Tuesday, 22 May 2012


6am NRR:
I slept a bit shit last night and had a general feeling of "meh" for NRR, this morning. The perfect spin of yesterday was gone, and not even trying to do the southbound leg in the little ring was enough to pique my interest, so I accepted that it wasn't my day and rolled the kms in the bunch.

Strava link.

D: 45.9km
A: 184m

I have very mixed emotions about a conversation I had with a bus company this afternoon.

First, the background to why I called. On Sunday's ride, we were rolling between Yarra Glen and Healesville, two up and chatting. I was on the front with BJ, my hands on the tops, to be specific they weren't on the tops like Tom Boonen crushing Paris Roubaix hands are, no they were like a dude rolling along a small country road  at 9am in the morning, chatting with a mate.

Anyway, a bus came past us, a normally insignificant event, so then why mention it. Well it was quiet and I didn't hear it until it was beside me, and by beside me, I literally it was BESIDE ME. I think I had about 10cm of space between my elbow and the side of it.

While I didn't actually poop myself, I cant categorically say that poop didn't exit my body, see how close the bus was and then flee back inside in fear. The last time I was this convinced I was going to eat the ground was my close encounter of Dan Ellis kind but even then, I knew I'd live, even if Smidty ran over me. This bus on the other hand, would have made mince meat out of my very (very) pretty face.

Once I regained my composure, I could only feel like they'd passed so close intentionally, as there was no oncoming traffic and plenty of visibility to see that. So yeah, I felt it appropriate (despite my usual go with the flow nature) to chat with the Operations Manager of the bus company from that route to lodge an official complaint.

I found myself shaking again during the retelling, but his manner was quite reassuring... well right up until I had to tell him that riding two abreast is in fact legal.

D: 15.1km
A: 120m

PMPW: 92kg

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