On the road again


After more than five months of having to rely on family, friends and taxi drivers, I’m finally able to get behind the wheel of a car and take myself wherever I want or need. 

The first place I drove was to Maccas and grabbed myself a latte. The trip was easy enough, and it’s like riding a bike. Something you don’t forget easily. 


My visits to physio and the pool will be much easier from now on. And I also feel it’s one more step in the right direction for my rehabilitation. 

As for getting back on my bike, that’s still a few months away. Slowly but surely. 

You don’t know what you’ve got till its gone 

Take a look around. Look at what you have at home, the car you drive, the friends you have, and the freedom that surrounds you. And now, for a few moments, close your eyes and imagine that it’s all taken away, or even just some of. How would you feel? Disappointed, heartbroken, or lost?

This is something that happened to me over the past few months. I haven’t lost anything from my home, nor has my car been towed away, never to be seen again. But my bike is no longer rideable.
I still have my friends and family, and they are a huge part of my life, in so many ways. But what has been taken away from me, is my freedom.

The freedom to get on my road bike and ride to either a preselected destination, or to hit the road and follow a path less traveled. I miss the wind in my face, the speed beneath my wheels, and I miss the comradery with the cyclists who I shared the roads with.

I also miss the simple thing in life, being able to pick up a cup of coffee with my right hand and not feeling a sharp pain in my shoulder. But I still get my coffee, so there is a positive.

Having to ask family to drive me to any place I need to go, or when they are not around, I need to catch a taxi. And I have already had my rant about my love for taxi drivers.

We take so many things for granted, and we only realise how much they really mean to us once they are gone. Hang on tight to what’s close to your heart, because it can be gone forever in the blink of an eye, and there is no way to get it back.

Don’t it always seem to go
That you don’t know what you’ve got til its gone

Joni Mitchell – Big Yellow Taxi

A Lucky Break

As i dropped off my Avanti road bike off to my local bike shop for its six monthly major service, I knew it was going to need a set of new tyres as well as a full service. Not cheap, but very necessary.

And I also knew I would only be off the road for a few days, so i dropped it off early in the week to ensure it would be ready for my weekend rides through the Dandenong hills.

So when I stopped by the bike shop after work on the Friday to pick up my bike, I found Marcus waiting for me to hand it over.

We chatted for a while about the weekend plans and I mentioned the hills I would be descending. And I asked for a new set of brake pads, even though they weren’t worn all the way down. Better safe than sorry I thought when I knew the downhills and corners of the Dandenongs.

He hoisted the bike back onto the rack and slipped my used pads off and was about to replace them with the new set when I heard him say. ‘Damn!’

I walked over to the bike and he pointed out a serious crack in my bike frame. It was well hidden and was only visible when working on the back brakes.

It was then I understood his serious concerns. The next bump I went over with the bike in that condition would have possibly been my last. The frame would have snapped and I would have gone head over heels and caused myself some major injuries.

The bike frame had a 10 year warranty, so it was only a matter of requesting a new frame and waiting for my bike to be re assembled.

So after what seemed an eternity (three weeks) my bike was back together and with a new and updated carbon fiber frame.

The very next weekend I headed up, and back down the Dandenongs without a care in the world.


I do think that was a very lucky break. So sometimes we get lucky, and other times it just doesn’t go out way.

Ride safe.

United We Stand…


With all the saddening events happening in the world around us, we need to keep our spirits high and always look for the good in people, and the good in the world around us.
There are so many people around us who want nothing but to help others. They are the ones we need to keep by our sides at all times.


We are bombarded with tragic events on a daily basis, but we need to somehow continue on with our lives. Life must go on, otherwise we are letting the events take control. And that’s what the minority of the people of this world want.

At some stage of our lives we will all be faced with a choice of whether to unite or go it alone.

The answer is simple. United we stand, divided we fall.

A Roll Of The Dice

We sometimes look around at what we have in our lives and wonder if that’s the best we will ever have. Or are we just getting by and are happy where we are and how we feel. Do we need to push ourselves further? Is this a question we ask ourselves on a regular basis?

Everyone has different thoughts on what they want in life and where they should be at a certain time in their lives. From our teenage years and all the way through to retirement. No matter what our age, we wonder if we are track.

Some people think they should have a better career or be married with kids at a certain stage of their lives, but nothing is set in concrete and changes can happen in the blink of an eye.

Some changes can be seen coming from a distance, and they are the ones we can plan for. On the other hand, there are some changes we don’t see coming and are blindsided by them at the very last moment.

Whatever the situation is, you can always want something more, but you must be prepared to do something about it, and not sit around waiting for it to happen or for someone else to kickstart it for you.

Some changes may impact your life more than you want them to, but without going through the process, you will never know what it really is like on the other side of the fence, and if that’s the change that you have been searching for.

Take a chance and roll the dice. It may be the future you’re really looking for, and it may be waiting for you, to make you complete. 

Bruce Springsteen – Roll of the dice 

Two dates and a dash 


Our lives are made up of two dates and a dash in between them. We need to take every opportunity to make the most of that dash.

It may not always be easy to make the most of that dash between the dates, as inconveniences get in the way, and so do times of depression and exhaustion.

But with the very limited time we do have, we should at least try and be happy and see the brighter and lighter side of life. There is more to life than the boring and mundane. We just need to go search for it.

Go for a drive, take a short trip, go to the movies with someone special. Sit in front of a blazing fire or laze on the beach. Make the time to create memories.

If there is something holding us back from finding our true happiness, we need to either work it out or walk away from whatever it is.


Life is like that box of chocolates, sometimes we can find the sweetest things, and other times somethings are just plain nuts.

Signs – Pointing us in the right direction

Cycling, walking and life all have one thing in common. There are signs around us to tell us which way to go, what turn to take and where our destination lies. And if   that’s the direction we want to head, we need to follow the right signs. 
Some signs are easy to see, as they are posted on steeet corners or smack bang with in the middle of the road, making sure they are visible to one and all, whether we are on foot or on a bike. 

But there are times we avoid these signs and end up either lost, or so far away from our destination, we wonder why we didn’t follow them in the first place. Or why we completely ignored them in the first place. 

It seems that street signs are the easiest ones to see and follow, if we choose to follow them and continue heading in the right direction.

On the other hand, signs in our lives can be a little more subtle and take time, and sometimes a very open heart to see, and then fully understand. 

We need to look out for these signs that will keep us moving in the direction and ensure we follow the right path that will guarantee our happiness in the journey we want, and need to pursue. 


And then there are signs which can’t be ignored, like the one at Maccas stating that all Maccaroons are half price with any coffee purchase.  How could I ignore this one. 


Sign, Sign, Everywhere a Sign-Five – Man Electric Band