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Inspired choice

June 4th, 2011

Brisbane detour combo

I’d Mike to thank. Suggesting I might venture off the familiar Bruce Highway south of the town of Gympie. Instead, following the Mary Valley. Gradually climbing up to the small town of Maleny. Vantage point for the Glass House Mountains. Then a swift descent towards Lake Somerset. Skirting around Brisbane.

If he’d actually used the word scenic I’d missed it. But it was implied. Ordinarily something of a deterrent to the run-of-the-mill long-haul rider. Smacks of hill work. But sometimes you have to forgo such reluctance. Efforts amply rewarded. As in this instance. Not just the vistas. But also the characters I’d encountered en route. Inspired choice.

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More feathered friends

June 4th, 2011

More feathered friends from Ken Roberts on Vimeo.

Parrot or pigeon? Actually parrots – Galahs (Latin name Cacatua roseicapilla, always handy to know if you’re ever in Ancient Rome). By all accounts, not very bright. Terrible road sense. Frequently getting run over. Hence the Aussie slang term – Galah – for someone who’s intellectually challenged. And I thought it was a type of apple…

Incidentally, if you’re impressed by my knowledge of these feathered friends, don’t be. I’ve a very informed source. Someone who knows about these things. He’d suggested the slang usage a bit harsh. Or as he put it, like saying someone was a bit Irish. But obviously not in front of Gerry Adams.

[With especial thanks to "Michael" for the advice and dry wit. Currently on the run from some nice chaps from Northern Island..]

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Along Lake Somerset

June 4th, 2011

Along Lake Somerset from Ken Roberts on Vimeo.

Ken encounters Lake Somerset, southern Queensland. Contains dubious references to Enid Blyton.

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