The network of country roads around Stratford, Vic seem to have one thing in common, at one point of another they all lead to Dargo. I've found at least 6 different ways to go in that direction. Its a bit far for an out and back ride to Dargo and wanting to know what the scoop was Rachael drove up there last weekend so I could ride and check it out.
Now thats sisterly love for you. Driving 96km on a mountain road to a town of 86 then hanging out with the locals at the one pub soaking pineapple juice for a few hours while I got my heart rate up. Apparently the people at the pub thought I had rocks in my head.
So do most of the farmers I've met being carted by Rachael to the farm she's visiting while I unload my bike and ride as she soils tests, farm plans or such.
You wouldn't believe how many job offers I have had. I could have Brian and I out here in a flash set up in a Cottage somewhere on a farm here in Gippsland. Sounds Idillic eh. Rachael fast as a wink tells the farmer... oh no she doesn't like to work hard. I've stopped being offended and consider it sisterly affection ( hmmm...).
Rachael is an agronomist and honestly her job is fascinating, she basically works with the farmers to set the best climate w/ their land and the current conditions/products available to grow crops to feed the plants/ animals to get the best productivity for the farm.
Interesting tidbits for the day.
There is a huge grain shortage, for a number of reasons one being - China factories are in slow mo to reduce pollution for this years Olympics. (hmmm).
Bread in Aussie is about $5 a loaf.
If you are going to consume anything organic the most important products are grains, wheat/oats/barley and such. In conventional farming they are sprayed at least 4 times, the land is prepared/ a herbacide and insectacide while growing, a growth regulator to make the grain uniform, and a pesticide to keep the grain from rotting post harvesting. (hmmm).
Rachael is a strong advocate of GMO products. She believes modified plants...can mean resistance to drought/disease and better health of the plant ... and mean less spraying/fertiliser which means healthier crops and healthier land/runoff/water. Good food for thought eh?
Congrats to Sue and Sunny http://www.susanhaywood.blogspot.com/ in the 24 hours of Pueblo. Good luck to Brian in the winter Tri worlds champs in Germany this Saturday. I am busy getting excited/nervous for a 60 mile race in the Ottway Forrest this weekend http://www.rapidascent.org/
Heaps of competition, fun riding it looks like. Hope I get my singletrack skills back in a hurry.