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Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
« Reply #700 on: 14 December, 2020, 11:04:21 am »
206km DIY on Sat around the war memorials of Hertfordshire. That’s my Dec ride done for RRTY. Visited 35 in total. Rain to about 2pm and strong westerly. Met Tomsk going opposite way on his Bricks and Moretaine 200 perm. Some comedy off road up a steep muddy hill in the Chilterns. Fortunately it was possible to gingerly ride down the other side to rejoin the roads.  Some really over the top Christmas light displays after sunset. Didn’t stop at any shops.  Had a flask of hot chocolate with me in addition to my water. Fantastic.

Socks

  • Clennel Street on my touring bike
Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
« Reply #701 on: 30 March, 2021, 08:21:04 pm »
At last, a 200k DIY.  And for the first time since last Summer, not from home.  Drove to Staindrop and did a nice circuit down to Winston (Whorlton bridge being closed for the foreseeable).  Quiet roads down to Northallerton, then a very badly surfaced stretch of main road to Thirsk with a gusty headwind and some fast traffic. 

Nice to get on the minor roads again zig zagging to make up the distance and bouncing across the increasingly rickety Aldwark bridge.  Back up to Boroughbridge, more lanes and a couple of loops to keep off main roads then through Northallerton again.

Very tired on the last stretch, the longest ride I've done some the beginning of December is only 45 miles.  Or maybe the unaccustomed heat, once the breeze was behind me it felt very warm.  I even took my jacket off.  Loads of daffodils, birds making a lot of noise including some crows who appeared to be working on making the next generation.  And two woodpeckers (heard, but couldn't see them).

Feanor

  • It's mostly downhill from here.
Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
« Reply #702 on: 01 May, 2021, 02:17:43 pm »
Yesterday, my 11th run around the Snow Roads 300, in consecutive years.
Ridden as a Perm, starting / finishing at Banchory.

Weather not great.
Front light failure had me ride the final hour over the Cairn o' Mount in darkness, with only the residual light in the sky and night-vision to see by.
I'm expecting comments in the local FB page 'Fubar News'!

https://www.strava.com/activities/5221690214


Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
« Reply #703 on: 01 May, 2021, 05:46:40 pm »
Did the Devil's Punchbowl 100, plus the ride up and down to Steyning from Worthing. Great little Coffee shop 'cyclist friendly' sticker, just by the control called Cookies. Had an even fancier coffee in Shoreham on the way home, and maybe more cake was consumed...

Had my left pedal seize up (but not unrideably so) about 30k from finish, but still made the time limit, despite the annoying feeling everytime I pushed the left pedal round.

Socks

  • Clennel Street on my touring bike
Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
« Reply #704 on: 15 May, 2021, 09:08:08 am »
A 200k DIY in North Yorkshire yesterday, taking advantage of a favourable weather forecast which turned out to be accurate - light breeze, cloudy and a bit of drizzle but turning dry and brighter in the afternoon.  Mostly quiet roads and I managed to avoid school run and rush hour on my two visits to Northallerton.

I wimped out of Deano's calendar event '3 Bromptons, a Moulton and a Bickerton' a couple of weeks ago, but on this ride I managed one Moulton, and one Brompton.  (Although I wasn't riding either a Moulton or a Brompton) Shortly after crossing the bumpy Aldwark bridge I saw two cyclists at the side of the road so stopped to check if they were OK.  Turned out to be trying to identify some flowers in the verge.  I was happy to offer my expert knowledge.  "Those are purple ones, the others are yellow ones".  Nice to be able to help.

Feanor

  • It's mostly downhill from here.
Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
« Reply #705 on: 31 May, 2021, 07:51:31 pm »
This was not the 400 I'd planned to do this year, but changing circumstances forced my hand. I needed something I could do at short notice from the front door.


02:30 on the Cairn o' Mount by Ron Lowe, on Flickr

An inauspicious start had me riding into dense sea haar for the first few hours, till I was south of Forfar. The Pictish stones at Aberlemno loomed out of the dense mist like some ghostly presence.
The haar burned off as I headed inland towards Perth, and then onwards into the Kingdom of Fife.

I always forget how unrelentingly hilly Fife is. It's like they had some mountains left over after making the West Coast and the Cairngorms. With nowhere suitable to put them, they chopped them into smaller pieces and fly-tipped them all over Fife.

