I have booked my driving test, yay! It’s in a month, so that is a month to make sure I can do things like park a car. In an ideal world, I will pass that test and be able to drive from September onwards.
I finally got around to washing my shoes, and they are clean and shiny. And also wet at the moment. The Glenbrook dirt is gone, but the writing along the side wouldn’t come off. That’s ok though – the writing on the side is good. I think I am up for another walk in Glenbrook.
This afternoon I took my bike out again for the first time in probably 4 months. Being on my bike again made me remember why I have been going on and on about getting it serviced. As I was riding around the racecourse, I realised that my subconcious was being bothered by a high pitched sqeauling noise. It wasn’t coming from the racecourse – it was following me. It wasn’t just my ears ringing – it stopped when I stopped pedalling. So I turned around and went home to get oil. The only oil I could find was my brother’s valve oil from his trumpet. Oh well. He doesn’t have any valve oil left now :S
I loved it, I can’t believe I stopped riding for so long. Argh, what was I thinking? That’s right – it needs a service. I made a list of things to get for my bike. Here they are in order of necessity:
– a service
– a bell
– a light
– new patches and glue for my repair kit
– anything else the bike servcing people tell me I need to keep my bike healthy
– a rack to carry things on
– a satchel to put on the rack (because mum says that balancing a milk crate is difficult). Failing that, a milk crate.
So yeah, I am all for riding again! It was magical today. My hands were covered in grease from oiling the chain, and my legs were covered in mud from riding through puddles. I sat back and dropped my hands and me and my bike just flew on, we know all the turns like the back of our hands or whatever bikes have instead of hands. Maybe that isn’t very responsible behaviour. My near-collision count today comes to:
other bikes – 2
poles – 1
children – 0
cars – 1
soccer balls – 1
dogs – 3
Oh, what a lovely time. Hopefully there will be time to fix my bike up in the next fortnight and then it will be back like before, riding everywhere and being happy.
Catching mountains trains are one of my new favourite hobbies. In the holidays I caught heaps, but since ancon and uni, there have been hardly any trips at all. Yesterday I got to go all the way to Springwood and it was lovely. I like the way the sun goes down when I am going up and it looks pretty.