Waiting for the ferry and watching the ships – on Queen’s Wharf, Newcastle.
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This morning I was on an errand to Newcastle and was unable to ride all the way as I sometimes do – it’s at least 25 km one way for me – so I packed the Dahon into the hatchback, then drove to the closest free parking area. Having the little folder meant that I could park much further from the CBD than would be convenient for most people to walk, but of course on a bike even a kilometre or more is almost nothing at all.
Unfolding the Dahon, I made my way by all means necessary to Honeysuckle Drive (Wharf Road?) where things become a little more bike friendly…
A short trip takes me to the foreshore – the cycle lane here is wide enough to avoid “dooring” as long as you are aware of the possibility.
Along the way, I spotted a young couple trying out a shiny new red “Papillionaire” brand bicycle… a good omen for cycling in Newcastle, I thought.
It’s possible to follow the foreshore for several kilometres on a bike, apart from that short road stretch between Wickham and Honeysuckle that has busy traffic but is relatively safe for riding as mentioned before. Here are some pictures I took this morning showing the wonderfully picturesque working port that is Newcastle Harbour and some nearby sights as well :
As an aside, it’s amazing how many smiles (and occasional funny looks) you get as an adult on a 16″ wheeler. They are super nimble on tight paths and almost as fast as a full size bike for the same rider. This one has a Sturmey Archer 3-speed with a very friendly clicking sound as it spins in second and third gears. It’s a 1982 model with a steel frame and wheels. For me, 16″ wheels are more appealing than 20″ on a folder, even if they are a little less practical over bumps and ruts in the road.
This enjoyable path is closed off partway along at the moment, for riverbank maintenance, with a temporary road detour provided.
As a follow up to my post on the blue Raleigh Stowaway at Long Jetty, I was there again today only to find that it now has a brother bike. This one has a 3-speed Shimano hub similar to the 3s on my old Speedwell while the blue one is a single speed. I am yet to hear the story of these two bikes, but they at least brightened up an otherwise dull and cloudy visit.