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Tuesday, 11 July 2017
Dunwich Dynamo

This year I had to skip the annual Dunwich Dynamo bike ride, which was the 25th edition of the ride. Someone posted this historic video of ITV’s coverage of the 2006 ride, a wet one. At that time the ride was growing in numbers and had a record 700 participants. This year it was still growing with an estimated 2500 riders taking part. Apparently the story given in this video concerning the origins of the ride (although widely repeated) is a myth.

Posted by bigblue on 11/07/2017 at 11:31 PM
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Monday, 10 July 2017
The Biddenden Twins


I’ve written about these conjoined twins before, here and here. I passed through the town on Sunday and thought I’d take the opportunity to update my previous photo and also show some of the words on the village sign.


I’m surprised to read that the one twin’s refusal to be separated from her dead sister is described in a way that suggests this inevitably led to her own death, because in the 12th Century, the era prior to antibiotics (and an understanding of infection, nevermind proper anaesthesia), such an operation would surely have resulted in her death anyway.

I’ve written previously about the village of Biddenden, here.

Posted by bigblue on 10/07/2017 at 01:25 PM
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Saturday, 24 June 2017


The caravan parked up behind the Dungeness nuclear power plant last weekend appeared to be flying an EDL flag.

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Tuesday, 16 May 2017
London Edinburgh London Documentary

Following on from the previous two videos, which touched on this subject, here is the trailer for the documentary on the London-Edinburgh-London cycle ride. Video by MadeGood.Films

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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


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

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


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).

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