At least I don’t have to sit and ponder to think up a title for my posts this month.
Yesterday I got a call from the bike shop – the faulty suspension has been repaired, I can come and pick up my bike – very happy. So this morning I took the city train in to Munich to be reunited at last. The weather forecast was very dreary, rain, rain, rain. I figured I could take my bike home in the train if necessary. But I knew deep down I wasn’t going to do that. I gathered up all my rain gear, including a waterproof handlebar case for my phone and set out.
During the two weeks that I was riding my other bike I got used to it – and I was beset by self-doubt. The bike was behaving very well, not giving me trouble, had the new bike really been necessary? But the minute I got on my Simplon, I knew the difference. I love this bike and don’t regret a penny. As they say, you can’t take it with you.
It was raining lightly at the start of the ride and got worse along the way. But I am looking for happy things. Well, I don’t really have to try hard, I enjoyed my ride in the rain so much. I had my best route through the city on my phone which was high and dry on my handlebars – happy. It was a wet day but not cold – happy. And I really do love riding that bike – happy.
What about the good weather streak? I can’t now say 16 days straight of sunshine, but how about a blue sky, or maybe blue in the sky? I don’t give up easily. Yes, 16 days with some blue, a record I believe.
On the way home I stopped for a picture of The Bavaria, a statue that thrones over the Theresienwiese. A friendly young lady on her bike stopped and asked if I would like her to take a picture of me with my bike and The Bavaria. I happily consented. All decked out in my rain gear. I have my “rain legs” on and they are really effective. Later on I put on a rain jacket.
I stopped for a picture of a patch of blue, 16 days you know.