Have been rather remiss with progress here (updates on Twitter instead), but can say that Mordor was achieved yesterday. Apparently one can simply cycle into Mordor.

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Work and procrastination and so on and so forth, but I'm back on the bike. Out at dawn this morning, cycling east on the outward loop, into a gorgeous morning.

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Nov. 21st, 2011 04:09 pm
Well on the way on the East Road - by way of the Burke-Gilman trail and Recycled Cycles in Seattle - awesome, just fabulous. As is the Elliott Bay Bookstore, as ever.

Reading: oh, lots of stuff, mostly on Kindle app
Bought: Driving Home by Jonathan Raban and Bicycle Times


Oct. 22nd, 2011 08:17 pm
A busy week, so only a couple of trips out – and todays was more of an errand, going to look at a new car.  Mine has, I think, got to the point of being more expensive to run than is worthwhile: fixing the problems it has now would cost the same as a year's payments on a new car.  Who knows what else might crop up in the meantime – it's ten years old, and fairly highly-strung, so it's unlikely not to have things going wrong.  I'm a bit sad, as it's a great car when it's running.

Reading: miscellaneous comfort, bits and pieces
Bought: new car (so no new books for a while now ...)


Oct. 16th, 2011 12:23 pm
Through Epping Forest early this morning, all vapour – steam breath huffing from horses as they stood in fields; woodsmoke from chimneys of farmhouses as I pedalled by, and the autumn mists that gradually cleared as the sun rose higher.  It was a gorgeous morning.


Oct. 16th, 2011 07:01 am
Cycling seems to be working – knees twinge a little but it seems to be in the supporting muscles rather than the joint, so I'm hopeful that this is adjustment and strengthening.  So far, no blow-ups (touch wood and other superstitions).  About to head off for a 15 mile ride.

Reading: Snuff - Terry Pratchett
Bought: nothing recently apart from Snuff and something on procrastination that I can't be bothered to look up the title of.


Oct. 4th, 2011 02:51 pm
Cycling to Mordor now: the optimism of July really didn't last long – about as long as it took for my knee to declare war on my running again.

So, after a certain amount of railing at the vagaries of the universe and generally moping around, I've returned to cycling – partly spurred on by a fabulous day out on a borrowed bike in August, partly by recollection that I did actually like pootling around on a bike when I had one that didn't make the aches and pains worse.

That last part was always going to be difficult.  I did eventually establish that a road bike of some sort was going to work much better for me than the hybrid/mountain bike I had been trying unsuccessfully to get out and use.  Saving doth commence.  Last Friday, some many miles from home, I found the make/model I was saving for at 70% off (ex-demo, 2009 model). Reader, I bought it.  I then threw myself on the mercy of the British rail system, which was in turn sympathetic, and so got my bike home (thank you, East Coast mainline and your guards, their vans, and the bike racks therein!)

Over the last four days, I've almost doubled the distance gained to Mordor. 'Nuff said. But, dear heaven, there are some vicious hills around here.

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