Today I rode with Matteo from Italy. He was staying with us just overnight. The worldwide scheme is known as WARM SHOWERS. If you're on the host list then people like Matteo can contact you and ask if they can come and overnight with you. Matteo is our very first warm showers visitor.
Matteo cycled 100 km from Wollongong south to our place yesterday and then today he had a trip of about 100 to Batemans Bay where he's due to stay with good friends of ours - Army and Robbie. They will enjoy hosting this young man from Italy. (There's forty years difference between these two cyclists. Can you pick which one is me and which one is the Italian?)
I figured I should ride with him for the first part of the journey today... the 10 km of dirt. It was certainly not easy riding with some hills, some sandy bits and a shallow creek crossing. We averaged about 13 kph. Another couple of kms and we were at the Princes Highway, the road which would take Matteo to Batemans Bay and on to Mossy Point. We said our farewells and my new-found friend headed south.
So, now, do I head back the way I came - over the corrugated, sand covered back roads or do I stick on the bitumen (highway) which would mean 28 km instead of 13. I opted for the easy way - the bitumen.
[A cyclist of the future. And downhill at that!]
One of the good things about bike riding is that you get the chance
to think about this and that. I got to thinking about all the long distance rides
I’d done over the last 20 years.
As I struggled up some of the hills - and the damn seat! -
I thought, “I dunno whether I ever want to do a week-long bike ride again.” Yes, that damn seat. Gonna have to replace that seat that’s for sure.
It is UNCOMFORTABLE.
When one thinks about retirement, one thinks of the English cricketer Graeme Swann - aged 34. He decided after Australia regained the Ashes to hang up his cricket boots. A lot of chat and controversy followed. Well, I'm definitely thinking about whether I'll be doing any more long distance bike rides from now on. Mind you, a new seat would make a heap of difference.
So, do you think I'm too old to do this sorta stuff?
Or do you think I should "bat on"? Is it time to retire?