In my series of ‘real rides’ this is one I had rather not taken. Last week I had to collect the ashes of our dear little cat which had been with us for over 17 years. She died unexpectedly, less than 24 hours after a she had a massive stroke. We asked our veterinarian to have her remains cremated, but we only later found out that the pet crematorium they chose was in Boxtel. After the cremation I really only had one day to get her ashes, since I had to go to hospital for my coronary catheterization. I knew I would not be able to cycle for a week after that procedure (even though my condition does not have much influence on my cycling abilities otherwise). On top of all this my mother was also admitted to hospital, that same week. When it rains, it pours is the saying. The Dutch equivalent of this proverb would translate as an accident never comes alone. Both sayings seem very appropriate to describe our last week. The only good news was that my heart condition isn’t worse than already established; the examination revealed that my aorta valve is indeed the only thing which needs to be replaced. However, since my right arm was in a sling for most of the past week, I will only have a picture post for you. I hope you’ll understand that it was more than enough work to have to type almost everything in this post with only my left hand!