Blog Entry Six – D Day minus not nearly enough.
Note to Self – maintain riding equipment. As I type, there is a snort of derision from my old GT hard tail parked on the veranda outside my office window. Somewhere on Sunday morning’s 65 kilometre training ride, my binding back brakes went from irritant to impediment before morphing into a fully seized set of back wheel bearings. I was panicked and confused when despite my best efforts Dave Whitehead continued to pull away from me effortlessly. In an effort to catch up, i strained every muscle in my body, which didn’t take long, but couldn’t. I must have looked like Arnold Schwarzenneger, before he got big and strong. With 3 kilometres to go I had to stop for a mild coronary, which was when I picked up on the seized back wheel. I finished off the ride with my bike on the bike rack. Dave performed major surgery on my bike on the Monday and it is back on the road. He did say however that there were bits on my bike in urgent need of attention, mostly the bits between the front of the front wheel and the back of the back wheel. The technical term he used was buggered. Hence this note to self.
The Old Legs Tour continues to gather momentum. I was approached this week by Alistair Gamley and Zilla Batchelor. They heard about our pending adventure and have been inspired to get back onto their bikes with a view to joining us, because they want to do something to help Zimbabwe’s pensioners. I was brought up to never ask a person their age but I’m guessing Alistair and Zilla are both in their late seventies. I’m guided by the fact that throughout our meeting Zilla referred to 72 year old Bruce as young Bruce. I’ve told Alistair and Zilla that we would be absolutely honoured to have them join us on our training rides. Watch this space. , and we’ll see how we go.
I don’t need to tell you that times in Zimbabwe are hard. But corporate Zimbabwe have once again staggered me with their generosity and their readiness to help the less fortunate. The Old Legs 2018 Tour is very proud to welcome on board as corporate sponsors The Cardinal Corporation, Cresta Hotels, Prime Seeds, Eaton and Young, The Directory, Seedling Express, Selby Enterprises, FX Logistics, Ilala Lodge, Pro Pay and Dichwe Implements, Paperhole Investments (Pvt) Ltd. Thank you, thank you, thank you. I’ve promised them all extensive brand exposure, via my ride jersey, especially through the likes of Mahalaype Kuruman and Hot As Hell because by then I’ll be riding very slowly.
A big thanks to Dave Whitehead for the hard work that has gone into www.oldlegstour.co.zw It is a thing of beauty. Check it out. Especially the Donate page.
In closing, a note to all motorists , especially those on the Lomugundi Road, please Think Bike. Give bike riders lots of room, especially wobbly not so fast ones with chicken legs.
In meantime please enjoy, get busy on your bike and remember you’re never too old to do epic.
Eric Chicken Legs de Jong