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.