Monthly Archives: May 2004

Links updated

I have finally got around to updating all the links in my weblog for ICE following their website redesign at the start of the year.

Thanks to Typepads export and find/replace it was nice and easy.

ICE are continually adding new stuff, mostly images to the gallery so that the site keeps getting better.

I also like the new (for ICE) radical panniers.

PMD

I have linked to PMD – PMD before. Now though we have used it extensively on a few projects and it has been very useful in catching old code and simplifying API’s etc.

There is now a new version (1.8) out (linked from Cafe au Lait).

Trike Swap

Jane and I went out for a nice gentle calorie gathering ride today. We rode to Tulleys Farm to buy fruit and veg and then stopped to have a very nice lunch (jacket potato with cottage cheese then a huge slice of chocolate cake for me). On the way home we first went a bit further along the Worth Way.

It was during the extra ride along the Worth Way that Jane decided to try my Trice XXL while I rode the Road Shark. With spot of adjustment (some of the supplied foam padding inserted) she suddenly found it very comfy and started riding a lot quicker. In fact I reckon Jane was on average about 50% faster on the XXL than she was on the Road Shark (Note ours is a much older model of Road Shark).

So now it looks like I have competition for my XXL, when I asked what Jane would want to ride on a summer holiday the answer came instantly and it was my XXL – arrgh! Fortunately she is still happier with the Road Shark around town (unless you need to get off and walk among pedestrians).

After riding the XXL the Road Shark seems very very high, very upright and you seem to be almost over the front wheels. The directional and tipping stability of the XXL is much greater as is the braking. But the Road Shark is better for simple trips to the shops or for riding in heavy traffic. It has also had several years of abuse.

Mind you the Road Shark is still fun to ride especially at 25mph on one undulating, twisty and slightly bumpy bit of the Worth Way.

It was a nice way to escape for a couple of hours. For the next time I think I will stretch the stoker position on the X2 to fit Jane so we can ride that together (something that we have alweays intended it for once we no longer need to take kids along – unfortunately there are probably 6 years to go before they all ride solo all the time). At the moment it is setup for Peter and he is still quite a lot shorter than Jane.

Dad has died

So another post that is hard to write.

On Friday evening my Dad died in St Wilfrids Hospice. It was not unexpected. It was peaceful and he spent the day surrounded by his family.

Dad had been diagnosed with secondary cancers in the lungs and liver last summer, despite this he fought on to care for Mum whose cancer was at a more advanced stage. For example, despite his own long course of chemotherapy he drove Mum to hospital every day during her radiotherapy.

His own illness has been swift since Mum died. In February he was well enough to drive himself to Cornwall to do jobs on his boat – since then he has been fighting but losing. He spent two weeks in the hospice before coming home for nearly a week returning to St Wilfrids on Tuesday.

He is now at peace, having joined Mum and their parents in the presence of their Lord whom they served throughout their lives.

As a family we are so grateful to all the staff and volunteers at St Wilfrids Hospice – without exception they have been wonderful to Dad and to us. Their care and love meant that he died peacefully and with dignity.

As a family we have been so blessed by two wonderful parents, that so clearly loved, cared and supported each other in everything. Though we are desperately sad for what we have lost, we rejoice for all that we have had over all the years.