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photoblog image Bike Tour 2019 #24

Bike Tour 2019 #24

[Images by Koen]

 

What a mad comedy!

 

Tim discovered, in the first 10 metres, that his rear tire was flat.

 

I pulled out my small pump and tried, in the dark, to put some air in the tire...on failing, I concluded that my pump worked only on wheels fitted with racing valves. [At the end of the tour I was telling this story to my friend who owns the bike shop where I purchased the pump, and he showed me that the pump does work on mountain Bikes...one of the facts that fell out of my head when I damaged my brain!].

 

So we walked a few metres to the restaurant where we ate dinner the previous night. The Owner was there, and he offered his fine Pump for our use. We added air and it stayed inside...we suspected a practicle joker has let down the tire in the night! In minutes we were mobile.

 

1500 metres lated and Tim's front tire was flat! We walked 100 metres to a shop that was open and active. The lady in charge offered the use of her pump. "Brilliant" Ray had already realised that this was a real puncture...he whiped off the wheel, removed the tube, and discovered a large thorn through the tire...another joke? No problem...Ray was carrying a spare tube! The loaned pump failed to operate as required, but a Young Man appeared on the scene, took the wheel to a compressed air outlet in the back of the shop, and inflated the tire. All good!

 

The locals were friendly and helpful, and refused our offer of payment for services provided.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bike Tour 2019 #24

[Images by Koen]

 

What a mad comedy!

 

Tim discovered, in the first 10 metres, that his rear tire was flat.

 

I pulled out my small pump and tried, in the dark, to put some air in the tire...on failing, I concluded that my pump worked only on wheels fitted with racing valves. [At the end of the tour I was telling this story to my friend who owns the bike shop where I purchased the pump, and he showed me that the pump does work on mountain Bikes...one of the facts that fell out of my head when I damaged my brain!].

 

So we walked a few metres to the restaurant where we ate dinner the previous night. The Owner was there, and he offered his fine Pump for our use. We added air and it stayed inside...we suspected a practicle joker has let down the tire in the night! In minutes we were mobile.

 

1500 metres lated and Tim's front tire was flat! We walked 100 metres to a shop that was open and active. The lady in charge offered the use of her pump. "Brilliant" Ray had already realised that this was a real puncture...he whiped off the wheel, removed the tube, and discovered a large thorn through the tire...another joke? No problem...Ray was carrying a spare tube! The loaned pump failed to operate as required, but a Young Man appeared on the scene, took the wheel to a compressed air outlet in the back of the shop, and inflated the tire. All good!

 

The locals were friendly and helpful, and refused our offer of payment for services provided.

 

 

 

 

 

 

comments (13)

La dame a l'air bien intriguée.
Ray: Elle est la propriétaire du magasin et semble amusée des efforts de ses clients, Martine.
Ray: This event certainly stuck in my memory, Elizabeth. It was a comedy of errors, but we got there in the end.

Here is a bonus story for you...

After the bike accident in which I damaged my brain rather badly, I tried to get back into cycling as soon as possible. Pretty soon, I got a puncture, and had to sort it out on the road as I was 25 km from home. This would normally be a routine 5 minute exercise. However, I found I had lost all the knowledge, and so had to re-learn the method as I crouched by the busy road. I spent a long time trying to recall where to begin. I pulled out all my tools, and tried to remember what each was for. Na called on my mobile phone to ask if I was ok, and I did not tell her where I was as I decided I had to work this out for myself. It took me more than 2 hours, but I eventually relearned the work-flow and completed the tasks in order, and fixed the bike.

I have had to do this for hundreds of tasks that used to be routine...from washing dishes to running electric cabling for new lights in the outside kitchen.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 19 Apr 2019, 06:40
All part of life's comedy really, as you say. I am enjoying your series immensely..
Ray: We all engage our senses of humor at times like this, Chris, and I think we travel well together as a result.
  • Alan
  • United Kingdom
  • 19 Apr 2019, 06:58
Aaaahh... thorns.. the curse of the devil! All too often we get these especially where the farmers have been trimming hedges alongside the roads. We are fmialr with non-operating pumps, too (even though we do know that most can e used with either type of value but fiddling with the connector itself). Some of club members even without brain damage seem to have no idea of where to begin with a puncture. As for me, I've loy count of the number of punctures I've done when nicking the new tube on fitting it!! Grrrr!!!