From my vantage point on the top of the Hill of Beath, the vista of the Forth Valley is laid out before me. The valley is deeply enshrouded in more dense haar, clinging to the river estuary. The very tips of the bridge towers emerge above the gloom, their beacons flashing in the clear sky.
As I lose height down to the valley, the temperature drops with every km I move. Tiny water droplets condense out on my bike and clothes, turning my black shorts a light grey. From the bridge, the presence of the other bridges to my left and right could only be guessed at.

Once I put some distance between me and the river, Edinburgh itself is clear and pleasant. The parks are full to bursting with people. I change into my overnight kit, have some food, and set out on the return journey.

It is 2:30am by the time I reach the Cairn o' Mount, and the early glow is in the sky, foretelling the approaching dawn. The dawn chorus begins at this early hour, and the great cacophony of querulous crows debating the forthcoming day follows me for the remainder of the way home.

https://www.strava.com/activities/5387478713

Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
« Reply #706 on: 31 May, 2021, 07:57:33 pm »
A DIY 200 today to salvage my current RRTY series that seems to have been running for 15 years.

Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
« Reply #707 on: 31 May, 2021, 09:48:54 pm »
This was not the 400 I'd planned to do this year, […]

The haar burned off as I headed inland towards Perth,



I thought that might have been you going past when I looked out of the window yesterday morning, looks like I was right!

Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
« Reply #708 on: 31 May, 2021, 09:59:53 pm »
Around Weald Expedition for me yesterday.

Vastly better weather than two weeks ago when I aborted after 20km, although I still didn't see the sun until 5 hours in. Probably a good thing as I broke the back of the ride before heating up too much.

Such a beautiful route, I'd done it once before but forgotten just how good the scenery was  :thumbsup:

Feanor

  • It's mostly downhill from here.
Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
« Reply #709 on: 05 June, 2021, 10:31:42 pm »
This 600k DIY ride marks the cumulation of my Audaxing career.
It is the cumulation of 10 consecutive years of SR series (200, 300, 400, 600k in a season), and induction into the Hall of Lunacy that is the Ultra Randonneur.

My journey along the Moray Firth coast is also a journey into my own past.

Approaching Macduff, I pass Tarlair Swimming Pool; a sea-water pool which sported a 5m diving board in the day. It is now in a state of mostly-ruin. Somewhere, there is a black-and-white photo of a teenage Ron diving off this 5m board, into the icy pool. I had been persuaded into this folly For Art, as part of the school photography club we were in. You need to suffer for your art, and apparently, I was the one who needed to do the suffering.

Through Macduff, I pass what was once the newsagents shop my parents ran; the shop is no more, but the flat above it looks unchanged. I glance up at what had once been my bedroom window, with a view over what was then a busy fishing harbour and fishmarket.  Then the boatyard, where my maternal grandfather had worked as a boatbuilder, crafting the wooden boats that plied these costal waters. In his day, there was no boat-shed; it was hard outdoor work all year round.

On through Banff, the place I went to school. I do not have time to stop at my mum's for a chat; for I am against the clock. That will no doubt be Noted on My Card when it comes to it. But hey, it will pale into insignificance against all my other malfeasances!

The back roads to Portsoy and beyond are well-known to me from all those years ago.

I reach Burghead, where I went to primary school. I do not go into the village itself, rather heading towards Kinloss, passing the football pitch where we held the school sports day. This triggers a powerfull memory from long ago, a small Ron laying in the sun with the smell of freshly-cut grass filling his nostrils.  In Roseisle forest, somewhere there is a clearing with three trees, one with my name on it: my parents took us all to plant saplings in this place when we were very small.

Day two is a journey into my more recent past; into the lands around Montrose.

Entering Montrose, I see the derricks of my former workplace still standing; somewhat forlorn and derelict against the sky.  The orange paint is faded and peeling, giving way to the orange of rust and decay beneath.  I was probably the last person to operate these; and as best I could see, the moving parts were exactly where I had left them when I shut them down and turned my back on them and walked away all those years ago.  No longer a source of work or value; just a pair of hulking twins, rusting pieces of industrial archaeology.

No ride report is complete without a cafe recommendation, so today I'm going to go with Joinery cafe in Meigle.  A well-known coffee stop for local riders, it always hits the spot, and today was no exception.

Kirriemuir is of course made entirely of hills, and will cheerfully remind you of this at every opportunity.

