Started in East Dean with a beautiful walk in the woods. This area of the South Downs is beautiful and it feels unpopulated which is surreals when you look on the map, but a lot is huddled on the coast and off to London. One excellent offer is the footpaths and bridle paths, well marked and lots of them.
It was a really early start back to work on the Monday, the university has a leadership day each November and as a 'leader' ;-) I needed to be in Derby for 8am so the alarm went off at 4am and I was rolling in the CRV at 4.30am
Don't worry readers I am able to look after myself this is the sort of meal I provide for myself, I follow the habit we have always done by eating at a table.... no lap dinners, one concession is the laptop with Netflix on it as we would normally converse over food and I only have the dog, and she never answers back !! The pizza made two meals as did the salad and beetroot.
Next day we had the first real frost of the year.... was I cold, only walking to the car. I kept the fire in most of the month, softy that I am a toasty warm 24c aboard most of the time and fridge like in the back cabin - my winter fridge.
Then is commute, work, commute until Rachel comes back, but due to shifts this was not until Saturday am so the weekend was a little short as a couple.
More frost at the start of the next week but the fire was doing a sterling job.... and I am thinking of taking this out why?
Leia was found to be taking some liberties, she was wacked from a long walk and took to MY bed !!
Then after a 400 mile round trip it was back to this....
Too much coffee too much paperwork and too many emails.... but it pays for the lifestyle so I should not complain (too much)
Highlight of the week was attending a lecture from Simon Weston.... a real inspiration, someone who has overcome so much and still has a smile and sense of humour.
The last weekend in Staffordshire was spend at work would you believe... overseeing our largest open day on Saturday, followed by a trip to the theatre (another venue owned by my university and a site I visit often) to see 'little Voice' excellent I am always in awe when I am entertained so well by good actors. Getting back to the cold boat at 11.15 was not so good, but I had set the fire. I cut those light and forget logs in half - makes a jumbo fire lighter and they burn hot so we soon were tasty warm, plus a hot water bottle - did I mention I don't like to be cold !
Sunday we woke up and pondered our day.... I had seen a Facebook post from a biker friend (Coops) who was off to the NEC bike show. We have not been there for many many years so as we were half an hour away we went....
The 1600 BMW felt good, but there was so much tech on the bike I could not imagine it being safe to ride - far too distracting. But if I have a benefactor out there who wishes to have one delivered to East Dean step forward !!
The Triumph Trophy was interesting and I have asked for a brochure.... stopped short of a test ride. It did feel a little remote but it does have the right amount of rider support.... I can see a bimble out maybe at some point !
Now this felt right..... note the smile of a man who knows he already has the right bike ! Honda ST1300 Pan European, and we have taken ours to Europe and hope to again next year - destination Colditz
Being of a certain age did try a Harley.... but my arse would not take the riding position.
This one caught my eye.... 1100cc different from my much loved CB200 but it looked very similar to me...... happy days
Finally I tried a GSX750 ... nope but it reminded me of my VTR1000 Firestorm
... And then it was back to the 40 mile a day commute......I did take my Quadcopter up to get some images of our sites.....
Went to the cinema to see Interstella on Wednesday night with my eldest son Tom - excellent film and entertainment
Thursday evening it was revisiting the 'road to hell' I certainly know what Chris Rea was thinking when he wrote it !
Not sure what tomorrow will bring.... it'll be cold next week so the fire will earn its keep.
Around 2000 driven miles and 17 cycled for November !
Goodbye November..... see you next year hopefully !!