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

About Frank Burns

My journeys around the world are less about riding a bicycle, and more about what happens when I get off the bicycle. 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 😉

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  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!

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  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!

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  4. I suspect it was the same person….. 🙂

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  5. The irony is, my friend has the birthday and I get the gift! I arrived no knowing it was his birthday.

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  6. …..in my case, it was ‘where needs must’…..but a perfect fit nevertheless.

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

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  8. ……. 🙂
    And thank you very much. It is already being overused!

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  9. 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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  10. Interesting thought…….I’ll make sure my ‘taster’ checks contents first… 🙂

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