I received this text message from my sister, Rob today and it made me ponder my poor panniers.
Being a self-confessed ‘gear-freak’ I have accumulated an amazing amount of gear that was put to good use over many, many years – snowboards, snowshoes, tents, stoves, bivvy bags, sleeping bags, climbing gear and … cycle touring panniers.
However, this bundle of outdoor gear, worth thousands of dollars is now sitting idle under our house. I had grand plans pre-children to continue my outdoor adventures with little tackers in tow, but to be honest I haven’t fulfilled my ideals. Apart from our boating adventures, we haven’t taken Poppy and James on any overnight bushwalks yet, for no particular reason. I need to bust out of my routine and get them out there! I look forward to the day when we can wander amongst amazing mountains together.
My gorgeous red Ortlieb panniers have been laying, patiently waiting too. Waiting for the day when they are packed to the brim, popped on a bike and ridden into the sunset. It has been a long time since I have done any cycle touring which included a trip around the West Coast of Tasmania with my old friend Jen (Tetley). There is nothing better than seeing those kilometres tick by, your thoughts slowing to the gentle pace, seeing landscapes from a different perspective and sleeping soundly after a long day.
These poor panniers have also copped a bit of pressure from my husband who has been suggesting I pop them on Gumtree, but I have continually refused. I know I don’t use them at the moment, but one day I will, and selling them will be selling a dream … my dream.
I will take those beauties across France and Italy one day, where I plan to ride along meandering roads, stopping for a baguette and cheese for lunch. I’ll continue on, cycling across the countryside with my red companions until my legs become weary and I pull into a little village, pitch my tent and have a simple meal of escargot and local wine!
I am not ready to part company yet as we have more adventures to share together! Until then, you can borrow them Rob and I hope you enjoy their company! Xx