Waiting with bated breath….

So, what’s the score, you may be wondering. Maybe like some of you (three perhaps?), I too have been waiting with bated breath, fingers and toes crossed……
R&R Sport kindly took it in hand to disassemble the bike in preparation for the welder. I was waiting at 8.30am for them to open. I argued and negotiated with a bus driver to let me on with the bike (a prominent notice did say “no bikes”!), went 10km to a neighbouring town, dropped by this place unannounced


gave a heavily embroidered sob story, won over the bossman, and he offered to do it immediately. And so he did


and half an hour later I was presented with this


Now those of you who know about these things will understand that a severed lug on a bottom bracket is potentially a very dangerous thing. In other words, I am exceedingly happy (sitting by a public phone booth tapping into free WiFi) to be able to recount this story, because the outcome could have been very different.
So with all the kit back on, it looks almost like a normal bike, but for the industrial-looking weld


So the journey resumes tomorrow, not over a 110km rough gravel track as originally planned, but along state highways. Don’t want to test that weld to the limit.


Having a day off the bike almost makes you prone to non-motion sickness, but at least Queenstown has been a place of considerable intrigue. All the adrenaline pumping activities can do serious damage to your economic health: imagine a 143 metre bungy jump that will set you back £140…..that’s £1 per metre! And some know-it-all physicist will tell how much per second…..
A full day of scenic flights and lake cruise will say adios to £600. The Kiwis know exactly how to seduce people to part with stashes of  cash.

Talking of cash, I want it to be known at the highest levels of linguistic endeavour that I have coined a new expression in the English language: “the drive-by donation”. I have become so adept at receiving donations from passing motorists, that I am considering becoming Wiggo’s (sorry, Sir Brad’s) personal domestique in the Tour de France…..just so I can go and fetch his bottle from the team car (and have a little illegal tow to boot!).
Try a drive-by donation at: http://www.justgiving.com/Frank-Burns1


About Frank Burns

Looking for the extraordinary in the commonplace………taking the road less travelled……..striving for the ‘faculty of making happy chance discoveries’ in unremarkable circumstances. Click on the Personal Link below to visit my webpages.

Posted on February 15, 2013, in New Zealand End-to-End 3000kms and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 18 Comments.

  1. Glad you managed to get it fixed. As I posted on Facebook, probably more metal there now than before the rust got at it. I make sure my bottom bracket has a drain hole, and coated the inside of steel tubes with Waxoyl when new. Also tip heavy engine oil in and swill around whenever accessing bracket. Don’t need to bother with my titanium job.

  2. Glad you got the steel steed sorted Frank.
    Enjoying your blog and all that this journey brings.

  3. Hi Frank. Glad to see that your trusty bike is all welded and fixed and that you are safely back on the road. Fingers crossed for a smooth onward ride. Denise

  4. Frank, good luck with the weld…if all else fails, wrap it with duct tape!

    Keep up the posts, the blog is highly entertaining and makes me wish I was back out on the road.

    Where to next?

  5. Frank, i was out on my bike in deep mud today in soggy yorkshire dales thinking of your metal fatigue break. My theory is that a normal bike is not made to take a superhuman like you ….so that is why your bike bust ! a Bamboo bike might suit you and your everest-type feats Well done so far anyway ! bon voyage…

  6. I know my timing is not the best but I’ve taken the liberty of nominating you for a Liebster Award. You may wonder why somone who can’t ride, where a bicycle will fall over if I only look at it, should choose your blog. Well, I am a regular reader of your writings and thorougly enjoy my armchair rides. Keep up the good work. When you have time you can see information about the award on my lazycoffees blog at http://lazycoffees.wordpress.com/2013/02/15/mainly-me-me-me-and-liebster/

  7. Glad you got it sorted. The fact you won’t test it on gravel will make a difference to your trip plans?

  8. Oh…brings back memories of my trans Canada bike fail! Thankfully, an auto shop was able to replace the bolts, re-attach the rack and send me on my way! Glad your outcome was also good. Of all places to be…Queenstown is a good spot for an unexpected break!

    • Anita, when I discovered the fracture in the bottom bracket, I had a “woe is me moment, why should this happen now, of all times….?’ But of course it happens to people all the time. Crap happens, as they say.

  9. So pleased to hear you can resume your epic trip and yes the three of us where wondering what you did on your enforced day off. Keep up your entertaining blog and I hope for your sake it becomes less entertaining! David

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