I'm not usually at a loss for words, but this one has me fumbling. Wednesday, middle of the afternoon a Fedex package arrives from Portland. Slate had told me to expect something, I'm thinking something seasonal... box of chocolates, perhaps even a turkey (the turkey would have been appreciated since the one we cooked was a major disappointment). It clearly wasn't the turkey as I struggled to tear away the Fedex packaging that Slate had managed to press fit around the jet black Rapha gift box.
With the profanity out the way, I removed the lid and parted the signature pink newsprint tissue in full view of the office voyeurs. To visualize the moment, think Raiders of the Lost Ark, I swear there was a flash of light and the voices of angels as I removed and held up the Limited Edition Tweed Jacket. It might as well have been the Shroud of Turin (before the latest scientific evidence brought that icon back to earth as a magnificent fabrication). The Rapha Tweed Softshell is a magnificent fabrication AND the real thing. There's no need to carbon date these threads, and no one is getting anywhere near this with tweezers, shears, or anything sharp, dirty or sweaty.
Note to Self: Clean bike before any ride with Tweed Softshell.
Juli and I intended to take the ferry to Angel Island today and ride around the perimeter road, unfortunately traffic into the city was horrendous and we didn't make it in time. Instead we parked in the Presidio and rode over the Golden Gate Bridge to the Marin Headlands. Not bad for an alternate route, I never get tired of the bridge with San Francisco shimmering in the distance.
With a significant birthday approaching next year the Tweed Softshell Jacket might have been on my secret wish list. This is not a typical piece of kit... even by Rapha standards its pure luxury, but ladies if there's a 30th, 40th or 50th birthday on the horizon and he's got more bikes than he can fit (or you'll allow) in the garage, you couldn't do better than this for the wardrobe. OK, that means the Aston Martin DB9 moves to the top of the list.
There's not much more to say, except thank you to everyone at Rapha.
I'll wear it with pride.