I've just read your reply to Elizabeth.. an incredible journey in rehabilitation. I'd pretend that I still had no idea on how to wash dishes smile
Ray: A thought provoking comment, thank you, Alan.

I get quite mad at myself if my incompetence makes a problem worse, like puncturing a new tube while installing it [been there, and done that].I used to be competent and capable on the road, but now find I have to re-learn many things.

Re-learning is a big part of how I occupy myself these days. I used to be known as a person who had very broad knowledge and skills, and would love to get that back. My great difficulty in reading is making this very challenging. I dread being regarded as a non-contributor, and use this to motivate myself.
Très belle volonté pour refaire les gestes du quotidien , felicitations Ray
Ray: Merci Claudine. Je passe beaucoup de temps tous les jours dans des activités de réapprentissage.
Ray: She could see the comedy aspects of it, Bill, and would no doubt get a lot of fun out of describing what she saw to her friends for weeks.

In truth, some of it must have looked funny to her...e.g I had tire levers, and knew what they were for, but had forgotten how to use them!
You were certainly lucky to get such help!
Ray: Actually, Tom, the people here seem friendly and generous so I doubt there was much need of luck.
  • Richard Trim
  • Suffolk : Where the sun rises first in England
  • 19 Apr 2019, 11:15
You wouldn't have these sort of problems if you went on a walking tour.
Ray: Perhaps...but I have punctured the airbags in the soles of my Nikes, whick caused me to hobble after an hour, Richard.
Your story says a lot about the generosity of the local people you met on your journey.
Ray: Good...this was certainly what we discovered, Brian.
Good thing it got fixed. The replacement bike (beside you in picture #2) would be a poor replacement. smile
Ray: Touring on that blue "racer" would be a memorable experience, Mary.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 19 Apr 2019, 21:47
My brother fell from a garage roof, hitting his head and ending up with skull base fracture. He was in grade 6 at the time. He had to re-learn so much stuff - relating to the time of day, actually hearing what people really say, reading and writing started straight from the beginning, maths etc. Including stuff that you mentioned, like washing the dishes. My dad spent quite a lot of time with his rehabilitation and he managed to pass the grade by the end of the year - also partly by decision of the teachers. It took him about 12 months to recover to where he was at the time of the fall. The next year he passed the grade by his own right.

Of course this whole experience was part of my life, too. Apart from anything one had to be very patient with the guy and especially make sure that he abstains from possible hard contact situations - which included no sports; not even the backyard type. The easy way was for us (the other three brothers) to not start such games. This went on for 2 years. During the 3rd year this part changed to normal. Of course this period of non-participation impacted on his sporting skills. Ah, I could go on.

I have noticed the telltale signs in your blogs ever since you re-started blogging. I have also noticed the gradual improvement over time. There is nothing for it, but to face life and continue living it. Stay strong.
Ray: Thank you for this wonderful post, with its positive conclusion to the story, Louis.

I have the will to continue on the journey and continue to note gradual improvements in my capabilities. When I get to a problem my response is always "I used to be able to do this and so I will work on recovering it!"

I am nearly 1 year on, but still have a way to go. Reading is the biggest frustration, and I spend at least 2 hours a day on fixing it.

This blog continues to be part of the recovery exercise, and my SC Friends have been very encouraging from the start.
good pictures and a great story Ray....petersmile
Ray: You are very kind, Peter.
It must have been frustrating for the group, Ray, but it is reassuring that there are still people willing to give help without any regard for a reward.
Ray: Yes, that is so, Beverly. I cannot speak highly enough of the friendliness and generosity of the Cambodian People we interacted with.

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