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This weekend in Sydney is the International Fleet Review which celebrates the the centenary of the first entry of the Royal Australian Navy’s Fleet into Sydney. It kicked off yesterday in grand naval style by the tall ships entering Sydney Harbour. I missed the sight as I was glued to a desk and a computer screen, but the walk home across Darling Harbour offered me the opportunity to see the tall ships moored up next to the Sydney Maritime Museum. It is quite a beautiful sight seeing the rigging and sails gathered up around the booms while the boats peacefully rest in dock. I will be going to see some of the international naval ships on Monday and hopefully catch a glance of a few others around the Harbour on Saturday and Sunday. There will be a flyover on Saturday morning too of helicopters and jets, so the camera is going to get a bit of a workout this weekend.

So here is a taste of some maritime goodness. More to come…

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The ANZAC Bridge is Sydney Harbour’s other bridge. It is the one that is often forgotten by the tourists, but equally important in keeping Sydney moving. In my opinion it is an engineering beauty whose elegance lies in its myriad of cable stays and it’s two sentient towers. The area in which the bridge is situated holds lots of Sydney’s working history, with the old sandstone quarries being located on the Pyrmont side (East) and one of the many old dockyards surrounding the harbour foreshore being located on the Rozelle side (West). For many American GIs posted to the Pacific Theatre in World War II, they would have departed from Sydney in boats docked near where the Western footings now stand.

The weather this last weekend has been pretty much rubbish, but at sunset on both days the heavens opened up and provided a spectacular sky show with the ANZAC bridge as its star. Come to think of it, the weather this Summer has just been bizarre – and I think there may be another heatwave coming our way later this month. Both my Canon EOS 400D SLR and Canon Powershot G15 came out for a play and here are the results. As usual all the photos link through to larger images on my Flickr photostream.

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The last shot is of the cycle path that loops around on itself on the Pyrmont side to bring you up to the height of the bridge deck. I have ridden this too many times to count. If you are interested in going for a walk to the bridge you can find it at the location below on Google Maps. Make sure you stop at the Sydney Fish Markets for a bit to eat while you are at it as well.

ANZAC Bridge - Google Maps

 

Just a quick post today. I was kicked into gear yesterday morning after reading the post from another rider blogger – RevRider – “Finding Motivation Early in the Morning“. My knee had been playing up on me over the Christmas break (I had a knee reconstruction at the age of 20) and was causing me all sorts of trouble with my quadricep muscles. Dehydration from both the Summer heat and a few festive drinks over the break probably didn’t help either. For yesterday’s ride I needed all the motivation I could get, because the Bureau of Meteorology was predicting heatwave temperatures – 43 degrees Celsius (or 109 degrees Fahrenheit) in Sydney!

I planned the ride to be super early, and set my alarm clock for 4:30am. My bidons had big blocks of ice in them, and summer riding kit was donned . At 5am it was already 22 degrees and climbing, and the sun was about to present itself. As I took off on my warm up loop, which is probably one of the best in the world – along the edges of Sydney Harbour – I was awestruck by the sight that greeted me. At the end of the street it looked like what appeared to be a wall of cruise ship. It seems like everywhere I turn in Sydney now there is a cruise ship, and this is not the first time I have published a blog with cruise ships in them (Sunrise at Middle Harbour, Riding in the Silly Season in Sydney). Still it is pretty awesome to see the big ships bringing visitors keen to see my home town.

Riding - Cruise ships greeting me

Of course I was also greeted to another glorious Cycling Sunrise, this time overlooking the Sydney Harbour Bridge and a beautiful silhouette against the dawn light.

Riding - Sydney Harbour Bridge Sunrise

I took all these shots with a little Christmas present I received – a Canon Powershot G15. This is an awesome prosumer compact that I will be writing up an “amateur” review of in a later post. It is small enough for me to carry in my back pocket while I go for a ride too!

I am glad I got out, because not only was I greeted to a glorious Cycling Sunrise, but also I was able to smash out a few PBs against a couple of segments on a regular route around Glebe, Annandale, and Canada Bay. Quite chuffed that I was able to get a PB up the Lilyfield Road pinch too (12% maximum gradient over 300m climb). I got back home before 7am with the mercury pushing 25 degrees by this point. By 2pm that day it had hit the stifling 43 degrees as predicted and the last time I felt heat like that was on a stopover in Dubai.

Looking forward to some more riding later on in the week and I now how have a camera that can do the shots justice on me all the time. Although there are more heat wave temperatures on the way in the coming week… better that than rain.

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