Sunday, August 22, 2010


Yesterday was a day that I will remember forever for many reasons. Firstly I got to have my first short ride with 'Aliyah'. I must admit I was extremely nervous, and if I had to pinpoint the reasons why, I think it was because:
  1. She is brand spanking new.
  2. I was taking her out the road.
  3. What happens if I couldn't clip out of my pedals on time.
  4. The whole gear thing is new to me
  5. What if, what if, what if........
So the only way I know to get rid of nerves is to just stop procrastinating and just do it. So on went the shoes and out the door I stepped for my first momentous ride. I clipped my right foot in and started on my merry way and found that the left foot found it's position really easily - I didn't even get the 'death wobbles' in the process. And as I continued to pedal away, I quickly realised that this bike was awesome. Even on my bumpy bitumen road she was smooth - or maybe I was just so enamored that I just didn't pay attention, highly likely.

As I continued on the 8km home loop I once again was faced with the infamous hill and knew that at some point I was going to have to figure out my gears - so I probably had about 500m to do so. I remember Macca at Panther's Cycles saying "be confident when changing gears, give them a good tap", which is what I did and I got it mastered - no probs. The hill still felt challenging but I don't know, something made me feel invincible, and even though I was panting harder than any canine I know, I made it up the hill with Aliyah.

On the home stretch I decided to go and vote so I stopped by home and thought to myself I will just get dressed and drive back up. What was I thinking? I have a brand new bike that is beckoning to be ridden, so I got back on and rode up only to realise half way that I forgot my ID - so back home I went. Back up the hill I went and to the local public school to vote in Australia's most messed up election ever - well that's my opinion. When I got to the school I felt like a movie star - 4 volunteers (guys) where drooling over Aliyah. I couldn't take her in with me so I entrusted her to one - but made sure I gave him the look of you 'touch you suffer serious consequences'.

All in all as I was riding home I kept thinking, this has got to be the best bike ever made. The colour's are to die for, she is so light and I can't hear anything that is out of place. Just silence. She is awesome.

Today was also memorable because I got to meet Amanda, misszippy and her gorgeous family after her 35km bush run in the mountains. I wouldn't have missed this opportunity for anything in the world.
As Amanda ran passed me I yelled out "Go Amanda" so she could see I was right there, cheering her on. When she finished and had her timing chip taken off and she had a drink , she walked over and I gave her a big hug to welcome her to Australia, for finishing such a tough race, and for being a great bloggersphere friend.

We had a great afternoon spent chatting over some yummy coffee's and hot chocolates, whilst our kids - who got on like a house on fire, enjoyed hot chocolates and spiders (like a root beer float). This will be forever etched in my mind as a wonderful memory. Can't wait to do it all again, only next time I will be in the States. I hope you have a wonderful and safe trip back home Amanda and family.
What a day. I am happy.


  1. Barbie--The treat was all mine! Your kids are so incredibly sweet and the parents aren't too bad either! ; ) I'm so sad to go back home after a fantastic time in your fab country.

    Oh, and your election has lots of shades of our Bush/Gore election. I hope it all turns out for the best.

  2. I am so glad you had a wonderful time and I hope you didn't pull up too sore this morning. And your family and ours got on so well. We will definately have to do it again, only this time we head out to you.

  3. I think that it is incredibly awesome that you guys got to meet. I dunno, it's just really cool.

    I'm glad your new bike kicks a** as well.

  4. Patrick: It was seriously awesome. We just talked and talked and talked. And as for my new bike, yep kicks serious a**

  5. A new bike will make where ever you live seem much smaller. Have fun and enjoy the ride.

  6. TRI-james: I think it will too. I look forward to riding areas I normally drove through.

    Quinton J: It was totally awesome. The whole day was just a blast.

  7. Yay for having an awesome ride with your new bike! Isn't it such a great feeling?!

  8. Aimee; It is the best feeling. I cant get over how easy I found it to go up some of those hills. Can a bike make that much difference. I am in awe of Aliyah.

  9. Trust me, getting use to your bike will come alot quicker then you think, its like we are meant to ride it.

  10. BDD: We are having so much fun together. I want to go riding everyday.

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