Wednesday, 28 August 2013

Today is the Day

In an hour or so Jo and the kids will be on their way to join me in Abu Dhabi, and I can't wait to see them. I moved out of my hotel yesterday, and into a serviced apartment on Yas Island, ready for their arrival. We'll probably be here for two or three weeks, as my visa still hasn't arrived, so the paperwork for our villa has been delayed.

View from the lounge window of our temporary home

Yas Island is where Abu Dhabi's Grand Prix circuit is located, and on a Tuesday evening they open the track to the public as part of a public health initiative. Anyone is free to go to the circuit and cycle, run or just walk round.

Given that I am right next door I decided to go and see what it was like. Between the taxi driver and myself we found the registration desk without too much trouble, and I was soon stepping onto the track.

The event is clearly very popular, with people of all shapes and sizes making their way round the track by one means or another. There were people on professional looking racing bikes zipping round very quickly, and there were people who had clearly come straight from work and rented bikes so they could take part. There was even an old gentleman on a very old bike, with a basket at the front, who would have looked as though his natural environment should be a quaint, old French village.

There were old people and young kids, including some being towed round in bike trailers and clearly loving the experience. I suspect we will spend many Tuesday evenings here once we are settled in, as it will be just a 15 minute drive from home.

Looking down the start / finish grid

Only half the circuit, about three miles, was open last night, so I spent a pleasant, if sticky, hour walking round. I'm looking forward to my bike arriving, and the evenings cooling a little, so I can spend more time here.

Oh well, time to do a couple of jobs in preparation for everyone arriving. As always, thanks for reading, and for your comments and likes.

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