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Crab for the risotto

I don’t remember the drive from Joburg to Knysna taking so long! The quickest we’ve ever done it was 9 hours – sans roadworks, petrol queues, rain and N1 closure and diversion. Yesterday it took us 13 hours – with roadworks, petrol queues, rain and N1 closure and diversion.

At Willowmore we met a female biker filling her Honda superbike with petrol. She had left Joburg at 2pm – we spoke at 7pm – 5 hours to travel 1000 kms (by that time we’d been on the road for 10 hours). That’s some low-level flying. My beautiful car doesn’t do too badly, and my beautiful bike will do better…

Despite the tediousness of the drive we had some interesting experiences with the local wildlife. Just outside Willowmore we rounded a curve and this humungous tortoise was crossing the road and had managed to make it right into the middle of our lane in the narrow road. It was dusk and it blended into the grey tarmac, I sensed something move in front of me (can you believe it :-)) and swerved to avoid it. Thankfully there were no oncoming cars or any one behind me. And I wasn’t even speeding – well, not too much anyway. In the split second it took to swerve thoughts of the kiddies story about the tortoise and the hare came unbidden to my mind. I assume that race didn’t take place on a lonely stretch of highway in the Karoo because I didn’t see any hares or rabbits. Only lots of sheep and goats.

Just outside Uniondale, 2 guineafowl decided to cross the road in front of us. Again, we were the only car on the road at that time. I slowed down, HOPING that they would realise the folly of their decision and quickly scuttle back to the safety of the veld on the side of the road – but NOOOOO! They continued on, one behind the other – but they got to the middle-line and slowed down. I didn’t, however, see them turn back. A few seconds later we passed a minibus taxi towing a Venter trailer…as I write this post I am unsure as to the fate of those guineafowl.

The last interesting experience was on the N2 close to Wilderness. It was dark already and there weren’t many cars on the road then either. I thought I saw a crab, big and red, crossing the road in front of the car. I wasn’t driving at the time which was probably a good thing.

The conversation went something like this:

Me: Eddie, is that a crab crossing the road in front of us?

Eddie: Ummm… weeeelll…act-u-a-lly that looks more like a fanta can to me (he says this to me very slowly, as though taking to a child LOL)…but IF it looks like a crab to you, then we HAVE to stop RIGHT now and rest…but if it’s REALLY a crab, then let me know when you see another one, and I’ll grab it for the risotto!

This last experience with the local wildlife sums up my experience of the road trip to Knysna – tiring and mind-numbing – and it felt like I was in a twilight zone which stretched on for over a 1000 miles.

Next time I will fly…

An odd sense of achievement

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I feel odd today. Like I have been driving towards a goal, conscious at all times to remain grounded. Today I feel odd. Because this goal is finally taking shape.

My over-riding goal for this year was to get a superbike and get on to the track. I am half-way there. By the end of the year I will be on the track, even if I am going around it slowly. There are no other qualitative criteria. Those are for next year.

Today I bought my bike. It will arrive next week. And I’m scared sh!tless almost stiff! And so excited at the same time. I feel amazingly in control. I feel like an adult. I feel like I own this. This is mine.

 

That’s it for now.

What a week!

What a week! I am totally nackered! Thankfully I have not over-committed myself this weekend. I have nothing committed for tomorrow so will be spending the whole day at home. Similarly for Sunday, although I will get out to ride my bike. I haven’t riden in 2 weeks and I miss being on the bike.

I am a bit peeved because whenever I hook up my bike trailer to my car, the fuses blow and I am left with no tail or instrument panel lights. Both the trailer and towbar are new. To determine whether it is the towbar installation, or the trailer wiring is gonna be another thing. I can just imagine each party trying to deflect responsibility by blaming the other. I didn’t have time this week to do anything about it.

I started the #Scary365 project this week. Let’s see where it takes me. I have done a lot of scary stuff so far, and I actively seek to face my fears head-on because I don’t want to miss out on any growth opportunities.

Work is very exciting. It has been so for almost 2 years now. I work with an awesome team of people. I am blessed and grateful. And we deliver meaningful projects that deliver business value using the Agile Scrum framework. Our rate of delivery is quick and best of all, predictable.

I am enjoying blogging. Writing gives me much satisfaction. I feel that some of my posts are better written than others. I am considering changing my theme and have bought a magazine theme currently on localhost until I have figured it out and done the migration.

Things that are overdue and absolutely MUST be done this coming week is the registration of the trailer and taking my bike for its first service.

I am going to sleep now. I am totally nackered.

Good nite!