Happiness is … (16)

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.

The Bavaria, “a monumental, bronze sand-cast 19th-century statue in Munich, southern Germany. It is a female personification of the Bavarian homeland, and by extension its strength and glory.” Wikipedia

I stopped for a picture of a patch of blue, 16 days you know.

The Theresienwiese – In normal times it would now be the site of enormous beer tents and final preparations for the Oktoberfest. That is St. Paul’s in the background.
Now on the final stretch, almost home – see that blue?

I'm a US born ex-pat, having lived most of my adult life in Munich, Germany. Cycling and photography are my favorite things.

2 response to "Happiness is … (16)"

  1. By: Lednar De Nalloh Posted: September 17, 2021

    Kudos to you, 16 days in a row, may the blue skies continue.

  2. By: NancyG Posted: September 18, 2021

    You make me think of those rain legs again ;’-). We have a few cloudy, rain days here as well. I have gotten out between rain drops these past two days, but the blue stay rather hidden until this afternoon AFTER I got home from my morning ride. Rain is due back later today.

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