Best laid schemes o’ mice and men…..

Well, Jenny and I were all primed and ready to head off on a ferry at midnight tonight, but those wretched ‘schemes o’ mice and men’ got in the way….. and I blame the hapless mice….

The tandem was ready, Jenny had nearly done the impossible and squeezed 10 days worth of clothing into one pannier bag, but I had decided to have just one last ride out to meet one of my cycling clubs, at a nice country tearoom…..but I tell you, these nice country tearooms are sometimes not all they seem, they can be dangerous places. No, I didn’t swallow a fork, or choke on a piece of cake….. all I did was step down onto some damp wooden decking that happened to be standing in for an ice rink……and before I could say ‘toast and marmalade’, I was ‘decked’ on the slippery decking, wondering how the heck I had gone from vertical to horizontal so quickly.

Having checked myself over and decided it was really only my pride that had taken a bashing, I informed the owners of their negligence (not so rudely of course), they whipped out the elf ‘n safety notices, and I set off to ride the 20 miles home, thinking nothing more about it.

It wasn’t till late that afternoon that I began to notice twinges in my wrist…..and the twinges turned into discomfort, and the discomfort turned into identifiable pain……..and to cut a long story short, after a late evening visit to A&E, and after several X-rays, they decided I had a fracture in the scaphoid bone….and I didn’t even know I had one of those…..ūüėĀ

IMG_20170907_183811768So the long and the short of it is…… tandeming the Rhine will have to wait for a more auspicious moment…….a time when I can steer, operate the gears and brakes with total confidence……because Jenny refuses to be captain…..ūü§Ē

Now where are those wretched mice……?


About Frank Burns

Looking for the extraordinary in the commonplace‚Ķ‚Ķ‚Ķtaking the road less travelled‚Ķ‚Ķ..striving for the ‚Äėfaculty of making happy chance discoveries‚Äô in unremarkable circumstances. Click on the Personal Link below to visit my webpages.

Posted on September 7, 2017, in Cycling UK and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 11 Comments.

  1. So sorry to hear of your misfortune. Hope your wrist heals quickly.

  2. Jane Termini Taylor

    Very sorry to read that, how b****y unfortunate for you both.

  3. what a shame. I hope you recover quickly and satisfactorily.

  4. RATS! could be the expression, not mice.

    I seem to recall something in the good book about ‚Äúnot letting the right hand know what the left hand is doing‚ÄĚ. Chance of it doing anything for a while would probably be welcome.

    I trust that the fracture will heal quickly and that tandem holiday will be all the sweeter for the extended period of anticipation.

    Best wishes to you both Frank.

    Phil Lewis ( Chippenham Wheelers.)

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