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General Category => Rides and Touring => Topic started by: LEE on November 12, 2010, 12:07:02 pm

Title: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: LEE on November 12, 2010, 12:07:02 pm
The YACF Baton, since November 2010, is attempting to travel from Lands End to John O Groats.

It started with me (I made the Baton and created the brass plaques) but it now belongs to YACF.

The Baton can only ever TRAVEL BY BIKE unless it needs to cross SEA to a foreign land.  If it needs to cross by sea then it must be carried to the ferry/tunnel/plane by bike and leave the destination port/station/airport by bike.

Land-only car/train/bus journeys are not allowed.

Example:  Cycling to Portsmouth ferry, crossing to Cherbourg, then cycling around France IS allowed.

Example: Transporting the baton to Edinburgh by train is NOT allowed.

Photos of Handovers:
- Must include both participants
- Must include place name
- Must include participants' names

(http://i170.photobucket.com/albums/u249/freddered/IMG_8679.jpg?t=1290073412)

The Story So Far:

1) LEE, on right,  (Andover) hands Baton to AndyH (Blandford Forum) in Romsey.
(http://i170.photobucket.com/albums/u249/freddered/Baton2.jpg?t=1290419588)

2) AndyH hands baton to Panoramix in Frome
(http://i596.photobucket.com/albums/tt45/YannigR/Yacf%20baton/IMGP0222.jpg)

3) Panoramix hands baton to Feline in Bristol
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v171/feistyfeline/Dec004.jpg)

4) Feline to ParrettPedaller at the Cheddar Gorge (Feline using her tried and trusted Baton-handing-over pose)
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v171/feistyfeline/YACFbaton006-2.jpg)

5) ParrettPedaller to Slugwash in Willand
(http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5082/5337284707_fe216fcca1_z.jpg)

6) Slugwash to AikenDrum in Bodmin
(http://www.mountsbayharriers.co.uk/IMG_3491.JPG)

7) AikenDrum starts the journey
(http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5096/5535016038_af541ea747.jpg)

8 ) AikenDrum to Jm1 in Penzance (I think)
(http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5178/5534437359_1cd48c0800.jpg)

9 ) Jm1 posts Baton through ParrettPedaller's door in Burrowbridge, nr. Bridgewater
(http://i170.photobucket.com/albums/u249/freddered/YACF%20Baton%20Relay/ParretPedlardoor.jpg?t=1300984561)

10 ) ParrettPedaller to Feline at Glastonbury Tor
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v171/feistyfeline/YACFbaton012.jpg)

11) Feline to Tewdric at the Severn Bridge
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v171/feistyfeline/YACFbaton021.jpg)

12) Tewdric to Salvatore - Monmouthshire
(https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/_eT0LQ33VtbE/TcAInJzDCzI/AAAAAAAAAJg/fQR_8j5orpU/s512/DSCF1189.jpg)

13) LEE spots Baton on Salvatore's saddlebag - Hay on Wye (Brevet Cymru 400)
(http://i170.photobucket.com/albums/u249/freddered/Audax/Baton.jpg?t=1304261679)

14) Salvatore to MV - Monmouthshire
(http://i151.photobucket.com/albums/s129/vglewis/Not%20a%20royal%20wedding%20holiday%20and%20lash/DSC_5360.jpg)

15 ) Mal Volio to Inc - Weobly
(http://www.bosphorus.f2s.com/baton_exchange.jpg)

16) Inc to Blade in Morville, Bridgenorth
(http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3043/5722552256_4de00cd581.jpg)

17) Blade to Basil somewhere near the Netherton Tunnel (Brummish)
(http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5143/5747389298_3615a24400.jpg)

18) Basil to Barakta near Birmingham
(http://www.ductilebiscuit.net/gallery_albums/yacf_baton/IMG_2703.sized.jpg)

19) Barakta to Kim also near Brum
(http://www.ductilebiscuit.net/gallery_albums/yacf_baton/IMG_2765.sized.jpg)

20) Kim to gerwinium in Brum
(http://www.ductilebiscuit.net/gallery_albums/yacf_baton/IMG_3080.sized.jpg)

21) gerwinium to Rower40 in Kegworth Leicestershire
(http://www.ductilebiscuit.net/gallery_albums/yacf_baton/IMG_3083.sized.jpg)

22) Rower40 to Luke (Gordy) in Derby
(http://i293.photobucket.com/albums/mm63/rower40/Baton%20and%20Bridges/PICT0894.jpg)

23) To AndrewC
(http://peter.chesspod.com/gallery/d/13440-2/DSC07651.JPG)

24) To Jogler
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7190/7035748913_659261ab4e_z.jpg)

25) To Loadsabikes (Overseal, just sth of Burton on Trent)
(http://img819.imageshack.us/img819/3779/dscn0547s.jpg)

26) To Tom_e at Grafham Water (sort of between Northampton and Cambridge)
(http://i871.photobucket.com/albums/ab277/tom_e_a/IMG_1530.jpg)

27) To fboab at Bottisham
(http://i871.photobucket.com/albums/ab277/tom_e_a/IMG_1584.jpg)

28) To Chris (?)
(http://i952.photobucket.com/albums/ae7/fboab/20120823_192704.jpg)

29) To Morrisette
(http://i952.photobucket.com/albums/ae7/fboab/20120823_195600.jpg)

30) To Oscar's Dad
(http://i1087.photobucket.com/albums/j462/GHuggy/IMG_3528.jpg)

(31) To Huggy
(http://i1087.photobucket.com/albums/j462/GHuggy/DIY%20200%20and%20yacf%20baton%20handover/IMG_3535.jpg)

(32) To JenM
(http://i1087.photobucket.com/albums/j462/GHuggy/IMG_3545.jpg)

(33) To Tomsk
(http://i1087.photobucket.com/albums/j462/GHuggy/IMG_3546.jpg)

(34) To Bloomers in Finchingfield
(http://i95.photobucket.com/albums/l160/stevenr_01/Withams600cam19.jpg)

(35) To Christophe in Hull/Humber Br.
(http://i95.photobucket.com/albums/l160/stevenr_01/Withams600cam5.jpg)

(36) To Wowbagger in Little Baddow, Essex.
(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-lXxd_b3vgnY/UILaM9gB87I/AAAAAAAAHMM/beQOp-_XodE/s640/pa208163.jpg)

(37) Wowbagger to Ham in Southend
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=3PLGMsj647o (http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=3PLGMsj647o)

The Baton's London day out with ham
(https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-MM3T98rdd3o/UWmBy4-XgWI/AAAAAAAAm8A/Djud-GXUjaQ/s640/IMG_0895.JPG)

To Andrij in That There Londno
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v326/ado15/th_MVI_4042_zps43d99f69.jpg)

MattH to Mr Bunbury (via a few others not photgraphed)
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7281/9547805011_31e9395029_c.jpg)

To Crinkly Uncle
(http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2860/9550610968_f63a83ef58_c.jpg)
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: clarion on November 12, 2010, 12:08:45 pm
Reminds me of the C+ Cakestop jersey's travels.  Perhaps, rather than a baton, the whole thing should be done on Fred, the forum bike, who is feeling sadly unloved in my dining room, waiting for someone else to take him on to new adventures.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Wowbagger on November 12, 2010, 12:10:53 pm
Baton? Surely a sweet potato lovingly wrapped in the yellowed thong of ambition?
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: LEE on November 12, 2010, 12:12:41 pm
Reminds me of the C+ Cakestop jersey's travels.  Perhaps, rather than a baton, the whole thing should be done on Fred, the forum bike, who is feeling sadly unloved in my dining room, waiting for someone else to take him on to new adventures.

How do I get home once I've handed over the bike?
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: LEE on November 12, 2010, 12:19:35 pm
Anyway, I'll put my name down for getting the baton across Hampshire.

I could collect it in NE Wiltshire and take it to SW Berkshire.

For example:

Anyone signing up to get it across Wiltshire then to me in Salisbury?

Anyone signing up to take it from me in Hungerford?

And so on ..

(I think it would need to visit London)
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Maidenhead Phil on November 12, 2010, 12:27:02 pm
I could do Hungerford to...Chalfont St Peter, say...
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: PaulR on November 12, 2010, 12:27:05 pm
I'll happily do the leg between my house and Jurek's place, if that helps...

(It is mostly downhill, although the first ten yards or so is slightly uphill)
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: jogler on November 12, 2010, 03:36:04 pm
Reminds me of the C+ Cakestop jersey's travels. 

At the end of my ride doing the jersey handover my bike was wrecked/written off due to a roof-rack bike carrier/low barrier interface :(
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Jaded on November 12, 2010, 03:40:50 pm
Reminds me of the C+ Cakestop jersey's travels.  Perhaps, rather than a baton, the whole thing should be done on Fred, the forum bike, who is feeling sadly unloved in my dining room, waiting for someone else to take him on to new adventures.

How do I get home once I've handed over the bike?

You'd get the next person's bling carbon bike to ride home on.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: clarion on November 12, 2010, 04:17:35 pm
That means no one would bring it my way, cause they know I ain't got no carbon bling, 'cept a light bar and a pair of forks. ;D
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Jaded on November 12, 2010, 04:19:01 pm
That means no one would bring it my way, cause they know I ain't got no carbon bling, 'cept a light bra and a pair of frocks. ;D

I think most people would settle for just one frock.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: longers on November 12, 2010, 04:25:37 pm
I'd help out with it in and around Manchesterish in any direction, whatever "it" turns out to be.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: LindaG on November 12, 2010, 04:25:53 pm

until it gets to one of our Scottish folks who can complete the final leg.

It doesn't need to go via the shortest route



Just the one Scottish member?   ;D


Reminds me of the C+ Cakestop jersey's travels.


Those were happy times.

Anyone remember Sam Walker's tour of the country, staying with different forumites?  That got cut short, mind, when his ankle got hurty.

What to do with the baton at the end of the ride?

Donate it to a good real ale pub, perhaps, as an object to inspire an annual pilgrimage?
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Jaded on November 12, 2010, 04:29:58 pm
What to do with the baton at the end of the ride?

Probably give it a good wipe down with some Milton!  ;D
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: LEE on November 12, 2010, 04:51:07 pm
Any Cornish folks out there for the first few legs ?
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: rower40 on November 12, 2010, 06:07:34 pm
We did a 100-mile rowing relay on our stretch of river in Derby, which is one mile long.  The Baton was a GPS Tracker device.  So we could follow the progress on the GPS manufacturer's website, to which the tracker uploads its position every two minutes.

This would make transfers a whole lot easier.  The recipient could watch the baton make its way towards the pre-arranged transfer point.

I commend this solution to the house.  It might need some battery top-up from suitably-equipped bikes on the way.  And a bit of credit put onto the tracker's Pay-as-you-go SIM card.

If the LEJoG route goes east of t'Pennines, then I'd be most eager to do a stint to/from/through Derby.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: rower40 on November 12, 2010, 06:12:55 pm
Sorry, I've just read the rest of the thread, and realised I'd jumped to the (wrong) conclusion that this would be some kind of sponsored Race-Against-Time-stylee all-out-blat to see how fast one could get the baton from one end to the other by human power.

If it's just a bit of pootling/pottering social fun, then the GPS-baton is a rubbish idea.  (As it would give away, by reporting to the interweb, the home address of anyone unable to hand it over on the same day!)

As you were...
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Sergeant Pluck on November 12, 2010, 06:38:25 pm
my bike was wrecked/written off due to a roof-rack bike carrier/low barrier interface :(

Jurek and I witnessed one such interface after a FNRttC  :( I felt a bit bad afterwards as I'd watched them attach the bike to the car in the car park, and I'd noted the barrier in a peripheral sort of way, but I just didn't do the interpolation.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Wowbagger on November 12, 2010, 06:58:36 pm
Where possible, I think stages of this great event ought to be on Forum Rides so that two parties can meet at an agreed hostelry for lunch and a handover. The baton can be passed frequently between members of the group.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Kim on November 12, 2010, 07:00:00 pm
Where possible, I think stages of this great event ought to be on Forum Rides because it sounds like an excellent excuse for some rides.

FTFY
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - VOLUNTEERS
Post by: LEE on November 12, 2010, 09:28:27 pm
OK, I'm looking for a volunteer for stage 1.  Starting with the baton at Lands End and ending somewhere that is not Lands End, into the hand of another Forumite (or group of Forumites) that will take it elsewhere.

I'll create the baton (note.  I have no experience of wood carving but I have a broom, a saw and a Stanley knife).

I think there should be some rules:

Rule 1.  Every handover should be well documented by photographs and ride-reports.

Rule 2.  I can't think of any more rules.


So, if someone volunteers to receive the baton, ride with it to LE, have a photo taken there whilst holding baton, then arrange it's next handover (via this thread), I'll post the baton to them.

Volunteer please.

If we have any more volunteers for other stages then please make yourself known and we'll try to get the baton to you.

Note.  This is a marathon, not a sprint.  It's more important that everyone gets to handover the baton (and therefore enjoy a nice ride and a pint with another YACFer)  than to get the baton to JoG in record time.

Edit.  That just became rule 2
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: kcass on November 12, 2010, 10:00:11 pm
Box Hill - Epping? Then the baton can tour East Anglia too.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - VOLUNTEERS
Post by: teethgrinder on November 12, 2010, 10:03:01 pm
Rule 2.  I can't think of any more rules.


So, if someone volunteers to receive the baton, ride with it to LE, have a photo taken there whilst holding baton, then arrange it's next handover (via this thread), I'll post the baton to them.

Volunteer please.

Good idea.
How about a Cornish forum ride to start things off? A group photo at Land's End with the baton and from there visit some pubs etcans pass the baton on to a local forummer, or have one of us ride until we can pass it on to someone else.
A ride report from each baton holder is a must. It will probably make for a good read once it's finished. I want in.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: CrinklyLion on November 12, 2010, 10:06:41 pm
I think much zig-zagging is required :)  It does sound like a Very Silly Bike Adventure!
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Lucky on November 12, 2010, 10:41:48 pm
Box Hill - Epping? Then the baton can tour East Anglia too.

I could do Royston or Duxford to Huntingdon or thereabouts. Anyone want to carry the baton across Essex/Herts from kcass to me?
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - VOLUNTEERS
Post by: Tewdric on November 12, 2010, 10:46:39 pm
OK, I'm looking for a volunteer for stage 1.  Starting with the baton at Lands End and ending somewhere that is not Lands End, into the hand of another Forumite (or group of Forumites) that will take it elsewhere.

I'll create the baton (note.  I have no experience of wood carving but I have a broom, a saw and a Stanley knife).

I think there should be some rules:

Rule 1.  Every handover should be well documented by photographs and ride-reports.

Rule 2.  I can't think of any more rules.


So, if someone volunteers to receive the baton, ride with it to LE, have a photo taken there whilst holding baton, then arrange it's next handover (via this thread), I'll post the baton to them.

Volunteer please.

If we have any more volunteers for other stages then please make yourself known and we'll try to get the baton to you.

Note.  This is a marathon, not a sprint.  It's more important that everyone gets to handover the baton (and therefore enjoy a nice ride and a pint with another YACFer)  than to get the baton to JoG in record time.

Edit.  That just became rule 2


I'll do Chepstow (for the baton must come to Wales) to Swindon.  I might even do Exeter - Chepstow too the previous day.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: LindaG on November 12, 2010, 10:49:38 pm
Okay, I'm in.

A leg anywhere between York and Newcastle-upon-Tyne, hopefully to be truncated by the offerings of other volunteers.

If anyone would like to do any of this as a group/accompanied ride that would, of course, be much better.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Wowbagger on November 12, 2010, 11:22:42 pm
I was going to volunteer to collect from Epping, take it to Southend (every lejogger goes to Southend, don't they?) and then conduct it towards East Anglia with a little help from Auntie Helen, if she's up for this nonsense.

I reckon we should possibly involve a few coast-to-coasts in the baton's mazy northward trundle.

PS Shouldn't this thread be in Riding & Touring?
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: TimO on November 12, 2010, 11:29:24 pm
What to do with the baton at the end of the ride?

Turn around and take it back, and so forth.  I wonder how many times we could do it?  Obviously we'd have to use a different route each time!

Another sort of rule ought to be that the bearer endeavours to wear a YACF Jersey, or Buff, or Badge (or drink coffee from a YACF Mug should we ever produce one).
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Tim Hall on November 12, 2010, 11:30:59 pm
I'll take it from my place (Crawley) to Zoom. That's all of 12km. I'll be knackered.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: TimO on November 12, 2010, 11:41:51 pm
I could do Clarion/Butterfly's to my place, that's not even 3 miles. ;D
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Ham on November 12, 2010, 11:42:59 pm
I'd volunteer to cross London, it would add some interest and purpose to my day. Meet anywhere north west/ west/south west, deliver to Epping (seems to have cropped up in a a few) But actually, wouldn't that be a bit too fast? Given the numbers, we should be able to have a merry old time in London, with the baton appearing on strategic statues to add to the CDC thread?
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: mcshroom on November 12, 2010, 11:50:51 pm
I could do any of the Cumbrian coast (between about Barrow-in-Furness and Carlisle) if you want
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Wowbagger on November 12, 2010, 11:52:41 pm
I'd volunteer to cross London, it would add some interest and purpose to my day. Meet anywhere north west/ west/south west, deliver to Epping (seems to have cropped up in a a few) But actually, wouldn't that be a bit too fast? Given the numbers, we should be able to have a merry old time in London, with the baton appearing on strategic statues to add to the CDC thread?

Could we not design routes which draw CDC pictures on bikehike maps? O:-)
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Jaded on November 13, 2010, 01:28:05 am
I can do anywhere near me.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: jogler on November 13, 2010, 05:30:00 am
I'd could meet Si-Co midway between Stoke & Blackpool

Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Torslanda on November 13, 2010, 08:44:37 am
If we are talking zig zag then what about incorporating a trans Pennine crossing using the Rochadale Canal?

I'd be quite willing to do, say, Manchester Velodrome to Hebden Bridge. **

It's flat, it's off road and we could run over fishermen's rods and act like a bunch of hoorays , er, sorry, that's not this forum is it?

** As long as you are timing this thing with a calendar and not a stopwatch
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: rogerzilla on November 13, 2010, 10:17:04 am
Do we have any members in Cornwall, or anywhere near JoG?
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: LEE on November 13, 2010, 10:17:13 am

PS Shouldn't this thread be in Riding & Touring?

Yes, I think so.  How do I get this moved?

"Moderator!!!!... MODERATOR!!!!"
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: rogerzilla on November 13, 2010, 10:18:55 am
I'll take it from my place (Crawley) to Zoom. That's all of 12km. I'll be knackered.
And no trains allowed, Monsieur Garin.

Busted!
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: CrinklyLion on November 13, 2010, 10:22:17 am
Do we have any members in Cornwall, or anywhere near JoG?

Well, I'm sure Teethgrinder isn't that far away.  For certain (rather TG-ish) versions of not that far....
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Ham on November 13, 2010, 10:39:42 am
As a thought ... if this were forward planned it could turn into a number of regional alfresco parties in regional centres - Bristol, London, Brum, Manchester... ? Fnr's from centre to centre, with diversionary local rides to take it to interesting places, thereby accommodating and including all manner of riders.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Hummers on November 13, 2010, 10:42:58 am
Cracking idea LEE.

YHPM regarding the South West relay teams.

H
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Sergeant Pluck on November 13, 2010, 10:59:29 am
It is indeed a cracking idea  :) I'll keep tabs on developments. Due to the size of the London contingent, perhaps we need to plan yACF ride across the city.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Arch on November 13, 2010, 11:05:20 am
What to do with the baton at the end of the ride?

How about dousing it in something flammable, and hurling it, in a glorious firey arc, into the Pentland Firth?  Something akin to Up Helly Aa (http://www.uphellyaa.org/).  Just try not to hit a ferry.

I've hung around here long enough now to think that there are few members who think playing with firey stuff might be cool....

I dunno if there are any members in the Northern Isles, maybe with the right timing, we could get it actually chucked into a Viking ship...

Put me down for any stage in the York area.

(while a firey end seems appropriate for the Viking Northlands, I'm not so sure how to mark the Lands End end - dunk it in clotted cream perhaps?)





Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Panoramix on November 13, 2010, 11:44:41 am
I will take it from Bristol to the Welsh contingent or to Stow... or anywhere within a 50 miles radius of Bristol!

May be we could aim for the longest ever E2E in which case pointless miles such as going from Chepstow to Anglesey and back would be appropriate!

I think that Lee is just on the brink of inventing a new sport... 
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Torslanda on November 13, 2010, 12:07:35 pm
South West members . . .

'Paging Mr Gates. Would Mr Gates and his floating kayak thingy please pick up the white courtesy phone'

Chuffy, optional, natch.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: TimO on November 13, 2010, 12:10:48 pm
It is indeed a cracking idea  :) I'll keep tabs on developments. Due to the size of the London contingent, perhaps we need to plan yACF ride across the city.

Yes, for London it may well be better done as a group ride or two.

We could always take it from somewhere in the south up to a Thames Bridge (or more exactly a forumer who lives near the Thames, say Battersea, Chelsea, Clapham etc), and then have another ride from there through to somewhere north of London centre.

South West members . . .

'Paging Mr Gates. Would Mr Gates and his floating kayak thingy please pick up the white courtesy phone'

Chuffy, optional, natch.

Whilst Andy is in the south-west, not all that close to Lands End, other than if you're TG. ;D

There must be someone a bit closer.  Failing that someone who is doing an actual LeJog could drop it off in passing to another forumite.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: robgul on November 13, 2010, 12:27:24 pm
As some of you know I run   Cycle : End-to-End (http://www.cycle-endtoend.org.uk)  as a bit of fun and putting something back into cycling - especially E2E rides.

It may be appropriate to use the site as a coordinating point ... and to find possible baton carriers in the more remote parts of the journey.

A journal for the ride would make interesting reading .... assuming the route is going to be as tortuous as the thread is suggesting

Rob
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Arch on November 13, 2010, 12:34:34 pm
Failing that someone who is doing an actual LeJog could drop it off in passing to another forumite.

I have an image of someone forgetting the relay bit in the excitement of the moment and taking it all the way.  In order to make it a relay then, they'd have to give it to someone coming the other way.  Who forgets to pass it on until they get to LE and passes it to another LEJoger... and so on.

