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CHANGE!  I have been faced with a lot of it in the last 10 years, and I can't foresee that altering any time soon, I do often find myself fighting it though. I do think that this is a natural reaction as we all like comfort and change certainly removes that from your existence sharpish. So the question is, can one find comfort in change? I am struggling with this one I must confess, of course all those self help books and crack pot pseudo psychologist, will come out of the woodwork and rattle off any number of glib responses, to no real tangible aid. The truth is I am a creature of habit, and routine gives me comfort and grounding, change really unsettles me. So now what, the specter of change looms once more, and I feel this nervousness start to build inside me, my reactions become short and irrational, digging my heals in, and falling back into myself. Not this time though, I am not going to allow it space, I am going to try embrace it, see it as an opportunity. Findi

Ride Out Thoughts

With the Ride Out happening the weekend, I thought I might just put this together. When riding in a group use your mirrors, check who's behind you, if someone is missing stop or ride back to make sure they are OK. Keep groups small, not more than 5 or 6 riders, and they should ride in accordance with their abilities, with the most experienced rider at the front. The experienced rider leading the group needs to ride smooth and keep a close eye on those following The last rider or sweeper should be very knowledgeable about the route as they will be taking care of stragglers and helping out if there is any problems Don't ride too close and ride at your own speed, stay steady and don't accelerate on straights It is very common for riders in a group that they accelerate on the straights when they notice that they get behind in corners, to keep up. Don't do that! The corners will become more and more difficult for you when you ride that way. Something t


A while ago I watched a program on the TV about the WWII a British veteran spoke about the Blitz on London and how devastating it was and what people suffered through a how the British spirit kept them going through. Veteran RAF pilot now long gone spoke of how at 18 years old they fought the Hun in the skies above and so many died. I was reminded of another great hero of mine, Sir Earnest Shackleton and his voyage to Antartica with his “Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition” (1914-17) He and his team would be the first to traverse the continent from Vahsel Bay to McMurdo Sound on the opposite side, on the 19th of January 1915 their ship got trapped, frozen in an ice floe. Being forced to wait till spring the crew turned the ship into a winter station but in spring as the ice melted, the pressures of the moving ice finally sank the Endurance, forcing the men onto an ice floe, but to cut a long story short, they would march to Elephant Island dragging 3 life boats over the ice until they