A critical moment survived!
Long journeys have their moments and their mishaps. I am happy to be sitting in MacD’s using their free wifi, and being able to tell you this story.
The day started with a dramatic descent of this gorge, that went on for 30km.
The views were totally distracting….
and when I stopped at the Roaring Meg hydro station, 2 people spontaneously gave me donations.
15 km out of Queenstown, I got waylaid by a vineyard tasting
….but of course they were only sample tastings…….
When I came away from the vineyard, I noticed the gears weren’t changing smoothly, but I couldn’t identify the problem. I limped into Queenstown, and into a bike shop, and they told me I was dreaming…..nothing wrong with the gears.
Then suddenly one of the mechanics spotted something that could have been life-changing (for me that is)….there was a terminal crack in the frame on the bottom bracket.
Except, of course, my 20yr old Raleigh Apex is made of steel…..which means it can be welded and repaired by any competent engineer. So that is the plan tomorrow…..an enforced rest day but an opportunity to put my much-loved elderly Raleigh back on the road.
Maybe there is a message for life in this……..don’t push aging machines beyond their use- by date. Something to think about.
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