By Jingo, that one went quick! In fact, the year has disappeared so quickly I only managed to squeeze in 22,250Kms….but there were some good’uns.
The TT2000 jumps to mind and not only for 2010 rides, as this years event would have to rate on my all time top 5 rides list. Steve and I only opted to do Bronze (2340Kms over 2 days), which took any pressure off us with regard to achieving targets, so we were able to enjoy a relaxed ride, (sometimes at a frenetic pace) over roads that provided a bit of everything, with highlights being; blasting over the Takaka Hill and pootling back, the Buller Gorge but in particular the Lower or Westport end and SH7 through Punakaiki. The low point was coming off in hardpacked-hail ice on the Hunderlees (although with minimal damage to bike and self).
My 5th Grand Challenge was a great route but, once again, coming off (once again with minimal damage to bike and self) made the event really tough for me and the follow-up C1KC event three weeks later was also well received.
The only other long ride was our annual MDA (Muscular Dystrophy) pilgrimage to Napier - Waitara – return. This was another great event and ride but apart from that, the weather and work conspired against doing too many Kms this year….the upside being that I guess I saved quite a few dollars…..I only spent $2,200 on gas, did 1½ fronts and 2 rear tyres and probably did another $2k on servicings.
On the home front, having my daughter and grand-daughter’s move back to Wellington has been great, we enjoyed another good tennis trip to the Gold Coast in July and thanks to Ann’s son moving to Melbourne after buying a new TV, but not paying anything towards it….we now have a 50” jobby in the lounge and 42” in the bedroom. One could (and has) argue that it’s a bit of an overkill, but it is good for watching Wimbledon or the Tour de France at horrid hours.
All in all, I guess I could say that 2010 has been short and sweet, the bike has done 105,000Kms and is still purring, my dodgy hip doesn’t seem to have gotten much worse, we are still in business and earning enough to get a bit fatter…and keep fuel in the bike….and life’s good!
These blogs were posted on the KiwiBiker forum but I decided it was time for a change.