How many members does a forum need to have before there is ALWAYS someone doing a LEJOG or JOGLE? ;)
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Kim on November 13, 2010, 02:26:11 pm
As discussed with various forumites, I've never actually been to Scotland, and am loosely planning on doing a cycling trip there next year, via Cornwall. :)

So I may be of help with some of the more remote parts, as well as the obvious Midlandy bits.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: fungus on November 13, 2010, 02:47:38 pm
There are five forumites in the Tamworth\Swadlincote area that I know of: Myself, Datameister, Marmite Geoff, Chris N & Docsquid.  I'd happily do the leg from mine to Datameisters all 0.5 miles of it  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: saturn on November 13, 2010, 03:02:24 pm
Will be pleased to do some of the Midlands south of Brum, maybe linking up with one or more of the Tamworth brigade somewhere agreeable.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: toekneep on November 13, 2010, 03:15:11 pm
I could do south Lancs to north Lancs. I think ChocolateBike and RDaviesB might fit in there somewhere too.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: toekneep on November 13, 2010, 03:16:26 pm
How about each baton carrier carves something new onto it. Then we could have photos of bloody injuries and A&E departments around the country.  ;D
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: teethgrinder on November 13, 2010, 03:28:06 pm
There seems to be a lot of planning going on here. I like the idea of keeping it random. Just get it going, take the baton somewhere and whoever is nearby or will be passing that way sometime can take it and so on. Either pass it on to someone ASAP, regardless of where they are going or even hide it in a grass verge for someone else to pick up, which might be a plan in Scotland.
I think the not having a plan would make it more interesting becasue it would bring more different ideas to the ride and the story of the baton would be much more varied. Someone could pick it up en route to somewhere and it could mean that they detour to do so, so could end up taking people somewhere they'd not normally go and discover new things. It'd be good if it was carried on YACF social rides, Audax or even TTs, whatever people like to do. Could just be a ride to the shops or commute. It may be passed on several times in a day, it may do several hundred miles wth one person, then a few meters with another.
Maybe it will never get to JOG and will keep on going for decades?
Is there going to be a time restriction or are we just going to keep it going until it happens to arrive at JOG?
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Hummers on November 13, 2010, 03:34:31 pm
There seems to be a lot of planning going on here. I like the idea of keeping it random. Just get it going, take the baton somewhere and whoever is nearby or will be passing that way sometime can take it and so on. Either pass it on to someone ASAP, regardless of where they are going or even hide it in a grass verge for someone else to pick up, which might be a plan in Scotland.
I think the not having a plan would make it more interesting becasue it would bring more different ideas to the ride and the story of the baton would be much more varied. Someone could pick it up en route to somewhere and it could mean that they detour to do so, so could end up taking people somewhere they'd not normally go and discover new things. It'd be good if it was carried on YACF social rides, Audax or even TTs, whatever people like to do. Could just be a ride to the shops or commute. It may be passed on several times in a day, it may do several hundred miles wth one person, then a few meters with another.
Maybe it will never get to JOG and will keep on going for decades?
Is there going to be a time restriction or are we just going to keep it going until it happens to arrive at JOG?


Agreed.

H
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: LEE on November 13, 2010, 04:04:48 pm
News just in..

I now have a Baton, tuirns out that WICKES DIY sell them (alternative use - Staircase spindle).

I'll be sawing to length tomorrow and applying some paint/varnish.

Rather than try to carve it I may see if the local cobbler/trophy shop can engrave a small "dog-tag" plaque.

I think it should get a notch for every time it does a LeJog.

Next step will be to get it to LE.  The Faccombe 4 are doing the Anoraks Delight 200 next sunday and passing through Amesbury around 4pm.

Is anyone close to Amesbury heading out West soon?
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: cycleman on November 13, 2010, 04:07:43 pm
i am happy to take into london or out of london or from slough  :thumbsup:. i am looking forward to it already  ;D
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: LEE on November 13, 2010, 04:11:50 pm
Rule 3: We shall not be bothered how long it takes to get to JoG, it's about the jouney not the destination (puke).

Rule 4:We shall not be bothered how many times it completes the journey (or even if it's journey involves Paris or Brest)

Remember though that photos and ride reports are mandatory.

Special Rule 5: Hummers shall not make it necessary for the recipient to wear surgical gloves when handing over the baton. 
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: clarion on November 13, 2010, 04:47:04 pm
Special Rule 6: Flatus is not to put the baton anywhere near his socks.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Canardly on November 13, 2010, 07:00:58 pm
Having it pass through every county town would be nice
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Wowbagger on November 13, 2010, 07:17:34 pm
Perhaps when it finds its way into That London, it might just happen to cross the Thames over every bridge the capital has available?

This could be a kind of physical Mornington Crescent (and yes, it has to go there).
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Tewdric on November 13, 2010, 07:18:46 pm
I will take it from Bristol to the Welsh contingent or to Stow... or anywhere within a 50 miles radius of Bristol!

May be we could aim for the longest ever E2E in which case pointless miles such as going from Chepstow to Anglesey and back would be appropriate!

I think that Lee is just on the brink of inventing a new sport... 

Surely the baton has to do an SR series and PBP?
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Kim on November 13, 2010, 07:22:21 pm
Perhaps when it finds its way into That London, it might just happen to cross the Thames over every bridge the capital has available?

Crossing each bridge once and only once, Euler style?
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: YahudaMoon on November 13, 2010, 07:28:04 pm
Im Manchester. Anyhelp ?
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Wowbagger on November 13, 2010, 07:32:42 pm
Perhaps when it finds its way into That London, it might just happen to cross the Thames over every bridge the capital has available?

Crossing each bridge once and only once, Euler style?

Whoever took it would have to make sure they crossed the first one in the right direction!
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: TimO on November 13, 2010, 07:51:03 pm
Perhaps when it finds its way into That London, it might just happen to cross the Thames over every bridge the capital has available?
Crossing each bridge once and only once, Euler style?

Yes, but with the Thames, it's rather a lot easier, and in fact is trivially possible, unlike Königsberg at the time.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: TimO on November 13, 2010, 08:04:38 pm
Just in case anyone is wondering what Kim and I are on about, it's was the problem that probably formed the basis for Graph Theory and was solved by Leonhard Euler.

Seven Bridges of Königsberg (Wikipedia) (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seven_Bridges_of_K%C3%B6nigsberg)
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Wowbagger on November 13, 2010, 08:13:10 pm
Just in case anyone is wondering what Kim and I are on about, it's was the problem that probably formed the basis for Graph Theory and was solved by Leonhard Euler.

Seven Bridges of Königsberg (Wikipedia) (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seven_Bridges_of_K%C3%B6nigsberg)

I remember doing this in 1st year maths at grammar school (1965).

IIRC a net is only traversable if it has either 0 or 2 odd nodes.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Ashaman42 on November 13, 2010, 08:13:32 pm
Any chance of it heading anywhere near Brighton/Eastbourne?
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: TimO on November 13, 2010, 08:14:05 pm
Perhaps when it finds its way into That London, it might just happen to cross the Thames over every bridge the capital has available?

...and not including the fecking Dartford Crossing, because it's just too much faff.

We could do the Woolich ferry though, since that's kind of fun on a bike!
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Wowbagger on November 13, 2010, 08:14:34 pm
Any chance of it heading anywhere near Brighton/Eastbourne?

Only if you dangle it over Beachy Head on a string!  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Ashaman42 on November 13, 2010, 08:19:34 pm
Any chance of it heading anywhere near Brighton/Eastbourne?

Only if you dangle it over Beachy Head on a string!  :thumbsup:

Done. On the condition that said baton has a hole drilled in it for the ease of tying-ness. Cos if it falls off I'm not going after it.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: jane on November 13, 2010, 08:23:01 pm
Perhaps when it finds its way into That London, it might just happen to cross the Thames over every bridge the capital has available?

This could be a kind of physical Mornington Crescent (and yes, it has to go there).
Riding over London Bridge this morning I was thinking about doing just that again (did it a few times years ago with other nutty messenger types I worked with when we were bored) we would start at Tower and end at the one by Hampton Court but vary the crossing combination if you see what I mean- it works out at quite a few miles, none of us had bike computers then but it worked out about 50 miles I guess (but we used to do one circuit at least of Richmond Park) and then the ride back- I think there were twenty (road) bridges
Sounds like a great idea to me.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Andrij on November 13, 2010, 08:52:01 pm
Perhaps when it finds its way into That London, it might just happen to cross the Thames over every bridge the capital has available?

...and not including the fecking Dartford Crossing, because it's just too much faff.

We could do the Woolich ferry though, since that's kind of fun on a bike!

I've done it a few times solo, and not too much hassle.  Should be fine doing it with 1-3 cyclists (DF bikes).

I think the relay should include Dartford, as well as the Tilburry ferry.  Closer to town, I think it should also include every possible tunnel as well.
 
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Tewdric on November 13, 2010, 08:53:48 pm
And we need to get Roger Hammond to carry it ona  stage of the Tour of Britain next year.  And it has to do the Bromprton Worlds.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Kim on November 13, 2010, 09:27:41 pm
...and not including the fecking Dartford Crossing, because it's just too much faff.

I'm not sure that's a reasonable defence in the context of LEJOG.  While the Dartford crossing is indeed faff, it's fairly close to civilisation, and works well enough if it's only one or two bikes going over (and you do it at a sensible time of day so as not to freeze to death waiting to be picked up).

Perhaps, in the general spirit of the Dartford crossing, it's best done by having a group of cyclists on each side of the bridge, and a volunteer carries it across by bus (while wearing as much cycling kit as possible, for that Stig-on-the-Underground look).

The Woolwich Ferry is excellent fun though.  Don't forget to stand in silence and sneakily examine other cyclists' bikes through the corner of your eye.  It is the cycling equivalent of a row of urinals, after all.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: rdaviesb on November 13, 2010, 09:38:30 pm
I could do south Lancs to north Lancs. I think ChocolateBike and RDaviesB might fit in there somewhere too.

Certainly will.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: SlowCoach on November 14, 2010, 12:25:42 am
Perhaps when it finds its way into That London, it might just happen to cross the Thames over every bridge the capital has available?

Well, if it can find its way to Newcastle for New Year, it may well find its way across every road and foot bridge in the city crossing the Tyne if current plans for the Tyne Tunnel ride work out... (plus the Tyne Cycle Tunnel of course).
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Pingu on November 14, 2010, 12:26:23 am
Reminds me of the C+ Cakestop jersey's travels.

(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4003/4341466149_812041da93.jpg) (http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4003/4341466149_6ae90529ca_o.jpg)

Are you on it?
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: cycleman on November 14, 2010, 06:44:38 am
yes :thumbsup:
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: TimO on November 14, 2010, 07:41:12 am
...and not including the fecking Dartford Crossing, because it's just too much faff.
I'm not sure that's a reasonable defence in the context of LEJOG.  While the Dartford crossing is indeed faff, it's fairly close to civilisation, and works well enough if it's only one or two bikes going over ...

I was thinking in terms of a YACF London group ride, which would almost certainly involve more than one or two people.  I'm not sure it would be a great loss, since whilst you can get cyclists across the Thames there, you're not acytually on your bike.  At least with things like the Woolwich ferry, and Greenwich foot tunnel, you stay with your bike, and hold it up or push it.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: jogler on November 14, 2010, 09:03:47 am
Reminds me of the C+ Cakestop jersey's travels.

(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4003/4341466149_812041da93.jpg) (http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4003/4341466149_6ae90529ca_o.jpg)

Are you on it?

yes
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Jaded on November 14, 2010, 10:05:19 am
It has to over as many suspension bridges as possible.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: jane on November 14, 2010, 02:18:34 pm
I was thinking in terms of a YACF London group ride, which would almost certainly involve more than one of two people.  I'm not sure it would be a great loss, since whilst you can get cyclists across the Thames there, you're not acytually on your bike.  At least with things like the Woolwich ferry, and Greenwich foot tunnel, you stay with your bike, and hold it up or push it.
So I guess that's you and someone else.  Who is it?  I think we should be told.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: TimO on November 14, 2010, 02:24:50 pm
...which would almost certainly involve more than one ofr two people.  ...
So I guess that's you and someone else.  Who is it?  I think we should be told.

OK, so the keyboard on this netbook is a bit easy to mistype on, and Firefox keeps on defaulting to a very small font size, which makes it difficult to see small typos. :-\
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: jane on November 14, 2010, 02:50:58 pm
Just joshing, my dear- and anyway I should have realised the other one is your new red bike.  In fact you have forgotten us all, you fickle friend. and are now devoting yourself wholly to this flame framed beauty.  You even missed a WARTY for goodness sake.  This must be the real deal. What's her name and when are we going to meet her?
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Wowbagger on November 14, 2010, 03:31:33 pm
Just joshing, my dear- and anyway I should have realised the other one is your new red bike.  In fact you have forgotten us all, you fickle friend. and are now devoting yourself wholly to this flame framed beauty.  You even missed a WARTY for goodness sake.  This must be the real deal. What's her name and when are we going to meet her?

You are norty but I like you!
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: TimO on November 14, 2010, 03:40:39 pm
... What's her name ...

Hmm, good point.  I've got Alice the Brompton, Bob the Bob, Sid the SingleSpeed, and Vince the Snowbike.

The Kaffenback hasn't got a name, but it ought to have one.

I haven't got a clue about the SL Pro Carbon Red,  but it certainly needs something a bit easier to say.  I could refer to it as the Fast Bike, but that's probably overly propitious!
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: RJ on November 16, 2010, 09:42:30 pm
Reminds me of the C+ Cakestop jersey's travels.

(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4003/4341466149_812041da93.jpg) (http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4003/4341466149_6ae90529ca_o.jpg)

Are you on it?

Me too.  Like it, I could take the baton to see Britannia ...
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Basil on November 17, 2010, 07:52:25 am
Getting it through Wales might be tricky.
If someone brought it to Brum, it could then slip though a wormhole in space and reappear in Llandysul, from where I could ride it to, say, Swansea.

Or visa versa.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: urban_biker on November 17, 2010, 12:57:59 pm
It could join the Bryan Chapman at Chepstow and be released to someone's care at Menai.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: LEE on November 17, 2010, 03:23:27 pm
Update:

The "Y.A.C.F. /  LANDS END / JOHN O GROATS / RELAY BATON" is nearing completion.

4 small Brass Plaques arrived this morning (from ebay engraver) and will be affixed to beautifully stained Ballustrade Spindle  Baton this evening. (Photos to follow).  The plaques (displaying the text above) will be affixed to the four "display facets" of the baton, just above the beautifully crafted handle.

I'll be taking it on a 200 Audax this weekend so it can pass through the hands of the Faccombe 4 (You ain't nobody until you've held the baton).

Unfortunately unless we meet another YACFer en-route, the baton will need to come back home with me.  The Faccombes are travelling here by car and the baton can't be transported by any other means than cycling.

In this case I'm looking for someone in Hampshire,  or its borders with Wilts & Berks, to meet up for a handover ceremony (preferably at a cafe so I can have a brekky).  I wouldn't mind cycling out to the American Diner in Kingsworthy Kingsclere, The Friar Tuck in Amesbury, The Tutti Pole in Hungerford..or similar.

Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: The Mechanic on November 17, 2010, 03:50:24 pm
I would be up for an Aberdeenshire leg.  I am sure there are many others up here that you be interested as well.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Panoramix on November 17, 2010, 04:03:37 pm
It could join the Bryan Chapman at Chepstow and be released to someone's care at Menai.

It could also travel to Newquay from Chepstow  during the Brevet Cymru to start a tour in west Wales.

Could the baton be tracked with gpx?
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: rower40 on November 17, 2010, 04:14:35 pm
It could join the Bryan Chapman at Chepstow and be released to someone's care at Menai.

It could also travel to Newquay from Chepstow  during the Brevet Cymru to start a tour in west Wales.

Could the baton be tracked with gpx?
[topical news]
If it's going to be in Cornwall, the baton had better be able to float.
[/topical news]
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Bairn Again on November 17, 2010, 04:27:04 pm
I'm sure i could get it from somewhere south of edinburgh to somewhere north of Edinburgh. 

Will probably need somebody doing E2E to volunteer to take it up berriedale and west helmsdale mind you!
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: LEE on November 17, 2010, 04:50:33 pm
It could join the Bryan Chapman at Chepstow and be released to someone's care at Menai.

It could also travel to Newquay from Chepstow  during the Brevet Cymru to start a tour in west Wales.

Could the baton be tracked with gpx?

I could start a bikely track and update it as it travels.  It seems that winter may make progress slow but things could definitely start moving next spring.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: clarion on November 17, 2010, 05:04:16 pm
I'd be more than happy to take part in one of the Several of circuits of that london village.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: corshamjim on November 17, 2010, 07:13:40 pm
Hungerford is probably as far East as I could go in a day from Corsham.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Basil on November 17, 2010, 07:34:34 pm
It could join the Bryan Chapman at Chepstow and be released to someone's care at Menai.

It could also travel to Newquay from Chepstow  during the Brevet Cymru to start a tour in west Wales.

Could the baton be tracked with gpx?

Ooh.  I could collect it from New Quay (not the Cornwall one Rower) and then take to someone down in the Valleys or up to Aberystwyth.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Basil on November 17, 2010, 07:39:17 pm
Or, if it came to Brum, I could just about manage to get it to Kim.  It would be a tough day as it is at least one and a half miles.  Luckily the Country Girl is on the route, so I'd be able to stop half way for refreshments.  :demon:
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Kim on November 17, 2010, 08:04:15 pm
Luckily the Country Girl is on the route, so I'd be able to stop half way for refreshments.  :demon:

I assumed that that particular handover was a compulsory part of its journey through the midlands.  The Country Girl is practically a YACF institution.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: LEE on November 17, 2010, 09:24:00 pm
Is anybody in the Basingstoke area or Salisbury area on Sunday 21st Nov?

The Baton will be passing near Basingstoke around 10:30 and near Salisbury around 15:00.

I will have carried it from my house by bike and it needs to be met by someone who will be on a bike (and will carry it home on a bike).  No car journeys allowed.

If not then it will just have to be its first 200k Audax back to my house.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Hummers on November 17, 2010, 11:58:50 pm
The American Diner is near Kingsclere not Kingsworthy and both this location and Hungerford will be visited in January by a selection of southern AUKs. Why not secrete it somewhere near these places in a seekrit location?

Failing that, I think you'll find that MattH lives in the Basingstoke area...

H
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: LEE on November 18, 2010, 09:46:34 am
(http://i170.photobucket.com/albums/u249/freddered/IMG_8679.jpg?t=1290073412)

Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Basil on November 18, 2010, 09:48:00 am
Are we taking the 70 pence on the journey too?
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: mike on November 18, 2010, 09:52:06 am
your eyes are getting bad Basil. 
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Andrij on November 18, 2010, 09:53:56 am
Well, money ain't worth what it used to be.
 
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: jogler on November 18, 2010, 10:25:21 am
your eyes are getting bad Basil. 

p'raps Basil is posting from the yacf Brummieland relay control station,a.k.a.The Country Girl.
In the interests of route checking
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Basil on November 18, 2010, 10:29:16 am
your eyes are getting bad Basil. 

No, rubbish work 'puter.  I assume it's £1.50 then?
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Jaded on November 18, 2010, 10:41:05 am
(http://i170.photobucket.com/albums/u249/freddered/IMG_8679.jpg?t=1290073412)

That's going to need a saddle with a cut out  :o
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: AndyH on November 18, 2010, 11:14:31 am
Is anybody in the Basingstoke area or Salisbury area on Sunday 21st Nov?

The Baton will be passing near Basingstoke around 10:30 and near Salisbury around 15:00.

I will have carried it from my house by bike and it needs to be met by someone who will be on a bike (and will carry it home on a bike).  No car journeys allowed.

If not then it will just have to be its first 200k Audax back to my house.

I can do Salisbury on sunday Lee, if you are not yet sorted. From where it would end up in Blandford Forum, not sure what would happen next though, perhaps PaulD could take it on it's next leg somewhere
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Arch on November 18, 2010, 12:19:37 pm
Is anybody in the Basingstoke area or Salisbury area on Sunday 21st Nov?

The Baton will be passing near Basingstoke around 10:30 and near Salisbury around 15:00.

I will have carried it from my house by bike and it needs to be met by someone who will be on a bike (and will carry it home on a bike).  No car journeys allowed.

If not then it will just have to be its first 200k Audax back to my house.

I can do Salisbury on sunday Lee, if you are not yet sorted. From where it would end up in Blandford Forum, not sure what would happen next though, perhaps PaulD could take it on it's next leg somewhere

Funny, cos it looks a bit like a table leg....

It's beautiful and , I suspect, classifiable as a weapon... Can you be charged with 'going equipped to commit a relay'?

Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Lycra Man on November 18, 2010, 12:30:34 pm
I'm handily located roughly between Lee (near Amesbury, I believe) and London village.

So I hereby invite the YACFer Baton to visit Waddesdon, which is near Aylesbury, in Buckinghashire.

I can easily meet folk in Oxford, Didcot, Brackley, Buckingham, Milton Keynes, Tring, High Wycombe, Marlow, etc. (Not all at once, I was thinking you could pick one location, you know.)

Lycra Man
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: LEE on November 18, 2010, 04:12:20 pm
Is anybody in the Basingstoke area or Salisbury area on Sunday 21st Nov?

The Baton will be passing near Basingstoke around 10:30 and near Salisbury around 15:00.

I will have carried it from my house by bike and it needs to be met by someone who will be on a bike (and will carry it home on a bike).  No car journeys allowed.

If not then it will just have to be its first 200k Audax back to my house.

I can do Salisbury on sunday Lee, if you are not yet sorted. From where it would end up in Blandford Forum, not sure what would happen next though, perhaps PaulD could take it on it's next leg somewhere

PM sent to arrange first official handover and the Baton's first step towards Cornwall.

Romsey being the proposed handover location.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Wowbagger on November 18, 2010, 09:44:03 pm
Are we taking the 70 pence on the journey too?

That's the fee when someone drives it over the Dartford Bridge!
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: AndyH on November 19, 2010, 01:58:48 pm
So where is it going after Blandford Forum ? (or have I got to take it somewhere)
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Oscar's dad on November 19, 2010, 02:06:00 pm
What a good idea. 

I would be happy to do some of the East Anglian leg (clearly there needs to be one).

When is the baton starting it's journey (or have I missed this vital piece of info?)
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: LEE on November 19, 2010, 03:52:27 pm
So where is it going after Blandford Forum ? (or have I got to take it somewhere)

Well, it would be nice to get it to Cornwall, is PaulD heading that way I wonder.

The Baton becomes your responsibility.  There's no pressure to get it to Lands End but, once it does, its journey to JoG s officially underway.

Remember that a ride report and photo are part of the handing-over ceremony.
Hopefully ours will be at Romsey Esso/Costa Coffee on Sunday, around 3pm.

I guess that me buying you, the new Ring-Bearer Baton-Carrier, a drink should be part of the ceremony.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: LEE on November 19, 2010, 03:56:50 pm
When is the baton starting it's journey (or have I missed this vital piece of info?)

My house, Andover,  Hampshire.

On Sunday it will complete 150km of a 200km Audax before, hopefully, being handed to AndyH.

He will transport to Blandford Forum (much older than this Forum I hasten to add) and then figure out who to hand it to next.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Oscar's dad on November 19, 2010, 04:37:49 pm
Cool.

I am in Witham, Essex (CM8 - between Chelmsford and Colchester).  There are a variety of YACFers very local so we could spend weeks passing The Baton round Essex and then ensure it safely travels up to Suffolk where there are yet more YACFers who could no doubt pass it up into Norfolk.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Jaded on November 19, 2010, 05:30:10 pm
This thread is useless without maps.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Panoramix on November 19, 2010, 05:49:29 pm
This thread is useless without maps.


It is quite simple, the baton is going to Cornwall, it is currently in Hampshire thus Essex is somewhere between Hampshire and Cornwall!  ::-)
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: AndyH on November 19, 2010, 06:11:46 pm
This thread is useless without maps.

Well I'll provide a GPX of the leg I ride on sunday, so where I take it can be plotted.

