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Tents and Bikes

June 29th, 2006 by sunflowers

Whoo, whoo. I got the little video to work at least on my site. I tried to do one at the HU meeting but I think it is going to be a bit big but lets try it anyway.

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Lost boy living in London

June 28th, 2006 by sunflowers

I had a Peter Pan moment this morning. I was outside the flat this morning at 04:30 waiting for the taxi so that they wouldn’t ring the bell and wake up my flatmates and I noticed a young child with bushy blonde hair going through the garbage canisters. I thought they had seen me but realised they hadn’t when the taxi pulled up and they disappeared leaving a stack of books they must have gotten out of the rubbish.

Other than that the rest of the day has been working at the EU, going for dinner and getting back to the hotel at 23:30. The internet connection isn’t working in my room so I am sitting behind reception getting my mail so that I can answer a few before a well deserved sleep.

Thank you to Ken who showed me how to add video clips to my site. As I told him I would have to have one of me riding my bike otherwise my parents wouldn’t believe that I have actually learnt.

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Too Tired

June 27th, 2006 by sunflowers

My bike and my tentWith a four am start this morning and not getting home from Ireland until almost ten tonight I haven’t had much of a chance to write up my notes. But I did manage to find my PC card so that I could upload a photo of my tent and bike at the meet up. To begin with I was the only bike/tent set up further out from the edge of the field. Mainly because I got that far and my bike started to slip on the grass so I just stopped where I was and set up my tent. Unfortunately it was quite a ways from the facilities though :-( Oh well it is off to bed for another four am start tomorrow and back to Brussels on the Eurostar.

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Early Bird

June 26th, 2006 by sunflowers

Depeche ModeI was hoping to write up my weekend notes but I have been working all evening (and had to miss my last guitar lesson) and have a four in the morning start for a six thirty am flight to Dublin tomorrow then back for another four in the morning start to go to Brussels for Wednesday and Thursday. Looks like I am also going to have to work over the weekend as I have to be in Slovenia for work next Monday and Tuesday. It makes me knackered just thinking about it so I am off to sleep.

ps. this is a blurry photo of Dechepe Mode on stage at Hyde Park yesterday.

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Back to Front

June 25th, 2006 by sunflowers

This morning after packing up my tent I moved my bike from the paddock to the parking area in front of the pub on Lumb Farm where the meet was situated and I managed to drop my bike in front of everyone. So after telling everyone that I wasn’t a particularly good rider I managed to prove it. One second I am trying to park my bike on a slight downhill slope and the next moment I am standing beside my bike while it is lying on the ground. Thank goodness a couple of blokes came along and helped me pick it up. I also got a sympathy comment that someone else had dropped their bike in the camping field.

I am going to keep this one short and sweet as I just got home from Hyde Park where I was watching the Wireless Festival with Depeche Mode, Goldfrappe and The Dears (thanks Ian for sharing the website that was giving out free tickets!)

So instead I will write about what I learnt over the coming week as it felt like it was a week squashed into just over a day. Also to anyone that I met at the meet up who manages to find my site it was really nice meeting you and sorry I didn’t get a chance to say goodbye. Mainly it is because I don’t like to do goodbyes and would rather like to think we will meet up again. And also cause I was shaking too much from the bike dropping. A special thank you to Maria and Alistair who rode back to London with me as I managed to digress about four or five rides in confidence with the bike drop.

Lesson of the day: don’t park bike facing down hill!

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Horizons Unlimited Meet Up

June 24th, 2006 by sunflowers

It is the Horizons Unlimited (www.horizonsunlimited.com) meet up this weekend. I was hoping to be able to get away for it yesterday and had booked Friday off. But it turns out there was way too much work to do for me to go.

I am really looking forward to meeting people who have long distance travel and hope to get lots of idea for my own trip off them. There are a bunch of lectures scheduled covering topics like:- Safety on the Road, First Aid for Travellers, What to take and what to leave behind and Road kill, how to cook it!

Packed upPacking for the trip last night brought me a question that I am going to face to a much larger degree when I begin the trip. Luggage! For this weekend I need to take my camping gear. It was a choice between my top box and strapping my tent on or using my purple sports bag. My first choice was the top box as I can leave it locked on the bike and it looks better. But as it’s space is pretty limited I have ended up using the bag I bought to hitch hike around NZ/Aus when I was seventeen. I can’t believe I used to carry that and a backpack. Thank goodness I travel lighter now.

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June 23rd, 2006 by sunflowers

It is funny how emails have permeated my life. I was chatting to someone recently about how when I got my first email address I only knew one person with email and asked him to write to me so that my mail client would make my machine ding. So he sent 52 emails, each with a letter and a number which I then spent more than an hour putting into order to spell out ‘I hope this makes your machine go ding’ and so started a trend of wasting time at work online.

I got a few emails today. One from Motoden saying that they won’t buy back my bike. One lovely one from the couple who were selling their bikes saying that unless they could sell both bikes they were shipping them home (they followed out their own dream of riding south and have a cool website at www.strollsouth.com). And the rare communication that I receive from my boss had me quite upset today. Ironically I was working at home as I had been to see the doctor this morning about the headaches I have been getting for the last few months. I have blood tests tomorrow to see if it is anything physical but the doctor reckoned it could be stress related. Seeing as how they started about the time work told me that I couldn’t get promoted or pay for my professional certification both of which they had been promising for a couple of years. Which was a bit disappointing as when I wrote my business case to take a sabbatical I realised that I had done the equivalent of 282 days of over time in less than three years.

I do apologise for the self indulgence of feeling sorry for myself. One of the things that my mentoring of Rebecca for Chance inspired for me was her resilient attitude so I promise I won’t make too many two in the morning postings 😉 Plus I received a good email a couple of days ago saying that the Professional Management Institute accepted my application to apply to take their PMP qualification (I had to document more than 4500 hours worth of project management experience). Now I have to pay for membership and to sit the exam. I met someone last week who said that he doesn’t know anyone who passed the exam first time and he has applied to re-sit it. Mmm, why do I do this to myself?

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June 22nd, 2006 by sunflowers

WalesWalesI was telling my flatmate James (who biked around South America for a couple of years) about the great bike that I found on the HUBB and he said that $8000US was much too expensive and I could get a brand new bike for that. And not to get hung up on a BMW F650.

I told him about the months of research when I didn’t know anything and that the BMW had the lowest seat height and he said a Suzuki DR650 was pretty low and an excellent bike and I could pick one up new in the US for $4000. It is the bike bit that will be one of the big expenses of the trip. I thought that I would be ok on my cheap bmw but I guess you get what you pay for.WalesWales

And I still haven’t asked Motoden to either service my bike or take it back.

ps. the pictures are from biking around wales

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Finally Fun

June 21st, 2006 by sunflowers

I rode my bike to work for the third time ever as I have one of my last motorbike maintenance classes tonight and I need to turn down the idle speed from 3000 revs.


I decided to take another route to the one I usually do so went right through town following a scooter and then raced a Yamaha at all the lights from Hyde Park Corner to Kensington High Street. I don’t particularly like going fast but I love seeing how fast I can take off.

Got to work and we couldn’t get in the front door as apparently the power went off in Hammersmith right before last nights match.

ps. me on my bike in Oxford on the way back from Wales

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Footie Fever

June 20th, 2006 by sunflowers

Go England

With the number of flags around I feel like I am middle town America on July 1st. This is one of my neighbouring council estates near where I live.

I am finally considering that I should maybe get a new bike so I have replied to a posting on the HUBB of a couple who are selling their bikes fully kitted up and also wrote to BMW on the off chance that they might sponsor me a bike. Go England!

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