The past week has been quiet and relaxing with no rides but I did manage to finally get some paint on half of the roof. This year has gone pretty quick and has had a some significant moments for me.
In January, I registered on KB and Ann and I went to Auckland on the 1400 Intruder to watch some tennis and Cirqe du Soliel,.... and returned on a 2007 ST1300.
In February we participated in the Road Ride (Poker Run) at the Masters Games in Wanganui and came away with a Gold Medal.
In March, after having problems and a bit of discomfort from my left hip, I discovered the problem is arthritic and won't be going away until I'll have to get a replacement sometime.
In April, I was planning to participate in my first Southern Cross but had to attend a wedding on Hamilton Island instead. (in hindsight, I would have rather done the SC...now I have to wait 'til 2009).
In May I decided to start a blog. I have never been one to keep a diary or record events, but a couple of years ago, while overseas, I was emailing our exploits home, including to myself and six months later I was amazed when I reread the emails to find how much I had forgotten. Since returning to biking 20 months earlier, I had written a couple of ride reports and at this time, thought it would be good to keep a regular record of my rides and in the end, registered on the recently formed blog facility on KB rather than Blogspot.
In June we attended the KB North Island Gathering at Turangi, meeting some great new friends, although I was a little disappointed at the lack of support this event received.
My dad died in August. He was 81 and had a good innings so this wasn't a traumatic loss for me, but he was as sharp as a tack, we got on very well discussing all sorts of topics, and I miss him.
October would have to have provided me with my best highlight of the year in being only one of four to complete the Grand Challenge and extension. (2100Kms in 24hours). This was made even better with Lee Rusty telling me that he never expected any 'newbies' to achieve this, it being only my 2nd GC and the weather being reported as the worst ever for the event.
In November, Steve and I organised the Capital 1000K Cruise, which was well received by those that attended and most have indicated they would be keen for a repeat, so it looks like we will make this an annual event and then there was the annual Muscular Dystrophy Ride which is both a great ride and most satisfying to do bring some pleasure to these unfortunate children.
From a general perspective, I was disappointed when my daughter moved to Rotorua and as a result, I have seen very little of my Mokopuna this year, but fortunately, my sister's grandchildren live just round the corner from my office so I get to interact with my mates Jake & Eleni-Mei frequently. Business has been going OK and life is pretty good.
I have done over 30,000 Kms on the bike this year, so between the cost of buying the new bike and doing so many Kms, I've blown the budget and may have to ease up on the riding a bit in 2008.......... but that's not a resolution.
These blogs were posted on the KiwiBiker forum but I decided it was time for a change.