NEARING THE END OF HER TETHER ME THINKS
Relationships come and go; such is life. When we were reunited this evening I realised that, despite how I had felt for so long, the time for change had come. I confess my faithfulness had strayed as over the past few months I had been enjoying my time with an altogether more lithe beautiful and provocative young thing that had been luring me into riding her whenever I set eyes upon her. It had been quite an experience, often times exhausting but always immensely gratifying, promoting me to pore over websites yearning for even more beautiful and suitable models.
And so it was with a tinge of sadness that we were once again reunited this evening in Bangkok. As I dashed longingly up the stairs I recalled the day we first got together. I met her by Lumphini Park. I wanted to ride her there and then, but I was anxious and wanted to take my time. So unusually I flagged down a tuk-tuk and we rode in silence across the city to my room where we spent the first of many nights together. She was pure and clean, and for many year I did all I could to preserve that purity of youth. But this evening, as I entered the attic room, what awaited me could not have been more of a contrast to that distant memory. Filthy, shockingly filthy, I began stripping her the moment I entered the room and was shocked by what I found. A stiff bottom bracket was soon taken care of with a little light lubrication, greased up and refitted. Fluid seeped from a badly scared fork leg, her freewheel is surprisingly in need of some attention (DT Swiss don’t you know?) But as I packed her into a small bag I realised that after so many years, so many adventures, so many wonderful times together crossing continents, deserts, the world’s mightiest mountain ranges, my faithful old companion is at the end of her frayed tether, the time for a new adventure bicycle is nigh. But before the old girl is put out to pasture we have a couple more adventures to come. The first of which, Vietnam’s Ho Chi Minh Trail, is nigh upon us.