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24th Feb 2008
Today I decided to get on my brand new bike, well brand new in the fact I've never ridden it before but not so new in the fact that I've had it for a few months and it's just be to dam hot to ride it (well that's my excuse and I'm sticking to it). So today was the day I thought I'd try out the new bike and go for a ride around the Swan River (stupidly this thought came to me at about 10.30pm when the temp was already starting to rise and I was inside with the aircon running), so I got all my gear together and went out to the car to load up and try and fit my mountain bike into the back of my Toyota Yaris, which after about 1/2hr and 4 attempts I got the sucker in there, however I was so close to the steering wheel I felt like a little old lady trying to see over the steering wheel.
I arrived in South Perth and headed off on my first bike ride in three years and was excited to see if all my training in the gym and with my personal trainer friend was paying off. I'd been riding for about 20 mins and decided to stop and take a few pics and catch my breath and let my butt and knees recover from the 20 mins of gruelling riding ;) Taking off again I managed to ride all the way around to Burswood Park and again take a few picks, catch my breath, let the knees and butt recover. There was actually quite a bit happening around at Burswood Park. There were helicopters taking off for the scenic tours, there were heaps of family's picnicking, people cycling, rollerblading and enjoying yet another beautiful, sunny and stinking hot day Perth has to offer.
After recovering AGAIN, I headed back to the Canning Bridge for my next stop at the Barrack Street Jetty to check out the Bell Tower and stock up on water.
The Bell Tower houses the twelve bells of Saint Martin in the Fields church, the parish church of Buckingham Palace. The bells have been recorded to be in existence before the 14th century and they have rung out to celebrate England's victory over the Spanish Armada in 1588, the homecoming of Captain James Cook after his voyage of discovery in 1771 and the World War II victory at El Alamein. The bells have also rung in the New Year at Trafalgar Square for more than 275 years, and have celebrated the coronation of every British monarch since King George II in 1727. Children sing of the bells in the popular "Oranges and Lemons" nursery rhyme, "You owe me five farthings say the bells of St Martin's".
Arriving at the jetty I headed straight for the shop and bought myself another 2 bottles of water and an ice cream. I sat there next to "The Lucky Shag" watching all the patrons drink their pints, thinking I could really go one of them right now, but no I relented and after finishing my ice cream I headed off for the old brewery.
James Stokes, a settler from Bristol, England, established the Old Swan Brewery in 1837 then it was called the Albion Brewery. There was a push for a brewery because of the belief that imported spirits was ruining the colony. The Albion brewery produced traditional top fermented ales. Now days is a fantastic restaurant and function centre located right on the waters edge.
Continuing on I made it back to the Narrows Bridge and headed back to the car, where I could lie down and die.