Curiosity Killed The Cat

It’s been a while since my last post (I’ll get to that shortly) but that doesn’t mean I haven’t been out and about on the bike. I’ve also spent time looking at/following some other blogs and had some follows in return – so welcome to all those folks: I hope you like what you find here!

That’s the good news.

The bad news is that I’ve had to give up on my intended participation in this years London to Brighton Off-Road event. After making it the full distance last year I was really looking forward to doing it and raising lots of cash for the British Heart Foundation

The reason is that I’ve got to have surgery on my shoulder that I landed on when I went over the handlebars of my bike. Yes, it was my embarrassing accident when I’d just bought the bike and made it all of 50yds before taking a spill…. After 18mths, X-rays, MRI scan and a steroid injection, they’ve told me that there is nothing else for it.

Subacromial impingement they call it: googling it mentions rotator cuffs and all sorts of things that I’ve only ever heard referred to with NFL quarterbacks! I’m sure they wouldnt have to wait that long…

So mid-June is when its planned and apparently I’m looking at three months rehab which blows my chances of training for the ride. I’m just keeping everything crossed that I can go out for some gentle rides over the summer or I’m going to a) feel cooped up and b) probably suffer an expanding waistline.

Neither is a great prospect eh?

So for now I’m enjoying the riding I can do and hoping to try some new routes over the next few weeks and then will have to keep my fingers crossed that I’m a quick healer!

And, if you’re of a mind, don’t let my non-participation stop you from making a donation – the BHF are a very worthy cause.

Now to the music – I was thinking of Chumbawamba (“I get knocked down but I get up again”) but I didn’t get knocked down as such. So Curiosity’s Down to Earth seemed more appropriate. Enjoy an 80’s belter, and Ben Volpeliere-Pierrot’s dancing! A classic!

 

 

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Marvin Gaye & Kim Weston

Hi everyone. It’s been a while eh? Well it’s been a couple of weeks and I’ve got the excuse that I’ve been off sunning myself in Turkey.

What a fabulous place. Great beaches, great countryside, great food and people. It was my first trip and it certainly won’t be my last. I even got to play around in some ancient ruins:

Ruins at Patara, Turkey

But, after getting home, it’s obviously necessary to get back on the bike. But the weather has been great and it’s much nicer to have company when cycling so why not have a trip out with Mrs D (after all, her bike didn’t get stolen) and enjoy the treats that the canal and river have to offer?

There are a few things to note when cycling in a pair or group: there’s always limited space and you don’t want an accident or, even worse, end up in the river! Pedestrians are a greater hazard and, obviously, at greater risk when there’s more than one of you.

Pay attention! Despite it being ideal weather conditions we still had a couple of close shaves with one old geezer (with an improbably long beard) nearly riding into me head-on despite my ever-more-frantic bell ringing…. He was just looking across the canal at all the pretty houses and not paying a blind bit of attention. Fool.

But these are mere annoyances. It was great to have conversation, mutual enjoyment and, mainly, a picnic!

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I’m afraid I can’t prove that this was a picnic as I’d scoffed the food before I took the photo, but I did take the picnic blanket. That proves it, doesn’t it??

And the other benefit of there being more people on the ride is that someone can watch your bike whilst you get the beers in!

IMAG1093So it was a good way to ease myself back into the saddle!

One last thing to be cautious of is that some parts of the path can be a bit narrow for two bikes. As a good friend Andy found out a few weeks back, this can hide hazards like logs which, in his case, spilt him off the bike and into nettles. Ouch. Good news Andy: the log has been moved so you’re safe next time we go out!

So the moral of this post is that it’s nice to have company! As the music will testify: