A Tuesday in September

Bright morning – late start – easy cycle – in front – girl cyclist – nice view – short skirt – no helmet – good speed – turned the corner – basement parking

Late start – email catchup – double coffee – small cup – work some – chat some – butter roll – crisps on – work more – chat flirt – good day – so far – sunny lunch – walk out – walk back – system issues – Aldo message – message back – phone test – text banter – tinned soup – work grrr – camera laugh – security pass – cisco password – AD XP Mac – java update – goodbye Ali – work hassle – late finish – greuther furth – don’t win – money lost – get on bike

Six o’clock – light rain – why now – might go off – hope it does – snood scarf – up ramp – along street – no lights – go back – start gain – squinty bridge – cycle past – swig gulp – first drink – hydro arena – circle round – secc – long straight – museum – on left – south street – pushed hard – hard work – very long – when’s the end – grit teeth – keep going – dumbarton road – good rest – at lights – drink some – adjust shoes – too tight – straight across – cleat engaged – not quite – slow away – lessen pace – lincoln avenue – delivery office – turn left – adjust snood – head cover – glug glug – more water – parked cars – wet roads – slow down – traffic lights – wipe glasses – drink more – big junction – cross carriageway – big road – great western – good surface – busy road – major junction – anniesland cross – bus lane – getting wetter – close traffic – slow downhill – turn left – across bridge – river kelvin – up the drive – queen margaret – little climb – at lights  – drink some – another slug – still raining – cross road  – maryhill – ruchill park – to the right – police on streets – always here – poor surface – wet roads – I see puddles – balmore road – straight across – glug glug – another drink – glasses off – rain smear – bit of wind – head on – springburn – up hill – very slow – more rain – springburn – always grey – downhill – even slower – wet roads – maybe slippy – too slow – stop bieng scared – brake brake – for god’s sake – keep going – grit teeth  – left at lights – uphill – that’s better – push hard – on left – mail centre – downhill now – swoosh – wet roads – close traffic – fast cars  – and buses – puddles – poor surface – brake more – bus stop – more puddles – veer left – royston road – safer now – at lights – two sets – drink more – glasgow cathederal – next stop – careful now – cobbled path – oh shit – close one – today’s snap – no good – phone gone – battery done – squeeze bottle – last drink – high street – brake brake – all the way – home safe – wet wet – feel good

Welcome smile – hot bath – beef ragu – carrots and celery – new potatoes – melted butter – fresh brew – great cuppa – check strava – night night

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