Life after work and the trips of a lifetime

"We are judged by what we finish, not by what we start." - Anonymous

Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive and well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, chocolate in one hand, martini in the other, your body thoroughly used up, totally worn out and screaming, "Woo hoo! What a ride!..attributed in this form to either Maxine Cartoon or anon

Saturday, June 25, 2011


6 busy days ahead and now it's time to do all the things I've been putting off, in some instances for a very long time, although there's always someone or something getting  in the way/demanding attention!

  • Training on Steels Creek road in the morning  to test out my TT bike with the  deep dish rear wheel instead of the disc. It's usable for both RR and TT and (hopefully) less likely to get damaged  in transit, so is a smart move if it goes ok.
  • I'm in for a group session of torture at DISC . Despite winning $40 last time there  I've opted not to race the Boulie and proximity to departure date decided that for me.
  • drag Alex to Medicare to reclaim medical bills..his injury, my money!
  • then spend 3 hours at Melbourne uni being a research subject.....topic is arthritis and brain function(???!)..more on this when I know more!  I'm one of the "without arthritis" subjects and have to answer such questions as are you right or left footed, which leg would you normally step up onto a chair with etc etc..
  • both Pippi and I get  groomed..she gets a sedative before her grooming session...I don't! 
  • last session on road bike..ergo or road, depending on the weather
  • motor pacing session at DISC..warm up to race pace then  (8 laps on, 2 off x 4)x3, die.
  • recovery is - lunch with a friend who's just returned from Italy, 
  • then take the bike bag containing my  TT bike  etc to Jetta to be freighted to Italy with the all up cost for 15 kgs (their minimum) being  about $220 it is much cheaper than paying excess luggage and a lot less hassle at airports. The downside  is that once it arrives in Florence I have to pick it up within 3 days or I get stung with extra costs. Florence is about a 2.5 hour drive from Urbania.
  • am - Italian class
  • pm - fly plane leaves in the evening and with the required 3 hour check in time  I'll clash with rush hour on the Tullamarine freeway if I attempt to get there on the dot, so I'll arrive early and either check my stuff in if allowed or put it in the left luggage for a while. 
Along side all these major tasks I need to:
  • put up all the pictures on the walls right through the entire house.  I've been ignoring this task for months.
  •  buy enough of the RIGHT kind of cat food to last the 2 months I'm away..fussy cats.
  • continue downloading audio books from the library onto iTunes and from there to my iPod
  • pack..of course
  • monitor a certain ash cloud


  1. I think 2 cats know you are about to desert them again for a couple of months - not impressed looks !!! Will be waiting for all the updates once you get installed over there :-)))

  2. you're 100% correct on that..they both become more cling-y once the bike bags come out.