The tone for this week was set by Tropical Cyclone Ita. Ita roared in from the North, and dumped about 200mm of rain over the Cairns area in 24 hours. As a result, the Barron River flooded, and prevented me from riding my trike “de Oude Schicht” on our usual daily 60km circuit. We adapted, and discovered other exotic locations around Cairns.
On my trike I carry the brilliant Panasonic GM1 camera in a little pouch velcroed to the frame. It allows me to capture all kinds of interesting (to me, anyway) perspectives, often from the recumbent position on the trike. The Barron at Lake Placid is usually what shall we say, a little more placid.
Note the white sign half way up the tree. This was the level of the Barron in the 1999 flood. That resulted in major inundation of the suburbs downstream.
By midweek the river had subsided enough so that we could ride our usual circuit. Or so we thought.
Cairns has some brilliant bikeway infrastructure. This causeway connects northern Cairns bike tracks with southern Cairns. My trike could not negotiate the brand new ‘beach’ on this side, nor the huge eucalypts swept along by the flood on the other side. Note the debris stuck high up the trees.
We turned around, and rode to the Marina at Yorkeys.
Then we checked out the new bikeway from the Cairns CBD to Woree. On one of the bridges we stopped to admire a tree gazing at it’s own image. It seems that Ita may have nudged the tree a little.
On the way home we said ‘hallo’ to the Machans community bull Rupert. Legend has it that Rupert as a calf, possibly during the 1999 floods, was washed down the Barron River. He managed to scramble ashore on the last piece of Australia before getting to the Americas. Locals have taken care of him since.
As always we stop to admire nice flowers and other interesting things.
And so ends another wonderful ride around Cairns, seemingly without a care in the world.