Having a rough time…….


April 12, 2011 by welshcyclist

Problems eh! They all come at once, just when you need time to sit back and think it all through, but life won’t let you do that, everything has to be now!

While I, as my reader will know, would rather be pedalling, everything else just gets in the way. Pedalling, it seems, is my only release from my problems, the main one self-induced, how to face up to it though?

The blogosphere doesn’t seem to be my friend at the moment, either, I have very little time to indulge, catch up with all you other cycling nuts out there, and what you’re doing.

I’ve just about kept up the 30 day cycling challenge I read about on Clive’s blog, though I haven’t kept an accurate tally of  my mileage, this doddery old fella keeps forgetting to activate his cyle computer, at the start of any cycle trip. I suddenly remember a good way into the ride, same with my glasses, things I should be transporting……..The memory definitely goes first.

I’ve still to use my newly acquired bus pass. Almost did yesterday, had to go up to London for a union meeting, at 16.00., would you believe?  Which meant I didn’t need to catch a train until 10.40. So after a quick pedal up and down the street, 30 day challenge, I considered getting the bus to Neath station, until I remembered there would be no return bus trip, up the valley after 21.00………..Doah!!!!

As it goes, I got home, after driving and training it at 22.15, so quite a long day, made far worse by the fact I was on the train for 6 hours plus, and even worse, having to listen to some woman talking, rambling on her mobile phone, from London to Bristol Parkway. Why don’t these people realise, the rest of us don’t want to hear about their munitiae? Personally, I’m embarassed talking about my homelife in earshot of strangers. Says the welshcyclist, blogging to his avid reader.

Travelling in the dark also makes it boring, I love to look out of the window, always insist on getting a windowseat, so that I can spot wildlife in the countryside, even though the train is travelling too fast to get a proper look. Birds in flight, however, offer the best opportunity, large ones anyway.

I managed to spot numerous buzzards, and seven red kites. The kites were particularly magnificent, gliding so relaxed in the thermals, changing direction with just a twitch of that marvellous forked tail. I’ve never seen them before on that train journey, so they must really be expanding their territory, making a comeback. Which is fantastic to see.

We are very fortunate that we live in such a green and pleasant land.

” Nuff said” as Clive says, it’s Tuesday, and the reality of working for a living has hit, nighshift tonight…….ugh!!

Cheers for now.

8 thoughts on “Having a rough time…….

  1. John Berry says:

    I hope the roughness smooths out soon….

    And yes we are lucky to live in a green land…I feel sorry for all those that do not appreciate it…I am loving the smell of the Ransoms and the dawning Blue Bells at the moment 🙂

    Good luck and keep cycling 🙂

    I am planning another ride across Wales at the end of the month 🙂

    • welshcyclist says:

      Nice one, North to South or East to West? Anyway have a good trip and let us know how you get on. I’m reall y envious, sadly I haven’t got the time for such an adventure, and I do mean it would be a real adventure for me. Cheers.

  2. John Berry says:

    I’m going South to North….Cardiff Bay to Hollyhead (NCR 8) 🙂

    I will be missing the entire Royal Wedding weekend (I hope!)

    • welshcyclist says:

      Sounds like a very nice trip, as far as “that wedding” goes, excuse me while I yawn, I’m ecstatic that I will be working that entire weekend, which obviously is the 3rd best way to miss it. At number one is a trip like yours, two an all expenses paid trip abroad, and three being at work. I repeat I envy you your trip, I really must break out of this valley of mine,beautiful though it is. I’ve been saying for too long now, that I’d venture onto the Taff trail, which will be the first section of your South to North trip, still haven’t done it though!

  3. Tim says:

    Life can be a right bar-steward sometimes and other times it can be better than your best friend and there no way of choosing what you get, you get it as it comes. That why I (like you) enjoy my time out riding, when you are out there doing what you want to do and where you want to do it. It is probably for that reason I am a right misery when I don’t get a ride because life get in the way.

    Hope you find a way to ride the waves that life throws at you and you find time to enjoy some two wheeled solitude

    • welshcyclist says:

      Had some two wheelede solitude this morning, cycling home from my nighshift. It was really hard going, feeling tired as a result of a cough and cold I’ve been refusing to let go. I’m intrigued when you say ” ride the waves”, I have a picture, now. of a cyclist surfing the waves, that surely would be a buzz! Cool.

  4. Glad one of my favourite bloggers has decided to put finger to keyboard again!

  5. welshcyclist says:

    As DaveyGie might say, ” Back at you!”, about to read your blog in the next few minutes. Cheers.

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