May: Getting better

Despite missing two weeks of riding due to rain and illness, it didn’t turn out too bad this month. I finished off with a ride with a couple of the Techies from work, nothing too strenuous and topped off with a pint in the pub on the way home. The perfect end to an imperfect month.

Bike Rides Miles
Lemond Buenos Aires 4 82.25
Specialized Langster 15 58
Kona Unit 3 38
Cove Stiffee 2 24
Totals 24 202.25

I rode a bike!

After what turned out to be nearly two weeks off the bike I finally got out for a ride this evening. Nothing particularly taxing, just 15 miles on the Langster to ease the legs back into things again. Apart from the wind, the weather was almost perfect for a change. Hopefully it’ll hold out for tomorrow night as well when I should be leading another work ride.

If it hadn’t been for the weather and me being ill, it’d have been a nice high mileage month this month and I might have caught up a few miles, it’s still the best month of the year though, but that’s not saying much.

Another Wasted Bank Holiday

I’ve managed to completely waste this bank holiday due to being ill. Apart from a quick trip to buy food on Friday evening, I’ve not left the house since I got home from work last Thursday. I was hoping to ride a bike tomorrow night, but it looks like I might have to put my photographer hat on and go out and do some work instead.

For all the stalkers out there, you can see my house on here, and my car as well come to think of it. You can even see my office if that excites you.

Stir Crazy

I’ve not ridden a bike properly now for what seems like an age. In reality it’s only a week or so, but feels like a lifetime. The only days it’s been dry enough to ride are the days I’ve been tied up with something else, or as is the case today, suffering from lurgy.

It’s almost enough to make me consider getting a turbo trainer!

New Model Army – Cheese and Grain, Frome

They were even better than last week. I danced like a loon for a good hour or so, so am a bit broken at the moment and partially deaf.

The venue was very civilised with tables and chairs round the outside. The setlist was broadly similar to last week but with a few minor alterations. The finale of Green and Grey followed by 225 was a fitting ending to the night.

Over The Wire
Stranger
Water
Island
Carlise Road
Another Imperial Day
Wonderful Way To Go
51st State
Here Comes The War
Snelsmore Wood (JS acoustic)
Too Close To The Sun
Rumour & Rapture
The Hunt
Vagabonds
No Rest
Poison Street
Get Me Out

Purity
Green & Grey
225

Expensive pets

Hobbes seems to be doing his best to bankrupt me at the moment though various illnesses, currently he’s got FIV, a thyroid problem, and a suspected throat infection. There was another trip to the vet today and consequently another bill for £100. He’s got to go back again on Wednesday for more injections and the associated hit to the credit card.

To make things worse, it’s still raining and therefore I’ve not ridden a bike since last Wednesday, and looking at the weather forecast and other commitments, I don’t think I’ll be riding one anytime soon.

Wet

The usual suspects are off to Afan this weekend ostensibly for a weekend of bike riding, but most likely it’ll be a weekend of beer drinking. Given the current weather, I’m not that upset that I couldn’t make it due to other commitments.

Tonight was a scout hike, due to transport issues I ended up parking at the end of the route and walking down to the start, then walking back again with the scouts. Fortunately it didn’t rain too heavily during the walk, it seems to have saved it for afterwards as it’s raining quite heavily now.

Tomorrow is Ethan’s birthday party, I really ought to wrap his present at some point.

New Model Army – Coventry

Despite the best efforts of the RAC to stop us finding the venue, we finally arrived in time to catch the tail end of the first support band. New Model Army were fantastic as always, we were stood right down at the front, so had a perfect view of the stage. They started off a bit slowly with Whirlwind, Stranger, etc, before finding their feet a bit more with some older material. It was good to hear some old favourites such as No Rest, White Coats, Vagabonds etc. All in all it was a thoroughly good night.

Same again on Tuesday please.

Whirlwind
Stranger
Water
Island
Carlisle Road
Another Imperial Day
Wonderful Way To Go
Fate
Here Comes The War
Snelsmore Wood (JS acoustic)
Too Close To The Sun
Rumour And Rapture
Whitecoats
Vagabonds
No Rest
Poison Street
Get Me Out
51st state
The Hunt
I Love The World