Landscape from Young, NSW 2011

One Man's Web

The latest update to my Markan commentary is here.
(Updated January 11 2011)

tunnel-tinyThere is now a tunnel under Main North Road. When Dry Creek is flowing after heavy rain the path will likely be under water, but otherwise the route is fast and delivers the rider, via a couple of lanes and back streets, to the south parklands bike path up past the Velodrome and across Grand Junction Road. Hopefully a couple of hundred metres of gravel path along Dry Creek will be sealed in future.... Read on >>>>

Drivers and riders see two different cities.

Take last Friday, when I had an appointment in Unley. Taking the car, I'd allow half an hour from our place, and take Shakespeare Avenue through the Gums Reserve down to Glynburn Road. In the middle of the day I'd take Glynburn through three sets of lights to the Greenhill Road roundabout, and then negotiate eight more sets of lights to get onto Unley Road. This is not counting any lights at pedestrian crossings.... Read on >>>>

bartrilspurtrackToday's ride left Waterfall Gully and meandered in a 22km loop around the park on the beginner and intermediate paths, returning to Adelaide down the Old Bullock Track from near Measday's Lookout on the old freeway. This would also be a good day walk.  Read on >>>>

 

 

burrasignBurra is around 160km from Adelaide by car. The bike friendly routes are a scenic delight and cover some of my favourite South Australian country. This is the story of two round trips, and what can happen when it rains. The plan was for a 'non-stop' loop up and back, which I managed both times, but only the second trip was able to stay on the planned course. The course was designed to maximise the distance spent off the bitumen.... Read on >>>>

The truism says every age thinks it's the one where something truly significant is happening. It's always said with hindsight, safely separated from the disaster or event in question. But our time is the moment in which we must live, and at the moment we are watching with horror as the deranged president of the United States seems hell bent on accelerating the decline and fall of his nation in order to satisfy his own narcissism. If this tragedy, which will reshape the world, and if the current pandemic were not enough, they are distracting us from the accelerating climate catastrophe which according to the science, not to opinion, will cause unparalleled suffering, and which risks societal collapse, and may threaten our very survival. How do we live in this? What does the gospel say?

I'm currently working in the Gospel of Mark and for some reason thought of the two women in Chapter five. Does this story say anything to us in our predicament?

The story is a Markan sandwich. The story of the older woman is placed within the story of the girl who is on the cusp of womanhood, and starting her life. This literary technique tells us to read and interpret the story which is "the bread," the girl's story, in terms of the filling which it contains. The bread is the story of a little girl who is on the point of death. The father comes to Jesus in desperation... Read on >>>>

Top of Niblet Gap, looking westThis was a 238km loop with lots of gravel. I wanted to ride Niblet Gap as a little joke between friends, but it's also a way to see some really remote farming country. Niblet Gap itself is only about a kilometre, so strictly road bikes would be a fairly easy carry through. The Tothill Range area to the east of Robertstown has numbers of similar tracks cutting through the ridges. Read on >>>>

It was clear the papers were correct about people not going to the doctor during lock-down. Because within ten days of seeing my own doctor, I was sitting in a socially distanced chair outside the office of a skin specialist: one Dr. Tully Harris.

I wondered if he was the same Tully Harris who had been in the youth group of a congregation where, years ago, I had filled in for a few months. He would be old enough by now.

That Tully Harris had been a quiet kid who seemed to live in a universe which occasionally intersected with the one the rest of us were in. But he had a skill which the youth group were keen to show the new minister: Out on the basketball courts, Tully Harris sat backwards on his pushbike and rode a perfectly symmetrical figure eight across the asphalt...  Read on >>>>

1-BarossaWinterI've wanted to see a stretch of road between Truro and Eudunda that I've only ever ridden late at night, so this trip was the opportunity. I setup the route for scenery and low traffic rather than minimising distance, and to allow me to get the whole thing done in a long day without being heroic about the time on the bike.... Read on >>>>

01-leakrdsandhillsMarch 2020: The plan was to ride to Leigh Creek, and return, over three days, a 1,000km round trip. The weather had other ideas, with 30+km east and south-east winds forecast for the weekend. These autumn winds were not expected to drop at night, which ruled out what is often an opportunity to make up a bit of time. In the end I put in about 800km on a modified course... Read on >>>>

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