Finally ticking Wiesner’s Swamp Nature Reserve off my ‘to-ride’ list
Saturday September 24, 2016, 56 miles (90 km) – Total so far: 56 miles (90 km)
It’s been a very wet winter in my neck of the woods. Like sloppy, soggy, sodden. The wet winter has continued into a wet spring. There’s been rain on 15 of 24 days in September. Because it’s been so wet, I’ve kept wanting to ride out to Wiesner’s Swamp since it is likely to be full and gorgeous. However, through July and August that ride just kept not happening.
So I returned from 3 weeks in America on Monday evening. It quickly became apparent that there is still water everywhere. There has been enough flooding at work that our normal carpark access was cut off for several days by overflow from the Murray River. So all of that this week said to me that Wiesner’s Swamp should still be looking great and should still be worthy of a ride.
So I started thinking about that as a Saturday ride (before more rain forecast that night). Then I saw that Bill Stone was encouraging us all to go “Ride Your Park”, even if we weren’t in the US. So that sealed the deal.
Today will be the NSW version of “Ride Your Park” day – since Wiesner’s Swamp is a nature reserve administered by the NSW National Park Service.
My hayfever is really bad at the moment which means I can’t breathe. It is prime magpie season (I got swooped by 10 over 56 miles). And even though traffic was exceedingly light – I still got passed way too closely by 4 vehicles. Welcome home to Oz!
Still, I had a wonderful day and enjoyed getting back on the bike for a decent ride after about 6 weeks of not riding much at all. Good to be riding again! The photos tell the story.