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Great Weekend

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Sunday: I went for my first ride on Sarah since before I got married. It was sheer bliss but shocking aso how out of practice i am. I cold’nt get any good lines. I was stiff over the roots and rocks, I was exhasted and felt like i was gonna keel over after the first 5 mins. But it was GREAT! Ruth and I discussed our timing on these things and agreed that Sunday morings were the best time for me to ride.

I went down my old local loop to the Canal and te greenford estate BMX track which was in even more disrepair than ever.  Quite sad really. I couldn’t  ride a full set due to the amout of broken glass and the remnants of fires. Never mind the state of my fitness.

I still enjoyed it and got some un which was ace.

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On Monday we went down to Henley and chilled out for the day with my folks. we had some lunch then went for a walk with them where Dad took me “in search of adventure”. This mean trespassing!

I love my Dad for these stunts he pulls. I think Ruth really finally reailsed where i get my crazy ideas from. He showed methis great old chapel and the groundsof a certain private property.

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It was ace.

oh CRAPSOCKS!

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 crapsocksDropped the car off to the garage ths morning for it’s 12k service.

The guy called with a price…

it was big…

£936.65…

C R A P S O C K S !

Now We were expecting it to be about £200/300 and we had budgeted for £500 so tis was a bit of a shock. Ruth was upset when i called her – admitedly i was in shock too. That is a silly high figure.

So here i the list:

General Service charge: £155.62
Anti Freeze flush & replacment £32.80
Near side rear brake-hose £31.90
Near side Front Drop Link Ball joint £39.95
Tracking Alignment £26.38
Front Disc Brake Set £110.00
Front Disc Brake Pads £67.90
Front Wishbones £211.11
2 x Front Tyres £150.00
Rear Brake Pads £58.60


In actualfact the total came to £898ish because the mechanic had fporgotten to put someting on the lis hich attributed to the higher costing but as i spotted it he’s letting us off it.

I’ve dropped the tyres as they are within the legal limits and i did a bit of research to get some prioce comparrissons and as a result we now only have to pay around £716. But even that is still a huge amount. Dunno if the Robinsons will be goingon holiday to ireland this year after all… We will have to be faithful and hop that the Big Man provides!

driving school

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Yesterday i attended Naught Boy’s Driving School aka a speed awareness course. I was caught by a camera doing 38 in a 40 zone. I thought it wasa 40 zone and i remember seeing he van parked up. It doesn’t matter as i was an idiot not realising it was a 30zone in the first place.

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As a result i am now NOT the stig but a safer driver. The course was informative and fair. Some of the people on it were  determined to prove their innocence notably a woman driving an M5 BMW and a bloke who drove an Alpha Romeo Brera – no surprises thee then.

We had a 3 hour theory session in a board room with 2 guys giving the presentation and about 20 of us who had been speedsters. That part  was painful. The presentation was great but arguing with them as to the definition of a cross-roads didnt help th mood. Yup it was Mrs. M5Driver.

The practical session was cool. We Had an Irish guy so off the bat it was a good tempered event. He observed our driving habits and commented on the bad bits then showed us how its done following it up with us applying his pointers.

All in all – it was quite good actually.

A fold up bike – a cool one! – No really!

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I’ve always found fold up bikes to be really an eyesore. They have no style and have always seemed to be function over syle. Thse ones however are tres cool. The guy who designd these can be found here: http://david.orizein.com/

NEW CAR – WOOP WOOP

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This is our new car. Its a Peugeot 306 2.0 HDi. We picked it up last night and we are both very very happy. While i will be sad to see the MX5 go I am equally happy to have our very own car. Surprisingly this car does shift. Maybe part of this is down to the fact that the MX5 has been a dog to drive and i was expecting a diesel to be sluggish.

We bought it from a dealer in Welwyn Garden City called K-Cars. A very typcal type of place but the guy was nice enough and didnt talk too much bull nd the price was right.

How we founditwas amusing too. It has been hard graft trying t find something. in our remit : 5door hatch diesel under 4k under 8 years old. We had a list of cars to see that we go from Autotrader. We were all over the place from Amersham to Wembley. We actually went to Welwyn to see a Pug 307 but that was a bit rubbish. It was quite late in the day at this point and we had only test driven one other car which was a focus (it was very dull to drive). Next to the 307 dealer was another garage but they were all over our price range.

Ruth turned to me andsuggested we pray and I agreed. At that split second ruth saw a sign for anoter garage down the road. So we went down there and hidden round the corner was this place K-Cars. Out the front was parked our gleaming 306. I wanted! We took it for a test drive and even Ruth drove it. I checked it over and nothing seemed out of place.

The following day after checking insurance we phoned and put a deposit down. He said it might be a few days tp get it taxed and MOT’s but y’day at lunch he rang and said it was ready so Ruth left work early came to Hemel then we drove over and got it. Ruth then, amazingly bravley, drove all the way back to Acton following me in the MX5.

We are happy. She drives great looks good and didn’t cost the earth!

Teddington

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Woo Yay, Bob is back!!! Bob got back from Brazil on friday and has partially moved in. He’d gone to edinburger to sort a few things and then will move in proper on Thurs. – New boy Rob also moved in on sat. I’ve sent out an email; about the party we having on the 10th of Sept so anyone who aint got it email me and I’ll sort it.

Went and met Veronika and James for a few down in teddington on Sunday. – Marvellous.

lotto?

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I developed a really bad headache this afternoon so I decided to go for a ride. It did the job! When I got back I got s**tloads do. Its amazing how an hour in the outdoors can really make your head work better. Ride reports and Galleries will appear inder the bikes section to the right!

I’m thinking I really need to win the lottery! The first thing I’d do is deposit a large sum in Sandra & Peter’s (my sis & her hubbie) account, call them and tell em to check the balance. With 4 kids it must be a struggle – then I’d go buy me a Porsche!!!

FINALLY I rode my bike home from the office yesterday!! So Riding proper commences this week! It is a pity that A) London is s**t for ride spots and B) I don’t own a car.

Why is it that when you really do desire or even need something it seems out of you grasp? – Its a cruel cruel world.