I can't blame much other than busy-ness at work and laziness at home (generally as a result of recovering from the aforementioned busy-ness). Nevertheless I'm still here and still commuting regularly on my Dahon folder.
I've also pimped it up a little over the last month (after getting it back with a new rear wheel - see previous post) so I'll put up some pictures when I get the chance. Unfortunately there are also the usual litany of minor niggles to sort out but it all makes good blogging material, when I get around to it.
The mornings are definitely getting lighter now and it's even still light(ish) for some of my ride home each evening. When the biting cold subsides on occasion, one can almost feel that spring, while not yet here, might just be around the corner. And with the promise of longer days and warmer weather, my thoughts are turning to this year's adventures. I already have a decent Sunday out in March planned and a few of us from work are having a cycling weekend away in May. There's a possibility I'll use the Dahon for one or both adventures (though I have taken a step towards completing my 1980s Raleigh fixed-gear conversion too - the use of which would also be a blast.) I also have my eye on a couple of Sportive events which look like they might be fun. But Dahon or fixed-gear, I just love the thought of turning up to events with something other than the usual Specialized/Trek/etc. carbon-look road-bike. I'm feeling fit and string too and so it promises to be a great year!
Yesterday when I got home from work, my youngest daughter gave me a present. Upon unwrapping it I was delighted to find a little companion (handmade by my wife) who will be coming with me on cycling adventures from not on. He spent today tucked snugly in the cargo netting on the back of my rucksack and I think we're going to have a lot of fun together. Ladies and Gentlemen may I introduce, Little Sock Monkey:
And so, in the immortal words of The Two Ronnies (overseas readers may have to Google that one):
"It's goodnight from me, and it's goodnight from him. Goodnight."