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Saturday, March 13, 2010

TRANSPORT THROUGHT THE AGES (2)


In the early '60s a car rammed the back of my bicycle at some 40 miles an hour, leading me to perform a parabolic curve towards the sky, leaving my shoes still captured by the pedal toeclips. I remember nothing of the accident, except coming to with an excruciating back pain whilst being strapped to a spinal board.

Apparently I came down on my head (a pretty solid part of the Avus anatomy), concertina-ing my spine and fracturing 3 vertabrae (nearly 50 years later, wet weather always reminds me of this).

However, every cloud has a silver lining (although not immediately apparent at the time). The subsequent compensation enabled me to buy a second hand motorcycle combination with a huge family sidecar. Here a somewhat larger munchkin takes her brother for a ride in Ashdown Forest.

Hopefully, in May, there will be a finale for this sequence when HHnB rides pillion on the BMW.

6 comments:

herhimnbryn said...

See you soon!
Looking forward to going out with you on the BMW...but you're not putting my picture on here then!

Avus said...

Not even with a full-face helmet on with the visor down?

Barrett Bonden said...

Is that a roof-rack on the sidecar? Or are those wheels for use after your next parabolic venture into the lower atmosphere? That fairing takes me back a long long way. AA/RAC roadside men used to have them on their bikes.

Avus said...

BB:
Yes - the roof rack was invaluable for carrying the "tender", used when the younger members of the family disembarked.

You are correct about the Avon fairing - blue on the RAC and yellow on AA. Looking at it now I think it is a ghastly thing, but was a fashion of the times.

Kay McKenzie Cooke. said...

Love the transport through the ages theme ... and the pictures! My d-i-l in Kyoto has bought herself a bike with a child-seat on the front (btwn handlebars) for daughter to ride in ... the child faces forward. A little different to yours, but same principle of 'kids on board'.

Avus said...

Kay:
Good to know that the "kids on board bicycles" theme continues in Japan