Monday, August 29, 2016

PK is a dangerous man

Me training in 95° heat. 
Having a whinge last night about the orange looney did me the world of good. I promise not to talk about him again until he does something really offensive. 

For the record I just love America and many who sail in her. I just don't like the racists, bigots and misogynists or indeed anyone who thinks that Donald Trump would be good for the country.

But hey - it’s your country - elect whoever you like.  

For the last couple of months we have been cycling regularly for exercise - and also because on Thursday we are going to Scotland for a cycling trip. It is called the lochs and glens tour and could prove to be challenging. We have been assured that there are many pubs on the route so we shall not perish for lack of sustenance and alcohol.

We are as usual going with Gwenyth and PK.  PK is a very dangerous man because - even though he is a tiny bit older than I am - he has the constitution of an ox. He can cycle all day and drink all night - and his drink of choice is Jameson  - and a Jameson session is not for the faint hearted. 

Gwenyth was until the last trip a source of amazement as she has had some of the most spectacular prangs ever witnessed on bicycle tours - and once in Holland ended up on crutches. 
Gwenyth contemplates death while PK wonders when he can decently
leave her to go downstairs to drink Jameson with me. 
When we arrived back at the boat Captain Mart - the looney skipper - looked at the blood soaked and tattered wreck that was Gwenyth and said something along the lines of ‘is the bicycle OK?’ whereupon he rushed past her to go and have a look. 

Since then she has become an avid bike rider and - like all off us - never falls off unless she hits a stray sheep or an  inattentive hiker - or gets totally hammered at lunchtime in some trattoria in the wilds of Italy or whatever country we are in at the time. 

So we will have enormous fun and may even on occasions enjoy the scenery. 

Cycling here has been tough because the summer has been ferociously hot. Perhaps it was like this last year but I do not recall it being this bad. Anyway - cycling 20 miles in this sort of heat and humidity is not easy. I really do hope it is cooler in Scotland - as the forecasts say it should be. 

If you are interested - we start in Callander and finish in Pitlochry 6 days later after circumnavigating Loch Lomond and the Trossachs national park. 

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