feeling a little weary from a long a hard year- and i’m just talking the mrr here- and wanting to relax a little i joined the mice for what turned out to be a very pleasant ride around the eastern suburbs. tucking into the rear of the group- and steadfastly refusing to leave that position- i enjoyed spinning, chatting, slacking and any number of other “ing” words.
the quiet was interrupted by ness encouragement at the rear as he rode up, but that’s a good sort of interruption, the type of interruption which makes blissful silence seem an indulgence and a selfish preoccupation.
very soon ness pace had taken its namesake past us and we were left to roll along awaiting the arrival of the rabbits. would they steam past us, all calls, yells and obscenities? or would they overtake gently, murmuring to us about the possibility of paradigm change in the group.
this morning it was a murmur, gently riding past us shortly before westfield. because the mice were pretty well together, our equanimity hardly displaced by the arrival of the rabbits and with very little perturbation of the group, we rolled down towards the top of elgar just a little behind them
which meant that when i found them stopped at the bottom of elgar, i had no choice at all but to overtake them all- really, no choice. understanding the sensitivities of my manoeuvre, however, i magnanimously slowed down to allow them all to overtake me up belmore where, at the top, i waited for my fellow mice.
a fine old sprint up the hill towards balwyn road with the koe (king of entropy) bowi, as we both lunged in high gears up the hill towards the beckoning green light. such are the binaries of life, however, that only one of us could make the lights and- i’m sorry bowi- the short list of one had my name on it.
and after i just got through the green light at whitehorse, it appeared as though i was the only mrr rider on balwyn road at the time as i rolled up to canty, got the green light at full speed in the right hand lane and, unfortunately, headed in the opposite direction of the cafe.
thanks everyone, a great ride.
getting older but still enjoying cycling