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Title: Il padrone spotted in the wild
Post by: onmybike on January 01, 2014, 10:40:49 AM
You know how it goes... You don't see another touring cyclist for a week, then suddenly seven of them come along at once.

(http://www.winercreative.com.au/photoblog/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/benambra-road03-900.jpg)

Il padrone is second from the right. His yellow Thorn has been trained well and stands on it's own. Encountered this mob a few days ago just outside the Alpine National Park near Benambra, Victoria, AU.
Title: Re: Il padrone spotted in the wild
Post by: jags on January 01, 2014, 11:11:43 AM
happy days look at that sky,everyone well loaded up what is the story there.
great pic.
Title: Re: Il padrone spotted in the wild
Post by: Danneaux on January 01, 2014, 11:18:17 AM
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...what is the story there.
Right here, jags: http://www.thorncycles.co.uk/forums/index.php?topic=7977.msg52703#msg52703

Best,

Dan.
Title: Re: Il padrone spotted in the wild
Post by: onmybike on January 01, 2014, 11:37:56 AM
I believe it's a week long group ride for the Melbourne Bicycle Touring Club. It goes through some pretty remote country so a bit of food and camping gear needs to be carried. On my own trip in the region I've just gone a week between shops.
Title: Re: Il padrone spotted in the wild
Post by: jags on January 01, 2014, 01:25:29 PM
what a country seriously love to go touring in a group like that ,at the moment here in rain drench ireland the sky is black it hasn't stopp lashing rain all day long,.my son is in new zwland this past 2 months having a ball and loving the weather hes due back here in a few weeks hah don't think he will hang aroung to long.
happy trails boy's enjoy your touring soak up that sun.
Title: Re: Il padrone spotted in the wild
Post by: il padrone on January 04, 2014, 01:53:04 AM
Well hey! Back again, great tour.

That was Benambra and Tim (a Gippsland local riding with us) tells us that Benambra is "big hat country". The Omeo folks also refer to Benambra as "Benanza"  ;)

(http://www.abc.net.au/reslib/201301/r1059128_12388171.JPG)


Yes, it was a surprise to see a cyclist ahead ("Did Matthew get ahead of me or something???") and great to meet up with a fellow forum poster - from the Thorn Forum - even rarer than local forumers. BTW, at the moment of this meeting, amongst eight cyclists we had five Rohloffs and one absentee Rohloff  :D
Title: Re: Il padrone spotted in the wild
Post by: il padrone on January 04, 2015, 10:26:18 AM
In NZ now on tour with a group of 9 others. About to hit Rotorua tomorrow for two nights. A day of geysers and Maori hangis. Then we are heading on to Tauranga and the Coromandel.
Title: Re: Il padrone spotted in the wild
Post by: Slammin Sammy on January 04, 2015, 01:22:12 PM
Jealous! Fantastic riding country.

Safe travels,
Sam
Title: Re: Il padrone spotted in the wild
Post by: Matt2matt2002 on January 04, 2015, 01:56:10 PM
Great pictures.

Is there a collective name for a group of touring cyclists?

Keep it clean folks.....
 ;)
Title: Re: Il padrone spotted in the wild
Post by: Slammin Sammy on January 05, 2015, 03:23:45 PM
How about a "pride of peddlers", a "clutch of cyclists", a "lodge of lycrans" or a "welter of wheelmen"?

Lame, I know... But it is 1:22am, so I'm not firing on all cylinders.

I'm sure I missed a few...

 :)
Title: Re: Il padrone spotted in the wild
Post by: John Saxby on January 07, 2015, 05:54:53 AM
a chain of cyclists?  a church of Rohloffistas?  a wheel of riders?  (This early-January heat is making me dizzy...)
Title: Re: Il padrone spotted in the wild
Post by: jags on February 12, 2019, 04:59:17 PM
gang of geeks  ;D ;D
Title: Re: Il padrone spotted in the wild
Post by: in4 on February 12, 2019, 10:45:23 PM
I'm currently in The NT and it's hot here, but not as hot as Vic these past few weeks. Scorchio!
That is one very laden Nomad. I'm musing on riding part of The Savannah Way hence my keen eye on the amount of luggage being carried, particularly water.
How about a Veneration of Velos :)?
Title: Re: Il padrone spotted in the wild
Post by: rafiki on February 13, 2019, 07:07:18 AM
Here in my part of Spain the local people abhor silence. A group of cyclists may be heard at considerable distance over the marismas (marshes) chattering loudly, all at once, non-stop. They compete with migrating geese overhead. So I propose an Iberian variant: a 'gaggle of ciclistas'.
Title: Re: Il padrone spotted in the wild
Post by: John Saxby on February 13, 2019, 02:45:00 PM
:)

