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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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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Spinal Injury & Recovery

Back on the bike and about to wet a line again!

The past fort­night has been a big change from a recov­ery per­spec­tive, some things have regressed a lit­tle and oth­er areas are rapid­ly improving.

The pain has regressed some­what. It was to be expect­ed as I low­ered my nar­cot­ic lev­els that the under­ly­ing pain would sur­face, but it has been hard to go back­wards in areas like sleep. On the oth­er hand, my trip to the phys­io­ther­a­pist cer­tain­ly paid div­i­dends and I have been able to help out more around the house, which with a trou­ble­some teenag­er reluc­tant to con­tribute, has been a good thing for our fam­i­ly dynamic.

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Making my mother proud at my university graduation ceremony

Although I fin­ished my bachelor’s degree and was award­ed my tes­ta­mur (cer­tifi­cate) in Decem­ber, I had my actu­al grad­u­a­tion cer­e­mo­ny today out at the Mt. Helen Cam­pus of Fed­er­a­tion Uni­ver­si­ty. Present with me were some unlucky fel­low grad­u­ates who fin­ished theirs at the end of 2019, forced to wait for their phys­i­cal cer­e­mo­ny for a year and a half due to COVID-19.

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Book Cover of Batavia by Peter FitzSimons
Mis­cel­la­neous

Reading Batavia by Peter FitzSimons: Makes Lord Of The Flies seem tame

Batavia is the amaz­ing true sto­ry of a trea­­sure-laden flag­ship of a fleet owned by the Dutch East Indies Com­pa­ny (Vereenigde Oost­indis­che Com­pag­nie or VOC). The Batavia and its accom­pa­ny­ing ships embarked on a nine month jour­ney to Batavia (known today as Jakar­ta, in Indone­sia) in 1628–29, on a mis­sion to trade in the lucra­tive exot­ic spices that shaped that era of explo­ration and ulti­mate­ly changed the world. Tragedy befalls the ship and its crew before they reach their port of des­ti­na­tion, and may­hem quick­ly ensues amongst a crew of des­per­ate mis­fits and malcontents.

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Spinal Injury & Recovery

Surgery success

I’m very hap­py to report that my surgery on Wednes­day went very well, and I’m now recov­er­ing in hos­pi­tal. I’m quite sore, but up and walk­ing with help, sit­ting for…
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Spinal Injury & Recovery

Surgery on my spine

It’s been a very tough few months. As I post­ed back in Jan­u­ary, I’ve been suf­fer­ing from severe low­er back pain symp­toms, and last Fri­day my sur­geon rec­om­mend­ed I under­go a spinal fusion surgery today.

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Mus­ingsSpinal Injury & Recovery

‘Staying in here’: What to do when a ‘rainy day’ turns into months

So I love the out­doors, this much is obvi­ous. Whether you’re read­ing my blog for the first time, or have been hang­ing around for a while, I think it’s safe to assume with a blog called Get­ting Out There that my hap­pi­ness in life involves being out­side. Unfor­tu­nate­ly, in late Novem­ber 2020 I injured my spine, her­ni­at­ing my L5/S1 disc.

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Mus­ings

Graduating with my first degree at 38

I nev­er went to uni­ver­si­ty after high school, elect­ing to instead enlist in the Roy­al Aus­tralian Navy. So in 2016, after a few dif­fer­ent career paths, I decid­ed to under­take study at Fed­er­a­tion Uni­ver­si­ty in Bal­larat as a mature-aged stu­dent. I had no idea how much this new jour­ney would chal­lenge me, and how much I would gain from it. It tru­ly changed my life.

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Murray River Day 4: Torrumbarry to Echuca

This morn­ing I woke up to the nicest morn­ing yet. A beau­ti­ful sun­rise was shin­ing through the trees and across the riv­er, light­ing up a wedge-tailed eagle in her nest in the tree direct­ly above my tent. Com­pared to the wind of last night it was a beau­ti­ful tran­quil scene.

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Murray River Day 3: Cohuna to Torrumbarry

I had a bit of rain today, but noth­ing too heavy and after the past few days, it was actu­al­ly quite refresh­ing. I woke in Cohu­na, had my cof­fee and break­fast and packed down my camp quite quick­ly. I didn’t have phone recep­tion so was keen to get into a bet­ter area for it so I could let my part­ner know I was OK, etc. I was also low on water so decid­ed to ven­ture away from the Mur­ray to detour through Cohu­na township.

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Leather handlebar wrap with waxed linen whipping

Tiny Garmin ANT+ dongle wallet

Kangaroo LARP sword sheath

Travel journal for Robyn and Rodney

Carved leather pirate belt for Tim

Jarrah and glass display box

Fishermen’s stool

Leather saddle bag and key holder

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