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Sunday, 31 July 2016
The Mighty Mississippi River


Yes, it’s a very impressive river in terms of size. This is where the river passes through New Orleans.

Posted by bigblue on 31/07/2016 at 07:13 PM
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Saturday, 16 July 2016
Off into the night

Right, I’m off on the annual Dunwich Dynamo cycle ride - 180 km from London Fields to the sea at the lost medieval town of Dunwich in Suffolk.

Here’s the video I took of last year’s ride:

Last time I caught a coach back to London, then cycled across London and took the train home. It was an excruciatingly slow exercise. This time I am sleeping at Dunwich and will return home on Sunday night or Monday morning.

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London Fields


Let me take you down…
There’s a wonderful vibe today in the park.

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Friday, 15 July 2016
Microadventure completed!


So I completed my microadventure at the end of last month - a complete cycle ride around the outside of the M25. It was quite a lot of fun, but very tiring. The next day I also went for a (gentle) ride with my daughters. The route that I did is still not perfect - there were a couple of sections that were not on paved roads and at one point I had to carry my bicycle for 200 metres on a muddy bridleway. In the final third of the ride, I deviated quite significantly from my planned route: I added about 10 km and took a big climb over Newlands Corner. This was because I was tired and felt it would be better to use roads that I were familiar with than follow a route that was better on paper. At 258 km, this was my longest ever single day’s cycle ride, but I recorded it on my cycle computer in two parts, because the computer reset when I reached the 200 km mark. The weather was terrible in places: I was drenched in a few heavy rain showers, one of which involved hail.

Acknowledgements to Helen of Ever East for introducing to me the idea of a microadventure (putting a name to what I did here), and to Veloviewer for generating the graphic above. The inner section is obviously the map showing where I cycled, while the outer section shows the profile of the route. I find the layout a bit confusing because I cycled anti-clockwise (on map) whereas the outer section showing the elevation profile represents this in a clockwise format.

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