There is Always
Something to Spoil One's Plans
by Harold Bridge
Have you ever done a foolish thing &
then sighed a sigh of relief when you realized it prevented you
doing something really stupid?
A few decades too late I finally got to see the Bike Fit Guru,
Keith Barry (Baz) Lycett, on Tuesday, May 29. I parked the wagon
at Tsawwassen (I spelt it!) & we, Mariposa & I, boarded
the 11:00 sailing to Swartz Bay. The ride into Victoria was fairly
straight forward as I translated Baz's route instructions into
a fairly accurate BC Rando type route sheet. It was only required
for the intricate bit round U.Vic.
Cleats, saddle and brake levers all got adjusted, and the computer
indicated I was applying 50% power from each leg. At about 16:60
I bid KBL farewell & set out for the 19:00 ferry.
Along Lochside Trail I was caught by a young girl on a decent
bike. We rode the rest of the way into Sidney's Lochside Drive
where she turned into home. Working in Victoria as she does gives
her a beautiful commute. But just before we parted she mentioned
her13 year old son! It's not she is a young girl, it's
me being an old man.
The ride back to Swartz Bay was definitely different to the ride
south. The differences in the position were noticeable. But climbing
the stairs on board the "Spirit of Vancouver" hurt
my knees, but not seriously.
It is 5 years since I last earned an "SR"
& I felt I should try for one more. But conditions &
routes conspired against me so that I decided to try in the summer
series. But as I should be in Ireland in August I will miss the
summer 600. That led me to think about Cache Creek & it's
600. So, on Wednesday I decided to go to my LBS for another lamp.
I went at the wrong time, 15:00, school out, & there was
a solid line of traffic on Coast Meridian Road. But as I was
crossing from east to west I had an empty north bound pair of
lanes & made for a gap in the line of south bound cars. I
have lived on CMR since 1983 and I know full well it is no longer
a 2 lane road but now a 4 lane highway. Then why did I go straight
through that line of traffic without checking the curb lane?
Incredible luck meant the car hit my rear tyre. I say that because
there was no sign of damage on the front of the car. I landed
fairly heavily on the road & was instantly helped up by concerned
mothers. The only visible damage to me was a graze on my knee.
A woman from the city insisted I be seen by paramedics &
she phoned. Soon the ambulance was preceded by the fire engine,
all sirens awailing!
I was pronounced too good to be shot & allowed to continue
to my LBS, albeit with rear brake released to allow the rear
wheel to rotate. I would normally do that journey on my winter/utility
bike. But as I had just completed the handlebar & brake lever
change on the Mariposa I wanted to do a ride on it to check it
When I got home I spent about 20 minutes truing up the wheel.
I couldn't get it perfect, but rideable. While doing that I became
aware of a pain in my ribs. At the clinic the doctor said he
didn't think I had any broken ribs & even if I did they would,
if left, heal in the own time. When I undressed for bed I found
a bit raw patch on my shoulder.
This morning, Thursday, I decided the wheel needed more than
my spoke key. But it might be a day or 2 before I get the Mariposa
back on the road & that is the only bike I could attempt
the Cache Creek 600 on.
As I said, doing something foolish has stopped me doing something
Harold Bridge 2007/05/31
May 31, 2007