, they are not to be trifled with!

http://www.huffingtonpost.com.au/201...ia_a_21627361/



Seriously though, the risk of death by goanna bite is
probably about as high as the chances of winning lotto for
someone who doesn't buy tickets.

Council have stockpiled materials to replace a pick-a-plank
bridge along the road, so another terrible danger will soon
be gone.


Yikes! I thought our unseasonably cool, windy, wet morning sucked.
It was not as daunting as your ride!


Oh, I had to contend with strong wind as well, however it was warm, dry
and sunny here. No rain for over 4 months so far, but it is likely the
drought will break over the next couple of months as the temperature and
humidity increase.

However, you can keep your unseasonably cool, windy and wet. That kind
of weather I don't miss since leaving Melbourne.


It's scorching here -- literally.
https://www.yahoo.com/news/wind-whip...075128654.html

It's hard to breathe with all the smoke (no joke), but at least no mamba snakes or poisonous lizards crawling up my legs. This is the hottest summer on record in PDX, and it's getting old fast. We need a huge dump to put out all the fires, and that's not in the forecast.

-- Jay Beattie.


One wonders why arson is no longer a capital crime. But hey,
Oregon culture.

--
Andrew Muzi
www.yellowjersey.org/
Open every day since 1 April, 1971


 




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