The Morning After the Night Before

Some girls are bigger than others
Some girls’ mothers are bigger than other girls’ mothers.

Sorry, I meant to say some families are madder than others. Went to the Bike Shop in Hexham yesterday- obviously I didn’t want to go to the shop & it was only because Josh wanted to go that I reluctantly went. [That is the defence version of the day!] As Josh wasn’t sure of the exact part he needed, we will have to go back to the shop today to look @ bike porn again! I’m gutted as you can imagine.

After Hexham, we went along Hadrian’s Wall to Vallum Farm shop for lunch. Mmmmm an exquisite burger followed by chocolate & orange ice cream & ferrero rocher ice cream.

I’d forgotten how fantastic Hadrian’s Wall is. It is no wonder it is on list of World Heritage Sites. The views are spectacular. It is amazing to think that even in AD122 people wanted to keep the Scots out! Plus ca change! I’d say to anyone who hasn’t visited Hadrian’s Wall that it is worth putting it on your “bucket list”.

I fancy cycling the length of the Wall in the spring. Perhaps over Easter weekend. Its only 70miles, but there is little flat land, and plenty of hills, some very sharp. The train to Carlisle, bike ride to Bowness on Solway, then a ride back the next day to Wallsend, then either ride back to Michelle’s or head down to Tynemouth.

Anyway, back to yesterday. It was time for Michelle’s penance & so she (sorry I mean, Michelle) had to join my parents, Tom & my sister for a meal @ The Chester Moor Pub. A lively debate was had! The words of Francis of Assisi came to mind. You recall the words about “where there is discord let me bring harmony…” Well some people seem to manage that in reverse! Didn’t you…

Well the rest of today has been hysterical giggling & then lots of munchies. This before the wine has been opened! This could be a long night!

Cycling? Today? You’re having a giraffe! Too much wine needs drinking!

My home in East London is near Barking. Where I am currently staying is most definitely barking!

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Life in the Madhouse?

Well, from a madhouse of just me in London, I’m currently staying with Michelle & family in the beautiful Tyne Valley.

Yesterday started with walking the dogs @ 0645am. I know now why I like cats!

We went out for the day to the coast, driving up to Amble for a fish & chips lunch & a quick walk of the dogs, then to Alnmouth for a blow job on the beach. Sorry, I meant being on a very windy beach & getting blown along by the wind. I say “we” but had better explain that. There were 4 people in the car, Michelle, moi, and her 2 boys Jack (17) and Josh (11). However unfortunately Jack suffers from “Teenager syndrome” meaning he was unable to get out of the car at all! Around 7 hours in the back of a tiny Citroen C1 is not my idea of fun!

The good news is we remembered to get the “garlic, orange marmalade & free range eggs”. We arrived home just around “Wine o’clock” – kindly sponsored by Wylam Spar – 3 bottles for £10!

What’s any of this got to do with cycling you ask? Well, I brought my bike up to Michelle’s in the back of my car. Guess where the bike still remains? Still they say its the thought that counts!

Football wise, I’m glad to see Newcastle warmed up for the derby against the Mackems with a fine 0-4 home defeat by Arsenal in the FA Cup! (Insert sarcastic smilie here).

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The Wonders of Modern Technology

Just a quick update now I’ve learned I can blog from my Blackberry phone!

I’ve got my place on the 2011 Police Unity Tour as have Michael & Eric from Ohio & Lisa from Canada. I’m looking @ ideas for fund raising. Any suggestions?

Cycling wise, I’ve not been out much owing to a recurrence of problems with my knee & also owing to work commitments.

I have got to see the surgeon about an operation on my knee. This would mean six weeks completely off my bike. 😦 Still it could mean an excuse to be off work in the winter weather. Also, an operation could be an excuse to get either Michelle or my mother to look after & pamper me for a while as I recuperate. (Hope they don’t read this!)

Work commitments has been a number of overnight trips away & hence time off the bike.

As I write this, I am off work on holiday for a week. Oh & its the derby against the Mackems on Sunday (newcastle v sunderland). Guess where I am spending the week.

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The Wonders of Modern Technology

Just a quick update now I’ve learned I can blog from my Blackberry phone!

I’ve got my place on the 2011 Police Unity Tour as have Michael & Eric from Ohio & Lisa from Canada. I’m looking @ ideas for fund raising. Any suggestions?

Cycling wise, I’ve not been out much owing to a recurrence of problems with my knee & also owing to work commitments.

I have got to see the surgeon about an operation on my knee. This would mean six weeks completely off my bike. 😦 Still it could mean an excuse to be off work in the winter weather. Also, an operation could be an excuse to get either Michelle or my mother to look after & pamper me for a while as I recuperate. (Hope they don’t read this!)

Work commitments has been a number of overnight trips away & hence time off the bike.

As I write this, I am off work on holiday for a week. Oh & its the derby against the Mackems on Sunday (newcastle v sunderland). Guess where I am spending the week.