Nowhere for the cup……

Part way through a ride the other day, I stopped in Oundle to pay a quick visit on some friends so I could wish them a happy new year, discovered that a big birthday was about to be celebrated, and I came away the happy owner of a spontaneous little gift….(there’s something awry about that little equation).

Notwithstanding that I was dressed in lycra and had arrived on a bike……they obviously saw me as a cycling enthusiast……….wonder where they got that idea from?

I was delighted with my spontaneous gift. It is an enamel mug with the “I love cycling” logo. I thanked them, said my farewell, got ready to climb on the bike……then wondered how I was going to carry the mug. No room in a back pocket, nothing to hang it on around the bike……….

But the solution was right there in front of me. It fitted snugly into a bottle carrier, and my rain top simply popped inside it. This will definitely be a mug that will travel with me on my future long-distance treks….plans for which will be appearing in future posts. Watch this space.IMAG1060

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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 January 5, 2015, in Cycling UK and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 10 Comments.

  1. how very strange – one of my favourite people had a big birthday in Oundle last week 😉

  2. A few years ago, Brian (from the Bricycling blog) took me on a ride through Oundle – a very handsome stone village! To the east of Oundle there is a nice pub in the village of Polebrook that will sell you a pint of Scrumpy Jack. By the way, I don’t recommend this beverage if you still have a long way to go on your journey. It was a great experience but I don’t think I’ll be doing that again!

    Congratulations on your handsome birthday gift and I look forward to seeing the mug’s future adventures!

  3. Very nice! 🙂 I once carried a mug (in bubble wrap) around 20 miles home in a middle jersey pocket. Certainly not ideal and not the best laid plan as I knew I was getting it, but it worked. Your solution looks much better and I probably should have tried that!

  4. Good on you Tony H, the former cup bearer

  5. I hope the gift of a cup is not a poisoned chalice. Though that would depend on what you put in it.

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