Hmm. Blandford to Land's end  (shortest) is 310 km by google maps, 312 by via michelin and 303 by autoroute. Suddenly I am tempted to do something stupid. Would anyone be willing to take the batton from land's end next weekend (Sat 27th ish).

PS is this enough notice (Ian H ?) for a 300k DIY ? Points chasing, moi ?
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: TimO on November 19, 2010, 06:23:35 pm
The thought does occur, that should it eventually get to That London, one way to get it onwards to somewhere like Southend, would be via a FNRttC.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Wowbagger on November 19, 2010, 06:37:42 pm
It could then do the rounds of Essex, via MEMWNR and a WARTY or two, possibly finding its way into Boab's tender care and on to Chris S.

We are cycling form Lowestoft to Ardnamurchan in the spring so we could, if we wanted to use Route 1 (in footballing rather than Sustrans parlance) get it to Ft. Wiiliam for mid-April.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Andrij on November 19, 2010, 07:12:44 pm
*raises hand tentatively*

I could probably pick it up from Ham and carry it out into Essex.
 
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: AndyH on November 19, 2010, 07:30:34 pm
I guess that me buying you, the new Ring-Bearer Baton-Carrier, a drink should be part of the ceremony.

So we are meeting at Costa Coffee and then going to the pub ?
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Ham on November 19, 2010, 08:09:39 pm
*raises hand tentatively*

I could probably pick it up from Ham and carry it out into Essex.
 

Now there's a thought - all pairs of yacfers in close proximity to work out a handover.

I think it's fair for my east west commute to be enshrined somewhere in the scheme of things, I could extend for a few miles to the east and have a "both sides of the M25" in the running order, but I'm happy just to be a side-to-side errand/messenger boy. It's what I feel like most days, after all.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: LEE on November 19, 2010, 08:14:52 pm
I guess that me buying you, the new Ring-Bearer Baton-Carrier, a drink should be part of the ceremony.

So we are meeting at Costa Coffee and then going to the pub ?

Sure, if you follow us back to Andover via Amesbury, I'll buy you a couple but we need to get cracking really.
Coffee and cake to recharge the batteries for the final 60k.

It looks like we'll be cycling into a cold NE wind on the final leg from Romsey and it gets bleak over the Bulford firing ranges in the dark.
Hopefully you should get a tailwind back home.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: perpetual dan on November 19, 2010, 08:52:56 pm
Any chance of it heading anywhere near Brighton/Eastbourne?

Coming late to this, but I'd be interested in joining in around Brighton.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Oscar's dad on November 20, 2010, 07:57:57 am
*raises hand tentatively*

I could probably pick it up from Ham and carry it out into Essex.
 

If you can get it to Essex by 10th December it can come on our Christmas Do.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: AndyH on November 21, 2010, 08:29:44 am
Well I assume it's on it's way by now. I should be meeting Lee at around 3.00, from where the baton will return with me to Blandford Forum in deepest darkest Dorset.

The Baton becomes your responsibility.

So I could take it within a sensible radius, maybe meet someone ? The only YACFrs I am aware of in the Land's End direction are Vorsprung and Ian H. Anyone else who could meet within 50 miles of Blandford to the west ?
Andy

EDIT The idea of a 300K DIY to Land's end has been pretty much discounted, it's against the spirit of the relay and I have not really got the time.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Amphibitile on November 21, 2010, 10:37:07 pm
Sounds like a good idea :) i'd be happy to do in and around london, if need be I could go to a distance of Oxford (or around that distance) from London.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Panoramix on November 22, 2010, 12:23:10 am
Well I assume it's on it's way by now. I should be meeting Lee at around 3.00, from where the baton will return with me to Blandford Forum in deepest darkest Dorset.

The Baton becomes your responsibility.

So I could take it within a sensible radius, maybe meet someone ? The only YACFrs I am aware of in the Land's End direction are Vorsprung and Ian H. Anyone else who could meet within 50 miles of Blandford to the west ?
Andy

EDIT The idea of a 300K DIY to Land's end has been pretty much discounted, it's against the spirit of the relay and I have not really got the time.

I suppose that Bristol doesn't qualify as in the west of Blandford. Otherwise could meet somewhere around say Frome.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: AndyH on November 22, 2010, 01:48:33 am
I suppose that Bristol doesn't qualify as in the west of Blandford. Otherwise could meet somewhere around say Frome.

Well it's sort of North North West. The main thing is getting it to Land's End, so if you have a plan for it's onward journey Panoramix ........

The handover successfully happened at 3 this afternoon, the baton is in my possesion. Full details will follow after Lee and Chillmoister have posted their ride report & photos.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: corshamjim on November 22, 2010, 07:55:35 am
I suppose that Bristol doesn't qualify as in the west of Blandford. Otherwise could meet somewhere around say Frome.

I guess Bristol is more likely to be on/near the path of any YACFers actually doing JoGLE.  If you do arrange a handover in Frome, I'd quite like to cycle out there to witness passage of the baton and cheer the bearers along their way.   :thumbsup:
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: LEE on November 22, 2010, 09:56:39 am
Well, the Baton has started its journey to Land End.

Baton Ride Stats - Andover to Romsey (via Audax route) - 135km/84 miles

Ride report:

The "Faccombe 4" (LEE, Chillmoister, Urban_Biker and Keeks) set off on the Anoraks Delight 200 at 7:40 from Andover.  The aim was to RV with AndyH at 3pm in Romsey (in fact AndyH met us 5 minutes from the Cafe at 2:55.  When I say 3pm, I mean 3pm, not 2:59 or 3:01).

After a very pleasant (for late November) 140km (including crossing the path of Scampi and family, out walking the byways of Brambridge), we met AndyH about 1km from the cafe stop and rode there for the handover.

This being the initial handover we thought we'd hold the ceremony in the most recognisable of all Audax venues, just in front of the logs and charcoal briquettes, outside an ESSO garage.  I wasn't wet, it wasn't dark and I wasn't shivering, so it wasn't a totally authentic Audax experience.

I think I saw the glimmer of some tears forming in AndyH's eyes during the ceremony, he'll probaly blame it on the NE headwind from Blandford.

Chillmoister, AndyH, LEE, Urban_Biker
(http://i170.photobucket.com/albums/u249/freddered/Baton1.jpg?t=1290419518)

AndyH & LEE
(http://i170.photobucket.com/albums/u249/freddered/Baton2.jpg?t=1290419588)
(my God, look at my eyes,  I look knackered, that's 100 miles of winter Audaxing for you)

Anyway, it's on its way, maybe I'll see it again at the camping weekend.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Oscar's dad on November 22, 2010, 10:11:57 am
The stuff of legends!
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Ham on November 22, 2010, 10:23:58 am
The stuff of legends!

Table leg ends? No, too short and spindly.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: David Martin on November 22, 2010, 10:24:28 am
I'm happy to do Edinburgh-Dundee or Dundee-Aberdeen (or, on a really wimpy schedule, Dundee to Coupar Angus, which is about the shortest distance to the next YACF member unless Dave H still hangs around here.

This thread is useless without pictures so we do need lots of pics of the baton in scenic locations as it passes on. Who is volunteering to take it to Comrie?
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: clarion on November 22, 2010, 11:14:50 am
Any Scots in London will need to be careful they aren't Harrystanleyed.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: AndyH on November 22, 2010, 01:40:27 pm
I had a very pleasant day pottering to Romsey and back, on my newly acquired mid 80s Mercian. A day of firsts - first time picking up a baton, first day out for the Mercian, first time riding a brooks (seemed very comfortable), first time with downtube shifters (this century), first time with a dynohub. The ride home was a bit chilly but there was a good sunset and the dark lanes are always good to ride. The combined light of a halogen lumotech and a Hope vision one was excellent - the colours seemed to combine to produce the best white I have ridden by. 

I think I saw the glimmer of some tears forming in AndyH's eyes during the ceremony, he'll probaly blame it on the NE headwind from Blandford.
No, they were tears, the whole ceremony was so moving I thought I might have to lay down on a bag of coal to compose myself.

(my God, look at my eyes,  I look knackered, that's 100 miles of winter Audaxing for you)
Whereas my bags require plastic surgery. Maybe it was the tears.

This is the route of the second leg of the baton's journey. According to my calculations it started 225 miles from Land's End, travelled 135 miles and ended the day 193 miles from Land's end. The stats for my leg were 38.82 miles, 2171 feet of ascent and 2149 feet of descent.
(http://lh5.ggpht.com/_m6kcha3N9og/TOpqhCaa-kI/AAAAAAAAACY/xC-KftTcvCw/s640/YACF%20baton%20stage%202.jpg)

The current favourite for the next leg on the way to Land's End seems to be a meet near Frome with Panoramix who would take it to Bristol. (According to Google Bristol is 198 miles, so it would need to move quickly to regain those 5 miles - Feline ?). Corshamjim could be in attendance to take the photos.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Panoramix on November 22, 2010, 02:27:48 pm

The current favourite for the next leg on the way to Land's End seems to be a meet near Frome with Panoramix who would take it to Bristol. (According to Google Bristol is 198 miles, so it would need to move quickly to regain those 5 miles - Feline ?). Corshamjim could be in attendance to take the photos.

Do you prefer a Saturday or a Sunday?

Corshamjim you can do a leg if you want to. I have pm'ed Feline, the Devon and the Cornish bits are going to be difficult, long way between each yacfer!

Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: LEE on November 22, 2010, 04:45:38 pm

The current favourite for the next leg on the way to Land's End seems to be a meet near Frome with Panoramix who would take it to Bristol. (According to Google Bristol is 198 miles, so it would need to move quickly to regain those 5 miles - Feline ?). Corshamjim could be in attendance to take the photos.

Do you prefer a Saturday or a Sunday?

Corshamjim you can do a leg if you want to. I have pm'ed Feline, the Devon and the Cornish bits are going to be difficult, long way between each yacfer!


However, the nearer it gets to LE the more appealing it may be for someone to take it there on a day ride, take a photo, and start the JOG journey.  The same person could ride back home with it and then hand it to someone more easterly.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: TimO on November 22, 2010, 06:38:54 pm
I'll be going down to Exeter for Christmas and the New Year, and I'm wondering if there is some way I could do a ride, although I fear Exeter to Bristol and back would be a mite too far!

I imagine I could pop up North on the train, and then cycle back to Exeter, although that would end up with it at my parents, which probably isn't the ideal location!
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: corshamjim on November 22, 2010, 07:03:42 pm
Do you prefer a Saturday or a Sunday?

Corshamjim you can do a leg if you want to. I have pm'ed Feline, the Devon and the Cornish bits are going to be difficult, long way between each yacfer!

That's very kind Panoramix, let me know what date/time you have sorted and if I'm free on the day will do a few miles either just before or just after (or through) Frome.  For me just getting to Frome and back is a fairly long ride so I can't offer do do more than a token few miles.  I'd be good just to see the baton making it's way though (and to meet some YACFers at last).
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: TimO on November 22, 2010, 07:15:48 pm
If it got to somewhere like Chez Feline, I'd certainly consider taking the train up to Weston-super-Mare (about £13), cycling across the 10 miles or so to pick up the baton, then cycle back to Exeter.  The straightforward route, which I've done before is basically along the A38, although there may be a more scenic route.

I could possibly deposit it with Andy Gates, who as I recall is in the vicinity of Isca Dumnoniorum, and then it would be his problem. ;D

Of course, it's entirely possible that by Christmas it will have managed to journey much further onwards, but if not...
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Feline on November 22, 2010, 07:54:26 pm
LOL, which direction would it need to go to get to/from me?
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: AndyH on November 22, 2010, 08:09:03 pm
LOL, which direction would it need to go to get to/from me?

It's on it's way to Land's End. Looks like me - Corshamjim - Panoramix - you - ? (if you're up for it)
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Feline on November 22, 2010, 08:17:11 pm
Yeah sure, I am up for it  ;D

I am working stupid hours this week and next, when does this have to be?
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: TimO on November 22, 2010, 08:49:19 pm
If it involves me picking it up from Cheddar, then you've got over a month, I'd do the Cheddar to Exeter bit between Christmas and New Year.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Feline on November 22, 2010, 08:56:15 pm
If it involves me picking it up from Cheddar, then you've got over a month, I'd do the Cheddar to Exeter bit between Christmas and New Year.

I reckon I could probably manage it in a month LOL. Would this be from Frome to home then?
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Panoramix on November 22, 2010, 09:23:53 pm
If it involves me picking it up from Cheddar, then you've got over a month, I'd do the Cheddar to Exeter bit between Christmas and New Year.

I reckon I could probably manage it in a month LOL. Would this be from Frome to home then?

At the moment the plan is form me to carry it from Frome(ish) to Bristol, then we can arrange to meet somewhere for another handover. If you are in a mood to set the bar for the record of the highest handover we can meet on top of mendip hills (on the - side there will be a definite lack of tea and cakes) or you can pick it up in East Bristol or I can bring it to Cheddar or anywhere sensible.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Feline on November 22, 2010, 09:40:46 pm
If it involves me picking it up from Cheddar, then you've got over a month, I'd do the Cheddar to Exeter bit between Christmas and New Year.

I reckon I could probably manage it in a month LOL. Would this be from Frome to home then?

At the moment the plan is form me to carry it from Frome(ish) to Bristol, then we can arrange to meet somewhere for another handover. If you are in a mood to set the bar for the record of the highest handover we can meet on top of mendip hills (on the - side there will be a definite lack of tea and cakes) or you can pick it up in East Bristol or I can bring it to Cheddar or anywhere sensible.

I am often in Bristol as I meet there for rides with folk, so I could bring it back here if needed :) Maybe we could hand over on the suspension bridge or somewhere!
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Panoramix on November 22, 2010, 09:54:12 pm
If it involves me picking it up from Cheddar, then you've got over a month, I'd do the Cheddar to Exeter bit between Christmas and New Year.

I reckon I could probably manage it in a month LOL. Would this be from Frome to home then?

At the moment the plan is form me to carry it from Frome(ish) to Bristol, then we can arrange to meet somewhere for another handover. If you are in a mood to set the bar for the record of the highest handover we can meet on top of mendip hills (on the - side there will be a definite lack of tea and cakes) or you can pick it up in East Bristol or I can bring it to Cheddar or anywhere sensible.

I am often in Bristol as I meet there for rides with folk, so I could bring it back here if needed :) Maybe we could hand over on the suspension bridge or somewhere!

Suspension Bridge sounds like a good idea, I don't know when AndyH plans to give it to me but then we can arrange a meeting, I may even cycle a bit with you toward Cheddar.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: AndyH on November 22, 2010, 09:58:33 pm
How about Saturday morning ?
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: ParrettPedaller on November 22, 2010, 10:37:39 pm
Happy to take this thing from Cheddar southward to Vorsprungsville (aka Uffculme),  or even in extremis Exeter

Feline, pm me with available dates to pick it up from Axbridge

Could even meet AndyH halfway between here (Burrowbridge) and Blandford - say Wincanton, which cuts out the Bristol loop northward.

Anyway whichever way this goes it needs to go through Somerset and I'm right slap bang in the middle of the county
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Panoramix on November 22, 2010, 10:44:10 pm
How about Saturday morning ?

10.30 am?
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Feline on November 22, 2010, 11:35:42 pm
I would probably be looking to do it on week beginning 6th december as pretty much no days off work between now and then, except for the weekend of 4th/5th when I am going on a piss-up Medieval feast over-nighter with Bristol CTC at St Briavel’s Castle  ;D
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: rower40 on November 23, 2010, 06:44:50 am
Suspension Bridge sounds like a good idea...
Don't Drop the Baton!!  Now is not a good time of year to search for a splashfuckit in the Avon.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: corshamjim on November 23, 2010, 07:47:01 am
I'm sorry I can't make Saturday.  Please don't let that stop you (AndyH & Panoramix) though.  I'll hope to meet you sometime on another occasion.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: LEE on November 25, 2010, 04:16:39 pm
Anything planned?
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Panoramix on November 25, 2010, 04:18:57 pm
Anything planned?

Yes, meeting AndyH in Frome Saturday.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: LEE on November 25, 2010, 05:16:11 pm
Anything planned?

Yes, meeting AndyH in Frome Saturday.

Excellent!

Don't forget photos.  (close to a warm Cafe I bet)

The current travels (http://www.bikely.com/maps/bike-path/YACF-LEJOG-BATON-RELAY) showing start, end and handover points.

Can someone confirm they can see the track please?
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: TimO on November 25, 2010, 06:12:59 pm
Can someone confirm they can see the track please?

Yes, I can see it.  It's a bit straightlineish, what with only three points.  Presumably we can have a more detailed track at some point, if people have GPX recordings of where it's been.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: ParrettPedaller on November 25, 2010, 07:11:19 pm
Happy to take this thing from Cheddar southward to Vorsprungsville (aka Uffculme),  or even in extremis Exeter


Could even meet AndyH halfway between here (Burrowbridge) and Blandford - say Wincanton, which cuts out the Bristol loop northward.

Anyway whichever way this goes it needs to go through Somerset and I'm right slap bang in the middle of the county

Bump

Still available to take this SW/wards and NE/wards after it has got to LE
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Panoramix on November 25, 2010, 08:40:26 pm
Happy to take this thing from Cheddar southward to Vorsprungsville (aka Uffculme),  or even in extremis Exeter


Could even meet AndyH halfway between here (Burrowbridge) and Blandford - say Wincanton, which cuts out the Bristol loop northward.

Anyway whichever way this goes it needs to go through Somerset and I'm right slap bang in the middle of the county

I think that there is nothing planned after Feline so you would be the person of choice!

Bump

Still available to take this SW/wards and NE/wards after it has got to LE
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Dinamo on November 25, 2010, 09:33:50 pm
So correct me if I'm wrong, the baton is heading to Lands End at the moment before starting its journey north ?
If so I'm able to take it from anywhere in the Bristol region into Wales when it returns to this area !
Or assist in its carriage if already vouched for  :P
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: LEE on November 25, 2010, 10:37:51 pm
Can someone confirm they can see the track please?

Yes, I can see it.  It's a bit straightlineish, what with only three points.  Presumably we can have a more detailed track at some point, if people have GPX recordings of where it's been.

I thought it would get too messy with actual tracklogs so I just logged the end points and handover point.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: pdm on November 26, 2010, 11:58:56 am
Let me know if there is any need for a leg to cross the Peaks and/or to traverse North Derbyshire/South Yorkshire.....
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: hulver on November 26, 2010, 12:15:41 pm
Let me know if there is any need for a leg to cross the Peaks and/or to traverse North Derbyshire/South Yorkshire.....

+1 to that. YACF Sheffield relay team!  :)
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: slugwash on November 26, 2010, 12:47:11 pm
...and if you need someone to carry the baton down in Devon somewhere between Exeter & Plymouth (or vice-versa) then I'm looking for an excuse to leave my mountain bike at home for a day and dig my road bike out from the back of the shed.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: LEE on November 26, 2010, 12:57:49 pm
...and if you need someone to carry the baton down in Devon somewhere between Exeter & Plymouth (or vice-versa) then I'm looking for an excuse to leave my mountain bike at home for a day and dig my road bike out from the back of the shed.

I think we will .

Then we'd just need Plymouth to LE and we'd be underway.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: steveindenmark on November 26, 2010, 01:19:23 pm
Sadly I cannot take part in this because I live in Denmark but I am interested in what happens to it.

I am a member of a motorbike forum where the guys in the states did a pony express from coast to coast with photographs. It took a while to organise but it went well.

Is someone going to form a list who is going from where to where and then it may be easier to fill in the gaps.

Looking at the posts it is difficult to work out where the gaps need to be filled in.

Lands End to ? - Bill Smith
? - ? - Phil Evans

I wish you well in this but make sure someone turns up with a camera. The guys in the states tried to end and start at a local landmark and not garages and supermarkets

Steve.

Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: AndyH on November 26, 2010, 03:11:06 pm
The guys in the states tried to end and start at a local landmark and not garages and supermarkets

Sadly Steve garages and supermarkets are landmarks to some of us.

The list is a good idea, as is the tracklog if it doesn't get too messy. It would be good to know how far it actually travels, a suitable volunteer could log all of this somewhere.

So -

Lee + the rest of the Faccombe 4, 84 miles, Andover to Romsey, Sun 21st Nov
AndyH, 39 miles, Romsey - Blandford Forum, Sun 21st Nov
AndyH, xx miles, Blandford Forum - Frome, Sat 27th Nov
Panoramix, xx miles, Frome - Bristol, Sat 27th Nov
Panoramix,
Feline,
Parratpedaller,
Slugwash

and that gets us to plymouth. (I don't think there is much chance of getting it to essex for this year's xmas ride.) Maybe it should have been JogLe, it could have been in york by tomorrow !

Maybe a friendly local admin would consider this as a sub category thingy within rides & touring, so the list, ride reports etc could be separated off from the main thread. After all this could be going a long long time!
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Panoramix on November 26, 2010, 03:22:14 pm
Slightly updated

Lee + the rest of the Faccombe 4, 84 miles, Andover to Romsey, Sun 21st Nov
AndyH, 39 miles, Romsey - Blandford Forum, Sun 21st Nov
AndyH, xx miles, Blandford Forum - Frome, Sat 27th Nov
Panoramix, xx miles, Frome - Bristol, Sat 27th Nov
Panoramix xx miles Bristol - Clifton suspension bridge,
Feline, xx miles Clifton suspension bridge - xxx,
Parratpedaller,
Slugwash

Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: mike on November 26, 2010, 03:24:32 pm
if it needs a return trip, am doing a JOGLE in June and can strap it to my toptube for the duration...  ;D
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Panoramix on November 27, 2010, 03:48:56 pm
The baton is in Bristol, a more detailed report will come!
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: LEE on November 27, 2010, 05:40:54 pm
Bikely (http://www.bikely.com/maps/bike-path/YACF-LEJOG-BATON-RELAY)

Note.

I'll post the Bikely link on my original, page 1, post.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Feline on November 27, 2010, 07:54:28 pm
The next day I have where I am not working is 6th dec, I could probably do any day that week weather permitting :)
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: AndyH on November 27, 2010, 09:32:27 pm
An "interesting" ok bloody freezing, I don't think it got above zero ride to Frome and back. The Baton covered 35 miles with me today. The original plan was to go via Sturminster Newton, Gillingham, Mere and Maiden Bradley, a nice B road route through the small market towns of North Dorset, Wiltshire & Somerset. However the overnight snow was worse than I thought, and so I decided to stick to the main roads, which were reasonable quiet (although not completely clear in places). Looking at the state of the minor roads I think it was the right choice.

So the A 350 North of Blandford to Warminster, then the A362 past Longleat to Frome. The Garden Cafe in Frome was a good place to meet, friendly with space at the back to put bikes.

A pleasant half hour chat with Panoramix about all things Audax - plans for PBP qualification, gears, frame materials, etc. Photos taken by the guy in the cafe (which will be posted later) and that was it, the baton was handed over (without tears this week Lee, they would have frozen).

