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Tandem Talk September 2021

Welcome to another edition of Tandem Talk. It’s been a while so sorry about that – busy you know. Anyway, a whole bunch of notices below plus an article from yonks ago about WATCAC’s outing at the 2010 Busselton Half Iron Man Marathon. I know recycling content is a bit of a cheat, but I realized the other day that many of our current members may not have heard the story. It’s a bit long, but I hope that you find it interesting.



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Dryandra Woodlands Adventure

In May, 18 WATCAC members and friends headed down to Dryandra Woodlands, 165 km south east of Perth, for a fabulous long weekend exploring the trails, single track and roads in the area. The Lions Club of Narrogin run the tiny 1920’s former forestry settlement, Lions Dryandra Village.  This cottage accommodation and education centre is meticulously hosted by Lisa and John. Our group spread out over several cottages ensuring comfortable sleeping arrangements.  Sue and Connie set up the long table in the aptly named Wallaby cottage which became the hub of our non-riding activities.

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Sunset Reveals Secrets on Night Ride

A collusion of five tandem and six single bikes rode river paths and quiet streets from Canning Bridge to Dalkeith at dusk on Mother’s Day last Sunday. The troupe’s destination was the historic 1906 site of the former Claremont Old Men’s Home, established as a hostel for homeless men during Perth’s gold-rush inspired building boom. Now a heritage listed public space, its numerous former residents included Samuel Speed who died in 1938 aged 97. He was WA’s last surviving former convict, transported to Australia for arson in 1866. He died a free but poor man. The facility was renamed “Sunset” in 1943 and eventually closed in 1995 prior to heritage listing.

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