Habits are a wonderful thing. Whenever I go for a bike ride, I put my house keys in my left rear jersey pocket, my phone in the right, and maybe a snack or sunglasses or coin pouch in the centre one. I hop on the bike, ride off, and reach back and pat pockets, right then left … just to be sure.

Today I was leaving Lorne to ride the 60km back to Waurn Ponds before catching the train to Melbourne to have the house to myself for two days while I had to go to work…. First ride of the year, along the Great Ocean Road and inland to the first place I can catch a train.

Lorne to Waurn Ponds
Lorne to Waurn Ponds

Before this at lunchtime I’d taken my keys out of my pants pockets and left them in an unusual place in the house, so when I got changed into my cycling gear I didn’t see my keys and didn’t pick them up. Kiss the family goodbye, out the door, onto the bike, down the driveway, pat patscreech … then back up the hill to the house where I sheepishly came back inside to collect my keys! It would have been a very frustrating ride to have got however far along towards Waurn Ponds before finding out I had no house keys, no credit card, no cash and no Myki card for the train!