Then home to find a space on the dresser where it had spent 6 days. I wonder if I'll see it again on its journey ?
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: meddyg on November 30, 2010, 04:32:10 pm
if someone could paint it red during one of its stops;
it'd be a Baton Rouge !
(a Louisana leg is out of the question this year)
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: LEE on November 30, 2010, 05:35:50 pm
if someone could paint it red during one of its stops;
it'd be a Baton Rouge !
(a Louisana leg is out of the question this year)

If you painted the words "a hot tin roof" on it then it would be "Baton a hot tin roof"
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: essexian on November 30, 2010, 08:56:14 pm
If the baton is coming Stafford way, I would be more than willing to take it for a few miles: Birmingham to Stoke perhaps?
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: jogler on November 30, 2010, 09:14:35 pm
I am close enough to essexian to be involved at that stage please
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Basil on November 30, 2010, 10:06:39 pm
Still holding hand up for to/from Brum leg and/or West Wales leg.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Panoramix on November 30, 2010, 10:41:17 pm
The next day I have where I am not working is 6th dec, I could probably do any day that week weather permitting :)

I can't do the 6th but probably can the Tuesday. Ideally lunch time as I will be working, otherwise the Saturday.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Feline on November 30, 2010, 11:03:03 pm
The next day I have where I am not working is 6th dec, I could probably do any day that week weather permitting :)

I can't do the 6th but probably can the Tuesday. Ideally lunch time as I will be working, otherwise the Saturday.

As things currently stand I can do 6th. May need to wait until a bit closer to make sure the weather is OK, the only bike I own with knobbly tyres is a BSO I bought from the Daily Express circa 1992 and I haven't oiled it's chain since!
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: notlobgp14 on November 30, 2010, 11:11:51 pm
Interesting 'Project' if you need anyone in the Preston, Lancashire area; count me in.  ;)
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: itinerant on December 01, 2010, 09:55:36 pm
Likewise, count me in if you need anyone in West Yorkshire / South Oxfordshire / Newcastle / Scotland area - where-ever my 'caravan' is parked at the time!
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Ham on December 01, 2010, 11:38:22 pm
GOOD IDEA ALERT

OK, maybe not, but let's see how it works (which it only will if everyone notices).

Looooooads of people volunteering in all sorts of places, but it is likely to get difficult to see where it is and how to move on, plus it would be good to see how to get as many as possible in on the act.

Enter stage left, the yacf lejog  Google Map (http://maps.google.co.uk/maps/ms?ie=UTF8&hl=en&msa=0&msid=117648410814257943328.0004966163d636a2057b3&ll=54.495568,-3.383789&spn=9.939895,19.753418&z=6)

The idea is you drop a marker near where you are with the tag of your forum ID as a name, and a comment about your preferred circle of cover. Two ways to do this:

1  (Favourite) - Log in to Google with the ID yacf@londondailyphoto.com and password of yacflejog and you will be able to edit the map yourself. If you haven't used google maps before, click on "edit" (l/h side), a set of icons will appear on the top left of the map. Click on the marker icon, then click where you want to place it. You will then get the option to edit the name (your ID here) and a comment (where you want to ride).

2 - problems with that, just send me your postcode and what your preferred circle of collection delivery would be.

Someone may be able to come up with something slicker, but this should work. I'll repeat the link to the yacf lejog  Google Map (http://maps.google.co.uk/maps/ms?ie=UTF8&hl=en&msa=0&msid=117648410814257943328.0004966163d636a2057b3&ll=54.495568,-3.383789&spn=9.939895,19.753418&z=6)

Edit:
For people already signed in with Google on another ID, you have two options. Either sign out, sign in with the yacf ID do the edit then sign out or send me your info.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Kim on December 02, 2010, 12:15:01 am
Good idea indeed.

I was also thinking this was the sort of thing a wiki would be useful for...
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Basil on December 02, 2010, 07:39:50 am
Done.  :thumbsup:
Twice.  ;D

(I tend to be somewhat dual located these days)
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Arch on December 02, 2010, 08:21:26 am
I'm on.  I've tried not to completely smother Mr Bunbury's marker...
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Steve GT on December 02, 2010, 08:48:05 am
Added my name as well.  I can take the baton north from the Stoke area if required.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Panoramix on December 02, 2010, 09:00:38 am
The next day I have where I am not working is 6th dec, I could probably do any day that week weather permitting :)

I can't do the 6th but probably can the Tuesday. Ideally lunch time as I will be working, otherwise the Saturday.

As things currently stand I can do 6th. May need to wait until a bit closer to make sure the weather is OK, the only bike I own with knobbly tyres is a BSO I bought from the Daily Express circa 1992 and I haven't oiled it's chain since!

Feline, Monday 6th I will be in Oxfordshire for work, so I can only do the 7th or 8 or 9th , 10th or indeed during the weekend.


Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: jogler on December 02, 2010, 12:42:39 pm
The "GOOD IDEA MAP" merits it's own sticky,I reckon
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Feline on December 02, 2010, 05:09:28 pm
The next day I have where I am not working is 6th dec, I could probably do any day that week weather permitting :)

I can't do the 6th but probably can the Tuesday. Ideally lunch time as I will be working, otherwise the Saturday.

As things currently stand I can do 6th. May need to wait until a bit closer to make sure the weather is OK, the only bike I own with knobbly tyres is a BSO I bought from the Daily Express circa 1992 and I haven't oiled it's chain since!

Feline, Monday 6th I will be in Oxfordshire for work, so I can only do the 7th or 8 or 9th , 10th or indeed during the weekend.




I could do 7th, 9th or that weekend weather permitting, I went out with the dogs on my dog bike just now and had to walk down my road because of the ice, it was quite scary!
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Oscar's dad on December 06, 2010, 12:28:01 pm
I have put myself on the map.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Feline on December 06, 2010, 02:41:59 pm
The forecast for Saturday and Sunday is looking encouraging. Do you fancy a Saturday baton handover Panoramix? :)
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Panoramix on December 06, 2010, 03:11:59 pm
The forecast for Saturday and Sunday is looking encouraging. Do you fancy a Saturday baton handover Panoramix? :)

Yes!
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: LEE on December 06, 2010, 03:16:11 pm
Added Ham's good idea (Google map of willing Baton Carriers) to page 1 OP.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Feline on December 06, 2010, 03:19:07 pm
The forecast for Saturday and Sunday is looking encouraging. Do you fancy a Saturday baton handover Panoramix? :)

Yes!

Excellent, well I will probably get there by riding to Yatton and hopping on train into Bristol (it takes me a couple of hours to ride all way into Bristol as I'm a slow coach!). Wherever and whatever time you fancy meeting I can do :)
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: LEE on December 06, 2010, 03:19:45 pm
What happened to photos of AndyH and Panoramix handover?
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: AndyH on December 06, 2010, 04:44:20 pm
My photos are less than impressive I'm afraid
(http://lh3.ggpht.com/_m6kcha3N9og/TP0PycDEToI/AAAAAAAAADM/o7Nx4iQIaH8/s640/DSC01345.JPG)
I had to have a photo before the baton left my possesion
(http://lh4.ggpht.com/_m6kcha3N9og/TP0PyoaM4kI/AAAAAAAAADQ/Amyt8bjjEzM/s640/DSC01346.JPG)
A blurry handover, hopefully Panoramix has a better one. This was taken by the (hungover) cafe owner


Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: mcshroom on December 06, 2010, 11:43:03 pm
I'm also on the map now  :)
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: LEE on December 07, 2010, 05:15:56 pm
The forecast for Saturday and Sunday is looking encouraging. Do you fancy a Saturday baton handover Panoramix? :)

Yes!

Excellent, well I will probably get there by riding to Yatton and hopping on train into Bristol (it takes me a couple of hours to ride all way into Bristol as I'm a slow coach!). Wherever and whatever time you fancy meeting I can do :)

Remember that the Baton can't be transported by train (car/plane/motorbike.....etc)  just bicycle.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Feline on December 07, 2010, 05:21:05 pm
The forecast for Saturday and Sunday is looking encouraging. Do you fancy a Saturday baton handover Panoramix? :)

Yes!

Excellent, well I will probably get there by riding to Yatton and hopping on train into Bristol (it takes me a couple of hours to ride all way into Bristol as I'm a slow coach!). Wherever and whatever time you fancy meeting I can do :)

Remember that the Baton can't be transported by train (car/plane/motorbike.....etc)  just bicycle.

Yeah I may be getting on the train for some of the 23 miles into Bristol, not on the way back with the baton  ;D

The baton should hopefully be taking a nice scenic route over Clifton Suspension Bridge, through the Ashton Court estate, then out to Yatton on a partly off road NCN route, then Strawberry line (sustrans)  to home in Axbridge.
Alternatively I could ride the more direct but very lumpy route of going up straight over the mendip hills towards and down Cheddar gorge. In the summer that is my preferred route but it can get a bit bleak and windy up there in the winter!
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Kim on December 07, 2010, 05:26:13 pm
Remember that the Baton can't be transported by train (car/plane/motorbike.....etc)  just bicycle.

Out of purely academic interest, what's the verdict on small amounts of walking, bicycle-mounted catapults and the like?  ;D
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: clarion on December 07, 2010, 05:27:49 pm
Barbie missile horns etc...? ;D
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Feline on December 11, 2010, 11:30:36 am
Today is the day for the baton to travel it's next stage!

Hopefully handover will be on Clifton Suspension Bridge at 2pm (so long as it does not become a legendary splashfuckit as prophesised by Kim  :o )
Pictures will hopefully follow.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: ParrettPedaller on December 11, 2010, 02:41:54 pm
Now added PP to the yacflejog Google map.

Ready to collect at any mutually convenient time
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Feline on December 11, 2010, 06:29:38 pm
Well the baton is now in my grubby mits! A Clifton Suspension bridge handover took place, Panoramix and I had tea and cake, then the baton did a little 23 mile ride to Chateau Feline in Axbridge.

The route taken by the baton:
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v171/feistyfeline/YACFBatonrelay.jpg)

Panoramix at Clifton Suspension Bridge in Bristol:
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v171/feistyfeline/Dec003.jpg)

Baton handover:
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v171/feistyfeline/Dec004.jpg)

The baton chez feline awaiting it's next relay leg!
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v171/feistyfeline/Dec005.jpg)
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: YahudaMoon on December 11, 2010, 07:12:20 pm
Im on the Google Map. Manchester Central. Anyhelp ? Maybe between Sheffield & Preston ?. PM anytime. John Diffley
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Panoramix on December 11, 2010, 09:44:10 pm
Here are the photos from when Andy handed the baton over to me.

I had planned a nice route to Frome including cycle paths, but these turned out to be more adequate for ice skating than cycling:

(http://i596.photobucket.com/albums/tt45/YannigR/Yacf%20baton/IMGP0220.jpg)

It was time for a blast on the A37 and A362.

This is what happens when you try to take a photo with a camera that went from -2 to + 18 within a few minutes:

(http://i596.photobucket.com/albums/tt45/YannigR/Yacf%20baton/IMGP0221.jpg)

So we decided it was time for tea and let the camera acclimate itself ready to capture the official handover:

(http://i596.photobucket.com/albums/tt45/YannigR/Yacf%20baton/IMGP0222.jpg)

Apart from an artic who tried to send me off road, the return leg was pleasant and I even took the time to photograph mendip hills completely white.

(http://i596.photobucket.com/albums/tt45/YannigR/Yacf%20baton/IMGP0223.jpg)

For the record or those who thing that it is all about carbon fibre, here is the weight of the baton, may be this can help somebody to justify a super shiny and expensive groupset

(http://i596.photobucket.com/albums/tt45/YannigR/Yacf%20baton/IMGP0227.jpg)

or for those who still count in miles, stones and board feet:

(http://i596.photobucket.com/albums/tt45/YannigR/Yacf%20baton/IMGP0224.jpg)

2 weeks later I enrolled some extra power to climb Bristol hills:

(http://i596.photobucket.com/albums/tt45/YannigR/Yacf%20baton/IMGP0230.jpg)

With the promise of cake, the extra engine proved too powerful for the hitch of the tagalong bike and it is solo and late that I met Feline:

(http://i596.photobucket.com/albums/tt45/YannigR/Yacf%20baton/IMGP0231.jpg)

Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: LEE on December 11, 2010, 10:43:14 pm
(http://i596.photobucket.com/albums/tt45/YannigR/Yacf%20baton/IMGP0222.jpg)

Panoramix is saying to Andy "Esu esaelp rood rehto "

Which is French for please use the other door.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: gordon taylor on December 11, 2010, 11:13:47 pm
What a great thread.

Would is be possible for LEE or a mod to update the thread title periodically to let us casual browsers know how close the baton is to our own neck of the woods?

No worries if not.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Feline on December 11, 2010, 11:27:57 pm
The baton is currently near Cheddar.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently near Cheddar
Post by: slugwash on December 12, 2010, 12:38:32 pm
Quote
The baton is currently near Cheddar.

Crikey! It's getting nearer my neck of the woods. Is Parretpeddlar's plan to take it down towards Exeter? My options are as follows...

1. Exeter area to Plymouth area by way of Dartmoor (Moretonhampstead - Warren House Inn - Princetown). A nice day out  :)

2. Two seperate journeys, Exeter back to mine near Totnes then Totnes to Plymouth when someone else further West pops their head up. Better not leave it too long at mine though or it might end up in the woodburner, our log piles getting low.

3. Anywhere else between the two cities if any other Devonian riders want to get involved. (This is best for me as I live equi-distant between Exeter & Plymouth and need to get to the baton handovers and back home in time for my tea ;))
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently near Cheddar
Post by: ParrettPedaller on December 12, 2010, 12:46:05 pm
Quote
The baton is currently near Cheddar.

Crikey! It's getting nearer my neck of the woods. Is Parretpeddlar's plan to take it down towards Exeter? My options are as follows...

1. Exeter area to Plymouth area by way of Dartmoor (Moretonhampstead - Warren House Inn-Princetown). A nice day out  :)

2. Two seperate journeys, Exeter back to mine near Totnes then Totnes to Plymouth when someone else further West pops their head up. Better not leave it too long at mine though or it might end up in the woodburner>

3. Anywhere else between the two cities if any other Devonian riders want to get involved. (This is best for me as I live equi-distant between Exeter & Plymouth and need to get to the baton handover and back home)

Yep don't mind bringing it Exeter direction, but prefer at this time of year to meet somewhere midway between Taunton and Exeter - say Willand or Cullompton?

As to dates, I have nothing fixed in mind as I have yet to arrange with Feline to bring it south from Axbridge. Normally I manage a to take half day off work, Wednesday a.m. but this depends upon the work diary.  Otherwise my cycling day is usually Saturday
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: LEE on December 13, 2010, 10:06:27 am
What a great thread.

Would is be possible for LEE or a mod to update the thread title periodically to let us casual browsers know how close the baton is to our own neck of the woods?

No worries if not.

Simply check out the Bikely link on my original post, page 1.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently near Cheddar
Post by: Morrisette on December 13, 2010, 02:29:29 pm
Cool idea, this! I'm on the map. Sadly I am not on any known route to Scotland, being an Eastern Angle (or a South Folk Saxon, if you prefer)
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently near Cheddar
Post by: urban_biker on December 13, 2010, 02:47:06 pm
Cool idea, this! I'm on the map. Sadly I am not on any known route to Scotland, being an Eastern Angle (or a South Folk Saxon, if you prefer)

That should not be any barrier. I'm sure the baton will wander all over on its way to JoG. It hasn't even reached Lands End yet  ;D
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently near Cheddar
Post by: LEE on December 13, 2010, 05:29:16 pm
Cool idea, this! I'm on the map. Sadly I am not on any known route to Scotland, being an Eastern Angle (or a South Folk Saxon, if you prefer)

That should not be any barrier. I'm sure the baton will wander all over on its way to JoG. It hasn't even reached Lands End yet  ;D

I'm actually hoping it comes back via me again.  Once Audax season really kicks in I reckon it will change hands a lot.  Considering the weather right now it's done better than I expected.  We just need to get that Lands End photo and then we can really get cracking.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently near Cheddar
Post by: slugwash on December 13, 2010, 05:38:35 pm
Any volunteers west of Devon yet? Or any of the Audax Kernow contingent willing to give it a temporary home if I decide to keep on pedaling and take it out of England and over the border into Cornwall :D
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Ham on December 13, 2010, 05:41:34 pm
What a great thread.

Would is be possible for LEE or a mod to update the thread title periodically to let us casual browsers know how close the baton is to our own neck of the woods?

No worries if not.

Simply check out the Bikely link on my original post, page 1.

Plus I will also try to keep the Google map updated as well (link  on Page 1)
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently near Cheddar
Post by: Polar Bear on December 13, 2010, 05:55:02 pm
I've added myself to the map just in case the baton finds itself in the vicinity of Rugby.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently near Cheddar
Post by: Jaded on December 13, 2010, 05:57:06 pm
If anyone can give me a flat approved 200 that starts and ends near Feline and has its far end near another YACFr I'll take it on  DIY on Wednesday  ;D
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently near Cheddar
Post by: Feline on December 13, 2010, 08:04:46 pm
If anyone can give me a flat approved 200 that starts and ends near Feline and has its far end near another YACFr I'll take it on  DIY on Wednesday  ;D

You would have to come early, I am working on wednesday and will be gone from 8am to 8pm!
Actually scrub that, I can't even guarantee being here at 8am coz I am on call tuesday night!
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently near Cheddar
Post by: Jaded on December 14, 2010, 12:32:40 am
Scrub it too, 'cos I've mangled together a Winter 200km from me.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently near Cheddar
Post by: Feline on December 20, 2010, 11:52:29 pm
It's looking like the baton might not be able to move on this side of Christmas unless the weather improves! Axbridge and Cheddar are currently nearly impossible to drive through let alone cycle :(
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently near Cheddar
Post by: Canardly on December 21, 2010, 07:51:38 pm
Next time need to install a transponder thinks.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently near Cheddar
Post by: ParrettPedaller on December 21, 2010, 08:01:09 pm
It's looking like the baton might not be able to move on this side of Christmas unless the weather improves! Axbridge and Cheddar are currently nearly impossible to drive through let alone cycle :(

That was yesterday there, (and was the same here). But today its a deal better with the A361 quite clear of snow and ice (lots of crud tho')

What are the roads like around you today?

Still on for a baton transfer around 10:30-10:45?
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently near Cheddar
Post by: Feline on December 21, 2010, 09:01:44 pm
It's looking like the baton might not be able to move on this side of Christmas unless the weather improves! Axbridge and Cheddar are currently nearly impossible to drive through let alone cycle :(

That was yesterday there, (and was the same here). But today its a deal better with the A361 quite clear of snow and ice (lots of crud tho')

What are the roads like around you today?

Still on for a baton transfer around 10:30-10:45?

The main roads are now quite clear and well salted. Axbridge is still pretty ice bound, I haven't tried to get to Cheddar since friday when they closed the schools, my kids walked home from their dad's (in Cheddar) yesterday because he couldn't get his car out. They said the supermarket in Cheddar is running out of food and had no milk because there had been no deliveries!

I am up for a handover if you are, although I might ride my BSO because it has knobbly tyres! Will have to lube it's chain if I do as hasn't been done in the 15 years I have owned it!
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently near Cheddar
Post by: ParrettPedaller on December 21, 2010, 10:29:05 pm
It's looking like the baton might not be able to move on this side of Christmas unless the weather improves! Axbridge and Cheddar are currently nearly impossible to drive through let alone cycle :(

That was yesterday there, (and was the same here). But today its a deal better with the A361 quite clear of snow and ice (lots of crud tho')

What are the roads like around you today?

Still on for a baton transfer around 10:30-10:45?

The main roads are now quite clear and well salted. Axbridge is still pretty ice bound, I haven't tried to get to Cheddar since friday when they closed the schools, my kids walked home from their dad's (in Cheddar) yesterday because he couldn't get his car out. They said the supermarket in Cheddar is running out of food and had no milk because there had been no deliveries!

I am up for a handover if you are, although I might ride my BSO because it has knobbly tyres! Will have to lube it's chain if I do as hasn't been done in the 15 years I have owned it!

OK sounds viable.

I'll confirm tomorrow morning if I'm riding out.  Probably leave home c09:00 for a 10:30 rendezvous in Axbridge, by the church.  I'll be the only Scots fixed gear cyclist wearing a Marmite cycling jersey - that's fairly definitive  :)
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently near Cheddar
Post by: Feline on December 21, 2010, 10:30:36 pm
It's looking like the baton might not be able to move on this side of Christmas unless the weather improves! Axbridge and Cheddar are currently nearly impossible to drive through let alone cycle :(

That was yesterday there, (and was the same here). But today its a deal better with the A361 quite clear of snow and ice (lots of crud tho')

What are the roads like around you today?

Still on for a baton transfer around 10:30-10:45?

The main roads are now quite clear and well salted. Axbridge is still pretty ice bound, I haven't tried to get to Cheddar since friday when they closed the schools, my kids walked home from their dad's (in Cheddar) yesterday because he couldn't get his car out. They said the supermarket in Cheddar is running out of food and had no milk because there had been no deliveries!

I am up for a handover if you are, although I might ride my BSO because it has knobbly tyres! Will have to lube it's chain if I do as hasn't been done in the 15 years I have owned it!

OK sounds viable.

I'll confirm tomorrow morning if I'm riding out.  Probably leave home c09:00 for a 10:30 rendezvous in Axbridge, by the church.  I'll be the only Scots fixed gear cyclist wearing a Marmite cycling jersey - that's fairly definitive  :)

I think it's probably safe to say you will be the only other cyclist in Axbridge  ;D
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently near Cheddar
Post by: ParrettPedaller on December 21, 2010, 10:36:45 pm
It's looking like the baton might not be able to move on this side of Christmas unless the weather improves! Axbridge and Cheddar are currently nearly impossible to drive through let alone cycle :(

That was yesterday there, (and was the same here). But today its a deal better with the A361 quite clear of snow and ice (lots of crud tho')

What are the roads like around you today?

Still on for a baton transfer around 10:30-10:45?

The main roads are now quite clear and well salted. Axbridge is still pretty ice bound, I haven't tried to get to Cheddar since friday when they closed the schools, my kids walked home from their dad's (in Cheddar) yesterday because he couldn't get his car out. They said the supermarket in Cheddar is running out of food and had no milk because there had been no deliveries!

I am up for a handover if you are, although I might ride my BSO because it has knobbly tyres! Will have to lube it's chain if I do as hasn't been done in the 15 years I have owned it!

OK sounds viable.

I'll confirm tomorrow morning if I'm riding out.  Probably leave home c09:00 for a 10:30 rendezvous in Axbridge, by the church.  I'll be the only Scots fixed gear cyclist wearing a Marmite cycling jersey - that's fairly definitive  :)

I think it's probably safe to say you will be the only other cyclist in Axbridge  ;D

Only -  other than you!  You're as mad as me, but I pre-qualify by place of birth for cycling in snow - wot's your excuse ?
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently near Cheddar
Post by: Feline on December 21, 2010, 10:39:30 pm
It's looking like the baton might not be able to move on this side of Christmas unless the weather improves! Axbridge and Cheddar are currently nearly impossible to drive through let alone cycle :(

That was yesterday there, (and was the same here). But today its a deal better with the A361 quite clear of snow and ice (lots of crud tho')

What are the roads like around you today?

Still on for a baton transfer around 10:30-10:45?

