Thursday, December 30, 2004

Krazy kangaroos! Cyclists beware!

I got an email...

Miss "S" writes:------------------------------------------------
I was wondering if, under the present tsunami circumstances, it would be safer to cycle in Australia than South Asia.
Miss "S", Australia

Well, I don't want to sound like JP2 on great matters of moral and personal choice, but in a word, "no".

Let me share with you a sobering email I got recently from my elder and only brother who lives and cycles in northern New South Wales, a couple of hundred kilometres north of Sydney.

He writes:--------------------------------------------------------
I got hit by a kangaroo a year ago while out pedalling. Bizarre! 4 broken ribs, a punctured lung, cracked hip, concussion and plenty of meat left at the scene. I left the bike and the dead kangaroo, walked 6 km to the highway and spent 9 days in hospital.
Months off work. Still can't sleep on my right side. And you should see my helmet!

OK, thank you elder brother for sharing your wisdom. Appreciated.

So, in India all you gotta worry about is "elephants", and in Cambodia, "landmines", neither of which hop.

So, Miss "S", I hope that clears that up.

Bye for now, your friendly helper cycling pals,
Felix and Mr Pumpy (in Kolkata)