TURNING THE PAGE

Well 4644.30 in my case

The 2018 (Pre Cancer) total of 4644.30 came and went on 10/30 and now we wait to see how “far” we go before the weather shuts me down.

November kicks off at 4672.79 with two 35 mile days but then its chemo time again and although another 40.64 adds on the total on Thursday another bout of nausea returns followed by dehydration which knocks me sideways again and the first half of Saturday is not much better, but I’m pulling through after another session and Stage 17 of the Veulta¬† which has been great to watch and very exciting and hard fought throughout.

Great finish for Roglic, to lose 2 Grand Tours on the penultimate stage would have been too much. Well done to my local rider Seth Cuss who could have won some stages himself!

MADRID, SPAIN – NOVEMBER 08: Richard Carapaz of Ecuador and Team INEOS – Grenadiers / Primoz Roglic of Slovenia and Team Jumbo – Visma Red Leader Jersey / Hugh Carthy of The United Kingdom and Team EF Pro Cycling

We are now forecast for a load of winter storms and snowfall, no surprises here! Currently siting on 4784.49 for the year with hopes of cracking the MAGIC 5000 ?

Basket after basket of logs comes upstairs as the temperature plunges and grim weather forecasts fill the mail box. Not quite as bad as they said but very cold with a sharp wind and two days of fires to keep life pleasant.

Monday morning, 2″ on the balcony rail and forecast for another 3″ temp down at 28F. Not seeing much in the way of cycling and still having trouble getting any sleep! Seems one set of medication stops the other one from working.

A little sleep last night, which is better than none, but some nasty dizzy spells every time I rolled over. About another inch overnight and forecast not to get above freezing today.

Seven lost days already this month as we arrive at 11/12/20 and not much nicer today. Schools reclosed as Covid numbers spike everywhere and still people refuse to comply with the simplest of safety measures and WEAR A MASK.

Need to get into town today and get another battery for the Beemer in the hope that someone might make a real offer. A lot of stuff on Craig’s list and more to come, and E-bay as well. Should be time for some “Christmas Presents” with new trials suits, hunting garb and another load of skiing items.

Going on ebay a gorgeous Yamaha team jacket

The 1975 RAF ISDT team jacket

NEW XC-Ting riding outfits

Fruitless search of all dealers and not a battery that fits and prices in some cases over $300. Eventually find the same one on Amazon at $122 with free shipping!

The internet goes down as soon as I get home but its slightly warmer, so into full thermals and out we go with the intention of getting at least 10 miles rather than have nothing! By the 10 mile marker the cold is setting in, toes first, then fingers and nose but I know if I can push on to 16 then I will be through 4800 so the hard part is finally achieved and I’m home, coffee in hand, and a cheery blaze in the grate!

Through 4800 for the year

Fighting weather to get to the 5000!

TONY DOWN

 

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