It is 4.5 years since I was last in Malaga city at the end of a holiday to Cadiz with a wife who was already much diminished. I am here by myself this time. The city seems little different but so much has changed in our lives since then. It is in my nature to make the best of things, so I am. Last year in Peebles I was cold and wet for most of the 4 days I was there. This year that is not going to be a problem. Tempted by the fine weather and lovely scenery I almost certainly overdid what was supposed to be a short reconnaissance and leg loosener this afternoon. Tomorrow's route looks tough and may feel tougher but I know that, once out of the city, the good feeling that comes from just riding my bike will take away the loneliness that all whose partners have dementia will recognise. On that trip to Cadiz we stood for a long time watching the sun go down over the sea. My wife would once have loved tonight's fine Malaga sunset too but sadly the small things that bring meaning to life are now forever out of her grasp.