Jane Austen had a Name for it – November 1 2020 Road/Gravel Ride

46KM: 25 gravel sectors – Gravel-Teilabschnitte + farm roads/ Landwirtschaftstraßen.

Heute in Göttingen regnete es `Misling´ (Ein englisches Wort von Jane Austen zum Niesel Wetter)

On this road/gravel ride in Göttingen rain hung like a suffocating layer. 18/19th Century writer Jane Austen coined the word Misling to help describe this type of weather. Polite society at that time would step out into the Misling fearing catching ´their deaths´ by bringing upon themselves Consumption. This fear is illustrated by Austen and fellow writers the Bronte Sisters in their novels.

The disease of Consumption (TB) features strongly in the literature of society at that time weaving together stories in which romantic and tragic deaths were played out. Somewhat in contrast to the bacterial infestation which causes victims to waste away and to drown because of their blood-filled lungs.

Consumption was highly infectious before Anti-Biotics and advances in Micro-Biology being transmitted by a simple cough and not by being made wet (and wearing sodden clothes). Many might have not caught it if they had understood bacteria and worn masks.

I had no such fears wearing my modern cycling clothes – Don´t ride a bike in the wet wearing pre-Lycra cycling gear!

After fitting a new bottom bracket and a general tune up I rode my winter machine, and this bike should see me through the coming months…

The Ride
Garmin Connect: https://connect.garmin.com/modern/activity/5759077532
Strava: https://www.strava.com/activities/4272401412

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