2016 Resolutions and Revolutions

One of my resolutions for 2016 was to take better selfies.

Yes – I know – saddo life goal right there.

But seriously, this attempt at a selfie  demonstrates why I need to drastically improve.

Bad selfie with Sir Chris Bonington.

Note to self: Take better selfies – Particularly when it’s with mountaineering legend Sir Chris Bonington.


I made legendary British Mountaineer (and one of the nicest people I’ve ever met), Sir Chris Bonington, look like a spaceship is launching out of his head. Please tell me I’m not the only person to do that?

A perpetual resolution I have is to do something new and different that scares me a little. In 2016, there were a few contenders like spending a few days as a bear ranger, which was narrowly pipped by the night I joined a revolution. It wasn’t planned, just all part of a day’s work.

Closer to home, I wanted to do something for my local bike shop, Manly Cycles, for making sure my bike is in tip top shape before I head off into the wilderness and get lost crossing mountain ranges.

Also, the staff happen to be highly trained mind readers who miraculously know what I’m talking about when I point to my bike and explain that the thing-a-ma-jig is wobbling in the wotsit. (Try looking that up on the internet. Think you’ll find the computer will say WTF)

So by way of appreciation, I offered to lead a beginner Mountain Bike ride around the tracks of Sydney’s North Head Sanctuary – a unique bush habitat on the doorstep of our iconic coastal community.

A mixed bag of riders turned up on the ‘beginner’ rides, from an ex-BMX-er to a tourist on a borrowed bike jangling with spokey-dokeys.  (the world needs more spokey dokeys).

Which just goes to prove it doesn’t matter what level of rider you are, what style of riding you like, or what bike you’re on…we all just like getting out there with mates and unleashing our inner ten-year-old before the serious business of work.

But the real question remains, was 2016 the year I got better at taking selfies?

Hopefully Sir Chris thinks so.

Hope you all have a wonderful 2017.

Cue the happy-clappy music.



Journalist. Travel writer. Roughty-toughty adventurer. Also known as "The Trail Tart" Addicted to two-wheeled escapades and exploring on my mountain bike.

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2 Responses to 2016 Resolutions and Revolutions

  1. Roy Shaffer January 14, 2017 at 9:58 pm #

    You have indeed a good resolution hope it benefit you as well as others.
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    • Tracey February 9, 2017 at 5:29 pm #

      Thanks Roy. All the best to you.

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