I wasn't going to ride my bike today. I was tired yesterday so why not take a day off, get into my car and drive, say, to the Oosterschelde and watch the divers get in and out of the water. For those who did not know, in a former life I was an avid deepsea diver until a back problem forced me to quit. Back problem is solved now but my other hobby has consumed me hook line and sinker, so there's no time left to pick up with the diving again. But I have been wanting to go back to the Oosterschelde, where I made a lot of dives , just to see if there are any of the old crowd left and to revisit places where I spent so many an happy hour.
But no, the sun shone in my face so god damn I got on my bike and did a long road drive. My Hilset is making a funny noise in the front wheel area.. it kind of puzzles me since it only makes the noise when I'm on the bike and when the wheel turns. But if I spin the wheel myself, holding the bike up, I don't hear a thing. So must be the front bearings I guess. Upon returning home I dismantled the front hub, put in some grease and re-assembled the thing. The bearings seem fine although I do feel some slight resistance when turning them.
Oh well , I made a fine loop nevertheless. Caught up with a 64-year old guy on a road bike who told me he used to race with/against Eddy Merckx. He was just idling along at 32kph and I had a lot of trouble keeping up with him while we sped together along the Ravel in the direction of Hoegaarden. Our ways parted there and I looped back towards home over Hoksem and Willebringen. Great day and a great ride out. The Oosterschelde will have to wait until another weekend, resistance to the bike-bug is futile.
Ride Stats : 54.5K and 380 heightmeters in 2h19mins
07-10-2007, 15:24 geschreven door Big Bad Wolf