A morning ride leads to some introspection
It seems I am obsessed to some extent.
Once I get something in my mind I have trouble stopping the thoughts.
Take this morning for instance – the mathematician and I decided to go for a bike ride before it became too hot. Nothing unusual there.
But between our family Word of the Week photo challenge having anything starting with W for the theme this week, and Becky’s theme of #SquareOdds, all I could think about was finding photo opportunities for either of these challenges!
The cutting of white gum trees we rode through – oh white starts with W – stop and take a photo of that – the shapes of the old mile markers seem a bit odd – oh that fits in with Becky’s #squareodds theme – stop and take some photos!
Do you get what I mean about obsessed??
Or is my brain just working the way it should, I’m staying curious, I’m engaging with others, I’m thinking creatively and I’m out doing something interesting – there’s different ways of looking at it!
Anyway that leads me into some interesting, and maybe odd, shapes of mile markers along the Tumbarumba to Rosewood Rail Trail, a project we’ve been very involved in over the years. And yes we do ride it – a lot!
Let’s talk about markers.
As Australia uses the metric system, our rail trail is a total of 21km from start to finish each way. I stopped at the odd numbered 19km marker and took this photo for today’s post.
R is for Rosewood and these blue markers are placed at every kilometre along the trail, together with the latitude, for making it easy for emergency service personnel to find you if needed.
In this photo the T is for Tumbarumba as we started from Rosewood.
When the rail trail was constructed it was important to leave some historical infrastructure in situ, and so it was the ‘mile marker pegs’, measuring the distance from Sydney were left in place. Some were refurbished and others are in their natural state. In those days Australia used the imperial system so miles it was.
The odd shapes of these markers took my fancy and apparently they were standard across the NSW rail system.
It’s interesting to note that opponents of the rail trail use the loss of history as an argument against rail trails. But to my mind this is preserving the history, as without the rail trail being built, these signs would be covered under weeds and blackberries and wouldn’t have seen the light of day ever again!
Anyway I hope you’ve enjoyed these odd shapes and numbers today 🙂
Becky has her Squares challenge running for the month of February, where we can share any photo as long as it’s square, on the theme of ODD – #SquareOdds – I won’t be joining in every day, but when I have something odd to share, I’ll be sure to post about it. Becky does say on her blog that squares can become addictive!
Odd can be interpreted lots of ways and like beauty it can be in the eye of the beholder. What I may find odd, you may think is completely normal!
You can see Becky’s Day 7 post here – And up popped this odd fellow
I hope you enjoyed this little insight into our area (and my mind).
I’m enjoying keeping an eye out for some odd squares and refuse to believe I’m obsessed!
Also linking up with Natalie for #weekendcoffeeshare – there’s always a lot of great posts to read!
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- Good Morning Sunshine #WordlessWednesday
- The Gift of Sunshine #WOTY
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A tragic accident at age 17, resulting in a Bravery Award from the Queen, didn’t deter Debbie from travelling the world. A young retiree, after being made redundant from her 22 year career managing education programs in a men’s correctional centre, she now loves reading, blogging, riding her ebike and a good cup of tea! Also known as Granny Debs to her 4 grandchildren.
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