The problem with buying a secondhand bike, is that as you start to learn about the bike, and ride it, and get to know the bike for what it is, you start to discover some of the things that were done by the previous owner. One of the things I discovered was that the highway pegs had been installed upside down. Sometimes, a person just has to scratch their head.
I’m starting to get to know the bike and today was a perfect day to take it out for a long ride. A trip to the bike games in Nanaimo and a sunny day with a long ride was exactly what was needed. I saw lots of friends, that I hadn’t seen before. I also met up with people I hadn’t seen for a long time. It was a good day with good weather and a good ride.
Lately what I am finding is an added bonus to being in a different city is – this new location gives me access to places that might otherwise be outside the realm of travel.
Any trip I choose to take now has me reassessing my time/travel constraints. In the past when looking north on my island, I would add 3 – 3 1/2 hours travel time on any trip I wanted to take from my original local. Sometimes it would mean that I would actually be forced to decide whether something was a ‘do-able’ based on travel time and affordability. Now,I am 3 hours closer (return trip) to the north part of the island and things have actually been reduced to ‘day trips’ that would historically been overnighters.
My ride wish list for the year has been duly adjusted and I have been diligently peering over maps planning my ride calendar out. Nothing exact, mind you. More general than anything. For example, in May I will be heading to Port Alice. June will be Telegraph Cove etc. That way I have a whole month to do things and there is at least 30 days in which to do the ride – depending on my days off.
This year, being an odd year, is destined to be the year for close to home trips while next year will be another year for longer trips. Hopefully (hint hint) to the North West Territories.