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What-if?

Our minds are delicately balanced at the best of times. We have a tendency to move through life in zones we know well, not really challenging ourselves that often. Routines rule most of our existence and we find a certain comfort in that. Life see...

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One week.

Last week was an extraordinary week, or at least it seemed that way to me. Not only was the weather settled and warm, but I felt strong enough to cycle on three consecutive days for the second week out of three. I’ve not done any long rides since ...

Feeling the heat.

It was 0845. A goldfinch fluttered across the road in front of me. This was followed by a bullfinch, buzzard, Jenny wren and a yellowhammer that sat atop a hedge singing its song: ‘little bit of bread and no cheese.’ As I approached it flew away l...

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Law of Sod

It’s that time of the year again, time to re-grease bearings, replace worn cables and parts and shine up your bike for whatever it is you are planning for 2017. I am one of those weird people that enjoy all this. Giving Kermit the love and attenti...

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Just another week

It has been quite a week here in Devon. A week without cycling, yes, you did hear that right. A week with lots of health appointments and miserable weather. What it meant for me was two-fold. Firstly, I had to drive far more than I would wish to a...

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Yesterday

Yesterday felt like the first day of spring. It wasn’t typical of February but it was very welcome none-the-less. The complexities of riding regularly and managing my mental health can be frustrating beyond words. Riding in Devon always has plenty...

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Hanging in

This past week has been a mish-mash of thoughts, feelings and ideas. Nothing feels concrete in my mind. Instead, it flows like viscous lava, slowly and relentlessly, regardless of my input. As a consequence, my mind feels full of treacle and my th...

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Struggling along

So here we are, over halfway through January 2017. It isn’t that I want to wish the time away, simply that I yearn for warmer months and more time so I can escape by trike to new places. My current medication has its benefits and its downside. Fir...