The Greater San Fransisco Area

Continuing my quest to travel the world.

It has been my quest to cycle around the world for a very long time, although I have ticked off 16 countries to date, I still haven't achieved the ultimate goal of cycling the world. I cannot wait any longer for the conditions to be perfect, age is catching up with me, so it is now or never.

picture drawn by Jim my Step - Father on our trip across Australia

picture drawn by Jim my Step - Father on our trip across Australia
After our trip to Vietnam in 2012.

Wednesday, 28 March 2012

The end of Summer.

Winter is closing in fast. Generally the days are lovely and warm, but the evenings and nights have really chilled off. I've had to put my lighting set on my bike as my 7.15 pm closing hour at work is dark enough to need lights to get home. Daylight saving finishes this weekend and our clocks all go back an hour, which helps with light in the evening for a short while, but it's certainly getting darker earlier and earlier. those in the Northern Hemisphere will be very happy to hear that.

One thing to really put a smile on my face this week is Bob the cat. I really do adore my little ginger ball of fluff. His phantom pains, seem to have diminished in intensity,or he's just used to them now. Either way, he's finally back to his normal happy, healthy self. To prove it, he surprised me big time, by bringing in a baby bunny he had killed. He hopped a long way [much like a bunny], to find a burrow, managed to grab a baby bunny [which I'm not happy about], managed to get it out of the burrow with only  one rear leg, and get it home and through the cat door [which he struggles a bit with], He was so proud of himself, you could actually see the smile on his face. He enjoyed the experience so much - he did it again. I'm sorry for the bunny family, but I'm so happy the Bob is happy and well.

I managed, by making a nuisance of myself, to get an appointment at the specialist about my knee/ feet problem. Instead of the 2 month wait for an appointment, I managed to get a cancellation. The Specialist agrees I've been in the wars. Now I need an MRI scan and another wait for another appointment for that, then another wait for another appointment to see the specialist again, before any treatment is discussed. And when I finally do get treatment, they only do one foot / leg at a time.The wheels of the health system turn so very slowly. not to mention all the months of waiting I have had for appointments for physio and x rays. why can't they just fix things the first time,and then they don't become bigger problems where you slowly loose your quality of life. sports stars seem to get treated quickly and they are back on the sports field a few months later. I'm willing to pay just like them. Why why why?

Niels dramas never seem to end. He left his only map on a cafe table in a village in the Andes. And then got food poisoning. He made it to Sucre the capital of Bolivia, checked into a hotel to recover, and found a map of Bolivia. And even better - got wifi and his Peruvian electrical plug adaptor to work. So I spent several hours on google maps sorting him a new itinerary staying in Bolivia and not crossing into Paraguay. When he gets to the Brazilian border he can get a map there for the rest of the way to Rio de Janeiro. That cheered him up as he still had time to make it, without having to change flights or anything. So he still has two more days in the mountains, downhill initially to Padilla, then up to a little town called Vallegrande and then downhill all the way out. Unfortunately it looks like the road may be gravel though for some of it.

I'm hoping to go for a decent bike ride tomorrow, if my feet and knee behave themselves. Perhaps a 75 km ride on the flat [ to help my knee], with a bunch  of painkillers in my pocket. That should do the trick. I want to get some exercise in before winter.

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