Rumours of my demise...
Rumours of my demise have been greatly exaggerated (assuming anybody gave enough of a crap to start any). As I mentioned in a previous post, I have been unwell recently with a nasty illness that I picked up from somewhere. I've been reluctant to mention it because there are other people not far from here that need a lot more help and deserve a lot more sympathy than I do (see my previous post again). In any case, two events have brought my health back.
The first was doing a shift in The Beach as I watched the mighty Gold Coast United thrash North Qld 4-0, two of the goals coming from Super Bruce. I had been only 50/50 about going at all because I wasn't feeling well, and six minutes into the game it looked like all the singing was going to be too much and I'd be forced into The Left Side. Fortunately, that didn't happen, the singing just got louder as GCU handed out a thrashing. By the end of the night I was feeling good. I even managed to win an esky (God knows how I'll get that home).
Then tonight I headed out for my first night ride in far too long. I'd been feeling a little tired before the ride, but I went anyway. The first 10km or so I rode as if I'd been shot out of a gun. I had planned to slow down once I hit the hills behind Mudgeeraba, but somehow that didn't happen either. Once I reached Little Nerang Dam I was totally covered in sweat, even more than usual. I had planned for this by taking extra water, so I was able to really enjoy the ride home, too. Especially the view of the gorge in the moonlight. I'll be doing a lot more night rides from this point on, this is guaranteed.
I also had an idea for a new "reality TV" show -- The World's Stupidest Canetoads. You could pretty much pick any canetoad that's dumb enough to try to stare down an E3 headlight and an approaching cyclist without even moving -- especially if that cyclist is aware of what canetoads do to the local wildlife and not very happy about it. I found plenty of potential stars for my new show, but somehow they all ended up dead. Oh well, I'm sure there are plenty of others out there.