After 30 continuous years of car ownership, I am slowly getting used to the pleasures of public transport – and Hong Kong’s public transport system is exceptionally good. However, no matter how good the system is, it can’t cater for the inept user! So, at the end of a running trail I’d not used before (that’s China in the background, across the water) I casually hopped on a bus expecting to be home in less than 10 minutes……about an hour later I eventually arrived, having visited parts of Hong Kong I never thought I’d see!
It was late afternoon before I managed to get out to go for a run. There was a particular route I wanted to run and, as I was not sure if I would complete it before sunset, I took my head-torch with me. As the light was so dull and the limited views were not all that inspiring either, I decided to play around with camera settings, running speeds and backgrounds and see what sort of interesting images I could produce utilising the head-torch light. I think there’s scope here – with a lot more trial and error – for producing a lot better, but here’s 2 of the more interesting images from this attempt:
In the almost certain knowledge that I’m going to over-indulge later in the day, a testing of the new Christmas present (the green adventure racing/trail running backpack) to put myself into a temporary calorie deficit on a 1hr 15min run, is a small salve to my conscience. I’m sure the extra mince pie, or glass of wine, is going to taste so much better for it!
The Monsoon Wind is blowing in Hong Kong at the moment and it was just 11 degrees celsius first thing this morning – making it feel very chilly. However, as I had a day off and it was a Sunday (almost the only ‘practical’ and ‘survivable’ cycling day of the week out here), I decided to make the most of the emptier roads. Now, if you were to ask ‘what type of wind is a Hong Kong Monsoon Wind?’ – I am now in a position to be able to tell you, with 100% certainty, that it is a HEADWIND! This does not help when the fitness levels have taken such a huge hit recently, but when the mind still remembers what you were able to do just a few months ago. ‘Winded’ is a doubly apt title for this post! My legs are going to be reminding me of my error in this regard over the next few days, I’m sure. Anyway, the ride was a successful, exploratory one during which I found my way onto ‘Route Twisk’ – Hong Kong’s longest, steepest, highest and twistiest road. There’s a bit more training to do before I tackle the full length of it in earnest, but it looks good.
The photo is a 4-image panorama, taken from the promenade in Tsuen Wan – the town at the foot of the climb – looking west across the bay towards the Ting Kau Bridge in the background.
I was always going to struggle with writing anything so dramatic after yesterday’s blog entry, but have tried to match it with the title at least! The legacy of Typhoon Vicente has lingered all through yesterday and today; the rain has hardly let up at all and the skies have remained leaden and threatening. This being Hong Kong, commerce and business have not been slow to recover, but transport systems have taken a little longer to get back to normality. Towards the end of the day, I got fed up with being cooped in all day and decided to go get wet – and I felt so much better for it. I think the gaudy statue is supposed to represent the unique Chinese pink dolphins that inhabit the waters around here; perhaps one day I’ll be lucky enough to see one in the flesh.