16 August 2015
Transporting by Bike
Getting a new kitchen stove delivered
My old kitchen stove gave up its purpose in life lately. It started to
short circuit whenever I turned it on. I'm not a huge fan of "throw it
away", but this thing was beyond the trouble for me. So I bought a new
one. But then... no car, and I needed the thing urgently, as we would be
without anything to cook for the weekend. So the shop put the box on the
bus (!) and we picked it up at the bus stop.
From the bus stop, it's about 600m to my place. The box isn't so big
(it's one of those small stoves), but it's way to heavy to carry all the
way. So that led to my trusty cyclocross bike (which currently features
a rear rack for shopping runs) to serve as a cart. The setup was way too
unstable to ride. Pushing it along was more or less ok, with some short
moments of wobbling and threatening to fall. It reminded me a lot of
what lots of people in African and Asian countries do: load up a bike
full up, and push it along. The stove arrived home in one piece in the
end, and cooking warm food resumed.
28 August 2015
Three Times per Week
It's all up and down
While writing on the weblog has taken a backseat to everything else
again, I'm more or less back to regular cycling. Which is very nice,
since I really like cycling in the countryside here. Basically I'm
trying to do 3 rides per week. The plan is to build back my base
fitness. So I'm doing shorter rides, about 2 hours each. Since this is
Naxos, there is no way to do that without some climbing, but I'm trying
to take it easy.
Slowly, slowly my leg starts to feal more "normal". Whatever that means.
Basically that pushing, pulsing sensation where the operation was is
getting less, especially while riding. Walking is still a bit more
difficult. So I'm moving forward in that respect.
At the same time I have the impression that I'm moving backwards in
respect to my endurance. I seem to be able to do less and less. Having
to stop and take a long break to recover on a climb I've never ever
had to stop before (going up the Potamia valley). Never mind, that's
probably how building your endurance back should feel, for all I know of
such things. I guess I will need yet a bit more patience. I'm not
really complaining though, what I've already reached is wonderful
compared to where I was a couple of months ago.
30 August 2015
Full Moon over the Temple of Dimitra
Yesterday our friend Hariklia had the wonderful idea to go see the full moon come out over the Temple of Dimitra here on Naxos. We went there with friends and family, just missing the last rays of sunlight on the temple.
Still the scene was quite beautiful. As the sun had gone down, we waited for the moon to come out over the mountains. We hadn't looked up the exact time, so guesses were from "right now" to "we'll have to wait here for more than an hour". In the end it was maybe 15 minutes after sunset.
When the moon finally came out, its speed was surprising. It was as if the moon had been held back in the thick fluid of the mountains, and as it got free, it sped up until it plopped out like a cork held under water.
The little toy digicam didn't hold up all so well photographing that shiny object in the sky. Lack of a tripod didn't help either. Anyway, here are some attempts at photography for your pleasure.