Thursday, 23 September 2010

A life less ordinary

I was thinking about this clip tonight.For the last few weeks I've been back on the bike-biking to work,biking to training at Boston,doing the shopping etc,etc.It's good to be back to a mode of transport that is both free and also is not damaging to the enviroment.This evening I finished work and found a puncture in the bikes back wheel.No problem-I had a spare,so changed the tube.A couple of miles into the 11 mile trip back I got another flat.I've got a feeling that theres a thorn or something in the tyre thats caused the problems,but couldn't find one and as it was getting dark decided to walk.Instead of being irritated with the situation,I thought - just enjoy walking!And I did.

Minimalist living has been on my mind constantly this past couple of weeks.I've gone through my ,already pretty minimalist,wardrobe and sorted out everything I don't wear regularly and put it in a charity bin.Same with trainers.I suppose the aim is to get down to the bare essentials.I have become inherently aware that,with the accumulation of goods,for me,there is also an accumulation of stress.In searching for minimalist modes of living I have stumbled on the bike camper,pictured above.It may be a romantic notion-but it is a romantic notion that I have been giving serious thought to-living full time in such a set up.The trailer would hold all my worldly possessions-and I would choose to wild camp,avoiding rents etc.A cheap way of life.I would be able to work Monday to Thursday-then take off for a few hours on the trails and tracks running-then tow the trailer to a secluded spot-preferrably under the shield of darkness-prepare a quick meal-pop up the shelter-then sleep.I will definately give it serious thought with the on coming of spring next year.

The last couple of weeks I have been really enjoying running.My summer obsession with miles is dissappearing.All I want to do is get out in the country,on the paths,finding my way or getting lost for a few hours at a time.The scenery around Spilsby really is beautiful.Life is pretty good!

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