"Isn't this where I came in?"
In a curious quirk of fate, the final leg out of Kirrie on this significant-for-me Audax follows in the wheel-tracks of the first leg of my first Audax some 11 years ago; the Snow Roads 300. This is not lost on me.

I reach home, and un-clip on the driveway. I swing a rather stiff leg over the saddle, which fails to clear the rack pack. I go down on the chuckie stones like a sack of tatties, the bike on top of me.
An ignominious end to a glorious ride! That'll learn me.

https://www.strava.com/activities/5419891068

That's all, folks.
Normal service will be resumes as soon as possible.

Pingu

  • Put away those fiery biscuits!
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    • the Igloo
Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
« Reply #710 on: 05 June, 2021, 10:53:01 pm »
 :thumbsup:

Yes, which tit decided to build Kirriemuir on top of a hill?  :demon:

John Stonebridge

  • Has never ridden Ower the Edge
Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
« Reply #711 on: 06 June, 2021, 08:29:05 am »
Well done Ron and welcome to the club.   

Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
« Reply #712 on: 06 June, 2021, 11:03:43 am »
That’s a lovely report of a lovely route. Well done!

I rode a fixed gear 400 on Friday from SW London to Westbury and back. Unexpected rain until Reading and then glorious weather for the rest of the ride. Hungerford to Westbury was very scenic with a number of white horses to be seen. I borrowed from the Kennet 200 to return from Hungerford to Reading via Newbury. Stunning lanes and scenery in the dying light of the day and lots of wildlife about. Note to self- return to do the 200. A quiet overnight ride (fortunate given the fog) was enlivened by the queue for coffee at Marlow 24hr petrol station. Rolled home with the dawn chorus for a grand, if tiring, day out.

John Stonebridge

  • Has never ridden Ower the Edge
Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
« Reply #713 on: 06 June, 2021, 11:19:38 am »
I managed a DIY300 yesterday, my first at this distance since September last year.

Once again I doubled up a trip to visit a lady friend to use Darlington as a base for a not very hilly audax. 

I managed to evade the train chaos at Waverley Station by leaving relatively early on Friday.  Did some work on the train and then later al fresco on the boulevards of Darlo.  No need to take days off work with this set up, long may it continue. 

My route was pretty much an out and back to Goole with a different route through/around York.  Id always wanted to ride the Planets bike path south of York and did so both ways.  It was obviously a wee bit slower than the road alternative but it made a nice alternative.  Quite a few tree roots damaging the surface though. 

Even though I set off at 5am it was warm almost immediately and stops were more frequent and longer than would otherwise be the case.  Id enough Factor 30 to ensure that I was not being scorched. 

Traffic was bearable....surprisingly light on the bit between Riccall-Highfield-Goole but disappointly the 10km from Ripon to West Tanfield featured many overtakes while a car was oncoming - in fact there wasnt one car that waited. The bit from Wiggy to York was busier than Id expected but Ive concluded that every road in and out of York is much the same.  I think my detour round York on my way North was a better idea.     

Id aimed to get the first 200 done in 10 hrs including stops and dawdle the rest if needed but my average moving speed only dropped a little in the final 1/3rd so managed to finish in short sleeves n shorts and certainly no need for a front light. 

Ride highlight was near Ripon on the way home when 3 "taps aff" yoofs on mountain bikes each with a can of cider in hand passed me with a resounding and broad "HOW DO".  Gotta love Yorkshire. 

Even had time for a pint in the excellent ORB before last orders. 

https://ridewithgps.com/trips/68649257

Just a 400 and 600 to plan now.   

Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
« Reply #714 on: 06 June, 2021, 12:43:53 pm »
Set out on a DIY 200 this morning. Sheffield up to North Yorkshire to do Hanging Grimston, would've been 240km. As it was, rear gear cable snapped about 20km in, turned around and limped home, it was raining for the first time in over a week as well so it's probably for the best that I'm now sat on the sofa.

Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
« Reply #715 on: 06 June, 2021, 03:58:23 pm »
North Yorkshire, fixed in my leaky memory of LEL13 is setting off from somewhere, in the dark and the hammering rain to climb a short but steep and unexpected hill, at the top was a sign saying 'North Yorkshire'. Not in the best of spirits, I said to my teammate 'There's a North fucking Yorkshire?'.

After a 7 year break, I will be on a ride in two weeks and will do my best to give a review.