Walking Silly in Salford

It’s the middle of the week and a recurring knee problem has returned with a vengeance. I’m forced off my bike and boy, do I miss it! The bus didn’t turn up this morning. If it wasn’t for a very kind neighbour driving past, my daughter would have been very late and probably more than a little hysterical (alright, I would have been a little hysterical).

I’m craving the freedom of cycling already, and that feeling is just going to grow over the next few days until I’m reunited with ‘my precious’.

Work was exhausting, I didn’t get finished until 19:30 and as I have a cricket pad splint on my left leg keeping the knee straight, even the short walks between bus stops and home are agonizingly slow, causing the occasional stumble and lots of hip pain on my right side.

Monty Python's Ministry of Silly Walks
Monty Python’s Ministry of Silly Walks

I found I had to mix up my walking styles to try to get home without crying; at times I had to walk sideways and backwards or lift my right leg up quite high to prevent the pain and fatigue in obviously under used muscle groups. Bewildered observers were probably reminded of a certain Monty Python sketch. At any rate, people seemed in a hurry to cross the road as I lurched towards them.

However, I made it home before 21:oo and was greeted by the glorious aroma of Quorn and Vegetable curry. My partner knew the perfect way to help me de-stress: a hug followed by a modest portion of curry and cuddles with our Guinea Pigs Lacie and Lulu. Now, to find you the YouTube video of that memorable Monty Python sketch as a reward to getting to the end of this post.

Here it is! I hope I leave you with a smile. Good Evening.

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Author: David Jackson

Hello, I'm a 40+ yo cyclist trying to get back into cycling after the Covid-19 pandemic. I have hardly been on a bicycle in the last 2 years.