I have not been in the best of health recently, over indulging in an extra ride pushed me a bit too far and I succumb to a nasty flu bug that has taken 2 weeks to clear and I have been forced off the bike for my commute.
I have had a run recently of breaking things, first off I broke my little point and shoot camera, a silly accident really but I dropped it onto the lens, next I managed to break a spoke in my rear wheel, a first for me in all my years of cycling, lastly I have had the cones break up in my Deore hubs for the Crossrip, strangely al down one side, the side I run my pannier bags on, related? I am not sure but it certainly looks that way as there was no water ingress in the hubs and the bearings were intact and as far as I can surmise in good shape.
The camera I have now replaced, I took the opportunity to upgrade my camera and ager much research I went with the Olympus XZ-2iHS and thus far i have not regretted it at all; it ticks all y requirement boxes, RAW, manual control and a fast lens. It is very much like an old Olympus C-5050z I had when I first started taking photo's and I loved that one as it was equally as capable.
We had a lovely break in the weather this weekend and we took advantage of an improvement in the weather to head down to Slapton Sands; it is hard to believe that only a few days ago the area was swamped by the sea and the road to Dartmouth blocked by sand, you can still see the homes with their flood defences intact and with the weather set to change for the worse again tonight we can hope that the residents are not in dangers way again.
As you can see it is quite a capable camera, I have only played with it in manual mode so far but I am really happy already; I am quite looking forward to to taking it with my on our travels this year, with two France trips and a New York holiday in the planning stages we are broadening our wings quite a bit this year.
Oh did I mention that I am entering a race? No, oh. Well as it happens my brother Jim and I are entering the 12 hour race at 24/12 here in Plymouth this year, I have not had the best of luck with this race, but times and most of all Simon is different. I never thought I would race again, I have not had the desire to compete at all but I have had the urge to challenge myself more and push my limits. I will see over the next 12 months riding and diet progress and see how my riding develops once more.
Well that is all for the time being, I am hoping to photograph more and update much more frequently not to mention the lengthy travelogues I intend on writing this year.