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Saturday, January 24, 2009

A missed opportunity or a bullet dodged?



Yesterday I missed my flight to Melbourne because I managed to get stuck in a queue at the Gold Coast airport behind quite possibly the stupidest individual ever to inhabit this rock we call a planet. I would have put this up as a "tosspot of the week" post, but frankly, calling this guy a tosspot would be a gross insult to any tosspot who may one day read this post. The practical upshot of all of this is that my Alpine Classic came to a premature end this year. However, looking back on what has happened since, it's entirely possible that, rather than a missed opportunity, this may in fact be a bullet dodged.

30km into a ride this morning, I realised that last weekend's pedal problems were, in fact, the result of a crank arm that is now completely screwed. I was on the way to Canungra in preparation for the climb to O'Reillys when it happened, but on this occasion, I was able to limp home the remaining 30km without any problems, a situation that would have been a lot more problematic had it occurred half way between Wangaratta and Bright for example. The Blue Flame is likely to be off the road for at least a week, which means The Black Magic will be brought out again for the remaining two days of the weekend. I suppose the consolation here is that I'm getting all of my back luck out of the way in one hit, and in doing so, making around 50% of it redundant.

I'm not changing my views on the idiot, however.

2 Comments:

Blogger Surly Dave said...

Sorry you didn't make it. It was hot and hard - probably nothing you're not used to. One of the things about travel is it exposes you to some of the dumbest people you'll ever meet. I usually end up sitting next to them. Shame though, though as you say the mechanicals would have done for you. Hopefully next year.

10:11 am  
Blogger Chris L said...

Hi Dave,

Yeah, it's unfortunate, but sometimes these things happen. I managed it last year, but it wasn't to be this year. Still, it means I have an extra day of holiday time up my sleeve for later in the year now. I might just head to Hobart for the ASH Dash in December.

9:02 pm  

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