The Maple Tree decs all boxed up

With the Christmas decorations all in their boxes, and NO garden work in the imminent future, time to look at Cycling once more. First up I want a NEW pair of cycling shoes to take over from my 18 year old pair of Sidis.


Need bigger shoes!!

I ordered what I thought would be the perfect pair but on arrival they were too tight in the toe box area and had to be returned.


Great shoes, but tight in the toe box

Sidi has always been my favorite option for cycling and motorcycling going all the way back to the early 70’s riding the Scottish Six Days Trial. I still have 2 pairs for trials in the workshop, and another 2 pairs for road motorcycling, and of course my current cycling pair, which were a good fit from the gitgo.

Seems I now need a pair in size MEGA and of course these can be hard to find unless you like Black!! After 30 years in the RAF black shoes have been on my feet enough and for cycling something a bit more colorful is my No1 choice. Blue/White is a good choice to go with the Roubaix, but any combo would be OK even with a splash of black . Here are some I like but of course most of them are not in the “mega” size.


These are in my size and Mega! …. but they are overpriced and only take the expensive Speedplay Pedals


Same shoe but not available in Mega!


So far I haven’t seen this one in Mega


Haven’t seen this one at all !


Serious bling but not seen anywhere



These are available in my size and mega

Never mind I’ll just keep looking and maybe I’ll get lucky with a last of the line close out deal.


In the meantime the 2018 Target is 4000 miles @7000′ and despite the cold, 121 miles has been knocked off the total in last luster January conditions. This weekend the cold and snow is back!


Serious snow and bloody cold!!

This morning 4″ on the rail, strong winds, and a high of 18F as we get to lunchtime …….. even worse tonight at 12F. The forecast 12 was 1F when I went out for my Monday morning drive and it never made freezing all day.






The hectic rush to get all the Christmas Decorations up post the big Thanksgiving Holiday is now replaced by the even more hectic chaos of getting all those decorations down and put away for another year.


Bye, bye to the cut Christmas trees and garlands

Thankfully the Christian church has a problem deciding whether the 12th Night is January the 5th or 6th ?      …….. well I started on the 5th and didn’t have any lights on, promise, and I’m still hard at it on the 6th.


Good session completed Saturday morning and Scuffy is free of all its winter livery. Bearing in mind we are due for 1-3″ of snow tonight work continues and all the boxes are in the workshop so I’m not dealing with snow and slush in everything.


A lot to get boxed up

The forecast was correct and just over 1 inch on the rail this morning and as the temperature is up everything is melting quickly. Time to get all the boxes, tree and figurines up in the loft. Done, now a quick dose of play off football and then a few more lights.

Everything on today’s agenda gets completed so just the Maple Tree to go. Monday and Tuesday at the Maple and all is good for another year ……. back to the cycling!





2018 begins and still another week to enjoy before dragging the big bus round again. Never mind this is the last year full time as I shall collect the bonus and then go back to being a substitute driver and working when I wish to.


On the cycling front this year my total target will be 4000 miles and I should be able to knock a few of those off this week as there is no snow or rain in the forecast at all! Current totals were 2032 for 2016 and then 3602 for 2017 so 4000 seems reasonable for the 72 year old this year.

Right now as I get up at 0730 New Year’s Day the Christmas lights have been replaced by flashing ones? An ambulance is in the road outside the house and there are several police cars scattered about with their lights on too.


What’s this extra Christmas lights ?

Seems a late Santa was on his way home, sometime after 4.30 this morning (you can imagine where he might have been) when sleep arrived, or maybe target fixation on the street light wreath, with all its pretty LED lights.


He was heading out of town but drifted across the road, demolished the Armco barrier in one easy push and collided with the light pole inside the median barricade …….. the pole has snapped, some of it in his or her engine compartment and the rest lies in the road, air bag  deployed, ….. but the wreath Christmas lights are still on.




But the lights stayed on!

The noise must have been horrendous, but we slept on. I venture out in dressing gown armed with my trusty camera and speak to the local Sheriff who also believes that hooligan Jack Daniels may have been involved.


Thanks Jack

0845 and the “wrecker” arrives and the car is hauled out of the Dolores (Bermuda Triangle) with severed Armco  barriers and power poles ……. and all this only yards away from Scuffy and my Maple Tree.


With the car gone the Police and Fire Dept depart and the Electric Company arrive to replace the pole. We seem to have won the wreath and dead pole.




The dead pole and wreath

Work continues most of the morning and a new pole is in and duly connected.



I set off for my first ride since November 18 and knock 15.31 off this year’s target of 4000. Weather looks like it will hold for the rest of the week but common sense says we WILL get pounded in the coming weeks!

Tuesday, and a more windy day, and an early morning dumper reminds me that people really are “that” stupid especially after yesterday’s driving debacle.


I honestly thought “they” couldn’t break this one

Now I need to fix the faucet which some idiot has turned and turned and turned until they broke the stop cock off!



Off I go in my thermals, A few miles to start the day, then pick up the new unit, replace it, and continue the rest of the ride. Knock up about 4 miles then notice the rear tire is going down. Quickly back to the house with Mister Softee and swap over to the MTB with its NEW tires and ride another 5 collecting the new part on the way round.

Fit the new part and in with another tube having checked the tire for anything poking through the cover…… all looks good, out I go again and another 6 is done then it starts to get hard work and sure enough, its going soft and so quickly that I’m forced to stop riding and walk home! 2 punctures in 2 years then 2 in one morning!!!!

Wednesday and its time for the Durango trip but first into town to get the application for property tax reduction, and as that’s beside my cycle shop some new tubes and a rear tire. They tell me for our roads I should come up from a 700 23 to 700 25 so I take their advice.

Off to Durango and some big boxes for all the extra decorations and a few extra shops where Brenda scores a “coup” on some pillows where she got to 75% off and then got it again!! even after asking and rechecking. Time for the arse measuring and despite the Google listing that they have the tool it seems they don’t! No matter I’m a 154 ? and I did try a Sidi mega shoe for width  which was good.Lunch at Steamworks and home again.

Thursday, mentally preparing for 12th Night and all the taking down of this year’s decorations but first sort out the new tire and tube and get a few miles in the book.


New tire and tube and I’m off again

Tire goes on, and off I go at 1445 and knock another 17.26 off the 2018 target. It gets colder and colder as I go round and I’m quite pleased to get home and have a warm coffee.


That’s about it for the first week and tomorrow is 12th night so the decs must come down!


One last look before they are put away