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Wednesday, 20 August 2014
Patience is a virtue?

This video should clarify that all the drivers I come across aren’t selfish and impatient arseholes rushing around with complete disregard for everyone else.  I only realised how patient this driver had been when I got home and reviewed my video footage.

Posted by bigblue on 20/08/2014 at 10:19 PM
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Why not slow down?

This is not the most dangerous driving I have ever seen, but it is the most dangerous I have experienced in the past week. Part of that might be that I was in France for all of last week, where drivers seem to be more respectful of cyclists and other vulnerable road users.  I was a bit cheesed off that this driver was coming down a narrow road, on my side of the road, and forced me to slow right down (there was a patch of broken road/pothole coming up on the left). Meanwhile he didn’t see any need to slow down at all.

Posted by bigblue on 20/08/2014 at 07:58 AM
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Tuesday, 19 August 2014
Descent into Triel sur Seine

We followed the same route to Paris this year, and this was the same descent into Triel sur Seine as last year. It comes with the warning

Features to note: Long descent to Triel is fun, but take care!

(Guide notes for the Paris cycle ride). As you can see I followed the advice and took it slowly again this year.

Posted by bigblue on 19/08/2014 at 07:24 AM
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Monday, 18 August 2014
Old croc

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So there was this crocodile basking on the boat on the River Seine as we cycled into Paris. 

Posted by bigblue on 18/08/2014 at 09:46 PM
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Friday, 15 August 2014
Local hero

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I’m in Paris 10th, where the local hero (according to street post folklore) looks suspiciously like Putin.

Posted by bigblue on 15/08/2014 at 01:51 PM
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More evidence of Catholics

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One wonders why this spot was chosen, some distance from any town (5 km or more). Is the nearby farmer a particularly devout member of the Culte Catholique? Is this the scene of an historic and fatal road accident? Is this a supplication to the local deity to facilitate the safe passage of weary travellers such as me. Unlike the official monuments in the town squares, there is no plaque or inscription to provide an explanation, or even a clue. 

Posted by bigblue on 15/08/2014 at 08:19 AM
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Wednesday, 13 August 2014
Catholic country

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I’m currently cycling through Picardie on the way to Paris. Every now and again there is a stark reminder at the side of the road that this is Catholic country. From an aesthetic perspective I prefer the shrines to Mary rather than Jesus. The former represent mother/infant while the latter represent a gruesome crucifixion. 

Posted by bigblue on 13/08/2014 at 10:28 AM
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Friday, 08 August 2014
Descending Ide Hill

A brief excerpt from my 60 km spin last Sunday morning. This week has been a rest week, as next week I am cycling to Paris.

Posted by bigblue on 08/08/2014 at 06:28 PM
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