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Monday, 15 May 2017
Yad Moss

Following on from the Teesdale video that I posted the other day, I thought I would post this video of Yad Moss, which featured in that video but which also marks the “high point” of the London-Edinburgh-London cycle ride. The video is also by Damon Peacock. I enjoyed climbing this (in both directions) last month, although a strong Southerly wind picked up on my second day, which may the reverse climb back to Thirsk somewhat challenging.

Posted by bigblue on 15/05/2017 at 04:33 PM
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Sunday, 14 May 2017
Holloway Lane

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This lovely lane is closed to motorised traffic (except for access) and it is the second time I have cycled it. Both times were unintentional: The first time I had not realised it would have sand and horse dung on it in many places, and this time I hadn’t realised I was following my “old” route map. After the first experience (when the weather was wetter than this time) I created a second route which bypassed this on the main roads.

I’m glad to have experienced it in better weather, and on my gravel touring bicycle rather than my thin-wheeled road bike. There is walk over at Pete’s Walks that describes a walk that takes in part of this road, and there are photos of the beautiful surrounding countryside on the page. I didn’t linger to take any myself.

Holloway Road is in Buckinghamshire, in the Chiltern District, and just outside the town of Chenies.  At the bottom of the lane (farthest from Chenies) where I entered, there is a ford crossing the River Chess, but there is also a wooden bridge for pedestrians.

Posted by bigblue on 14/05/2017 at 07:56 PM
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Thursday, 11 May 2017
Teesdale

This is a video by Damon Peacock on the Teasdale section of the London-Edinburgh-London cycle route. It describes quite nicely some of the stretch between Thirsk and Brampton that I did a couple of weeks ago.

Posted by bigblue on 11/05/2017 at 12:24 PM
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Monday, 01 May 2017
Route des Princesses

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Last month I cycled the furthest distance I have ever done in one month - over 1400 kilometres. I enjoyed almost every ride, whether local to the South-East of England, in the North of England, across Northern France to Paris and back, or in Spain. Looking forward, I plan to complete the same distance in under one week in August, but I feel my preparations for this are going well. So far in 2017 I’ve spent over 123 hours on my bicycle and climbed nearly three “Everests”. In the past four weeks I have averaged over 300 km per week (sometimes this has been only one ride a week).  I’ve also “stepped up” the distance I am comfortable cycling in one day.

The photograph above was taken near the Agricultural and Horticultural School (Lyceé Agricole et Horticole) at Saint Germain outside of Paris. It had been raining intermittently during the day, and I had a puncture but, in the afternoon as I passed her on the way back towards Dieppe, the skies had started to clear (as you can see).

Posted by bigblue on 01/05/2017 at 12:04 PM
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Sunday, 30 April 2017
Wildlife Conservation Area

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I stopped here earlier at Girlington Bank, Ovington, Richmond (South of Barnard Castle) for a bio-break, and was struck by this “wild” section next to the rape seed fields, which is signposted:

NOTICE
Wildlife conservation area
Do not enter

Unfortunately the second sign just below this one was bleached free of all words (I assume it would have provided more details about what is trying to be achieved here). The yellow crop is of course the oil seed rape, which does not have a great environmental record and comprises something like 11% of all crops grown in this country. Now I don’t know whether to congratulate the farmer for this measily conservation effort next to vast swathes of an environmentally unfriendly crop, or to congratulate them for mitigating or offsetting their environmental damage somewhat.

Posted by bigblue on 30/04/2017 at 08:16 PM
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Friday, 31 March 2017
St George’s Church in Bloomsbury

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St George’s Church in Bloomsbury earlier this evening.

Posted by bigblue on 31/03/2017 at 09:39 PM
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Sunday, 26 March 2017
Free Riding

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Seen in Reigate last weekend. Mum and Dad were having a gentle argument just prior to this about who was going to ride their own bike, and who was going to drag junior along. Dad won.

Posted by bigblue on 26/03/2017 at 09:00 PM
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Saturday, 18 February 2017
Croix de fer

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Following the n+1 rule (see rule 12) I’m in the market for a new bicycle.

This afternoon I took this bicycle for a trial ride. I did some smooth tar and some bumpy bits but it was under 20 km in total and had no climbs. It’s not the exact model of the CdF that I am looking for, but the one I have my eye on will only be available for a test ride in a week or two. The bike is heavy (it is made of steel) but the rolling resistance on the (relatively) fat tyres was good. I would have liked to try some hills though! I’m quite happy with my current (carbon) “main” bicycle, but I am looking for something I can comfortably do 300 km per day on, over multiple days.

Posted by bigblue on 18/02/2017 at 08:05 PM
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