Daily Archives: March 9, 2012


On Thursday I undertook a  toughish 5 and a half mile run into the wind and up the hill towards the Bowfield Country Club with a couple of  young whipper snapper pupils from school.  The run went well (i.e. this old guy managed to keep ahead of the young dudes).  Afterwards I jumped on the bike and headed home.

The commute home is a nice flat and generally car free route, apart from the first mile and a half and the last mle and a half.  The start is a bit of a pain with a bundle of traffic lights on slopes and some poor road surfaces.  Never mind.  I got myself to the last set of lights and only had the last poor road surface to deal with and then I would have some lovely roads with big wind at my back.  And then it happened.  Bump.  Struck by a car.  Fortunately, there was no damage.  I think the car’s mirror hit my elbow and I managed to stay on the bike, but caramba, what a shock you get.  My wee mate Jim only started back at work this week after 3 months off with a broken hip when he too had a bump with a car.  He still looks far from back to his best (hmmm, how did I manage to write that having told him how great he’s looking)?

Anyway, the lady in the car did pull over and looked quite shaken herself.  I kept my best behaviour and informed her that I was OK, but please, please give me some room.  A car’s width rather than a tyre’s (bike) width.

It’s tough being a cyclist.  Give us just a little bit more room folks.

Thank you.