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For some moments I exert every­thing to reach some­thing far down inside the deep­est exis­ten­tial places of myself. To find some­thing divine. To grab at it… maybe. But I uncov­er noth­ing but myself and a sense of enor­mous absur­di­ty and futility.

Behrouz Boochani
Author, No Friend But The Mountains

This is my per­son­al blog. If you’re after my pro­fes­sion­al pro­file, please go to https://work.ryanmoore.bio

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Latest posts

My Melbourne commute to work

One of the great ben­e­fits of my new job at the Starlight Children’s Foun­da­tion is the loca­tion of the Mel­bourne office: right on the Yarra Riv­er where Church Street becomes Chapel Street, in a com­mer­cial hub of the city known as Cre­morne in Richmond.

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Roaming around Wodonga/Albury

My part­ner is a crim­i­nal bar­ris­ter, and a few times a year she under­takes cir­cuits, where she trav­els to a region­al court and works there for 3–4 weeks. Some­times she’ll come home on the week­ends, some­times not, depend­ing on the dis­tance from home. This year her Wodon­ga cir­cuit has run for the past four weeks, and I’ve joined her for this last week to spend some time togeth­er rid­ing around the area, both with her and on my own.

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Pure joy in getting back on the road again!

Final­ly got back on my bike today for the first time in 2021, after sev­en months recov­er­ing from spinal surgery. The shit­ty weath­er and blow­ing cold Bal­larat wind couldn’t take away from my sheer joy in being back on the road, with the wind in my face, fight­ing back tears of relief.

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Planning a tour of the Apple Isle: Tasmania 2022

With inter­na­tion­al bor­ders closed (for Aus­tralians, any­way) until god-only-knows-when, and a nice local trip look­ing very attrac­tive as an intro­duc­tion to tour­ing for my part­ner Danielle, we’ve been plan­ning a Tas­man­ian East Coast cycling trip for a few months now. We’ve out­lined a nice 15-leg route that will take us 13–14 days in total rid­ing, across per­haps three weeks (giv­en rests and sightseeing).

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“Tell ‘im he’s dreamin’!” Dealing with lockdown boredom by prepping for Europe

Vic­to­ria is cur­rent­ly in our fourth COVID-19 lock­down, and I find myself sit­ting inside, on a chill but sun­ny Sun­day after­noon in late autumn, prepar­ing for a Euro­pean bike tour that might nev­er even­tu­ate, but even if it does, cer­tain­ly won’t for quite a few years. So why both­er plan­ning it at all? Well, pri­mar­i­ly the answer to that ques­tion at the moment is: I’m bored shit­less. But I also need some­thing to look for­ward to.

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My first fishing outing for 2021

Today was a nice sun­ny day, only 14°C but it feels like 20-some­thing. I could take it no longer: I had to get out. I haven’t fished since ear­ly Decem­ber 2020 due to my back issues, so it was refresh­ing to get the spin­ning rod out and hit Lake Wendouree.

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Get­ting over COVID-19

Yes, we have final­ly caught it, got­ten incred­i­bly sick from it, iso­lat­ed for effec­tive­ly the entire­ty of the year so far and we are now recov­er­ing from the after effects. It would almost be a relief if (a) it was­n’t so god­damn awful; and (b) we weren’t so very wor­ried about trans­mit­ting it beyond our house.

I haven’t even allowed my 17 year old son to come home from his friends’ house, and as such he has been effec­tive­ly couch-sur­f­ing for three weeks to avoid get­ting sick.

Post­ed in Bal­larat, Vic­to­ria, Australia
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