A very warm welcome to everyone, wherever in the world you may be, and thanks for taking a minute or two to visit this slightly-revamped blog site as we all gear up for the start of the summer break. You may have noticed that the site is now called Incidents of Travel (IOT for short), dear readers, since I had started to think that ‘Crossing Canada’ was a bit, well, 2017. It is still the place to go to follow blow-by-blow accounts of my occasional adventures both on and off a bicycle. Here’s what’s coming up in the near future:
A Summer Plan, and a few Stats for old time’s sake
If I spend long enough looking at a ‘new’ bike I tend to find that a plan for using it starts to hatch. Looking at the 31-year-old silver oddity pictured below (which was a very kind hand-me-down gift from our friends Miranda and Chis) got me thinking about finding a suitably odd scheme to go with the bike. Nothing totally confirmed as yet, but it will involve international travel (my flight is booked), returning to and from the same place on ride days for about a month (if all goes well…), and LOTS of water. As in sea water. And drinking water too, probably, since the average summer temperature where I’m planning to ride this original 1988 Dahon Classic III fold-up bike is 31°c, with an average humidity of 87%. And the supposedly “portable” bike weighs over 15 kilos, the same as my steel Hewitt touring bike, the one I rode across Canada. And it only has 3 gears (versus 21 on the Hewitt), and of those 3 gears only 2 seem to be working at present…and it really rattles when you ride it, and can suddenly fold in half underneath you should you forget to click the metal thing shut first. I think that’s everything.A 31-year-old sticker still providing some good advice
So not a proper continent-bashing expedition by any means, but it should be interesting, and maybe even fun. All will be revealed shortly – for those of you with inside information who may have already guessed where in the world I might be talking about, no spoilers in the comments section please! Thanks.
So for now here’s a picture of some of the work needed to make this bike ready for action by August 2nd.
P.S. I’ve just got back from my first ride in the rain, and the bike completely failed to stop at a junction even with the brakes fully on, so perhaps I should add new brake pads to the to-do list?
See you back here on Incidents of Travel with an update very soon! Ben x