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An Olympic step forward

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    "We came in this world with nothing, and we will leave this world with nothing."
    "Education, humanity and caring for the younger generation."
    These were the simple words that moved the people at the Olympic ceremony (as Spoken by Kipchoge Keino).


    They say that the Rio Olympic ceremony had only 1/10th the budget of the London games!! Just goes to show that you can do great things even on a budget. You don't need a big-budget show to stir the soul. For generally, the people who share freely do so, not because they have something to share; but because they know what it's like not to have anything.
    I hope that the symbolic gesture of having the first Olympic refugee team will endure. And these people will be looked after for life. Not just for the glitz and fan-fair of the 2 weeks of the games.
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    The more focus we have on the interconnectedness, the more we'll be able to feel part of a whole- A working whole.
    For when you hurt your foot, the head still feels it. If you break a bone in your arm, your whole body will feel it.
    Asking and looking after someone after a stack or rough patch is being caring, but checking in and extending a hand past this, is being more than just human. We have a responsibility.

    Why is it that we diligently check every nut and bolt, cable and fluid level on our bikes, but don't necessarily take the same diligence with people??

    Today was the first day trying out the 'new' hand. Back on the bike!!, and although it needed a good battery trickle charge to get going initially, it was soon warmed up and dancing through some twisties.... just as much as a Rio de Janeiro feathered beauty swinging her hips at the Olympic ceremony.
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    When the torch arrived at the stadium the hairs on my body stood up. The same feeling as getting back on the saddle after what seemed to be an eternity away from it.

    The still early morning was a subdued shy sunrise, but was greeted by a cacophony of birds milling around me & the lawnmower. It seemed that my presence caused a disturbance in the grass enough for insects to rustle and provide them with a feed. What ever the case....
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    It all provided a nice backdrop for an introduction back to meeting bike on asphalt. And back to my zen rides of moving meditations....

    Never mind, off to Caffe Chinos to see if any GC NRs will come out to play :) Met big brother KTM. If only I had longer legs. And to finish the ride off, with installing a v important tag on the lawnmower ;) A must have NR accessory (Thanks jonnymacjonnymac!) Untitled-1 copy.

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    The energy of a cut's lizard tail,
    The passion of a Spaniard at motoGP,
    As annoying as a flea in the ear,
    With the love for biking as Kayne West loves himself.
    Looking at life through vertically challenged eyes.
    Valvoline.... you know what I mean! ;-)
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    It's excellent to see you're back riding ValvolineValvoline. I don't think I've met anyone who regretted getting a second opinion. Also, your Duke looks spotless!
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  2. 69SIM
    Haha, love the thumbs up in the mirror Val! :)
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