We’ve had a great weekend on Miss Scarlett.
Riding down to Yeppoon, we had a (mostly) clear road and perfect conditions, not too much sun and a little fresh breeze. After finishing the chores and packing our overnight bags in the morning, we rolled into our friend’s front yard at 4.30pm and were warmly welcomed. I presented him with peanut butter cookies and a jar of my newly-trialled bacon jam. Yes, you did read that right. He suggested I might like to divorce the Husband and marry him instead…. Instead, in the interests of continuing friendship and marital harmony, I gave him the recipe :-). He likes to cook, and the process is simple, so everyone was happy.
Next morning, we took a look-around ride to Emu Park, just down the road which is a lovely little holiday community. The local RSL (Returned Services League) has put up a really impressive memorial to mark the Centenary of Gallipoli and the ANZACs, and a Wall of Remembrance for the fallen of all wars.
But what really captured my attention was a monument called the Singing Ship, which commemorates Captain Cook’s discovery of Keppel Bay in 1770. It’s a very interesting and impressive piece of sculpture, built to capture wind passing over a series of pipes, producing a fascinating ‘singing’ sound. Imagine the sound you get blowing over the neck of a bottle, and magnify and change the pitch of this several times, and you get some idea of the effect. There are multiple pipes, and each sings a different note. We didn’t get the full effect, as there was little wind, but on a blowy day, the effect is stunning (click the link for a sound sample).
I’m a bit tired today, it’s been a long couple of days on the bike, but I’m just happy I’m once again able to make a long trip without pain 🙂