Sunday, 30 March 2014

Tasmanian Sea Canoeing Cub AGM (Fortescue Bay)

Don't you hate those write-off weekends that you have to spend sitting around in meetings for some club or another?

Well this was one of this weekends ... the Annual General Meeting of the Tasmanian Sea Canoeing Club and as both the outgoing and incoming Commodore I kind of had to attend (damn, I just realised that means I have to attend next year as well).

So whilst the rest of you were enjoying your weekends, I had to spend two days of sitting around in team building sessions ...


Doing some over the horizon planning ...


Helping club members navigate their way through the reefs and pitfalls that we all face ...


Do notice there is a paddler inside all that white stuff ...

Watching a mystery whale pass under our 'meeting room' ... what? don't you guys have whales come to  your meetings?

Notice the strange bow wave on the left hand side of the screen ...
Reflecting on goals achieved (Hippolyte Rocks ... 2 nautical miles offshore) ...



Engaging with key stakeholders (in this case Mike being chased by a curious seal) ...


 A bit of shop talk ...


Testing out the oppositions equipment (also notice the pedal bike out with the other kayakers) ...


Catching up over afternoon tea with people we haven't seen for awhile ...


Checking in to our nights accommodation ...


On the second day there were more team building exercises ... helmets required.



But I guess at the end of it the important thing is that despite a 'wasted' weekend of work, work, work ... we did come together as a club ...





 and reached our goals ...

Here's to another great year ahead  ...


Oh ... and to the fact that sometimes 'the boys club' pays the price for their antics  ... in this case a 13km/hr full on ram into the cliffs after being picked up by a big wave over a little kelp bed ...


I had done almost exactly the same thing just moments before ...

Time to go home and get some rest and relaxation after two days of hard work ...


PS.  If you're wondering, this weekends AGM was based at the Fortescue Bay Campground on the Tasman Peninsuala.  My first days paddle was out to Hippoloyte Rock, and the second was a rock gardening training session out to Cape Hauy and the candlestick.  However many others went off on other training and paddling trips that were put on offer.

Somewhere in between the days activities we did actually sit down (I think it was between mains and dessert on Saturday night) and actually do the meeting stuff before retiring to the campfire to get back to the more important business at hand.

Right, with that out of the way, I really do need to treat myself to a holiday.

Sunday, 23 March 2014

Green's Beach (Narawntapu National Park)

Sometimes choosing a ride can come about because of the complicated alignment of a whole number of thoughts into a single great idea ... like this one.

Sometimes though, a ride can just come about when flicking through google earth imagery on your phone and suddenly see a connection of paths and trails which look really interesting ...

And that's exactly what happened this morning ...


Kim and I were up at Green's Beach so she could  run in the Convicts and Wenches race (25kms) and although I had originally planned to go for a paddle or a ride, the enthusiasm had left me after a night fighting ants in at our nights accommodation at Beauty Point Tourist Park and I had decided that a morning just lazing around on the beach and supporting Kim in her race would be a lot more enjoyable than doing any exercise myself.

Where's Kimmy?
I've just realised that I missed the opportunity to call Kim my wench all day!
However, before the race we went for a short drive down towards West Head to scout out the race course and after returning to Greens Beach, I was absentmindedly checking where we'd been on my phone when I realised that maybe, just maybe, I could ride around the coastline to Kelso, then around the backroads to Clarence Point and out to Badgers Head from where I could follow Badger Beach back around to West Head, jump back up onto the road and head back to Green's Beach ...



It looked like a fun loop that would bring me back along the race course for the last half, so after cheering Kim off on her race ...

Not Kim ... these be wenches
and they're off ...
Out along the beach ..
... and 20 minutes later they all come back again

I pulled out the bike and went to see what I would see ...

The initial section along Green's Beach to Kelso was a ripping good time ... lots of hard packed, easy to ride, sand riding to start with, but then once around the first headland there were some fun 'mystery' sections of slippery rocks and seaweed which you just had to go at at speed and hope you got to the other side ...


... which fortunately I did (have I mentioned lately that I love my 29er?).   Just before I got to Kelso itself I hit a soft boggy section with thousands of crabs ...


So I opted to push my bike along the upper coastline rather than create crab puree all over the beach until I found a track up off the beach and into into the shack town ...






From Kelso it was an easy ride along the bitumen back out onto the main road which we had followed into Greens Beach which I followed south for a while before heading out on the longer detour loop around Clarence Point ... which to be honest I wouldn't overly recommend or not recommend... it was just nice ... but really it was just more kilometres to cover with nothing special to see ... though I did get some company for a couple of minutes ...



Returning back out to the main road again it was only 50 metres to the Badger Creek turnoff and a fast easy 10km gravel road section out to Badger's Beach itself ...







Where I met a fellow cyclist and found out that pretty much all of the 25km runners had already been through and so it was time to set off along the beach and try and catch up.

It was gorgeous riding ...


















From the end of the beach it was a short rock hop and bike carry up to the road (from where the competitors got to follow a much more scenic route around the foreshore which is off bounds for cyclists) and a quick ride back to Greens Beach where I arrived just in time to get changed, throw the bike in the back of the car and take a photo of Kim as she crossed the finish line ...


All up my little ride was about 34kms and took under 2 hours at a pretty cruisy pace with lots of stops for photos etc. 

To be honest if you make your way out to Greens Beach, a walk out around West Head would probably be more worthwhile, but if you're looking for somewhere to go for a loop on the bike ... well I enjoyed it.