On the way to Port Hope Simpson – Translab 2014
It’s been a sparse year for riding this year. Between looking after my son and my wife and daughter’s work schedules, I haven’t had much time to get out for a day’s riding let alone one of my usual three week binges of distance. I tried to plan a short trip earlier in the year but that fell apart quite spectacularly in no short order. Which sucked but isn’t really something to get that excited about. If there’s one thing I’ve learned it’s that trips happen in their own time, for their own reasons.
I think if I get any rides in this year at all, they’re going to be short three day affairs and they’re going to be closer to the Fall, which means colder riding. Which doesn’t worry me other than grip issues on asphalt as the road temperature drops. I’ve got good gear and heated grips. The cold isn’t too hard to take.
It’s funny how the road gets in your head some days and you just don’t want to stop and then there are those days where it just beats the shit out of you and you wonder why you’re out there at all? All of which is tempered afterwards with the sense of accomplishment you have for just getting through that thing that sucked so hard.
Or maybe it’s those days of riding that are so long after a while you don’t know where you end and the bike begins (which is always a good cue to find a place to stop and rest).
So maybe no big rides this year but it doesn’t mean I can’t make some mods to the bike and break them in for the trip for next year….
It really is an affliction.