Hungry

I travelled along NCN route 6 this evening to avoid traffic lights and indeed got all the way 10km home through the cities and boroughs of Salford and Bury without a single red light.  This is a very special occurance and is probably due to the whole of the chinese nation simultaneously jumping, the alignment of the planets or maybe just the summer solstice.  I hardly ever catch the first 3 green lights together as each crosses a major road but deciding not to push my luck I headed back the rest of the way via a longer but traffic light lite route taking in Littleton Road, Drinkwater Park and Clifton Road.

As I turned onto Meadow Lane, close to Salford University I saw a small lad fall off his bike.  He wasn’t travelling at speed but misjudged a kerb and fell sideways with the bike falling on top of him.  I guess he was about 6 years old and looked far more capable and bicycly advanced than either of my two but as I cycled past him in a bloodless and tearless heap I asked if he was okay.  He didn’t reply but as he was a bit slow to get to his feet I thought I’d stop to check he wasn’t hurt.  He pointed to a bloodless scuff on his palm and if that was his biggest injury then he was just fine but I watched him stand up and asked if his legs were okay and he grunted a yes.  I wasn’t expecting thanks from him and didn’t want to linger too long and attract the wrong sort of attention but as I was about to set off he seemed to be looking steadily at my pannier and piped up “excuse me Mister, have you got any food?”

Cheeky Monkey!

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About holmesinho

Happily married father of 2 living in Prestwich 5 miles north of Manchester, England. I cycle most days though mostly commuting and also enjoy running and triathlon.
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