The main roads are now quite clear and well salted. Axbridge is still pretty ice bound, I haven't tried to get to Cheddar since friday when they closed the schools, my kids walked home from their dad's (in Cheddar) yesterday because he couldn't get his car out. They said the supermarket in Cheddar is running out of food and had no milk because there had been no deliveries!

I am up for a handover if you are, although I might ride my BSO because it has knobbly tyres! Will have to lube it's chain if I do as hasn't been done in the 15 years I have owned it!

OK sounds viable.

I'll confirm tomorrow morning if I'm riding out.  Probably leave home c09:00 for a 10:30 rendezvous in Axbridge, by the church.  I'll be the only Scots fixed gear cyclist wearing a Marmite cycling jersey - that's fairly definitive  :)

I think it's probably safe to say you will be the only other cyclist in Axbridge  ;D

Only -  other than you!  You're as mad as me, but I pre-qualify by place of birth for cycling in snow - wot's your excuse ?

I don't mind if I crash my BSO, it cost me £60 brand new from an ad in the Daily Express 16 years ago! I plan to dress as a Michelin-person so I bounce well :)
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently near Cheddar
Post by: ParrettPedaller on December 21, 2010, 10:45:32 pm
It's looking like the baton might not be able to move on this side of Christmas unless the weather improves! Axbridge and Cheddar are currently nearly impossible to drive through let alone cycle :(

That was yesterday there, (and was the same here). But today its a deal better with the A361 quite clear of snow and ice (lots of crud tho')

What are the roads like around you today?

Still on for a baton transfer around 10:30-10:45?

The main roads are now quite clear and well salted. Axbridge is still pretty ice bound, I haven't tried to get to Cheddar since friday when they closed the schools, my kids walked home from their dad's (in Cheddar) yesterday because he couldn't get his car out. They said the supermarket in Cheddar is running out of food and had no milk because there had been no deliveries!

I am up for a handover if you are, although I might ride my BSO because it has knobbly tyres! Will have to lube it's chain if I do as hasn't been done in the 15 years I have owned it!

OK sounds viable.

I'll confirm tomorrow morning if I'm riding out.  Probably leave home c09:00 for a 10:30 rendezvous in Axbridge, by the church.  I'll be the only Scots fixed gear cyclist wearing a Marmite cycling jersey - that's fairly definitive  :)

I think it's probably safe to say you will be the only other cyclist in Axbridge  ;D

Only -  other than you!  You're as mad as me, but I pre-qualify by place of birth for cycling in snow - wot's your excuse ?

I don't mind if I crash my BSO, it cost me £60 brand new from an ad in the Daily Express 16 years ago! I plan to dress as a Michelin-person so I bounce well :)

Wot!!!!!!!!!!!! A Daily Express reader???? 

It gets worse ;)
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently near Cheddar
Post by: Feline on December 21, 2010, 10:47:27 pm
It's looking like the baton might not be able to move on this side of Christmas unless the weather improves! Axbridge and Cheddar are currently nearly impossible to drive through let alone cycle :(

That was yesterday there, (and was the same here). But today its a deal better with the A361 quite clear of snow and ice (lots of crud tho')

What are the roads like around you today?

Still on for a baton transfer around 10:30-10:45?

The main roads are now quite clear and well salted. Axbridge is still pretty ice bound, I haven't tried to get to Cheddar since friday when they closed the schools, my kids walked home from their dad's (in Cheddar) yesterday because he couldn't get his car out. They said the supermarket in Cheddar is running out of food and had no milk because there had been no deliveries!

I am up for a handover if you are, although I might ride my BSO because it has knobbly tyres! Will have to lube it's chain if I do as hasn't been done in the 15 years I have owned it!

OK sounds viable.

I'll confirm tomorrow morning if I'm riding out.  Probably leave home c09:00 for a 10:30 rendezvous in Axbridge, by the church.  I'll be the only Scots fixed gear cyclist wearing a Marmite cycling jersey - that's fairly definitive  :)

I think it's probably safe to say you will be the only other cyclist in Axbridge  ;D

Only -  other than you!  You're as mad as me, but I pre-qualify by place of birth for cycling in snow - wot's your excuse ?

I don't mind if I crash my BSO, it cost me £60 brand new from an ad in the Daily Express 16 years ago! I plan to dress as a Michelin-person so I bounce well :)

Wot!!!!!!!!!!!! A Daily Express reader???? 

It gets worse ;)

It was my parents DE, and they cut out the advert and said look, these new bikes are so cheap they are nearly free! They bought a couple of them too and did a LEJOG on them  ;D
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently near Cheddar
Post by: ParrettPedaller on December 21, 2010, 10:50:44 pm
They bought a couple of them too and did a LEJOG on them  ;D

Strewth!!  Genetic history too !!!

There's no hope is there  :'(
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently near Cheddar
Post by: Feline on December 21, 2010, 10:52:11 pm
They bought a couple of them too and did a LEJOG on them  ;D

Strewth!!  Genetic history too !!!

There's no hope is there  :'(

I think doing a LEJOG on BSO's probably should earn them some extra kudos LOL. At least they never had to worry about getting them nicked. My dad said it was hilarious his panniers cost him twice as much as the bike!
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently near Cheddar
Post by: ParrettPedaller on December 21, 2010, 10:55:06 pm
They bought a couple of them too and did a LEJOG on them  ;D

Strewth!!  Genetic history too !!!

There's no hope is there  :'(

I think doing a LEJOG on BSO's probably should earn them some extra kudos LOL.

That's an interesting and optimistic interpretation of kudos. :D

See you tomorrow for "The Big Cheddar Baton Handover"  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently near Cheddar
Post by: Quisling on December 21, 2010, 10:57:49 pm
Is the ride likely to come through south Oxfordshire.  I might be available to do a shift.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently near Cheddar
Post by: LEE on December 21, 2010, 11:06:34 pm
They bought a couple of them too and did a LEJOG on them  ;D

Strewth!!  Genetic history too !!!

There's no hope is there  :'(

I think doing a LEJOG on BSO's probably should earn them some extra kudos LOL.

That's an interesting and optimistic interpretation of kudos. :D

See you tomorrow for "The Big Cheddar Baton Handover"  :thumbsup:

Don't forget a photo that reflects the snowy weather and hence your determination to achieve a handover.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently near Cheddar
Post by: Feline on December 21, 2010, 11:08:50 pm
They bought a couple of them too and did a LEJOG on them  ;D

Strewth!!  Genetic history too !!!

There's no hope is there  :'(

I think doing a LEJOG on BSO's probably should earn them some extra kudos LOL.

That's an interesting and optimistic interpretation of kudos. :D

See you tomorrow for "The Big Cheddar Baton Handover"  :thumbsup:

Don't forget a photo that reflects the snowy weather and hence your determination to achieve a handover.

Yep I will get camera on charge and warap it in 10 layers of bubble wrap so it survives any crashes  ;D
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently near Cheddar
Post by: Feline on December 21, 2010, 11:09:49 pm
Is the ride likely to come through south Oxfordshire.  I might be available to do a shift.

It is still heading south towards lands end at the mo, but I'm sure it will be heading somewhere near you at some point on it's way north.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently near Cheddar
Post by: Feline on December 22, 2010, 12:49:44 pm
Got up this morning and wiped a few cobwebs off the BSO in the garage, lubed it's chain, lamented it's total lack of mudguards, strapped the YACF baton to the rack and off I went to Cheddar to meet ParrettPedaller. I had 10 gears of which only 5 work, he had 1  ;D
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v171/feistyfeline/YACFbaton002.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v171/feistyfeline/YACFbaton001.jpg)

At Cheddar market cross:
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v171/feistyfeline/YACFbaton003.jpg)

We went up the gorge for the handover
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v171/feistyfeline/YACFbaton004.jpg)

YACF baton now safely in PP's hands:
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v171/feistyfeline/YACFbaton006-2.jpg)
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v171/feistyfeline/YACFbaton005.jpg)

Coffee and cake was consumed, then ParrettPedaller set off for home, I hope he makes it safely!
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v171/feistyfeline/YACFbaton006.jpg)
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently near Cheddar
Post by: LindaG on December 22, 2010, 01:13:59 pm
Intrepid or wot!  Excellent   ;D

The Gorge looks class in the snow. 
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently near Cheddar
Post by: AndyH on December 22, 2010, 01:20:35 pm
You guys have certainly raised the bar for handover photos. Congrats. Whereto from here ?
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently near Cheddar
Post by: ParrettPedaller on December 22, 2010, 02:22:18 pm
Just got back to Chateau PP having left Feline in Cheddar about 11:50

A very slow 2h20m for only 20 miles.  I disregarded my own advice and instead of taking the long way round via Glastonbury (as I did on the 27 mile run out this morning) I elected to take the more direct back lane from Meare over Shapwick Moor and down Pedwell Hill.  5 miles of unsalted back lanes, compacted by farm vehicles = unrideable on 23mm tyres.  :hand:

I have now discovered several novel ways of falling off a fixie in slow motion.  Having tested the depth of snow by the roadside and the firmness of compacted snow and ice on the road surface with my posterior and several other anatomical parts, I eventually opted to use the fixie rider's other gear.  This was a good way of getting some circulation back into my feet, which had gone into deep cryogenic sleep shortly after leaving the Cheddar cafe

The baton now resides at the very centre of Parrett Country, where it will spend a convivial Christmas chez Famille PP, before I take it SW to meet Slugwash somewhere in the environs of Tiverton

Thanks for the coffee and millionaire shortbread, Feline.  Hope your PBP preparations go well, and have a great Christmas.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently near Cheddar
Post by: jogler on December 22, 2010, 03:26:52 pm
the fixie rider's other gear. 

 ;D
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently near Cheddar
Post by: Feline on December 22, 2010, 05:29:32 pm

I have now discovered several novel ways of falling off a fixie in slow motion.  Having tested the depth of snow by the roadside and the firmness of compacted snow and ice on the road surface with my posterior and several other anatomical parts, I eventually opted to use the fixie rider's other gear.  This was a good way of getting some circulation back into my feet, which had gone into deep cryogenic sleep shortly after leaving the Cheddar cafe


Yikes  :o

Is the bike OK?  ;D

Was great to meet you, and hope you have a great Christmas too!

Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently near Cheddar
Post by: ParrettPedaller on December 22, 2010, 05:40:20 pm

I have now discovered several novel ways of falling off a fixie in slow motion.  Having tested the depth of snow by the roadside and the firmness of compacted snow and ice on the road surface with my posterior and several other anatomical parts, I eventually opted to use the fixie rider's other gear.  This was a good way of getting some circulation back into my feet, which had gone into deep cryogenic sleep shortly after leaving the Cheddar cafe


Yikes  :o

Is the bike OK?  ;D

Was great to meet you, and hope you have a great Christmas too!


Yep I'm fine, the bike is fine and most importantly the baton is fine. 

There's a few more dents and hollows in the Shapwick Road than were there before I rode it
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently near Cheddar
Post by: LEE on December 22, 2010, 05:48:11 pm
Hardcore hand-over!

Bikely track updated and handover photos updated (see OP on page 1).

Where next?  Tiverton?

PS.  I think this is working out exactly as I'd hoped, thanks for buying into the idea.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently near Cheddar
Post by: mattc on December 22, 2010, 06:04:59 pm
Was great to meet you, ...

reading this thread, I reckon you lot have devised the most complicated blind-date website in history.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently near Cheddar
Post by: LEE on December 22, 2010, 11:19:12 pm
Was great to meet you, ...

reading this thread, I reckon you lot have devised the most complicated blind-date website in history.

Just make sure it's the baton you grab hold of.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently near Cheddar
Post by: rower40 on December 26, 2010, 04:30:22 pm
Was great to meet you, ...

reading this thread, I reckon you lot have devised the most complicated blind-date website in history.

Just make sure it's the baton you grab hold of.
"Feline took it up the gorge..." Fnarr etc.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently near Cheddar
Post by: LEE on December 27, 2010, 04:52:37 pm
Any plans to move the Baton this side of Christmas?  There's a "warm" spell passing thru on Wed/Thu.  It should clear all the lanes of ice and snow in the South.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently near Cheddar
Post by: ParrettPedaller on December 27, 2010, 04:56:44 pm
Yes it will move this side of Christmas, but not this side of New Year  ;D

Earliest date for the PP>Slugwash transfer is 3/1, with other dates of 5/1 and 8/1 still in the mix, and actively being discussed by the miracle of PM technology

Fret not Young Lee, the baton will peregrinate SW'ward very shortly to begin its 2011 Travels
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently near Cheddar
Post by: slugwash on December 27, 2010, 05:10:00 pm
Is there anyone further West of Totnes/Plymouth/Devon who I can hand it over to when it comes into my possession? Or is it going to be looking good on my mantlepiece for a few months? My six year old daughter's a bit of crafts & colouring-in freak so if it's left lying around ours for too long it could end up covered in poster paint & glitter  ;)

I'm sort of hatching a contingency plan to take it deep down into Cornwall if no-one else around Devon  volunteers to take it further West but I'd still need to hand it over to another rider when I was down that way (or cycle it down to Lands End and bring it back again as part of some early PBP training)
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently near Cheddar
Post by: LEE on January 04, 2011, 09:58:13 pm
Yes it will move this side of Christmas, but not this side of New Year  ;D

Earliest date for the PP>Slugwash transfer is 3/1, with other dates of 5/1 and 8/1 still in the mix, and actively being discussed by the miracle of PM technology

Fret not Young Lee, the baton will peregrinate SW'ward very shortly to begin its 2011 Travels

Any updates on impending activity?

Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently NE of Taunton
Post by: slugwash on January 04, 2011, 10:14:58 pm
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Any updates on impending activity?



Yep, possibly this coming Saturday at Tiverton, weather permitting. (Got a slight snuffle so light drizzle = yes, torrential downpours = no)

Baton will end up near Totnes until next handover person comes forwards.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently NE of Taunton
Post by: ParrettPedaller on January 07, 2011, 05:29:16 pm
Right then, the next leg of the Great YACF Baton Relay, and the first of 2011,  will be undertaken tomorrow.

Burrowbridge > Tiverton > Totnes

Standby for photo call update
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently NE of Taunton
Post by: LEE on January 07, 2011, 10:42:25 pm
Right then, the next leg of the Great YACF Baton Relay, and the first of 2011,  will be undertaken tomorrow.

Burrowbridge > Tiverton > Totnes

Standby for photo call update

Good luck, looking forward to the photos.  I think the Cheddar Gorge Handover is setting the standard for handover photos right now.  I reckon it's a challenge within a challenge to achieve the most spectacular/scenic handover.  I doubt whether my initial Esso Garage Forecourt one will win on that count (but I intend to get my hands on the Baton again and try harder next time).

PS.  Devon weather is looking pretty damn good for the time of year.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently NE of Taunton
Post by: ParrettPedaller on January 08, 2011, 04:31:41 pm
The deed has been done and the baton is now winging its way SW'wards towards Totnes.

Photos of the handover will be posted by Slugwash later today I expect
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently near Totnes
Post by: slugwash on January 09, 2011, 02:42:17 am
Yep, it's now in Totnes awaiting further instructions. And what a great ride back along the old A38 and the Exe Estutary  before hitting the hilly section at dusk and straying a little off my intended course in the dark back lanes whilst trying to avoid the treacherous main road between Shaldon and Torbay, (ended up in bloody Newton Abbot). Cheers for the coffee & cake ParettPedaller  :thumbsup:

(http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5002/5337281837_476b032031_z.jpg)

(http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5090/5336206661_a8d75d40b5_z.jpg)

(http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5089/5336214123_231c0dfd98_z.jpg)

(http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5127/5336225515_afb42e772c_z.jpg)

(http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5049/5337937052_88d62aa1d4_z.jpg)
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently near Totnes
Post by: clarion on January 09, 2011, 08:34:33 am
Was that being used as a battering ram?
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently near Totnes
Post by: ParrettPedaller on January 09, 2011, 08:36:23 am

(http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5090/5336206661_a8d75d40b5_z.jpg)


Great picture of "The Actual Baton Handover" - Madison style, albeit not quite as fast as track riders
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently near Totnes
Post by: tonycollinet on January 09, 2011, 09:53:45 am
But I can't help thinking that trying to do it right/right handed is going to result in a front/rear wheel interface incident.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently near Totnes
Post by: ParrettPedaller on January 09, 2011, 10:04:35 am
But I can't help thinking that trying to do it right/right handed is going to result in a front/rear wheel interface incident.

Indeed.  I was waiting for this observation. 

This handover was just "posed" for the photo
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently near Totnes
Post by: Butterfly on January 09, 2011, 10:08:49 am
That's a relief, we were quite alarmed by the camera in one hand, baton in the other idea :o
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently near Totnes
Post by: Wowbagger on January 09, 2011, 10:45:50 am
That's a relief, we were quite alarmed by the camera in one hand, baton in the other idea :o

Heading for NSFW - courtesy of Butterfly! That's a rarity! O:-)
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently near Totnes
Post by: slugwash on January 09, 2011, 02:19:01 pm
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Quote from: tonycollinet on Today at 09:53:45 AM
But I can't help thinking that trying to do it right/right handed is going to result in a front/rear wheel interface incident.


Indeed.  I was waiting for this observation.  

This handover was just "posed" for the photo
 

Here's yesterday's  official, totally unposed, handover photo ;)
kindly snapped by the waitress at the cafe in Willand, East Devon despite the fact that almost all the contents of my Camelbak had leaked all over her wooden floor.........

(http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5082/5337284707_fe216fcca1_z.jpg)

And if anyone's wanting to take the baton on from me then suggested handover locations include the Fox Tor Cafe in Princetown, The Warren House Inn on Dartmoor (a slight drift off course but well worth it),  or ideally the cocktail bar in the Plymouth Gin Distillery  :)
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently near Totnes
Post by: TimO on January 09, 2011, 07:13:41 pm
I like the way that slugwash is suggesting routes straight across Dartmoor with the phrase "a slight drift off course".  I don't think it's the off course bit which would worry most people, as much as the more vertical element of the diversion!

Since it's gone way past all my relatives now, I don't think I'm going to be involved again until it's on it's way back through Devon, or more likely when it gets closer to That London.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently near Totnes
Post by: Jaded on January 09, 2011, 10:05:32 pm
Boys, keep off the moors, stick to the roads. The best to ya...
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently near Totnes
Post by: LEE on January 10, 2011, 09:32:28 am
Nie work gents.

See OP for updated bikely track and photo record
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently near Totnes
Post by: Lycra Man on January 10, 2011, 02:14:09 pm
I'd like to volunteer my services in baton twirling, based near Aylesbury and able to travel 50 miles in any direction to meet and hand over.

LEE - can you add me to the MAP? - Thanks


Lycra Man
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently near Totnes
Post by: Panoramix on January 10, 2011, 03:22:27 pm
Nie work gents.

See OP for updated bikely track and photo record

How many more zigzags before reaching land's end?

Is there an entry in the guiness book of records for the longest ever end to end?
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently near Totnes
Post by: LEE on January 10, 2011, 03:24:49 pm
I'd like to volunteer my services in baton twirling, based near Aylesbury and able to travel 50 miles in any direction to meet and hand over.

LEE - can you add me to the MAP? - Thanks


Lycra Man

That's not my map.  Instructions on Page 1 how to add yourself to list of willing Batoneers.

I may have reason to cycle out to Didcot later in the year.  If it's in my posession we could meet up
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently near Totnes
Post by: Rimnod on January 10, 2011, 04:35:05 pm
Happy to cover from either the Forth Road Bridge or Kincardine Bridge to Tay Bridge if the baton routes up the east side
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently near Totnes
Post by: Ham on January 10, 2011, 04:46:10 pm
I'd like to volunteer my services in baton twirling, based near Aylesbury and able to travel 50 miles in any direction to meet and hand over.

LEE - can you add me to the MAP? - Thanks


Lycra Man

That's not my map.  Instructions on Page 1 how to add yourself to list of willing Batoneers.

I may have reason to cycle out to Didcot later in the year.  If it's in my posession we could meet up

Yer'on Lycra Man
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently near Totnes
Post by: ParrettPedaller on January 10, 2011, 05:36:37 pm
Nie work gents.

See OP for updated bikely track and photo record

Caption needs a slight amend as the transfer was in Willand, not Tiverton  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently near Totnes
Post by: slugwash on January 17, 2011, 09:14:18 pm
I've  been in possession of the coveted YACF baton for some nine or ten days now and it's probably getting near the time to get it moving again.


So step forwards the next volunteer..........


Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently near Totnes
Post by: ParrettPedaller on January 17, 2011, 09:23:13 pm
I've  been in possession of the coveted YACF baton for some nine or ten days now and it's probably getting near the time to get it moving again.


So step forwards the next volunteer..........




As discussed, you might need to PM AikenDrum
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently near Totnes
Post by: AikenDrum on February 01, 2011, 06:57:08 pm
You rang?   :demon:
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently near Totnes
Post by: slugwash on February 01, 2011, 08:13:01 pm
Cheers AikenDrum, looks like you've  saved me from a 200 mile round trip to Lands End and back. You can now have the glory of being the first cog  in the YACF 2011 baton chain from LE to JoG.  ;)

Looks like the next baton handover will be in Bodmin folks  :)
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently near Totnes
Post by: Feline on February 01, 2011, 09:14:19 pm
Cheers AikenDrum, looks like you've  saved me from a 200 mile round trip to Lands End and back. You can now have the glory of being the first cog  in the YACF 2011 baton chain from LE to JoG.  ;)

Looks like the next baton handover will be in Bodmin folks  :)

 :thumbsup:
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently near Totnes
Post by: Canardly on February 01, 2011, 09:18:38 pm
I hope this 'ere chair leg baton is rust proof, barnacle proof, framesaved or whatever......
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently near Totnes
Post by: Feline on February 01, 2011, 09:27:14 pm
I hope this 'ere chair leg baton is rust proof, barnacle proof, framesaved or whatever......

Well, it is a bannister. But it is varnished  ;D
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently near Totnes
Post by: LEE on February 02, 2011, 02:14:53 pm
Cheers AikenDrum, looks like you've  saved me from a 200 mile round trip to Lands End and back. You can now have the glory of being the first cog  in the YACF 2011 baton chain from LE to JoG.  ;)

Looks like the next baton handover will be in Bodmin folks  :)

Excellent.  Don't forget photos (and the unofficial "Best Handover Photo" competition).

When is the Bodmin hand-over ?

AikenDrum is in Penzance so that's about an hour from Lands End I reckon.  Looking forward to the Relay officially starting with a LE photo.  

Edit - Remember that it's PBP year.  A few people are cycling there and back which opens up the possibility of a handover in Paris and/or Brest.  Unfortunately I am driving so I could only carry it whilst on the ride itself.

Any PBPers out there who are cycling there and back?  (Ferries/Eurotunnel are acceptable as long as you cycle to the Terminals.  Cars, Planes and Eurostar are not)
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently near Totnes
Post by: Panoramix on February 02, 2011, 05:26:30 pm
I think that if the baton makes it way back to Portsmouth in time, it is safe to say that it will make its way to Paris via the ferry somehow.

