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AnneCook wrote:Hiya again Tracy and Ruth,
While you are thinking here is todays story.
The year after I left college I taught and lived in Nottingham,My family home was in Bedford and my gf lived in Oxford. I had a modest honda bike for a couple of years and drove it on Learner plates. That was fine but I coudn't use the motorways.Anyway but didnt fancy driving the slow roads to Oxford (100miles/ 160km) because I was going to drive to Bedford (another 50miles) afterwards. IN those days you could put bikes etc in the guards van of the train, so i did that for the Nottingham -Oxford leg. When I reached Oxford I went to wheel my bike off but i had to wait for an Indian woman to push her moped off first. She was dressed in very colourful robes and drapes bt I was wondering how practical they were for driving a moped. As she was ahead of me on the path I wiated for her to get clear before I set off. The moped had pedals like a push bike andd needed to be started by pushing the pedal down through180 degrees. With the bike on the stand she stepped onto the pedal. The engine turned but didnt catch, so she tugged the pedal back up to the top, lifted herself onto the pedal and pushed down again,
She tried this three or four times but it wasnt starting, so she fiddled a bit with the petrol tap and the choke and tried again. I gestured to help her but she didnt speak, she just smiled and shook her head. She was obviously getting nowhere though. Al this she had managed without rufflling her robes etc too much. When it still refused to start she mounted the machine and began to pedal on its stand. As she gathered momentum the engine teased her but was still not catching. Worse for her though she was starting to unravel. I decided i needed to be a bit more insistant and took over from her. My fresher and younger legs got it going almost immediately.,so taht was a kind of triumph. She managed to put herself together without breaking any decency laws lol
TracyL wrote:Hi Gerald,
You were going to give me specifics on using the hand crank. It is suppose to warm a little next week and I may just give it a "go" as you would say. I surely don't want to hurt myself and I want to try it withour Steve around to see if I can do it first.
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