I need to tell you something important about myself. It’s something that sets me aside from many other travelers and cycle tourers whose blogs I follow. It’s not something I’m ashamed of but it is something that I sometimes feel a little embarassed about. Oh dear, how on earth do I share this with all those who read my blog … I guess I just say it:
I don’t like to intentionally seek out hardship when I travel. While some hardship and discomfort is to be expected, I am not the kind of person who is likely to chose the muddy dirt track when there’s a perfectly good sealed road to ride. I am not going to sleep in a hammock when I can be warm in a tent. And I am not going to ride in the rain if the weather forecast says that it will stop in two days time.
So there you have it. My little confession. I hope you are laughing along with me. Why is this relevant today? Because it has been raining and cold today. We had a brief reprieve from the rain for about two hours in the early afternoon but then it came back. So I extended my stay here in Clare for an extra night and spent the day stayiing dry. First I worked for about 6 hours by the fire in the communal seating area (which I had to myself). Then I cycled the 4km (2.5 miles) into town to eat lunch in a nice warm cafe, have a sports massage, buy a book to read (reading electronic books just isn’t doing it for me) and start reading the book in another cafe where I ate cake. While I was out I also bought some warm socks because I am sick of having cold feet. And now … wel, I am back in front of the fireplace knocking out a few more hours work so that I can go out to play when the sun comes out.
If it rains tomorrow, I will again stay put. The forecast is for the rain to ease on Friday so that’s when I think I’ll move on. Why cycle in the rain if I don’t have to? And that’s my confession 🙂