It is now 18 months since Matilda left us.
The decision was made not to buy another vehicle straight away as the next year, 2014, was to be spent house sitting. It was a fun and interesting year driving all different types of OP vehicles from an old rusty, manual, 4WD Land cruiser , a neat, zippy Hyundai Getz to an almost new Mazda 6 with all the bells and whistles.
Then early in 2015 it was cruising to New Zealand and 4 weeks spent over there.
Back home, still without a car, I now use my faithful “Giant” bike to get around. This is the first time in over 60 years that I have not had a vehicle.
The shopping centre is only a 20 minute ride, the beach is 5 minutes straight along the end of the road and the library is 10 minutes in the other direction. With 2 good saddlebags to hold the groceries and any other equipment I need to carry, plenty of off-road bike tracks and flat roads, not a hill in sight, biking is a breeze. It is also off-season on the Gold Coast so not so much traffic on the roads.
There are lots of benefits to biking. Keeps me fit, no parking problems and saving lots of money.
There are also a few cons. Windy weather, rain and it can get very hot in the summer time. These are only minor annoyances. The other option is to use the bus.
Without a car more time is needed to get from A to B and planning is necessary. Bus time tables must be studied, extra time allowed if an appointment is to be met. Life slows down to the speed of my wheels.
BUT all that is to change…
Watch this space…