Thursday, August 27, 2009

Less Doublet & Hose, More Lycra, Less Crown, More Helmet

When I was in Edinburgh for the last America Unchained book reading someone very kindly gave me a couple of packs of playing cards as a gift for the tour. (If it was you; thanks!)

I knew they were made by the Bicycle brand - quite possibly the only brand of playing card I could name - but it was only when I opened one of the decks today that I saw this card and realised quite how apt they were for the journey ahead of me.

I guess the likeness was better a year ago - I've lost a stone and a half since then - but even so...

I'm packing right now - I leave for Cornwall tomorrow so that I have a day of rest before the journey really begins on Sunday morning - and I'm going to stick this in the bag of show-stuff... and then stick it to the mirror of dressing rooms up and down (and across) the land as a good luck charm. Nice.

13 comments:

Phoenix said...

I shall keep my fingers crossed that the weather improves. We have rain today, here in Cornwall. Best of luck with the tour - wish I could come to see it, but, without a car, Grampound isn't the easiest of places to get to for me. Looking forward to reading/seeing about it here instead :-)

Carole said...

See you at Sterts Dave, looking forward to it!

Anonymous said...

I seem to remember thespians don't like being wished good luck and prefer "break a leg".

However a cyclist sure doesn't want to break-a-leg.

So good luck on the cycling, and break any appropriate part of your anatomy for the actual gig part.

Kathy said...

Looking forward to seeing you in Peterborough on the 10th September and really hope that everything goes to plan for you.

KathyS

Damien said...

Good luck with the tour and the ride Dave!!
May the path before you be smooth and clear.

Allison said...

Good luck! We are a third of the way through our own US road trip, driving from New York to Seattle and have just finished your America Unchained book, loved it! Just found your blog as I visited your website to look at the rest of your photos. Hope your latest adventure is a success, and hope to see you show in Edinburgh in Feb.

Anonymous said...

Good Luck -enjoy it!

Miriam said...

Hi Dave,

I have been reading your blog for a while now and just wanted to say I hope the tour goes well! Looking forward to seeing you in Oxford next year.

Miriam

Chris said...

You should fix some of the cards to your fork leg with a clothes peg, then you can get the authentic machine gun noise from your spokes as you ride along (Did you never do this when you were a kid?)

Anonymous said...

Enjoy yourself Dave, and take care! Looking forward to seeing you in Swindon

:-)

Amber

Richard said...

Good luck ..interested to hear if you think performances get worse or better ...i.e. creeping fatigue or energy levls boosted Eat porridge and eggs. And bananas. And walnuts. And wholewheat linguine with crab. And bread. Basically eat anything that appears edible. And dont stand when you can sit and don't sit when you can lie dow. Bon courage!

bob said...

All the best with the big ride - looking forward to seeing you in Belfast - though not "on yer bike" - and on my birthday too.....

Toby said...

Good luck, I'll try and catch your show when you reach Inverness. Let me know if you need a cycling partner between Fort Augustus and Inverness, I will be more than happy to keep you company.

A wee tip: Take the south Loch Ness road rather than the busy A82 on the North, the traffic is a lot quieter and there's less of a chance of you being flattened by a psycho in a campervan! It's a bit hilly to start with but the views are fantastic.

Cheers,

Toby