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Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Winding me up



Apparently the weather forecast for tomorrow includes a strong wind warning. The truth of the matter is that the real damaging winds are expected to hit further down the coast, but that hasn't stopped people up here carrying on about 90km/h windgusts that are supposed to arrive. Of course, this would be no big deal to someone in New Zealand (where the above picture was taken), but in an area like this one where we generally don't get a lot of weather, it's enough to put everyone on high alert.

What was really interesting is that during the day -- even before I'd become aware of the forecast, I could feel something happening inside me. It was a feeling almost like I was preparing for an epic ride. When I heard the forecast (through an email from someone at work), I wasn't even particularly surprised. Somehow, I just knew. I've heard that some animals can instinctively predict the weather. Ants move to higher ground when it's about to rain, and I remember as a kid near Newcastle in 1989 (the scene of an earthquake), our cat disappeared for three days beforehand.

Just what this says about me I don't know. Maybe it's just the endorphins from last weekend kicking in at the same time by sheer coincidence, maybe it's the fact that my next major bike tour is now just 10 days away, or maybe there's a deeper meaning after all. Whatever it is, it's enough to fill a blog post that should keep people amused in one form or another for at least a few seconds.

2 Comments:

Anonymous Greg said...

Hi Chris, it's Greg in England here. How's things. Hope you're well. Just reading some of your past posts and note you planning a tour in Scotland in July. I also see your sister lives in, or is currently living in, Manchester? I live just north of Bolton (outskirts of Manchester) in a place called Horwich. It's about a 25 mins drive from the centre of Manchester. So, what's your plan for the tour? Are you flying to Manchester? How long are you over for? Can you believe it's 5 years since I was over there on Gold Coast? Time flies!

5:31 am  
Blogger Chris L said...

Hi Greg,

It's good to hear from you. How are things with you? I'm heading off for Scotland in a week, but my sister is now living in London, so that's where I'll be landing. I'll then be getting a train to Edinburgh, probably on the following Tuesday or Wednesday. Feel free to shoot me an email at the_chris_man_50 at yahoo.com anytime.

5 years, yeah, time does fly. The really scary part is that there are probably suburbs here you wouldn't recognise from five years ago! Everything else seems to be falling into place as it should.

1:24 pm  

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