Round The Bend:
- Crazy, having lost sanity, Free Dictionary.
- Stories to explain this expression, World Wide Words.
- To drive someone round the bend: to make someone angry or annoyed, Macmillan Dictionary.
- To round or rounding a bend – literally to go round a bend or figuratively, to make a change of direction.
There’s more to the term round the bend than at first meets the eye and all the above may sometimes apply to cycling or cycling related matters! For me cycling keeps me sane, if I don’t get out on the bike for a while I can physically and mentally feel the difference – it’s a slippery slope so best keep pedalling.
I have certainly been driven round the bend by others or circumstances. It still happens but I’d like to think that now I’ve got a few miles on the clock I deal with it better, unfortunately not always though! If I have ever driven somebody round the bend I certainly regret it, though I’d like to think it was unintentional.
Life is also by choice or by chance about change as we progress there are many twists and turns; some good, some bad that we have to deal with. Rounding these challenges and opportunities, so our life is plotted. Looking back such changes are often seminal in nature and tend to define who we are, what we achieve and how we deal with life itself.
Fundamentally, I hope this blog does what it says on the tin: it is about Life on a Bike, my life. It’s a record of my cycling stuff, trips, tours and thoughts etc. that have in the past and continue to contribute to my experience of life on a bike. For the moment, putting aside potholes, drivers, public transport, the state of cycling facilities etc. etc., cycling makes me happy. There are times when you are on a bike, on a good road, with good weather, in the right place, when it almost becomes a spiritual experience – it’s good fun anyhow. In this blog I’d like to capture these and other experiences, as well as just record cycling stuff that comes my way.
Finally, what is round the bend sums up what makes cycling such a pleasure – it’s always an adventure the moment you set off and unfolds as you round each bend.
Postscript: Why Part-1? (i) Because the plain roundthebend website address was not available, and (ii) Because I don’t know what’s next i.e. round the bend, maybe there will be a Part-2?