Earlier this year I seemed to rather suddenly lose my motivation for cycling: suddenly the daily commute went from being a highlight of the day to a chore. I think this was because my new workplace has a more direct connection to the local tram stop, so even though riding all the way to the edge of Stuttgart was undoubtedly keeping me youthful, fit and good looking,* it was a bit of a drag after being on my feet all day, especially as I have a 15 minute walk after I get off the tram.

So over summer I have generally got into the habit of abandoning the commuter bike at the local tram stop, which is only about 15 minutes from the village. This wakes me up and also saves about 24€ a month in bus fares.

Anyway, I had a few days of this week and used them up sorting out paperwork and running errands, this being as exciting as life gets these days, and the local parcel company informed me that they couldn’t deliver my package and had therefore abandoned it at a post office 2 towns away. I decided to take the Xtracycle down the scenic route and reminded myself that this isn’t such a bad place to live really. I even found myself wanting to go further when I had planned to turn around and come back, and the parcel that had been the reason for the ride was now a minor concern.

Which was a good thing because it wasn’t at the post office, and nor has it resurfaced since…

*It’s my reality, don’t mess with it…