Is it time to go back on the bicycle?

by Raymond Parker on April 2, 2012

in Cycling, Music

“I’m going back on the bicycle; I just can’t pay the bills,
I’m going back on the bicycle, and freewheel down the hills.”

In the spirit of MusicMonday, I offer this refrain from Irish troubador Tommy Sands. With fuel expected to top $1.50 a litre by summer, it’s a refrain, I suspect, we’ll be hearing a lot more of in the coming months.

Oh well, by following Tommy’s lead, we’ll have plenty of dough left over for a rollicking night out and a Guinness or two.

Now, that’s a catchy tune!

{ 3 comments… read them below or add your spin! }

Conor Ahern April 2, 2012 at 2:00 pm

Fuel is cheap in Canada by Irish standards. This week it is €1.66 a litre, or CDN$2.20, and it is climbing daily. Looking on the bright side the Government are doing well out of it they get about 75% of the money in taxes and duties and numerous other taxes.

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Raymond Parker April 2, 2012 at 2:13 pm

Yes, Conor, North Americans are spoiled by cheap petrol, but not for much longer. We ain’t seen nothing yet.

For some, it will mean the difference between eating and driving.

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Conor Ahern April 3, 2012 at 1:43 pm

Maybe we will go back to the old ways of transportation; it is in my blood. Before WW2 my father used to do deliver groceries for one of the supermarkets, around Limerick City by Horse. My mother’s father and her brothers used to haul timber into Limerick City from the surrounding forests by horse too.

At the rate things are going, we could be heading back to those modes of tranportation again. Life flowed at a much more leisurely pace back then.

The closest I have come to using animals to move goods is using my dog to carry a pack with all her gear in it. Must dig out a photo of that.

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