gary the bike

My Australia Day aka Invasion Day was perfect. This post is full of references to Melbourne suburbs, that’s about as Australian a celebration as I can muster though. Oh and I wore my $5 MELBOURNE helmet — and apart from stabbing myself when I tried it on (which meant I travelled for about 30 minutes oblivious to the blood that had streamed down my forehead, nice touch!) — I thought it was one of the best-fitting and comfiest helmets I’ve ever owned.
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On Saturday morning I got up early (despite late Bikram the night before) and headed out to Yarraville to pick up Gary, my new bike, courtesy of Fleur. I was meeting Amy, and a good thing too, as Gary’s saddle arrived somewhere around my belly-button, making it impossible for me to ride him — but Amy is a super-cyclist, and she guided me to a bike shop where the lovely Peter struggled and eventually succeeded in replacing Gary’s bizarre bolt system on the saddle stem.

Me and Gary and Peter
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We were so thrilled with our success that we had to celebrate by sharing a breakfast at Wee Jeanie.

Delightful Amy
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Delicious baked eggs with feta and mushrooms, buttered sourdough on the side… oh Melbourne breakfasts, you are the best!
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We started off at last, crossing the Maribynong River into Footscray and heading towards Docklands (it was overcast the whole day, so most of my pictures are underexposed and a little askew due to being take with my iphone whilst on the go).

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We joined the Capital City Trail — which I am now in love with! — and followed it up towards North Melbourne. Then we headed over to Collingwood, our original destination, only I was having so much fun I didn’t want to stop, so after a quick pause for refreshment and a picture:

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…we then crossed Abbotsford to rejoin the Capital City Trail at Gipps St and the Yarra Bends (where I once got lost running). We followed it for about 10km to Southbank, me snapping pictures (most of which featuring Amy’s pink backpack) all the way.

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I discovered some of Melbourne’s truly ostentatious homes, many of which had their own boats docked in front of them…
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It’s not Australia Day without cricket!
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Getting closer to the Melbourne city skyline
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When we reached Southbank and its throngs of tourists and locals all enjoying Australia Day (mostly with BBQs), we decided we were actually very hungry and wanted another breakfast. Amy stopped to think for a second,
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then swerved off down a secret passage
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And we landed at the charming BondStore.
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Here we rested
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Enjoyed a soy chai latte
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And then shared this DELICIOUS rare roast beef sandwich — well worth breaking my 90% vegetarian diet for!
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Amy lives in Southbank, so she guided me to the edge of the Docklands, and then sent me on my way, like a wise wizard sending a hobbit forth by himself. I followed the City Capital Trail yet again, up as far as Royal Park — where I got a tiny bit confused for a few minutes, but then finally was zooming home to Princes Hill, barely able to sit down in my saddle but victorious nonetheless. It clocked up to 36.5km! woo!
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However I barely had to time to rest and recover, before I had to grab my yoga bag and walk to Fitzroy for Bikram. Oui, le Bikram. I actually really enjoyed it, I feel like the classes are getting shorter and shorter, so I suppose there must be some kind of progress. I walked home feeling pretty spaced out after so much exercise, and barely had the energy to make dinner and do laundry (both were mandatory however). I fell asleep reading Journey to the Centre of the Earth (I just finished Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea and absolutely LOVED so I am on a Jules Verne kick at the moment) which led to some bizarre dreams…

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8 thoughts on “gary the bike

  1. 36km and then Bikram, I’m full of admiration, wow! The photos look lovely, I really need to buy myself a bike and explore some of the surroundings. Thanks for inspiring me! I just recently moved to Melbourne, would you have a tip where I can find a cheap bike?

    Andrea

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    • Hi Andrea! Welcome to town! I haven’t ever had to buy a bike here in Melbourne as I’ve always had friends to lend, gift or swap me a bike (I got Gary in exchange for some running shoes). But I strongly recommend http://www.thebikeshed.org.au/ where you can either go directly to the CERES bikeshed and repair yourself a second-hand bike (exciting!), or you can check out their links for places to get second-hand bikes. I also have heard great things about Human Powered (http://www.humanpowered.com.au/wp/). It all depends where you live in Melbourne though, there might be better options closer to you.

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  2. Found your blog by accident through another blog and love this post…though not sure what it says about me that I wished there were more photos of the food! I think ‘adventures of the pink backpack’ can be a whole new blog of their own…

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    • It’s funny you should say that, I rarely put pictures up of food, because normally I scoff it all down too quickly to think of photographing it… Amy took all of these. And I am hoping there will be many more “adventures of the pink backpack!”

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    • Thanks! I’m glad you liked it. I enjoyed reading your blog, it made me very envious — I saw you are thinking of hitting up the Camino, and although I only got to walk a fraction of it last year I can assure you it was a beautiful, incredible experience, so I hope you do get a chance to do so!

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