Convincing somebody to sail the baton across the channel - avoiding thus any form of motorised transport - would propel the whole exercise out of the cool scale.

Assuming the baton is brought to Cowes on the 6th of July, I would manage easily to find a boat who does the Cowes to St Malo race (they are weight concious but 100 g would be OK) and may be able to convince people of the French forum to cycle it from St Malo to Paris!!!

No idea for the return though.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently near Totnes
Post by: notlobgp14 on February 03, 2011, 01:06:28 pm
Well done on getting the Baton moving again!

A good venue for a handover might be Bodmin Jail.  Pre-arrange with the staff and you may be able to do the handover in a cell?  Mention the web site / forum and publicity to the attraction, that should be the 'key' to getting free.  :D
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently near Totnes
Post by: Si_Co on February 03, 2011, 01:16:46 pm
Well done on getting the Baton moving again!

A good venue for a handover might be Bodmin JailGaol.  Pre-arrange with the staff and you may be able to do the handover in a cell?  Mention the web site / forum and publicity to the attraction, that should be the 'key' to getting free.  :D

FTFY  ;)

Doesn't do to upset the Cornish, though why the owners have decided use to the modern English spelling I don't know. Probably something to do with internet search engines.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Andrew Br on February 03, 2011, 01:51:49 pm
I could do south Lancs to north Lancs. I think ChocolateBike and RDaviesB might fit in there somewhere too.

Ooops, just seen this  :-[ .
Count me in for any transit between South Cheshire and South Lancashire.
I'll now continue reading the other 20 pages of the thread.......................

*Edit:- I'm now a pile of crap on the map.



Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently near Totnes
Post by: AndyH on February 03, 2011, 02:01:44 pm
Any PBPers out there who are cycling there and back? 

Hopefully  ;)
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently near Totnes
Post by: jogler on February 03, 2011, 03:28:58 pm
Well done on getting the Baton moving again!

A good venue for a handover might be Bodmin JailGaol.  Pre-arrange with the staff and you may be able to do the handover in a cell?  Mention the web site / forum and publicity to the attraction, that should be the 'key' to getting free.  :D

FTFY  ;)

Doesn't do to upset the Cornish, though why the owners have decided use to the modern English spelling I don't know. Probably something to do with internet search engines.

If you were still living in Cameldungford We could have sorted the relay from LE
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently near Totnes
Post by: Karla on February 03, 2011, 03:52:57 pm
I think that if the baton makes it way back to Portsmouth in time, it is safe to say that it will make its way to Paris via the ferry somehow.

Convincing somebody to sail the baton across the channel - avoiding thus any form of motorised transport - would propel the whole exercise out of the cool scale.

Assuming the baton is brought to Cowes on the 6th of July, I would manage easily to find a boat who does the Cowes to St Malo race (they are weight concious but 100 g would be OK) and may be able to convince people of the French forum to cycle it from St Malo to Paris!!!

No idea for the return though.

How about you take up rowing again?
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently near Totnes
Post by: Panoramix on February 03, 2011, 04:13:18 pm
I think that if the baton makes it way back to Portsmouth in time, it is safe to say that it will make its way to Paris via the ferry somehow.

Convincing somebody to sail the baton across the channel - avoiding thus any form of motorised transport - would propel the whole exercise out of the cool scale.

Assuming the baton is brought to Cowes on the 6th of July, I would manage easily to find a boat who does the Cowes to St Malo race (they are weight concious but 100 g would be OK) and may be able to convince people of the French forum to cycle it from St Malo to Paris!!!

No idea for the return though.

How about you take up rowing again?

Mrs P is going to hate you for sugesting "silly" ideas like this.

[Peruse map/]
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently near Totnes
Post by: Wowbagger on February 04, 2011, 11:42:12 pm
I think that if the baton makes it way back to Portsmouth in time, it is safe to say that it will make its way to Paris via the ferry somehow.

Convincing somebody to sail the baton across the channel - avoiding thus any form of motorised transport - would propel the whole exercise out of the cool scale.

Assuming the baton is brought to Cowes on the 6th of July, I would manage easily to find a boat who does the Cowes to St Malo race (they are weight concious but 100 g would be OK) and may be able to convince people of the French forum to cycle it from St Malo to Paris!!!

No idea for the return though.

That's a job for Pancho, isn't it?
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently near Totnes
Post by: slugwash on February 07, 2011, 05:29:30 pm
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When is the Bodmin hand-over ?


Looks like it'll be this Wednesday, unless a tempest or an ebola epidemic knocks one of us for six  :)
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently near Totnes
Post by: AikenDrum on February 07, 2011, 05:58:16 pm
Yep. There's gonna be a Bunfight at the OK Tearoom (Bara Cafe, Honey St, Bodmin) at High Noon.

 ;D
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently near Totnes
Post by: LEE on February 08, 2011, 03:12:31 pm
Yep. There's gonna be a Bunfight at the OK Tearoom (Bara Cafe, Honey St, Bodmin) at High Noon.

 ;D

A stale Pork Pie is weapon of choice in such situations (with a concrete-hardened crust).

Good luck, have a nice ride and post some photos to make the rest of us jealous about cycling around Bodmin on a work day.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently near Totnes
Post by: clarion on February 08, 2011, 03:17:43 pm
LEE was only 52, he didn't wanna die... ;D
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently near Totnes
Post by: Pancho on February 08, 2011, 03:32:58 pm
I think that if the baton makes it way back to Portsmouth in time, it is safe to say that it will make its way to Paris via the ferry somehow.

Convincing somebody to sail the baton across the channel - avoiding thus any form of motorised transport - would propel the whole exercise out of the cool scale.

Assuming the baton is brought to Cowes on the 6th of July, I would manage easily to find a boat who does the Cowes to St Malo race (they are weight concious but 100 g would be OK) and may be able to convince people of the French forum to cycle it from St Malo to Paris!!!

No idea for the return though.

That's a job for Pancho, isn't it?

I could do the Solent -> Cherbourg (ish) leg (weather, work and family permitting). St Malo adds a bit more complexity[1] to the exercise for a simple cruising sailor such as me.

Not sure about bringing it back from Paris either. That's a trek up the Seine which would need me to become a legal sailor in French eyes (paperwork and exams and boring stuff us Brits don't need) and, maybe to remove the mast. You're also looking at a long trip Pompey -> Paris and I don't think Mrs P will let me out unsupervised for that long.

But if a cross-Channel link is needed just ask and I'll see if anything is feasible. I have a folder in a locker if needed.

[1] Two aspects of complexity: more time at sea and therefore requiring someone else on board 'cos I start to see (and, sometimes, talk to) things that aren't there if I stay awake too long. Not good or safe seamanship to be doing that too often. Also, I've not been to St Malo before but my memory of the West coast of the Cherbourg peninsular is that it's all fast tides and sharp rocks.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently near Totnes
Post by: slugwash on February 08, 2011, 04:17:11 pm
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There's gonna be a Bunfight at the OK Tearoom (Bara Cafe, Honey St, Bodmin) at High Noon.


Look Don, I know I questioned the route sheet for your Saints & Tinners 300, but that was four bloody years ago. I don't want no trouble  :facepalm:  

(BTW, I'm a pretty slow rider. Best make it 12:30) ;)

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A stale Pork Pie is weapon of choice in such situations (with a concrete-hardened crust).

Huh, any such missiles will be easily deflected with the more than substantial YACF baton.

......I'll be wearing a full face MTBing helmet just in case though!
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently near Totnes
Post by: AikenDrum on February 09, 2011, 08:24:09 pm
I'm happy to report that nobody got hurt, and the baton was handed over without any stale meat pie shenanigans. It's safely stashed in the study at Chez Drum, where it will remain until I can be arsed to pop down the road to LandsEndWorldTM for the Grand Depart. Here's a pic of the handover - it was emotional (my bottom lip is all over the place...wibble!):

(http://www.mountsbayharriers.co.uk/IMG_3491.JPG)

Thanks are due to Slugwash for transporting the precious cargo down from Totnes - hope you found a nice route home with some decent tailwinds.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently near Totnes
Post by: slugwash on February 09, 2011, 08:39:02 pm
Yep, got back an hour or so ago after taking the South Cornish coast and Torpoint ferry option. Done a good 200k today  :thumbsup:

Here's a couple more photos...

Leaving Fair Albion for the Celtic border town of Saltash...

(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4078/5431269033_74b3bb564c_z.jpg)


Almost there! (or so I thought). Spot the baton....

(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4096/5431288091_633f6bfb03_z.jpg)

And thanks to John Morse for Bodmin baton handover photography duties...

(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4075/5431296339_2f3b13f873_z.jpg)




Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently near Totnes
Post by: Feline on February 09, 2011, 09:08:41 pm
Awesome stuff  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently near Totnes
Post by: Basil on February 10, 2011, 12:48:36 am

(http://www.mountsbayharriers.co.uk/IMG_3491.JPG)


Sorry, I'm not keeping up here.  Which is who?  ???
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently near Penzance
Post by: Feline on February 10, 2011, 12:55:43 am
AikenDrum is the one with the wibbley lip ofc!
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently near Totnes
Post by: vorsprung on February 10, 2011, 09:42:54 am

(http://www.mountsbayharriers.co.uk/IMG_3491.JPG)


Sorry, I'm not keeping up here.  Which is who?  ???
AikenDrum in red
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently near Penzance
Post by: jogler on February 10, 2011, 11:17:12 am
I'm colour blind :(
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently near Penzance
Post by: Si_Co on February 10, 2011, 11:18:37 am
Ok - he's the one in green
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently near Penzance
Post by: jogler on February 10, 2011, 11:23:33 am
They are both in green
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently near Penzance
Post by: Si_Co on February 10, 2011, 11:24:28 am
They are both in green

 ;D
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently near Penzance
Post by: jogler on February 10, 2011, 11:26:12 am
& anyway,your colour vision is worse than mine.It's genetic.Be thankfull I passed on one of my better bits ;)
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently near Penzance
Post by: LEE on February 10, 2011, 11:35:45 am
Great job fellas!

OP on Page 1 updated with photo & Bikely track updated.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently near Penzance
Post by: AikenDrum on February 10, 2011, 11:36:50 am
On a point of accuracy Mr Speaker, it's not near Penzance, it's in Penzance.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Penzance
Post by: LEE on February 10, 2011, 11:39:46 am
changed
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently near Penzance
Post by: slugwash on February 10, 2011, 11:41:00 am
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On a point of accuracy Mr Speaker......


...  if only my ride down to Bodmin and back had been as short & direct
as the route depicted  on the Bikely map  ;)
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Penzance
Post by: notlobgp14 on February 10, 2011, 03:47:33 pm
Has anyone got an idea how to get more South West Participants for the relay?

If the Batton is still down there in April, we could help.  Our pre-Easter jolly is to Cornwall, staying at Trevedra, Lands End and Trewethett, Tintagel.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Penzance
Post by: AikenDrum on February 10, 2011, 04:42:33 pm
I ride up to Exeter via Bude every couple of months (it's a nice day ride and I can get the train back), so I was planning on using one such trip to get the baton moving again. Perhaps someone based near Exeter would like to meet up there or somewhere en route?
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Penzance
Post by: meddyg on February 10, 2011, 05:30:22 pm
anyone know lifeboat crew?
There's sometimes a boat 'on passage' to Poole
or Wales or somewhere; we could have a sea-leg to get the stick back into play
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Penzance
Post by: TimO on February 10, 2011, 05:59:56 pm
...we could have a sea-leg to get the stick back into play

That strikes me as cheating, unless you're rowing the boat.

Is there an AndyGates and/or Rower40 in the house? ;D
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Penzance
Post by: Pancho on February 10, 2011, 06:14:47 pm
I've offered, upthread, a windpowered leg.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Penzance
Post by: LEE on February 10, 2011, 06:31:15 pm
anyone know lifeboat crew?
There's sometimes a boat 'on passage' to Poole
or Wales or somewhere; we could have a sea-leg to get the stick back into play

I think you're getting confused with a Boat Forum.

No gratuitous boat journeys.

For a boat journey to count then the same Cyclist should embark with and disembark with Baton, and cycle. (ie A cycle ride which requires a ferry crossing to continue said ride).
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Penzance
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on February 10, 2011, 07:08:38 pm
I've just discovered this thread. Can someone tell me where the baton is now without me having to wade through all 22 pages?

3) Panoramix hands baton to Feline in Bristol
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v171/feistyfeline/Dec004.jpg)

I know some nuns are keen on cycling, and now I see Feline has a wimple.  :)
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Penzance
Post by: Feline on February 10, 2011, 07:13:56 pm
I've just discovered this thread. Can someone tell me where the baton is now without me having to wade through all 22 pages?

I know some nuns are keen on cycling, and now I see Feline has a wimple.  :)

For reasons I won't go into I would make a lousy nun  ;D
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Penzance
Post by: Basil on February 10, 2011, 07:17:14 pm
Can someone tell me where the baton is now without me having to wade through all 22 pages?


erm.  Currently in Penzance.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Penzance
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on February 10, 2011, 08:28:47 pm
Can someone tell me where the baton is now without me having to wade through all 22 pages?


erm.  Currently in Penzance.
Ah. Ok. I'll look forward to it getting a bit further. It's a good looking baton by the way.

I've just discovered this thread. Can someone tell me where the baton is now without me having to wade through all 22 pages?

I know some nuns are keen on cycling, and now I see Feline has a wimple.  :)

For reasons I won't go into I would make a lousy nun  ;D
That leaves us nun the wiser.

IGMC.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Penzance
Post by: Ham on February 10, 2011, 10:21:17 pm
I've just discovered this thread. Can someone tell me where the baton is now without me having to wade through all 22 pages?


All you have to do is wade through the first post on the first page ;)
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Penzance
Post by: LEE on February 10, 2011, 10:45:17 pm
I've just discovered this thread. Can someone tell me where the baton is now without me having to wade through all 22 pages?

I know some nuns are keen on cycling, and now I see Feline has a wimple.  :)

For reasons I won't go into I would make a lousy nun  ;D

You have filthy habits?
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Penzance
Post by: Wowbagger on February 10, 2011, 10:47:44 pm
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v171/feistyfeline/Dec004.jpg)

Has that photograph ever been submitted to Caption it?
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Penzance
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on February 10, 2011, 10:48:34 pm
I've just discovered this thread. Can someone tell me where the baton is now without me having to wade through all 22 pages?


All you have to do is wade through the first post on the first page ;)
I thought there might have been a bit of movement since then.  :)
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Penzance
Post by: Jaded on February 11, 2011, 11:31:48 am
I've just discovered this thread. Can someone tell me where the baton is now without me having to wade through all 22 pages?

I know some nuns are keen on cycling, and now I see Feline has a wimple.  :)

For reasons I won't go into I would make a lousy nun  ;D

You can get rid of lice!!!  ;D ;D
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Penzance
Post by: Canardly on February 12, 2011, 08:04:51 pm
Antique dealer hands over missing link.......
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Penzance
Post by: Pancho on February 12, 2011, 08:18:33 pm
I've just looked at the map - isn't the baton going the wrong way? It seems a bit SW bound for something that's s'posed to be going from LE to JOG?
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Penzance
Post by: tom_e on February 12, 2011, 08:24:38 pm
It hasn't got to LE yet.  It started at LEE's where he forged it from his blood and inspiration and wood and stuff.  It's still on the way to the start line.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Penzance
Post by: AikenDrum on February 13, 2011, 09:05:54 am
Start is only 9 miles away. I'll have to see if I can't organise a suitable fanfare for the Grand Depart - maybe an oompah band, some synchronised swimmers, the Mousehole Male Voice Choir, fire juggling, dwarf throwing, bouncy castles, full double page colour spread in next weeks edition of "The Cornishman"...

or, most likely:


a hastily recruited random dog walker waving a tiny YACF pennant.  :facepalm:
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Penzance
Post by: Pancho on February 13, 2011, 10:38:34 am
Man, oh man - we're on page 23 and haven't even got to the start yet?
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Penzance
Post by: CrinklyLion on February 13, 2011, 10:41:17 am
Ah, the wonderful world of YACF.....
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Penzance
Post by: Tewdric on February 13, 2011, 10:42:37 am
Can we get it to Andy Gates in time to start and accompany him on his LEJOG up as far as Chepstow?  We can then take it on the Gospel Pass before it perhaps went on another southerly ramble prior to making its way back to Chepstow for the Bryan Chapman.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Penzance
Post by: jogler on February 13, 2011, 11:53:21 am
Man, oh man - we're on page 23 and haven't even got to the start yet?

it's the warm-up before the main event :)
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Penzance
Post by: jm1 on February 14, 2011, 01:00:26 pm
When does Mr Gates want it so to say.I was planning a 300 soon so could bring it up.jm.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Penzance
Post by: LEE on February 15, 2011, 02:07:30 pm
Man, oh man - we're on page 23 and haven't even got to the start yet?

it's the warm-up before the main event :)

Exactly, this is the Prologue.

I think handover frequency will increase once we get it to London and other big conurbations.

Remember that the aim isn't to get it to JoG as quickly as possible, it's to have as many YACFers meet for a beer/coffee as possible, using the relay as an excuse for a ride.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Penzance
Post by: Oscar's dad on February 15, 2011, 02:12:12 pm
^^^  Exactly so remember there are lots of us in the east just itching to have a go.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Penzance
Post by: slugwash on February 15, 2011, 05:49:42 pm
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it's to have as many YACFers meet for a beer/coffee as possible

Beer? I want the baton back for a re-handover. I had to make do with coffee on both occasions. I didn't know we were allowed beer

;)
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Penzance
Post by: Pancho on February 15, 2011, 06:20:33 pm
Just one beer? Hell, I'm going on a five day, three continent bender for my handovers.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Penzance
Post by: ParrettPedaller on February 15, 2011, 07:08:53 pm
Quote
it's to have as many YACFers meet for a beer/coffee as possible

Beer? I want the baton back for a re-handover. I had to make do with coffee on both occasions. I didn't know we were allowed beer

;)

Well if you are buying on the return leg   :demon:
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Penzance
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on February 24, 2011, 09:55:48 pm
Man, oh man - we're on page 23 and haven't even got to the start yet?

it's the warm-up before the main event :)

Exactly, this is the Prologue.

I think handover frequency will increase once we get it to London and other big conurbations.

Remember that the aim isn't to get it to JoG as quickly as possible, it's to have as many YACFers meet for a beer/coffee as possible, using the relay as an excuse for a ride.
By the time the baton reaches JoG this will be a thousand-page thread encompassing several hundred varieties of beer.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Penzance
Post by: Simonb on February 24, 2011, 10:04:12 pm
OK. I've added a pin for me in Ramsgate -- beat that for South-East-ness.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Penzance
Post by: Oaky on February 24, 2011, 10:06:12 pm
^^^  Exactly so remember there are lots of us in the east just itching

You can get a cream for that you know.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Penzance
Post by: Panoramix on February 24, 2011, 10:13:49 pm
Can we get it to Andy Gates in time to start and accompany him on his LEJOG up as far as Chepstow?  We can then take it on the Gospel Pass before it perhaps went on another southerly ramble prior to making its way back to Chepstow for the Bryan Chapman.

It is probably a bit late but I will cycle to the start of the gospel pass so if it can make its way back to Bristol by Friday night, it can still do the Gospel Pass!
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Penzance
Post by: mmmmartin on February 26, 2011, 12:19:59 pm
Just an idea
Some people will be trying to do some Longer Rides in the coming months - in anticipation of going to France to do Another Long Ride watch other people on Another Long Ride so if aforesaid baton could be passed to someone on, for instance, the Bryan Chapman Memorial, it could travel from Chepstow to Menai in a very short time indeed. And indeed, even back again. Which would sort of fit in quite well with the daftness of all this, and life in general, in fact  ;) :P
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Penzance
Post by: Jaded on February 26, 2011, 01:51:39 pm
If it waits long enough I'll take it on my LeJOG in a couple of year's time.  ;D
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Penzance
Post by: Wowbagger on February 26, 2011, 02:00:57 pm
It's the sort of thing i'd like to take on our Lowestoft - Ardnamurchan tour, but I have a feeling it will still be west of the Tamar when we set off in 5 weeks' time.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Penzance
Post by: delthebike on February 26, 2011, 02:35:23 pm
It's the sort of thing i'd like to take on our Lowestoft - Ardnamurchan tour, but I have a feeling it will still be west of the Tamar when we set off in 5 weeks' time.
I don't have a baton but I do have a Clanger. (a bean bag type toy about 4" tall) Would you like to take it and Drop a Clanger?

 ::-) I rescued it from certain deth on the road to Battlesbridge.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Penzance
Post by: Wowbagger on February 26, 2011, 03:23:23 pm
Does it want to go to Scotland?
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Penzance
Post by: delthebike on February 26, 2011, 03:25:09 pm
Does it want to go to Scotland?
I've asked it and it says "weeoo-yyee".
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Penzance
Post by: LEE on March 08, 2011, 09:44:35 pm
???????
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Penzance
Post by: Andrew Br on March 09, 2011, 10:36:11 am
Does it want to go to Scotland?
I've asked it and it says "weeoo-yyee".

Take that as a yes then.

Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Penzance
Post by: LEE on March 09, 2011, 11:02:37 am
Do we have a date for the Lands End photo (and the official start of the journey) ?
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Penzance
Post by: Feline on March 09, 2011, 02:43:47 pm
Do we have a date for the Lands End photo (and the official start of the journey) ?

If it hasn't moved northwards by April I will have time to get the train down there and ride it to LE and then the next handover myself!
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Penzance
Post by: AikenDrum on March 10, 2011, 11:38:54 am
I was planning on popping down to LE this Saturday for the Grand Depart, then dropping the baton back into Penzance, from whence John Morse will transport it all of 15 miles to Sunny Camborne.

From there, the plan was to take it back up Somerset way via a DIY 300, but i'm sure John wouldn't mind if someone else wants to pick it from him sooner.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Penzance
Post by: jm1 on March 16, 2011, 11:13:17 am
I will be riding up to Somerset next wek prob tues/wed.So will leave it there.Hopefully with parrettpedaller if he's about.jm.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Penzance
Post by: ParrettPedaller on March 16, 2011, 05:38:35 pm
I will be riding up to Somerset next wek prob tues/wed.So will leave it there.Hopefully with parrettpedaller if he's about.jm.

The stage from Kernow to Somerset is now sorted, courtesy of jm1, the wonders of YACF's PM facility and good ol' BT landline phones. 

Ironically, I will be in Cornwall the weekend immediately after its arrival here at PP HQ, but it will be available for midweek or Saturday transfers to AnyOtherInterestedParty w/c 28 March, in any direction broadly East or North-East from here.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Penzance
Post by: jm1 on March 17, 2011, 01:38:02 pm
I now ave it in my hand.jm.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Penzance
Post by: LEE on March 17, 2011, 03:38:16 pm
Do we have any photos?

