The first map shows my last Strava track in the Mt Irvine Mt Wilson area. As readers will know I've done the ride to the Bells Line of Road many times since returning home from Switzerland. It's a serene ride, devoid for the most part of aggressive traffic and includes a sublime section of the smoothest tarmac this side of a Swiss motorway. Bike riding, being what it is, has always offered your blogger the chance to escape trivial things and clear my mind of troubles and unrealities that haunt all of us as we progress through life. Many of my better thoughts have been created on these rides and therefore it will be a sad day to have to visit what remains of the Ibcyclist country HQ.
The below map shows the fire boundary. The area's mostly national park, though spurs of habitation are everywhere in the area.
Sadly here's where the HQ was hit. The fire leaped the boundary road between the national park and the house of many memories. It was a near thing of course. If the wind had changed direction an hour or two earlier the beautiful gardens and home would have been saved. Australia though is a harsh continent and luck is not always with the good or worthy.
|A fine line|
|The house . . . a fine line between standing or burning|
Vaya con Dios.