“We shall not cease from exploration and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time.”

T.S.Eliot

Our response in Australia to the COVID-19 global pandemic was to confine ourselves in our homes, to #stayathome. We were asked to physically disconnect from each other and from society. But we could exercise, and so I did.

Through the March to May lock down I cycled every street from Belmont to Adamstown between the Pacific Highway and the coast. And as our life made a faltering return to normal I travelled beyond, from channel to channel – Swansea to Newcastle.  A total of 840 km cycled, covering 800 streets and 32 suburbs, with 284,000 heart beats and 1 flat tyre. So far.

I have lived for nearly thirty years in the one house and, apart from a few familiar haunts, I don’t really know the place where I live. My life took me elsewhere, crossing my suburb and others but not getting to know them. This was an opportunity to better connect with where I live, at least as well as I could while keeping socially distant on a bicycle.

Note: the colour of the map is coded to heart rate.

Exhibited during Reconnected at the MAC, Museum of Art and Culture, Lake Macquarie, July-October 2020.