Feeling Deflated (18 August 2015)

A few months ago I agreed to take part in the Five Ferries Challenge to raise money for the Beatson West of Scotland Cancer Centre.  Sadly somewhere that has featured in the lives of more of my friends & family than I would have hoped, some of whom are no longer with us. Hopefully the money we raise will help with the work they do and the care they provide to achieve more positive outcomes.  If anyone wants to know more about it, or to donate, please go to www.justgiving.com/Ewatch/

Anyway as it’s now only a few days until the date of the challenge, I thought it would be a good idea to actually get back on the bike and start preparing.  Yes I know what you’re all thinking, “It’s only 82 miles and 5 ferries.  In Scotland.  With hills. And wind.  And rain. And midges.  Probably.  What preparation do you need?”  

It was a lovely day yesterday so I arranged with my wife Eileen that she would go for a walk and I would go for a cycle and we would meet up for some refreshments before heading home again by our chosen methods.  A pub may have featured in the plan…don’t judge me!  

Everything went great for the first 4 miles and then I noticed that the bike didn’t feel quite the same.  I looked down and my back wheel was looking a bit flat.  I wasn’t too worried as it was only at the bottom!  As I contemplated whether cycling 4 miles increases body mass it became clear that I’d got a puncture.  Feeling deflated (did you see what I did there?) I walked the rest of the way into Langbank and had lunch before deciding that rather than get all messy fixing the puncture I should just take the bike in for a service ahead of next week’s punishment.

It is said that you see more of your environment when cycling than you do driving, and if that’s so then I think it’s also true to say that you see even more when walking.  Unless it’s dark, or you’re conducting  method acting practice for your upcoming amateur dramatic performance as Stevie Wonder.  Anyway the point is that there were a couple of guys working frighteningly high up on the steeple of Langbank church, so I took a couple of photos.

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