Careering down a forest track, wind rushing, bumps and jumps coming and going, adrenaline pumping, then thumpity thumpity, swear word swear word and stop. My Giant mountain bike has a puncture, it looks rather sad now, lying on its side, the front wheel lame, looking for all the world like a puppy with a sore leg.
Team mates arrive at the scene and after passing various comments about going too fast and other equally useless chat about showing off ( imagine, the cheek of it!) it transpired that 2 out of the three of us had taken a puncture repair kit and one of us had a pump and that same one who had the foresight and wisdom to carry a pump also carried the knowledge of how to repair a puncture (smug grin whist writing this, can you guess who?)
Now for those of you that have repaired a puncture it will all seem pretty straight forward.
Tube out, find puncture by inflating, clean and rough up area around puncture with sandpaper, apply glue, apply patch, hold until stuck fast.
Tyre back on
Wheel back on
Re inflate tube
Away you go
And away we went, happily completing our trip and getting a feeling of wellbeing along the way for the challenges faced etc etc etc
Now would it be a proper blog post if I didn’t turn this into a simile for life? Or would that be a sermon?
Anyway the tube got a puncture when everything was going great, it felt flat and stopped doing its job. Because the tube was flat the whole bike stopped working and it was only when everyone got together with all the right equipment, at the right time and place, with the right know how, did the right thing and set everything straight so the journey could continue as before but everyone learning a wee bit more…… nice ending…… if that was the end.
One of the issues with Parkinsons is that the patch keeps coming off, no matter how well applied. The reliance on oneself and others to be around all the time with all the right equipement, time and energy to apply the fix is quite a demand.
How many flat tyres before the journey becomes a trudge? How many flat tyres before the trip stops being a challenge where we all learn something?
All I can say in answer to the above above is that I will try and repair as many flat tyres as I can, I will always try and carry a repair kit and pump. There may be times when I hide a flat tyre from view. So in case i forget to thank all those out there who continually check on how well inflated I am, thank you, thank you all very much.
OK, so it all about me! Well it is my blog. In all honesty I really do hope I get the chance to repay with a patch or two from my kit that will help you too.
So there we are at the end of another blog post, perhaps a little more gloomy than usual but I say this in the knowledge that there are patches being applied and people who wont tyre of applying those patches and that knowledge will stop the gloom in its tracks.
So back on the bike and lets get some speed up feel the wind rush on our faces, relish the challenge and if there’s a puncture I know there are more of you out there now that can help fix it.