Not really, just tempering the emotions with a touch of irony…
Work is bad at the moment, myriad reasons will cover that but as consequence stress is aggravating some health issues which are increasing stress. Ever decreasing circles rounded by over comfort eating and all in elderly parent issues and you have the perfect storm.
Wangled a shift swap and squeezed in a couple of care tasks and yippee we have a window before darkness to squeeze a ride in… really needed this more than anything before losing the plot and snapping.
A quick Mr Benn into Mamil mode … then second phone not charged … gps with minimal charge … not going well.
The first 15 minutes were good, then the rain fell… cold and wet and windy but soldiered on, stopped due to feeling ill a couple of times but on we went…
Not watching the clock it suddenly occurred to me that the sun was retreating below them far hills… check gps… as the screen went into night mode … bugger, blast and bugger 30 minutes of daylight and an hour from home.
No problem… we have lights… one to see with and one to be seen with … good eh ?
Not when 20 minutes later the main light fails … on truly unlit roads … suddenly we’re flying semi blind on wet roads up and down the Wolds.
What ensued was 35 minutes of quite scary riding in poor surfaces and dodging the odd car … heart pumping and music off … then a wrong turn, a sharp climb and we’re on puncture alley … fingers crossed and heart going berserk, swerve to avoid a jogger … get me home tired legs.
Finally street lights down the road… all is dazzlingly bright and I’m alive 👍
Quite a day on reflection… different corner etc, a little trip out of the comfort zone and briefly fear kicks in but we survive, well this time … never a dull moment riding a bike …