First, let this old fart explain something to those who don't recognize this logo or know the the name "Winamp" . Once upon a time (that used to mean more than 30 years ago, nowadays it's hardly a decade ago ) there was a piece of software to organise your music files and listen to them, called Winamp. A very nice and versatile piece of software I might add. With the rise of the Android smartphones, an app was published. But at one time, Winamp died (not a clue as to why, but if anyone wants to find out, you might find the answer in the still active forum) it was even before streaming and such became a "thing".
Sometimes a hidden surprise pops up that brings back a lot of memories. Today my wife was organizing a folders containing some old genealogy information. Also in that folder was an old song from the Engineer Corps from the Dutch army. This made me remember my time in the army with the 11th Engineering Battalion in the late 80's. Man, what a long time ago!
Yesterday I went out for an easy and relaxed trike tride. Left a bit later than I planned (5:20 am) but it was still nice and quiet on the road. Some of the crossings on the N62 road were closed resulting in quite a hectic weekend in my village of Westdorpe due to heavy traffic. So I decided to ride the country roads and went east to greet the rising sun should the clouds give way.
Riding the road to nowhere
can take you anywhere
and holds surprises everywhere
For a long time, I've tried to do my 60km commute as often by bike as possible. But I'm on the other side of the “magical” or “big” 50 now and struggling a bit with my body. So more and more people ask me why I don’t buy an electric assist bike. To be honest, I’ve been thinking about it now and then, but I don’t like the thought of it.
I know, listening to music while cycling is a touchy subject. A lot has been said about it on the net (even some seriously overheated debates), but it's a common sight on the streets and bicycle lanes these days. And yes, I listen to music while cycling too. Mostly on my morning commute that is.
This week hasn't been a very good one. I've been sniffling since last weekend, but last Tuesday, on my way to work, I stopped to fill up my car and I started sweating all over while shaking on my legs.
As some of you might know by now, I am from Zeelandic Flanders or Zeeuws-Vlaanderen. And proud of it! A beautiful part of The Netherlands (just!) Shielded by the Western Skeldt (Westerschelde) on the north, Belgium border on the south and divided into two by the channel from Gent to Terneuzen (or from Terneuzen to Gent if you so desire. )
During a bike ride, reflecting while having a brake...
Some people just don't give a damn about others.
Yesterday, 17-02-2018, I've encountered this oncoming farmer. I have 3 headlights on my trike, so I thought I was pretty visible. This farmer was either sleeping, playing with his phone or just don't gives a shit about other road users.
For quite some time now, al the computers here have GNU/Linux as an operating system. The only bit resembling MS Windows is Wine on a laptop in case we should need to run some Windows software. But up till now, we never had the need for it. There is plenty of choice in free GNU/Linux software, so we can always find a good alternative.
Last night I saw a shooting star
that's a wish, I once read.
For a while now, I was looking for a way to mount side bags to my trike. For easy to reach stuff while riding and for those things you want to keep an eye on. Like camera, keys, wallet, snacks, etc...
It's been about 6 months now since I've got my Trident Stowaway trike. Up until now I've only ridden about 400 km, but one thing I wanted to change from the beginning was the mirror! The Stowaway came with 1 mirror, on the left side.
From mechanical odometer and cycle computer to smartphone app. I've used it almost all. Nowadays I use both cycle computer and smartphone app. Cycle computer because I had it at hand (and while mounted on the bike it's not just lying around), app because I like to look back at the rides I've been doing.
Last week I've brought my old Flandria bike to the recycling center. I had 4 bikes in the shed and next month my wife will probably be buying a trike too. SoI had to make room for another tricycle. I do feel sorry for "dumping" the old beast.