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Thursday 13 January 2011





As I have said before on this blog - if you stand on the edge looking into oblivion it helps you focus your thinking. A serious illness tends to have that effect on you.
During my illness last year I had plenty of time to look at my life and think about what I was doing and also what I wanted to spend my time doing, if and when I recovered.
I find that long distance walks and long distance cycling can also help to clarify your thinking about things like this as well.
I did a lot of thinking.... and since then as I have started to get back in to walking and cycling again I have been able to make some decisions about what I want to spend the rest of my life doing.
Obviously walking and cycling are right up the top of my list.

Over the past few years I have held the role of  Dorset Group Liaison member with the Backpackers Club.
I first joined the club in the mid seventies but allowed my membership to lapse as pressures of family life grew.
Some years ago I rejoined the club and I have met some lifelong friends in my time of membership.

One of the decisions that I have made is to do more walking backpacking and cycling and also to step down from the liaison member role. I feel that by stepping down it will free up some of my time to do extra things. Quite often in the past I have wanted to do a long walk or ride and my commitment to a certain group date has got in the way of my plans. Also holding any club position (no matter how lowly) can be a bit of a thankless task some times as it is impossible to please everyone. I will also not miss the late night phone calls from members asking for extra details about an event only to find that they then don't turn up anyway.

I will still attend club events, but they will be the ones that fit into my overall yearly plan.

Over the time I have been the Dorset Liaison member I have met some great people and enjoyed some fun times, but now I have made this decision I feel even more that it is the right thing for me to do.

I will arrange the next Dorset Group Spring Event and will step down from the role at that time.

Above you will see a few photographs taken at some of the group events - happy times-. and I look forward to more times just like these but not as a liaison member.

Oh!......     What is the photo of the wheel for ?.......?

That is a picture of  one of the Italian wheels on my Sportive bike.
The reason I have included that in the posting when it has absolutely nothing to do with what this posting is about is for the benefit of LIMOM at the FLAT TIRE BLOG.( See blog list in side bar)
Limom is based in Hawaii and he is currently going through some tough Roadie decision making. (Decisions again - see there is a connection after all). He seems to be suffering with a bad case of  Roadie Italian Fever....!!  Check it out.

I wouldn't want him to suffer even more with withdrawal symptoms......


MELI. said...

looking back in time and seeing where one stands now and decisions that have gone right is always a great feeling
thanks 4sharing +keep pedaling! =)

Steve A said...

While I agree being Liaison Member may no longer be in the cards, I'm sure you'll agree there is a special place in Heaven for those that can take on such jobs selflessly.

Anonymous said...

I too have pared down activities and responsibilities in order to help ensure I'm directing my energies in ways I will never regret. It doesn't mean one does less, it just means you end up doing what you really WANT to be doing - what ever it is!! :)

rlove2bike said...

I agree you completely...riding the bike or doing anything outside for that matter, clears the mind and puts things in perspective. Good luck in reducing your role.

limom said...

You can't please everyone, so you might as well please yourself.
Oh wait, that was a song.
On the Fulcrums: I'm way ahead of you baby!

MrDaveyGie said...

Good thoughts, seems like your a good road to travel.

John Romeo Alpha said...

Oh dear, is Roadie Italian Fever contagious?? I am feeling an inexplicable attraction to that photo, and to sleek steel frames spirallying down twisty mountain roads...am I in trouble??

The bike shed said...

It is good to contribute and then move on - it gives others a chance to. I will try to come to the spring BPC meet

J_on_tour said...

It is always a difficult to decision to move on or rather change goals. I have had some appreciation last year of walking club organisation ( a Yorkshire group I loosely rejoined after many years) when I tried to organise my own group amongst friends (locally). It is a difficult task to juggle with shift work, family and other pressing things in life. As I am currently planning to attend a variety of events or not as the case may be, I may disappoint certain people, so in like manner, I wish you the best in your decisions that you make for the year.

TrevorW�� said...

*meligrosa / steve a / paddyanne / rlove2bike / limom / mr daveygie / mark / j-on-tour *

Thanks to all of you for your kind words of wisdom and support.

*john romeo alpha*

Yes I think it is contagious and you do seem to have a problem.
You know that there is only one way to satisfy those kind of desires.....!!

Six weeks off.

 The visit to see the Consultant went quite well really ...   My ' numbers' have started to creep up again so I am going to be given...