What happened, where did handover take place..and so on?
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Penzance
Post by: AikenDrum on March 17, 2011, 04:55:52 pm
Of course there were photos!  :thumbsup:

(http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5015/5534436809_efacf181e8.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/7250144@N07/5534436809/)
The Baton reaches LE (http://www.flickr.com/photos/7250144@N07/5534436809/)

(http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5096/5535016038_af541ea747.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/7250144@N07/5535016038/)
AikenDrum's Cheapskate LE signpost photo (http://www.flickr.com/photos/7250144@N07/5535016038/)

(http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5178/5534437359_1cd48c0800.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/7250144@N07/5534437359/)
An unsuspecting JM receives the Monkey's Paw at the PZ Handover (http://www.flickr.com/photos/7250144@N07/5534437359/)
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Penzance
Post by: AikenDrum on March 17, 2011, 05:02:16 pm
So... the baton's been on a brief sojourn to Lands End, returned to PZ, and it'll shortly be heading for Camborne.

Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Penzance
Post by: LEE on March 17, 2011, 05:16:20 pm
Page 1 OP updated with photos.  Bikely track updated.

The Journey has well and truly started.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Penzance
Post by: Oscar's dad on March 17, 2011, 05:18:48 pm
Good news!  Just make sure it doesn't dissapear up north too fast as I for one want to show it round bits of East Anglia!
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Penzance
Post by: Tewdric on March 17, 2011, 06:05:24 pm
I think it should come to Wales first.  Can anyone get it a bit further north by next Wednesday?  When you planning the perm John?
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Penzance
Post by: Panoramix on March 17, 2011, 07:21:25 pm
I can make the link between Bristol and Chepstow if that is helpful.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Penzance
Post by: Tewdric on March 17, 2011, 09:11:49 pm
I can make the link between Bristol and Chepstow if that is helpful.

I have the day off and am more than happy to ride down to Bridgwater-ish, maybe we could team up?  Very much depends on JM's plans.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Penzance
Post by: clarion on March 17, 2011, 09:16:33 pm
Top stuff, AD!  It's really happening now :D
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Penzance
Post by: RJ on March 17, 2011, 09:47:52 pm
Have just added self to map - can take the baton on a short tour of Embra ...
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Penzance
Post by: AikenDrum on March 18, 2011, 09:08:17 am
I can make the link between Bristol and Chepstow if that is helpful.

I have the day off and am more than happy to ride down to Bridgwater-ish, maybe we could team up?  Very much depends on JM's plans.

I think John's planning to do the perm next Wednesday (23rd).
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Penzance
Post by: Tewdric on March 18, 2011, 09:31:04 am
I can make the link between Bristol and Chepstow if that is helpful.

I have the day off and am more than happy to ride down to Bridgwater-ish, maybe we could team up?  Very much depends on JM's plans.

I think John's planning to do the perm next Wednesday (23rd).

Uncanny.  What's his northernmost turn point?  I feel a looong ride coming on to RV..  You on this channel John? :-)  Thinking it through, I might be able to get a train to somewhere around Exeter and ride back..
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Penzance
Post by: Panoramix on March 18, 2011, 09:38:03 am
I can make the link between Bristol and Chepstow if that is helpful.

I have the day off and am more than happy to ride down to Bridgwater-ish, maybe we could team up?  Very much depends on JM's plans.

I have got a lot of work at the moment and was thinking of doing it in the evening. If you get there late enough we can do a bit together.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Penzance
Post by: AikenDrum on March 18, 2011, 11:39:02 am
Uncanny.  What's his northernmost turn point?  I feel a looong ride coming on to RV..  You on this channel John? :-)  Thinking it through, I might be able to get a train to somewhere around Exeter and ride back..

I think that John was planning to hurl the baton through ParrettPeddaller's window as he zoomed past, but if you want to intercept him somewhere near Taunton on Wednesday evening, i'm sure he'll hand it over without a struggle. I'll ask him to post an update when he's got a min.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Penzance
Post by: Tewdric on March 18, 2011, 03:35:19 pm
No problem in that case I'll arrange a suitable RV with PP at some point after that.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Penzance
Post by: jm1 on March 21, 2011, 12:07:17 pm
Plans are finally made.I will be riding up on Tues.Happy to meet anyone but if no ones available i'll drop it through pp's door.From Exeter it will be A38 as far as Taunton and back to Exeter for b/b.jm.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Penzance
Post by: Tewdric on March 21, 2011, 01:41:25 pm
Plans are finally made.I will be riding up on Tues.Happy to meet anyone but if no ones available i'll drop it through pp's door.From Exeter it will be A38 as far as Taunton and back to Exeter for b/b.jm.

I'll try to arrange with PP to pick it up on Wednesday or Thursday and bring it to Wales!  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Penzance
Post by: Panoramix on March 21, 2011, 01:49:21 pm
Can the baton go round the Barry ball buster?
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Penzance
Post by: Basil on March 21, 2011, 03:20:37 pm
I'd quite like to be involved in a Welsh leg.  Although looking at the YACF LeJog map (http://maps.google.co.uk/maps/ms?ie=UTF8&hl=en&msa=0&msid=117648410814257943328.0004966163d636a2057b3&ll=54.495568,-3.383789&spn=9.939895,19.753418&z=6) I appear to be at a bit of a dead-end.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Penzance
Post by: Tewdric on March 21, 2011, 03:35:37 pm
I'd quite like to be involved in a Welsh leg.  Although looking at the YACF LeJog map (http://maps.google.co.uk/maps/ms?ie=UTF8&hl=en&msa=0&msid=117648410814257943328.0004966163d636a2057b3&ll=54.495568,-3.383789&spn=9.939895,19.753418&z=6) I appear to be at a bit of a dead-end.

No problem - Mal Volio and I will ride it out to you!  It will make a nice 300 for us.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Penzance
Post by: Basil on March 21, 2011, 04:00:14 pm
I'd quite like to be involved in a Welsh leg.  Although looking at the YACF LeJog map (http://maps.google.co.uk/maps/ms?ie=UTF8&hl=en&msa=0&msid=117648410814257943328.0004966163d636a2057b3&ll=54.495568,-3.383789&spn=9.939895,19.753418&z=6) I appear to be at a bit of a dead-end.

No problem - Mal Volio and I will ride it out to you!  It will make a nice 300 for us.

Then maybe I could take it down to Swansea?  Or meet up with with someone on a planned ride at Llandovery or Newport/Cardigan or somewhere.
(300s are OUT of the question  :-[ )
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Penzance
Post by: Wowbagger on March 21, 2011, 04:30:22 pm
I'd quite like to be involved in a Welsh leg.

Have you asked Her Welshness if she needs any help with either of hers?
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Penzance
Post by: Tewdric on March 23, 2011, 11:39:57 am
I haven't heard back from ParrettPedlar yet - does anyone want to volunteer to pick it up and take it round the Ballbuster or shall I go ahead and make arrangements to collect it from him?
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Penzance
Post by: Feline on March 23, 2011, 11:49:50 am
I haven't heard back from ParrettPedlar yet - does anyone want to volunteer to pick it up and take it round the Ballbuster or shall I go ahead and make arrangements to collect it from him?

Oops I just realised that I cycled to Taunton yesterday, I should have gone and collected it from PP while I was there! It would have meant I had to ride into the start of the BB on Sunday though ofc. If PP is planning on coming northwards a bit on Friday or Saturday then I could meet him though.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Penzance
Post by: jm1 on March 24, 2011, 09:59:54 am
As of tues eve about 6ish the batton was put through pp's door.jm.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Penzance
Post by: slugwash on March 24, 2011, 04:05:01 pm
As of tues eve about 6ish the batton was put through pp's door.jm.


Any photo's of the letterbox handover John, or do we have to knock one up in photoshop?   ;)
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Penzance
Post by: LEE on March 24, 2011, 04:07:34 pm
Bikely track updated.  Let me know if it's inaccurate.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Penzance
Post by: LEE on March 24, 2011, 04:37:10 pm
As of tues eve about 6ish the batton was put through pp's door.jm.


Any photo's of the letterbox handover John, or do we have to knock one up in photoshop?   ;)

No need to use Photoshop, I have a photo of his door

(http://i170.photobucket.com/albums/u249/freddered/YACF%20Baton%20Relay/ParretPedlardoor.jpg?t=1300984561)
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently Near Taunton
Post by: jm1 on March 24, 2011, 06:51:55 pm
That was the back door,couldn't get to the front too much barbed wire and dobermans.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Penzance
Post by: Tewdric on March 24, 2011, 07:02:46 pm
Oops I just realised that I cycled to Taunton yesterday, I should have gone and collected it from PP while I was there! It would have meant I had to ride into the start of the BB on Sunday though ofc. If PP is planning on coming northwards a bit on Friday or Saturday then I could meet him though.

Given that I did a Welsh ride today your mission is now clear:

Track down the one who calls himself ParrettPedlar, obtain the BATON, ride the Ballbuster with it and we shall then arrange a handover to the taffia.

It will be good for it to get a 200 in - it must do an SR series and qualify properly for PBP.  We can try and talk Mal Volio into riding it round the Elenith next..
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently Near Taunton
Post by: jm1 on March 26, 2011, 10:39:04 am
Who is taking it to France then.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently Near Taunton
Post by: Feline on March 26, 2011, 01:10:15 pm
Still no sign of PP!
It could always do the Nutty Nun 200k with me next weekend instead, but unfortunately this isn't a BRM so won't help it qualify for PBP  ;D
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently Near Taunton
Post by: Tewdric on March 26, 2011, 07:22:14 pm
Who is taking it to France then.

It needs to be someone who is riding over..
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Penzance
Post by: ParrettPedaller on March 28, 2011, 10:03:36 am
....... it will be available for midweek or Saturday transfers to AnyOtherInterestedParty w/c 28 March, in any direction broadly East or North-East from here.

I'm now back in ParrettCountry after 10 days business travel in Norway.  So the baton is available for handover this week - as previously notified. For the AUK riders among you there is every possibility that I will be doing the Nutty Nuns 200K this Sunday, but I will be available for a midweek or Saturday handover also.

Please form an orderly queue at the door  ;D


(http://i170.photobucket.com/albums/u249/freddered/YACF%20Baton%20Relay/ParretPedlardoor.jpg?t=1300984561)



Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Penzance
Post by: Tewdric on March 28, 2011, 11:04:39 am
....... it will be available for midweek or Saturday transfers to AnyOtherInterestedParty w/c 28 March, in any direction broadly East or North-East from here.

I'm now back in ParrettCountry after 10 days business travel in Norway.  So the baton is available for handover this week - as previously notified. For the AUK riders among you there is every possibility that I will be doing the Nutty Nuns 200K this Sunday, but I will be available for a midweek or Saturday handover also.

Please form an orderly queue at the door  ;D


(http://i170.photobucket.com/albums/u249/freddered/YACF%20Baton%20Relay/ParretPedlardoor.jpg?t=1300984561)





Dibs.  I'll see if I can persuade Mal Volio that we ought to ride to Somerset on Saturday!
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently Near Taunton
Post by: Feline on March 28, 2011, 11:53:47 am
Would it help if I rode down Southwestish on Wednesday to meet PP somewhere and then met Tewdric and MV somewhere with it on Saturday?
(I am riding the Nutty Nun on Sunday but I will be driving there)
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently Near Taunton
Post by: AndyH on March 28, 2011, 01:16:08 pm
Who is taking it to France then.

It needs to be someone who is riding over..
:thumbsup: (volunteered)
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently Near Taunton
Post by: Tewdric on March 28, 2011, 01:40:59 pm
Would it help if I rode down Southwestish on Wednesday to meet PP somewhere and then met Tewdric and MV somewhere with it on Saturday?
(I am riding the Nutty Nun on Sunday but I will be driving there)

Yep - fab idea!
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently Near Taunton
Post by: Feline on March 28, 2011, 02:09:04 pm
If PP is agreeable we could do a Glastonbury handover with Tor views in the background :)

Where would you like to so the Saturday handover Tewdric?
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently Near Taunton
Post by: ParrettPedaller on March 28, 2011, 06:42:32 pm
If PP is agreeable we could do a Glastonbury handover with Tor views in the background :)

Where would you like to so the Saturday handover Tewdric?

Wednesday's forecast is not good - heavy rain. 

Happy to do a Saturday h/over - Glasto is good for me as I like the cafe opposite Heaphy's
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently Near Taunton
Post by: YahudaMoon on March 28, 2011, 06:51:27 pm
Anyone up for dropping it off at Manchesters Velodrome ?

John
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently Near Taunton
Post by: turista on March 28, 2011, 07:19:20 pm
Hello everyone,
I am planning to cycle from St.David's (Pembroke) to Lowestoft, camping and starting  on the 14th April. I have a planned route here
http://www.bikely.com/maps/bike-path/Side-to-Side-Via-B-ham-and-Meriden
(nods to Robgul)
I wonder if it might be possible to take the baton on an Easterly excursion/diversion? I am aiming for about 45miles per day so I should be easy enough to locate for you higher mileage types!
 ;D
turista
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Penzance
Post by: Jasmine on March 28, 2011, 07:41:41 pm
I'd quite like to be involved in a Welsh leg.  Although looking at the YACF LeJog map (http://maps.google.co.uk/maps/ms?ie=UTF8&hl=en&msa=0&msid=117648410814257943328.0004966163d636a2057b3&ll=54.495568,-3.383789&spn=9.939895,19.753418&z=6) I appear to be at a bit of a dead-end.

No problem - Mal Volio and I will ride it out to you!  It will make a nice 300 for us.

Then maybe I could take it down to Swansea?  Or meet up with with someone on a planned ride at Llandovery or Newport/Cardigan or somewhere.
(300s are OUT of the question  :-[ )

If you can get hold of it, I'm sure Andy Cox would do a 200 to get to you to take it to Aberystwyth.  I can take it to the dizzy heights of North Wales from there.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently Near Taunton
Post by: Feline on March 28, 2011, 08:13:04 pm
If PP is agreeable we could do a Glastonbury handover with Tor views in the background :)

Where would you like to so the Saturday handover Tewdric?

Wednesday's forecast is not good - heavy rain. 

Happy to do a Saturday h/over - Glasto is good for me as I like the cafe opposite Heaphy's

I think the weather is going to clear up weds afternoon, yr.no – Været for Norge og verden fra Meteorologisk institutt og NRK (http://www.yr.no) has it sunny at 3-4pm onwards and they are rarely wrong by much! But if you would rather do saturday I could ride down nice and early then head North to meet up with Tewdric and MV somewhere. I don't want to ride over 100 miles on saturday though coz I am doing the nutty nuns 200k on sunday and my body is not yet used to consecutive days punishment  ;D
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently Near Taunton
Post by: Basil on March 29, 2011, 07:38:09 am
Hello everyone,
I am planning to cycle from St.David's (Pembroke) to Lowestoft, camping and starting  on the 14th April. I have a planned route here
Bicycle Path - Side to Side Via B'ham and Meriden at Bikely.com (http://www.bikely.com/maps/bike-path/Side-to-Side-Via-B-ham-and-Meriden)
(nods to Robgul)
I wonder if it might be possible to take the baton on an Easterly excursion/diversion? I am aiming for about 45miles per day so I should be easy enough to locate for you higher mileage types!
 ;D
turista

Bugger.  W/c 11th I'm walking in Snowdonia with the sons.  Not sure if we will return to Llandysul on thursday or friday.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently Near Taunton
Post by: ParrettPedaller on March 29, 2011, 09:00:07 am
If PP is agreeable we could do a Glastonbury handover with Tor views in the background :)

Where would you like to so the Saturday handover Tewdric?

Wednesday's forecast is not good - heavy rain. 

Happy to do a Saturday h/over - Glasto is good for me as I like the cafe opposite Heaphy's

I think the weather is going to clear up weds afternoon, yr.no – Været for Norge og verden fra Meteorologisk institutt og NRK (http://www.yr.no) has it sunny at 3-4pm onwards and they are rarely wrong by much! But if you would rather do saturday I could ride down nice and early then head North to meet up with Tewdric and MV somewhere. I don't want to ride over 100 miles on saturday though coz I am doing the nutty nuns 200k on sunday and my body is not yet used to consecutive days punishment  ;D

Saturday  early-ish - say 10.30 - at the "spire" near Heaphy's Cafe. 

OK?
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently Near Taunton
Post by: Feline on March 29, 2011, 02:56:45 pm
If PP is agreeable we could do a Glastonbury handover with Tor views in the background :)

Where would you like to so the Saturday handover Tewdric?

Wednesday's forecast is not good - heavy rain. 

Happy to do a Saturday h/over - Glasto is good for me as I like the cafe opposite Heaphy's

I think the weather is going to clear up weds afternoon, yr.no – Været for Norge og verden fra Meteorologisk institutt og NRK (http://www.yr.no) has it sunny at 3-4pm onwards and they are rarely wrong by much! But if you would rather do saturday I could ride down nice and early then head North to meet up with Tewdric and MV somewhere. I don't want to ride over 100 miles on saturday though coz I am doing the nutty nuns 200k on sunday and my body is not yet used to consecutive days punishment  ;D

Saturday  early-ish - say 10.30 - at the "spire" near Heaphy's Cafe. 

OK?

Yeah, that is fine. I will plan to get there for 10am so I have time for a coffee before heading north!
See you Saturday :)
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently Near Taunton
Post by: Feline on March 29, 2011, 09:29:52 pm
OMG, I just told my kids that I would be popping out to get the baton on Saturday morning when my 17 yr old son (who has more awareness of time and space than I do) pointed out that I had told him he couldn't go out on Friday night because he is baby sitting his sister while I ride from Oxford to London   :facepalm:

Of course, I did know that that was this weekend, but something in my brain just hadn't computed it!
This means I will be in London first thing Saturday so cannot possibly also be in Glastonbury  :facepalm:

Sorry folks, I can't manage a Saturday handover unless it was late afternoon after I am back from Paddington :(
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently Near Taunton
Post by: Tewdric on March 30, 2011, 12:42:06 am
Now that Feline can't make it, how far north could you get by about 11.30 on Saturday Colin?  Could we do a handover on the A38 somewhere?  It's still achieveable if Mal Volio and I can get a good early start and meet up somewhere, but we have to be back in Wales by mid-afternoonish.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently Near Taunton
Post by: ParrettPedaller on March 30, 2011, 05:46:12 pm
Now that Feline can't make it, how far north could you get by about 11.30 on Saturday Colin  PP?

Depends what time I start of course!  And how far I want to ride!!

Could we do a handover on the A38 somewhere?  It's still achieveable if Mal Volio and I can get a good early start and meet up somewhere, but we have to be back in Wales by mid-afternoonish.

How about Burrington Coombe? - not quite as scenic as Cheddar Gorge, but similar. That gives me a 60-70 mile round trip, which is enough at the mo', given my recent lack of miles.

Coming South on the A38, take A368 off A38 (TL) at Churchill X roads and Traffic Lights, then after a bit TR onto the B3134. There is a cafe/restuarant about 1 mile up that road on the LHS, just before it starts getting a bit steeper.  Usually good for soup, cake etc.

PM me with mobile phone #s so we can advise any delays/change of plan/ no shows on the day.

Have you got a camera? - I don't!
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently Near Taunton
Post by: Tewdric on March 30, 2011, 09:35:52 pm
How about Burrington Coombe?

Yes - good idea.  PM to follow..
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently Near Taunton
Post by: ParrettPedaller on March 30, 2011, 10:48:33 pm
How about Burrington Coombe?

Yes - good idea.  PM to follow..

Right. That's sorted  (apart from the actual cycling of course!)
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently Near Taunton
Post by: LEE on April 06, 2011, 03:27:21 pm
????

Any plans/dates/ride-reports/photos?
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently Near Taunton
Post by: Tewdric on April 06, 2011, 06:32:30 pm
Awaiting the end of this bout of flu, then I'll go get it from PP.  Most likely next Tuesday.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently Near Taunton
Post by: ParrettPedaller on April 11, 2011, 08:28:27 pm
Awaiting the end of this bout of flu, then I'll go get it from PP.  Most likely next Tuesday.

Now with Feline (winging her way to Cheddar), having handed the baton over in the shadow of Glastonbury Tor about an hour ago
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently Near Taunton
Post by: Tewdric on April 11, 2011, 08:50:32 pm
I shall be on my way to get it this week! 
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently Near Taunton
Post by: Feline on April 11, 2011, 09:15:49 pm
Le baton has been on the move this evening!
I arrived in Glastonbury and met ParrettPedallar at the spire monument thingy. We had a coffee in the pub there.
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v171/feistyfeline/YACFbaton005-1.jpg)

Then we headed up to Glastonbury Tor for the baton handover:
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v171/feistyfeline/YACFbaton008.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v171/feistyfeline/YACFbaton011.jpg)

The baton changes hands:
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v171/feistyfeline/YACFbaton012.jpg)

Back at chateau feline:
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v171/feistyfeline/YACFbaton013.jpg)

Google checks out the baton (don't worry, I took it off him before he chewed it up ;) ):
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v171/feistyfeline/YACFbaton016.jpg)

Garmin route log here (31 miles)
      
      YACF Baton by fujifeline at Garmin Connect - Details   (http://connect.garmin.com/activity/78667630)

So the baton is currently in Axbridge, and should hopefully be heading to a new country this Saturday  ;D
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently Near Taunton
Post by: Feline on April 17, 2011, 11:19:54 pm
The baton is currently waiting patiently in my Carradice to hit the road in the morning :)
I put it in there tonight in case I forgot to pack it tomorrow!
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently Near Taunton
Post by: Tewdric on April 18, 2011, 02:37:13 pm
And I can confirm it is now in the hands of the Taffia, following a handover on the Severn Bridge at high noon today!  Feline has photos..
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently Near Taunton
Post by: Feline on April 18, 2011, 04:23:15 pm
My mission is complete!

The baton went via the Strawberry line to Yatton, then on to Clevedon and Avonmouth where I crossed the Avonmouth Bridge and left Somerset behind. The river Avon as seen from the Avonmouth bridge:
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v171/feistyfeline/YACFbaton022.jpg)

I then took the scenic route along the coast past Severn beach, up to Aust and onto the Severn bridge:
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v171/feistyfeline/YACFbaton018.jpg)

Carradice Barley's have a special loop for attaching a light holding the yacf baton:
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v171/feistyfeline/YACFbaton020.jpg)

I met Tewdric half way over the bridge, and officially delivered the baton to Wales!
 (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v171/feistyfeline/YACFbaton021.jpg)

Today's route:
      
      Delivering YACF LEJoG Baton to Wales by fujifeline at Garmin Connect - Details   (http://connect.garmin.com/activity/79995848)
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently Near Taunton
Post by: AndyH on April 19, 2011, 10:41:40 am
So is the Baton going to do either the Brevet Cymru or the Bryan Chapman as part of it's qualifying SR ?
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently Near Taunton
Post by: CrinklyLion on April 19, 2011, 11:06:21 am
I met Tewdric half way over the bridge, and officially delivered the baton to Wales!
 (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v171/feistyfeline/YACFbaton021.jpg)

But did you plan to match outfits, or was there a moment of social awkwardness? ;)  And I think we must say 'hurray' for the return of the official feline baton-handing-over pose \o/  Looks like a cracking good day for a ride.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently Near Taunton
Post by: Feline on April 19, 2011, 11:17:55 am
I met Tewdric half way over the bridge, and officially delivered the baton to Wales!
 

