Does anyone else feel a little sad when a piece of kit you’ve had for a long time finally falls apart?
Maybe I’m too sentimental.
But there’s a slight sense of loss when something you’ve had for many years, and have been through many adventures with, is no longer up to the job.
For me recently it’s been a pair of bike shoes, a pair of hiking pants, and a silk sleeping bag liner.
They don’t sound like much, but when I think of the things I’ve done with them, I’m a little sorry to see them go.
The shoes were my first “proper” bike shoes, and the first ones I used with cleats and SPD pedals.
I remember the first time I used the cleats and fell off my bike as I stopped at a red light in Adelaide and couldn’t get my feet out of them. Embarrassing, but luckily it was early in the morning and there wasn’t any traffic.
Those shoes have also done two Otway Odysseys, adventure races, mountain bike rogaines, the Round the Bay, and thousands of kilometres around the country. Sigh.
The pants were from Mountain Designs and had zip off legs. They’ve carried me through Tasmanian bogs, scratchy scoparia, and scree. They had holes and tears but that never bothered me. Each one had a tale. Unfortunately, putting them on the other day, my toe got caught in one of the holes and created a huge tear. Irreparable. Sigh.
The sleeping bag liner I’d also had for many years and has ensured I slept many a comfy night in my tent or at backpackers’ hostels. But while on a three-night hike to Tarli Karng in Victoria’s Alpine National Park recently (which I’ll blog about soon), a small tear became bigger and bigger and eventually too big for the liner to be effective anymore. Sigh.
But with the loss of old stuff comes the excitement of new. I’ve now got new and upgraded bike shoes, new pants and sleeping liner. New things for new adventures.