Pretty quiet here in Ottawa today, Brian -- we had 30 cms of snow overnight, so there are no vehicles on the streets as I write.  The CBC is interviewing people to see how/if they are getting around: one guy who usually bikes to work said that this week has been a bit dodgy, so today he skied to work -- "a glide of cyclists"?

The default today is certainly an "imbalance" or a "dearth", maybe even a "vacuum". 

This too will pass, however -- the calendar says that spring is just 5 weeks away...
Title: Re: Il padrone spotted in the wild
Post by: jags on February 13, 2019, 03:45:42 PM
lovely day here bit windy but warm gray skys but no snow.
there is a god. ;D ;D

anto.
Title: Re: Il padrone spotted in the wild
Post by: rafiki on February 13, 2019, 08:45:07 PM
Spring comes early here. We've cold nights still 6C but brilliant sunny days up to 21C. Wildflowers in the hedgerows and deep blue skies. It's bringing out the rocket boys on their bikes. I am often alone on the roads November to Jan, they don't like the cold mornings.
Title: Re: Il padrone spotted in the wild
Post by: John Saxby on February 14, 2019, 03:22:24 PM
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Wildflowers in the hedgerows and deep blue skies.

Lovely stuff, eh?  Enough to make me envious, for sure.  But, my passport's from someplace else, and we still have serious winters here -- erratically so, mind, but still serious, and that's why I moved to Ottawa in the late 1970s.  The flip side is the glory of an Ontario summer, with unparalleled canoeing right at hand, for example, and cycling with lotsa hills but not much rain.

The wonderful thing is that, in the four months or so between early February and early June, the landscape is  transformed -- and not just a cyclical change of colours and foliage, though there is that, but everything is changed, changed utterly (with a thank-you nod to Mr. Yeats.)

I have a couple of photos from a ski trail in Feb and the same with my Raven in June, which I'll dig out and post -- they're probably under a pile of snow just now...
Title: Re: Il padrone spotted in the wild
Post by: John Saxby on February 15, 2019, 02:45:31 AM
Found some of those February-and-June photos, Brian.

Attached, two pairs from the same trail, traversed by cross-country skis in Feb 2015, and on my Raven in June of the same year.  This trail is an old settlement road along a ridge in the Gatineau Hills in West Qué., across the river from Ottawa.

Then, as a sorta-throwaway image, there's an additional snowy scene on the next post.
Title: Re: Il padrone spotted in the wild
Post by: John Saxby on February 15, 2019, 02:46:46 AM
More snowy stuff below, this time the Stuff of Mythology...
Title: Re: Il padrone spotted in the wild
Post by: rafiki on February 15, 2019, 08:11:41 AM
Lovely countryside, John, in both seasons. I love the snowman kit too! :) It's very flat around here. Lots of marshes, and a thriving agri/horticultural scene. Rice, cotton, citrus, soft fruits and potatoes. New innovations are basil and the US company Fall Creek has built a big, new blueberry plant nursery close to our village. As an agriculturist by training my daily rides are interesting throughout the year. I even plan my route to catch up on a particular crop event I want to see progressing. As a biurdwatcher I skirt the famous Doñana national park, a world heritage site for birders. We get some spectacular cloud formations at times over the marshes. I'll dig out a few pics at the weekend.
Title: Re: Il padrone spotted in the wild
Post by: John Saxby on February 15, 2019, 04:27:58 PM
Ah, now I know where you are, Brian -- just south of Almonte.  Splendid sweep of coastline on the famous bay.

(Interesting PS:  There's an Almonte in the Ottawa Valley, just west of Ottawa. Here's the story - https://almonte.com/our-history/ (https://almonte.com/our-history/))

My first-hand knowledge of Spain is very limited, just a ten-day hike in the Pyrenees near Ordesa NP, and another ten days' stay in Madrid and Córdoba.  Both were enough to whet my appetite for cycling, tho', maybe in March or September.