I rode the bike for the first time in a long time yesterday, and I must admit to feeling a bit of a fraud. My job affords me to have the best of the best in terms of equipment, but my riding at the moment is more Deore than XTR! It was difficult to begin with, especially riding things that I used to be able to ride extremely quickly, and yet I was literally picking my way down them.
Towards the end of the ride I lightened up a bit. I remembered what it is about. Riding shouldn’t be about being fast, and the offroad skill level will improve with practice. Speed and skill are a by product of riding and enjoying the outdoors, and that is what I then focused on. It was great – even when I rode the local downhill course.
I will try to ride three times this week……
So I have the bike here. Today was showery, so I built the bike, and got it ready for use in the week. Family stuff and shopping took up the rest of the day. I am at a 50th birthday party tonight with The Pretty One’s family and tomorrow we’re at my grandfathers 80th. We (the Worksrider family) have got him a laptop computer (his first) and Internet connection. Perhaps he will read this!
Finally on my way home. Today was oddly successful, the day started at 5 am when I decided that my body clock had won and there was no point trying to sleep any more. The jetlag preventing it. It is better east to west though – getting up early seems more acceptable than sleeping late because you didn’t feel sleepy until 3am. Good but also freakishly normal, with no raw fish to speak of. It was also pissing it down all day. On the Rhine, where I live in Germany, just rains and rains and rains. I go to England for a break from it.
I just packed a bike into Birty the big blue bike box. The full suspension bike doesn’t like it. It has to have the forks popped out, rear mech off, brakes disconnected, blah, blah, blah. The road bike was a joy by comparison. How I miss it.
I hope to get some riding in over the next couple of weeks. British Summer Time should help. Danny, you wanna kick my ass on the bike?
So that’s that. My Asian tour is over. I fly tomorrow at 10.30 from Osaka back to Europe. Did I enjoy myself? Well yes, but I am ready to go back to Europe. Business wise, I think it has been a real success. I have found out where all of the World’s titanium production is heading (Korea) and I have had some wonderful food. I feel that I am stagnating though, allow me to explain.
Business travel means for one thing lots of meetings, it also means entertainment in the evenings. Good food, good wine, nice breakfasts, spending the days and evenings with the same people. There is then the catching up with emails when you get back to the hotel and finding the time (literally finding a mutually convenient time) to speak to The Pretty One, who is in London. I feel like I haven’t done anything different forever. Exercise is something alien to me (the swimming and the run being the exceptions).
I have some things that I would like to add about Seoul. The country itself seems quite isolated. Physically they are, but it reminded me of a former Eastern bloc country in some respects. I say this because all of the buildings were high rise (although they were all very new and clean) but more because of the vehicles. Everyone drove a Korean car. European or American, or even Japanese were rare vehicles. This is like being in a former communist country. I am not saying that it was like one of these though. Clearly the economy is a lot better, capitalism is clearly booming.
Japan and Korea were interesting countries. I am glad that I have been to them, but honestly I felt kind of cold having left them. They didn’t have the energy that other parts of Asia have that I have experienced, and although Japan is somewhere where I am sure that The Pretty One and I will visit (we like to do food holidays anyway!) In this respect Japan has a place in my heart, and I will return, but I definitely need to leave the cities. There is a fakeness in the built up areas, which is almost Vegas like. Plants, light, islands! All fake. I need to discover the real Japan.
Pictures are all from Seoul. The views from the hotel, and the worlds best stocked bike shop.
Like Disney, only smaller.
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Japan and Korea follow baseball like Europe follows football. I think Japan won (just found out Japan won in the tenth). Just going through immigration out of Osaka and lots of kids are on full national baseball attire. There also spears to be a Highschool Orchestra on the plane. Is it worth 300 euros to upgrade to business class?
Just going to add some final pictures of Japan. Strangely – perhaps very strangely I am looking forward to Frankfurt!
I am feeling like I could sleep for 1,000 years. I am pretty exhausted from all of the traveling around and the hard work, and am really looking forward to being back in England by the end of the week. Right now I am sat in Seoul Airport about to fly to Osaka. Once there, I have a night in an airport hotel, before flying back to Germany.
Seoul was interesting, but I am mixed about what experience I am going to write up here. Perhaps I will do it on the plane. I know that there is a lot of work to do.
My blog had 102 hits yesterday, which is a record!
Well I arrived last night, and have so far found the city to be pretty cool. One downside is with business travel – what do you do when the hotel you book isn’t sufficiently nice? Spent two hours last night finding something where I would be happy to sleep!