More Snippets

I am still here.

The weather is turning colder.  The frogs have gone into hiding, probably sunk in an hibernative torpor until things warm up.  It is even getting too cold to sit outside at night with my bedtime chai latte.   Heaters and electric blankets have had their first use.  The double thickness duvet is on the bed.

I have been working through some health problems:  Kidney disease, diabetes, eyesight, sleep apnoea and of course depression. It just won’t go away.   Just as I was about at the stage of being willing to risk finding another female companion with whom to share my adventures, I realise what a bad bargain said hypothetical female would be getting.  Rethinking that idea.  Redoubling my efforts to lose weight, exercise more, and get fit.  Feel doomed to failure but determined to give it another go.    I just bought a mincer/sausage maker attachment for my Kenwood Chef too!

I also bought myself an enormous plasma TV and connected up my old surround sound system for a fantastic home theatre set-up.   I now have 3D capability, though not likely to be using it much, if at all.

Speaking of electronics, I am going to write a review of the Strike GPS, “The GPS made for motorcyclists by motorcyclists”.

Short précis: Don’t buy one.   More about why later.  Suffice to say I am looking out for a Garmin Zumo to replace mine.

I have the windscreen back on the bike.  I am fully prepared for winter riding now.  Last Monday evening coming back from seeing the specialist in Albany I had to stop and don my thermal underwear.  Luckily there are plenty of trees behind which to change.

Riding with Brenton and Andrew a while back, we encountered a mob of ‘roos on the roadside. I saw them , slowed and dropped back as they leapt along parallel to the two riders in front of me.  At any second I anticipated one to bound out across the road.   I could not believe my companions had not seen them, yet when I mentioned it later, neither had.  I must discuss with them the art of commentary riding.  They really need to hone their observational skills.  What you don’t know (or see) CAN hurt you.


About Uisce úr

Though I am old with wandering Through hollow lands and hilly lands, I will find out where she has gone, And kiss her lips and take her hands; And walk among long dappled grass, And pluck till time and times are done, The silver apples of the moon, The golden apples of the sun.
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2 Responses to More Snippets

  1. Dave says:

    Same here, electric blanket being used, second layer in bike gear(still have one to go), and winter gloves bought. Still in shorts for work, longs at night. I am looking to get a full rain suit for the winter riding this year. Pretty good Dri rider available locally for $95. Might even go with the fluoro design.
    PS. less than two months till I leave… excitment really starting to wind up as a begin to put my gear together. Bought a pretty flash travelling pack last week. Will use the section for sleeping bags to carry my helmet etc.Haven’t decided on helmet yet. The tour leader uses open face, probably to communicate more easily. Says it’s evenly divided amongst others.


    • Alan says:

      Open face means goggles or sunglasses, and a scarf or mask over the mouth. Otherwise it is bugs and tears before bedtime!


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