Sunday, 27 January 2008

Not the usual Australia Day

I had two choices today regarding today's schedule. I was planning to go for a ride, but there was a local rugby match with a few other Aussies playing at the local grounds. The weather was a bit cloudy in the morning, but I'm glad I went out on the bike. The weather cleared quickly, and it was the first time I'd seen the area in sunshine during the day for a long time.

I did about 50 miles around the Quantock area. To the west of Bridgwater the scenery is incredible, as you can see from some of these pics.

At the highest point in the hills, just before a big descent through heath and woodland on a difficult dry creek bed.

Typical view of the heathland.

Road heading up, up, up.

The dry creekbed I negotiated my heavy bike down and through.

Path along a ridge.

I joined these mountain bikers for an hour or so, and heard a child ask his father: "Why does that guy have to carry all the bags?" haha.

In the hills, scenery very much what I imagine Canada is like.

Autumnal colours on a (dead?) tree.

One of my sandals fell from my bike on a rough section of track. Backtracked a mile or so and thankfully found it.

Looking back along one of the many tracks heading up into the hills.

Looking out from Triscombe stone.

Tree on the way back to Bridgwater.

A great day was had by all (me). A couple of snags and a beer with mates on the beach back home would probably be the only thing topping it.

To see all the pics of the day, see here: Quantock Australia day pics


dexey said...

Is that really a dry creek bed or a holloway?

Not saying it ain't but why would a stream run dry in our green and pleasant land. We don't stay short of rain for long!

Kyle Archer said...

couldn't tell ya, there was a trickle of water, but it probably bis something else...

either way, it was hard work!

craig said...

aus day in melb was pretty average tell me more about your job at thorn

Kyle Archer said...

Send me your email address, it's a long story!

dad said...

you need a macpac goretex raincoat like mine.

Kyle Archer said...

Feel free to post it over to me! :)

Anonymous said...

Kyle those photos are amazing, I think that may be your calling. What do you think??? Missing you heaps. Nic.x