March 2013 Update

Garry McGivern’s March 2013 update. I went to Bridgewater at the beginning of the month to take my bike for a well-earned service. I also got a few new parts that had worn out. The front wheel was sent back to the manufacturers. If you remember, back to my time in China last year, the front wheel kept freezing up. Hopefully, they’ll be able to sort it out.

I had intended to cycle to Athens or Istanbul at Easter. But I ultimately decided not to go. For a number of reasons. The main one is, that my bike hasn’t come back from being repaired.

I’ve not really been out on the bike this month. We seem to have a strong, bitterly cold northeast wind constantly blowing. Apparently, we’ve had the coldest Easter on record. It got down to -12°c somewhere in Scotland!

Health

I think I might also have a mild dose of flu. Which I’ve had for a week now. I’ve been running a bit of a temperature and keep getting short of breath every time I try and do anything slightly strenuous!

Helped out my local canoe club that was running a taster session for children to introduce them to canoeing. I’ve not gotten back in a canoe myself yet. I find having to put all the gear on a bit of a faff! I like doing things that don’t require me having to put on loads of different clothes or safety gear, i.e. cycling; I can just jump on and go!

My book writing isn’t going very well, either. My attention span isn’t great. I get easily distracted.

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