Wednesday, September 5, 2012
Time To Hang It Up
Near Jeneralka and Divoká Šárka.
I appear to be engaged in some sort of contest to see how little I can ride my bike this summer. And I think I've won.
And because I've ridden my bike so very little this summer, and because I'm out of shape, and have allowed myself to gain a few pounds, what with trips to Austria and Croatia -- and a few Prague beer gardens -- over the summer, and because my new flat in Prague 6 makes it harder to meet up with my regular cycling buddies for impromptu adventures, I seem to have lost my enthusiasm for riding. (All lame excuses, I know.)
I was thinking about all this as I grunted my way up the (for me) rather steep hill from Jeneralka to Nebušice. Yes, I actually went for a ride on Saturday. (I couldn't think of an excuse not to.)
From Nebušice, I climbed another hill to get to Divoká Šárka, rode around there a bit, and then headed back toward the Prague 6 neighborhood of Vokovice where I live.
It was a short ride, but a momentous one, in that during the ride I basically decided not to get on my bike again until I'm in better physical shape and have a better mental attitude. I just didn't enjoy myself. I couldn't wait for it to be over.
And that's no way for a guy who writes a cycling blog to feel.
Length of ride: Probably around 15 kilometers
Time on the bike: About an hour
Maximum speed: N/A
Pivo Index: 0
Distance ridden so far in 2012: 225 kilometers
I photographed this door in the village of Nebušice as I was slogging my way up to the park known as Divoká Šárka.
I found this inscription (photographed in two takes) on a small bridge near the restaurant called Chorvatský mlýn on Horoměřická near Jeneralka. Anyone have any idea what it says or why it's there?