I Ran Over a Cat’s Head!

Actually, three of us ran over several thousand cat’s heads. As you can see…

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What? We wouldn’t actually run over cats! Well, not on purpose. In fact we didn’t even run over these cat’s head thorns on purpose. Ryan, Mule and I took our bike gang around town, out through east Bathurst and back around towards the centre of town, where we climbed the levy wall between an abandoned concreting place and the Corporation Gasworks. A gully divided us from the Gasworks, so we cruised along the levy wall to the road.

Alas. Unbeknownst to us, approximately half of the world’s weight was currently concentrated in spiky little thorns on the levy wall. About half of those thorns ended up in our tyres. We pulled over in a driveway to check the bikes over, and instead of finding soft bindis, as we’d expected, these sturdy thorns were coating the tyres. Three bikes, four flat tyres, countless punctures. This was Mule’s rear tyre;

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Both the front and rear on both Mule and my bike were riddled with holes. The only reason Ryan’s bike escaped is because he uses tubeless tyres filled with a sealant. Well. As you can imagine, that was the end of our ride for the afternoon. We wheeled the bikes the kilometre or so back to our place, where the real fun began…

Picture of the Day 68: the damage done

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…changing four tyres! And ridding the rubber completely of the several hundred (and that is not an elaboration) cat’s head thorns. It took the three of us an hour and a half, using fingers, pliers and knives to get rid of the thorns.

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Here’s the other part of the above picture, where Mule tells me to get some work done instead of taking photos. 😀

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Of course, I don’t listen to Mule.

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Casualties!

Oh. Mule heard me trash talking him. -_-;

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Oh! And happy Valentine’s Day (as it was then) from this random bit of food:

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Drinks, prawns, salami and olives, and two movies which were terrifying in their own way (Black Swan and Sunshine) – best way to spend a Valentine’s Day evening. 😀 Hope you had a good one too, whatever you got up to!

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About Anneque D. Machelle

Anneque "Dangerpus" Machelle (rhymes with ranger wuss) is a rebel and a rogue from way out west. Strictly banned from interactions with other human beings, she spends her days amongst molluscs, dogs and lizards, whom she counts as her closest friends.
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