I was under a bit of pressure at work yesterday and at about 1630 I thought, “Bugger it, I’m going for a ride tonight”.
I was scheduled to pick up Ann from work at 1730 and go for dinner and with her being in town, that meant a wonderful nostalgia trip at Danny and Mary’s Istana Malaysia Restaurant. I spent two years of hardship serving the RNZAF in Singapore at the beginning of the 80’s and came away missing the weather and the food, particularly the Malaysian food …and Danny’s tucker is right up there!
Anyway, we were finished by 1900, went home, I slipped on my gear, went to the office to pick-up the GPS, found I was down to the last bar for fuel, so went to J’ville for a fill (and only managed to squeeze $62 worth in), and was heading down the Ngauranga Gorge by 2005 with no real plan in mind, other than stay off the main roads.
It was quite a nice night and I figured to be home by around 2200, so ended up deciding to go to Martinborough, over middle road to the Gladstone turnoff, then back again, which turned out to be 220km and I was home just before 2220 ….for a nice hot cup of tea.
The motorway/Hutt Rd is a drag one must endure, the hill was quite good but there was enough traffic coming the other way to be a nuisance, the scoot across to Martinborough was relatively quick and I managed to maintain a reasonably brisk pace along Ponatahi Rd.
I must say though, I felt a bit like I did about a month ago and didn’t quite have my eye in, so I will need a bit more of this. I wasn’t totally comfortable last week when Steve and I did a bit over an hour in the dark and this time I didn’t feel much better, baling on a couple of corners, generally finding myself turning in a bit early, I fumbled for the dip switch at times ….but it was OK ….and it was a good de-stress from a busy day.
I guess one could say that having to condition for a 1600 km ride isn’t all bad! Perhaps I should go for a short scoot tonight to consolidate??
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