But did you plan to match outfits, or was there a moment of social awkwardness? ;)  And I think we must say 'hurray' for the return of the official feline baton-handing-over pose \o/  Looks like a cracking good day for a ride.

I couldn't possibly deliver the yacf baton to Wales without wearing my Audax Cymru jersey  ;D

My next door neighbour looked at me rather confused today and said 'you haven't just been on holiday have you?'. I have a suntan like I just came back from Turkey or somewhere after yesterday's ride  ;D
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently Near Taunton
Post by: Tewdric on April 19, 2011, 01:28:14 pm
So is the Baton going to do either the Brevet Cymru or the Bryan Chapman as part of it's qualifying SR ?

I think it should!  We need a volunteer who is riding to the start of the Brevet Cymru from Mal Volio's camping weekend.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently Near Taunton
Post by: border-rider on April 19, 2011, 01:42:33 pm
Or I can take it round myself...

Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently Near Taunton
Post by: Simonb on April 20, 2011, 02:28:08 am
I'll gladly take it waaaaaay East at the end of the BCM -- we Easterners are missing out!
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently Near Taunton
Post by: Tewdric on April 20, 2011, 02:37:37 am
we Easterners are missing out!

So very true....

 ;D
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently Near Taunton
Post by: urban_biker on April 20, 2011, 02:03:26 pm
LEE, Chillmoister, Keeks and I are riding the Brevet Cymru on the 30th. So if someone can drop the baton off at the Bulwark community centre very early on a Saturday morning (6AM start) or at the pub in Aust at some point the night before we should also be up for a nice gentle South Wales loop.

Of course we could pass the baton between different yacf riders throughout the ride. With a documented handover pic each time. The possibilities are endless ;) 

Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently Near Taunton
Post by: Simonb on April 20, 2011, 02:52:12 pm
we Easterners are missing out!

So very true....

 ;D

Har-bloody-har!  :-*
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently Near Taunton
Post by: Tewdric on April 20, 2011, 10:13:02 pm
LEE, Chillmoister, Keeks and I are riding the Brevet Cymru on the 30th. So if someone can drop the baton off at the Bulwark community centre very early on a Saturday morning (6AM start) or at the pub in Aust at some point the night before we should also be up for a nice gentle South Wales loop.

Of course we could pass the baton between different yacf riders throughout the ride. With a documented handover pic each time. The possibilities are endless ;)  



That's a nice idea.

I'm taking it up to Mal Volio's tomorrow, then he's going to ride the Brevet Cymru route early next week as a helper/route checker.  One of the BC riders staying at MV Towers on Friday night next week could bring it down to the start.

The question of what happens after  the ride needs to be addressed given that it can't travel by car.  If it were to find it's way back up to MV towers on the sunday, that would be good as we can hand it on to the valleys contingent.  It isn't allowed back into England before it's done the Bryan Chapman!  ;D
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently Near Taunton
Post by: Feline on April 20, 2011, 10:18:26 pm
LEE, Chillmoister, Keeks and I are riding the Brevet Cymru on the 30th. So if someone can drop the baton off at the Bulwark community centre very early on a Saturday morning (6AM start) or at the pub in Aust at some point the night before we should also be up for a nice gentle South Wales loop.

Of course we could pass the baton between different yacf riders throughout the ride. With a documented handover pic each time. The possibilities are endless ;)  



That's a nice idea.

I'm taking it up to Mal Volio's tomorrow, then he's going to ride the Brevet Cymru route early next week as a helper/route checker.  One of the BC riders staying at MV Towers on Friday night next week could bring it down to the start.

The question of what happens after  the ride needs to be addressed given that it can't travel by car.  If it were to find it's way back up to MV towers on the sunday, that would be good as we can hand it on to the valleys contingent.  It isn't allowed back into England before it's done the Bryan Chapman!  ;D

Make sure you supply MV with CAKE tomorrow then!
It's the law  ;D
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently Near Taunton
Post by: David Martin on April 20, 2011, 10:23:52 pm
 It isn't allowed back into England before it's done the Bryan Chapman!  ;D

But can you get it to Scotland in time to do the Snow Roads? Probably not for this year but maybe next. Mr Gates will be heading North at some point - could he pick it up en route?

..d
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently Near Taunton
Post by: Panoramix on April 20, 2011, 10:26:55 pm
Does the baton get points?
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently Near Taunton
Post by: Feline on April 20, 2011, 10:28:23 pm
Does the baton get points?

No, but it gets to watch while people eat CAKE which is surely as good if not better :)
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently Near Taunton
Post by: Basil on April 20, 2011, 10:30:11 pm
Doesn't the thread title need changing?
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently Near Taunton
Post by: Feline on April 20, 2011, 10:31:15 pm
Doesn't the thread title need changing?

Yeah, I PM'd Lee but he must not have been online yet.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently Near Chepstow.
Post by: Basil on April 20, 2011, 11:12:31 pm
You can do it yourself. 
Not sure how accurate this is.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently Near Taunton
Post by: AndyH on April 20, 2011, 11:21:41 pm
Does the baton get points?

I think it should. Has it done a 200 & 300, or is it going to have to qualify with 2 400s & 2 600s ?
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently Near Taunton
Post by: Jasmine on April 21, 2011, 10:37:31 am
LEE, Chillmoister, Keeks and I are riding the Brevet Cymru on the 30th. So if someone can drop the baton off at the Bulwark community centre very early on a Saturday morning (6AM start) or at the pub in Aust at some point the night before we should also be up for a nice gentle South Wales loop.

Of course we could pass the baton between different yacf riders throughout the ride. With a documented handover pic each time. The possibilities are endless ;)  



That's a nice idea.

I'm taking it up to Mal Volio's tomorrow, then he's going to ride the Brevet Cymru route early next week as a helper/route checker.  One of the BC riders staying at MV Towers on Friday night next week could bring it down to the start.

The question of what happens after  the ride needs to be addressed given that it can't travel by car.  If it were to find it's way back up to MV towers on the sunday, that would be good as we can hand it on to the valleys contingent.  It isn't allowed back into England before it's done the Bryan Chapman!  ;D

If it goes on the Bryan Chapman there are quite a few yACFers who it could be passed to on the route.  Basil could ride out to a control to collect it, I could take it and leave it in Menai Bridge on my way round, RevRob lives on route (he's moved, but is now elsewhere on the route).

I think the eastern members should get a go, but one person taking it from the west coast to east coast defeats the object of a relay somewhat.  ::-)
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently Near Taunton
Post by: dasmoth on April 21, 2011, 10:45:10 am
I think the eastern members should get a go, but one person taking it from the west coast to east coast defeats the object of a relay somewhat.  ::-)

Well, assuming it continues on a fairly western route to JoG, once it gets there it could always head back south again via a more easterly route.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently heading to Trellech
Post by: Tewdric on April 21, 2011, 11:10:42 am
And it's off again!  Just about to leave for the handover to Mal Volio!
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently Near Taunton
Post by: saturn on April 21, 2011, 04:17:05 pm
I think the eastern members should get a go, but one person taking it from the west coast to east coast defeats the object of a relay somewhat.  ::-)

Well, assuming it continues on a fairly western route to JoG, once it gets there it could always head back south again via a more easterly route.

Hey don't forget the Midlanders!  ::-) I'm sure there are plenty of us in the middle that wouldn't mind doing part of a west - east transit. I thought the idea was that it took the most wiggly route possible anyway.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently Near Taunton
Post by: dasmoth on April 21, 2011, 05:08:54 pm
Hey don't forget the Midlanders!  ::-) I'm sure there are plenty of us in the middle that wouldn't mind doing part of a west - east transit. I thought the idea was that it took the most wiggly route possible anyway.

I only said "more easterly", not "keeping the North Sea in sight at all times"  :).
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently heading to Trellech
Post by: LEE on April 23, 2011, 08:16:43 pm
And it's off again!  Just about to leave for the handover to Mal Volio!

I've updated the Map and the photos on the page 1 OP.

Tewdric, where do you live?  (so I can update the baton's journey).
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently Near Chepstow
Post by: Canardly on April 23, 2011, 10:21:31 pm
Is the baton going to make an appearance at the camping week end?
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Monmouthshire
Post by: border-rider on April 23, 2011, 10:25:10 pm
Yes
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently Near Taunton
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on April 24, 2011, 10:24:23 pm

 (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v171/feistyfeline/YACFbaton021.jpg)
I'm a bit worried by this - Feline has lost her baton-exchanging wimple! Is it no longer obligatory for Sisters of the Order of Religious Cycling, or has she fallen from pedalling grace?
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently Near Chepstow
Post by: AndyH on May 01, 2011, 01:21:01 pm
I'm extremely worried that the Baton may have been kidnapped by the Tafia.   :facepalm:
Although in the hands of Salvatore at the start of the Brevet Cymru yesterday morning, it appears to have sprouted a Welsh flag sticker.  :'(

Hopefully it has been bought back over the river, where distinguishing marks can be restored to those of a YACF nature. We wouldn't want people getting the wrong idea about it's origins, would we ? :P
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently Near Chepstow
Post by: Tewdric on May 01, 2011, 02:28:41 pm
Hopefully it has been bought back over the river

Not until after the Bryan Chapman!   :demon:

Dai Mountaingoat in Merthyr has expressed an interest in being the next keeper of the staff..
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently Near Chepstow
Post by: LEE on May 01, 2011, 04:07:05 pm
As seen, by me, on the Brevet Cymru 400 yesterday in Hay-On-Wye

(http://i170.photobucket.com/albums/u249/freddered/Audax/Baton.jpg?t=1304261679)

We are owed a Handover photo

PHOTOS ARE NOT OPTIONAL
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently Near Chepstow
Post by: Basil on May 01, 2011, 04:24:42 pm
Several photos were taken. 
Need to wait for peeps to return home from camping at MV's.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently Near Chepstow
Post by: delthebike on May 01, 2011, 04:31:51 pm
[img height=48 width=64]http://i170.photobucket.com/albums/u249/freddered/Audax/Baton.jpg?t=1304261679[/img]
Nice! Two more and you'd have a full compliment of legs for a milking stool.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently Near Chepstow
Post by: notlobgp14 on May 03, 2011, 09:56:11 am
Just wondering if the YACF LEJoG Relay is going slightly ‘off message’? ???  Has a new objective been added to this thread?  :-\  Get an object involved in as many Audax rides as possible, whilst touching Lands End and John o Groats!! :(
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently Near Chepstow
Post by: border-rider on May 03, 2011, 10:27:57 am
Not really.  It happened to land in Chepstow at the same time as the Brevet Cymru, so the opportunity was taken to show it the West coast of Wales; it's not often that one person is going to ride right across a country and back in a day.

I have it now, and my plan is to speed it on its way along a LEJOG route by taking it up to someone further North. Just arranging that now.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently Near Chepstow
Post by: inc on May 03, 2011, 11:03:21 am

I have it now, and my plan is to speed it on its way along a LEJOG route by taking it up to someone further North. Just arranging that now.

I will be happy to accept it somewhere north of Hereford on the LEJOG route
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Mal Volioshire
Post by: Salvatore on May 03, 2011, 08:48:32 pm
I hereby claim 2 records:

1) The shortest distance between handover locations: I passed it on to Mal Volio some 2ft 9¾in SSE of where I received it from tewdric.
2) The longest distance ridden with the baton - 450 km between Friday afternoon and Sunday lunchtime.

Having it on display as per LEE's photo did provoke several comments from other riders on Saturday, usually something like "Excuse me for asking, but why have you got a miniature table leg on the back of your bike?"
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Mal Volioshire
Post by: Arch on May 03, 2011, 10:31:09 pm

Having it on display as per LEE's photo did provoke several comments from other riders on Saturday, usually something like "Excuse me for asking, but why have you got a miniature table leg on the back of your bike?"

I think we should all come up with some witty or befuddling responses to that question!

Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Mal Volioshire
Post by: Feline on May 03, 2011, 10:39:32 pm

Having it on display as per LEE's photo did provoke several comments from other riders on Saturday, usually something like "Excuse me for asking, but why have you got a miniature table leg on the back of your bike?"

I think we should all come up with some witty or befuddling responses to that question!



It is, of course, a bespoke prop stand  ;D
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Mal Volioshire
Post by: Jaded on May 03, 2011, 10:43:33 pm
It is a CCC
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Mal Volioshire
Post by: Salvatore on May 04, 2011, 07:48:58 am
It is a CCC
That was suggested a few times, mainly at the camping weekend. Including an offer from Tewdric to embellish the end.

Also it was strongly suggested that a certain Pompey member should never be allowed to get his hands (or any other part of his anatomy) on it. 
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Mal Volioshire
Post by: Jaded on May 04, 2011, 08:37:52 am
Yes, we'd have to censor any photos of him 'carrying' it!
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Mal Volioshire
Post by: Nuncio on May 04, 2011, 12:24:08 pm
With the Ian Tomlinson case in the news I'm reminded of Harry Stanley, shot by a policeman who mistook a table leg he was carrying for a gun.  Be careful out there.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Shropshire
Post by: border-rider on May 04, 2011, 06:22:01 pm
Tewdric hands it to Salvatore at my house

(https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/_eT0LQ33VtbE/TcAInJzDCzI/AAAAAAAAAJg/fQR_8j5orpU/s512/DSCF1189.jpg)



Salvatore takes it to New Quay and back



Salvatore hands it to me at my house



i rode from home with it today over the Gospel Pass to Hay. Here it is atop Hay Bluff:

(http://www.bosphorus.f2s.com/baton_gp1.jpg)

(http://www.bosphorus.f2s.com/baton_gp2.jpg)

I met inc in Weobly in Herefordshire and the hand-over took place:

(http://www.bosphorus.f2s.com/baton_exchange.jpg)

inc had a special carrier to keep it safe:

(http://www.bosphorus.f2s.com/baton_carrier.jpg)

It's with inc now, in Shropshire
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Shropshire
Post by: LEE on May 05, 2011, 11:56:54 am
(http://www.bosphorus.f2s.com/baton_carrier.jpg)

That's not at all suggestive or symbolic.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Shropshire
Post by: border-rider on May 05, 2011, 12:05:58 pm
(http://www.bosphorus.f2s.com/baton_gp1.jpg)

<wanders off, whistling, all nonchalant-like>
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Shropshire
Post by: essexian on May 05, 2011, 12:14:38 pm
Any idea where its going next? I ask as I am planning to go over to Wellington on Sunday afternoon, so could collect it from the Bucks Head or thereabouts.

Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Shropshire
Post by: LEE on May 05, 2011, 12:18:11 pm
added this to Page 1 photos

(http://i170.photobucket.com/albums/u249/freddered/YACF%20Baton%20Relay/SalvtoMV.jpg?t=1304594134)
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Shropshire
Post by: tonycollinet on May 05, 2011, 07:15:22 pm
Does the map need updating - still showing south Wales.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Shropshire
Post by: inc on May 05, 2011, 07:36:36 pm
The baton is with me at the moment near Leintwardine. I have asked Lee how to update the location map
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Mal Volioshire
Post by: Nuncio on May 05, 2011, 08:02:27 pm
1) The shortest distance between handover locations: I passed it on to Mal Volio some 2ft 9¾in SSE of where I received it from tewdric.

Quote
(https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/_eT0LQ33VtbE/TcAInJzDCzI/AAAAAAAAAJg/fQR_8j5orpU/s512/DSCF1189.jpg)

(http://i170.photobucket.com/albums/u249/freddered/YACF%20Baton%20Relay/SalvtoMV.jpg?t=1304594134)
Hmmm.  Something fishy going on.  That's not 2ft 9¾in apart.

V. manly stance Tewdric, btw.


Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Shropshire
Post by: LEE on May 06, 2011, 02:21:46 pm
The baton is with me at the moment near Leintwardine. I have asked Lee how to update the location map
Done
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Shropshire
Post by: LEE on May 06, 2011, 06:15:00 pm
The official handover photo
(http://i151.photobucket.com/albums/s129/vglewis/Not%20a%20royal%20wedding%20holiday%20and%20lash/DSC_5360.jpg)
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Shropshire
Post by: Clare on May 06, 2011, 06:16:13 pm
Ah good, you found it.

 :thumbsup:

Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Shropshire
Post by: LEE on May 06, 2011, 06:18:12 pm
Ah good, you found it.

 :thumbsup:



Yes, thanks.

Onwards young Baton.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Shropshire
Post by: Blade on May 15, 2011, 03:41:21 pm
Ian handed the Baton over to me at the Acton Arms, Morville, near Bridgenorth.

(http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3043/5722552256_4de00cd581.jpg)

Who would like to be the next recipient?
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Shropshire
Post by: Basil on May 15, 2011, 04:16:13 pm
Hi Blade, if you fancy a pint in the Country Girl, I can take it all the way to Kim's
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Shropshire
Post by: Kim on May 15, 2011, 04:21:14 pm
Ooh, it's in this part of the world now?  I really haven't been paying attention.  The Country Girl handover has to be done, and I'm up for a bit of a ride to make it happen.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Shropshire
Post by: Blade on May 15, 2011, 04:28:13 pm
I have no idea at all where this 'Country Girl' might be.

I'm hoping that it might be some sort of hostelry purveying alcoholic refreshment :thumbsup:

When might be convenient for the hand over?

I'm free next Sunday.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Shropshire
Post by: Basil on May 15, 2011, 04:35:42 pm
Or I could ride out to the darkest Black Country to collect it from Blade.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Shropshire
Post by: Kim on May 15, 2011, 04:36:15 pm
I have no idea at all where this 'Country Girl' might be.

I'm hoping that it might be some sort of hostelry purveying alcoholic refreshment :thumbsup:

Somewhere on Selly Oak/Bourneville border:

The Country Girl in Selly Oak - Official Ember Inn Pub Homepage - A Local Ember Inn Pub Restaurant with Good Beer, Wine and Pub Food. Ideal for Meeting, Relaxing, Eating and Drinking (http://www.emberinns.co.uk/thecountrygirlsellyoak/)


Might I propose that if the Baton is making the arduous trek from the Country Girl to here, that might be a task well suited to barakta in her stoker capacity?  She could then hand it over to me for the onward journey...
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Shropshire
Post by: TimO on May 15, 2011, 04:38:42 pm
Oh yes, you should have a Tandem bit, then you can have a handover to Barakta, then from Barakta to Kim, and then onwards from Kim!
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Shropshire
Post by: Basil on May 15, 2011, 04:55:15 pm

Might I propose that if the Baton is making the arduous trek from the Country Girl to here, that might be a task well suited to barakta in her stoker capacity?  She could then hand it over to me for the onward journey...

Great idea.  :thumbsup:

In that case, I need to ride out to pick it up from Blade (otherwise I don't actually register a ride with it).

Any suitable locations Blade?

I'm available tomorrow (Monday) or next w/e Sat or Sun.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Shropshire
Post by: Polar Bear on May 15, 2011, 05:06:07 pm
If it is meandering towards the East maybe I can arrange a baton leg.   
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Shropshire
Post by: Kim on May 15, 2011, 05:07:04 pm
If it is meandering towards the East maybe I can arrange a baton leg.   

Ah, and I was just wondering where I was going to take it...
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Shropshire
Post by: Basil on May 15, 2011, 05:12:46 pm
If it is meandering towards the East maybe I can arrange a baton leg.   

There you go.  And then it could wander east and then sarff to That London and stuff.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Shropshire
Post by: Polar Bear on May 15, 2011, 05:16:22 pm
If it is meandering towards the East maybe I can arrange a baton leg.   

Ah, and I was just wondering where I was going to take it...

Burrowed in rugby but can meet between Rugby and Mordor...

I'm thinking that we have forumites in or near Northampton, Daventry and Milton Keynes for the next leg...   
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Shropshire
Post by: Kim on May 15, 2011, 05:41:55 pm
Rugby I can do  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Shropshire
Post by: Basil on May 15, 2011, 05:50:50 pm
C'mon then, Blade.  You need to pick some iconic Black Country location for our handover.
Canals? Molineux? Netherton Tunnel?  Noddy Holder's back garden?  The Brooks saddle factory?
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Shropshire
Post by: Blade on May 15, 2011, 06:34:36 pm
C'mon then, Blade.  You need to pick some iconic Black Country location for our handover.
Canals? Molineux? Netherton Tunnel?  Noddy Holder's back garden?  The Brooks saddle factory?

How about the Eastern end of Netherton Tunnel? Either at the portal, or in the Dry Dock pub, the place where the bar is an old narrowboat hull.

Next Sunday lunchtime would be good for me, as I'm working Monday to Saturday this week.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Shropshire
Post by: Basil on May 15, 2011, 07:10:03 pm
Great.  Sunday lunchtime it is.  I don't know that pub, but I'm sure google will quickly sort that out.
PM you later.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Shropshire
Post by: CAMRAMan on May 17, 2011, 03:21:08 pm
It used to be (maybe still is...) one of the Mad O'Rourke's chain - motto: Unspoilt by Breweries, so was a quirky place when I was last there, though that was a long time ago.

Can I take it from Kim and pass it on to Polar Bear?
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Birmingham
Post by: Basil on May 22, 2011, 04:51:26 pm
OK.  I have the baton.

The baton has now done its own tunnel ride, as I brought it through the Netherton Tunnel (the famous tunnel of The Tunnel Rides) on its way into Brum.

Right, I need to be reminded, lunch time pints with the ever amiable  Mr. Blade are not a good idea if the next move is to be 2.75km of dark narrow tow path inna tunnel.

Photos from Blade (hopefully) soon.

Barakta.  You next?
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Shropshire
Post by: border-rider on May 22, 2011, 04:55:17 pm

There you go.  And then it could wander east and then sarff to That London and stuff.

East is OK, but it should be heading vaguely JOGwards, no ?

I guess it has to come back to its starting point anyway, so it has a chance to go to That London on that leg of its trip..
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Shropshire
Post by: barakta on May 22, 2011, 05:52:26 pm
Sounds good Basil!  I'll talk to Kim about best time for picking it up from you.  I believe the tandem is actually ready to ride having had a tired pump up recently. 
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Shropshire
Post by: Tewdric on May 22, 2011, 06:03:37 pm

There you go.  And then it could wander east and then sarff to That London and stuff.

East is OK, but it should be heading vaguely JOGwards, no ?

I guess it has to come back to its starting point anyway, so it has a chance to go to That London on that leg of its trip..

It has to go to Paris first.  This is a marathon, not a sprint....
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Shropshire
Post by: Polar Bear on May 22, 2011, 06:04:51 pm
I'm sure Arvid and Gus would like to join in...
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in the Midlands
Post by: Blade on May 22, 2011, 06:39:13 pm
Arranged to meet Basil at the pub. :'(

(http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5066/5747387032_7f1ae4eacb.jpg)

We had some beer elsewhere and handed over the Baton.

(http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5143/5747389298_3615a24400.jpg)

We played 'throw the stick'

(http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5022/5746842747_c996198188.jpg)

Basil regretted drinking that last pint, after bumping the tunnel wall.

(http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5147/5746844973_4bb7346827.jpg)
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Shropshire
Post by: LEE on May 22, 2011, 08:00:27 pm
Page 1 updated with handover photos
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Birmingham
Post by: Basil on May 22, 2011, 08:53:56 pm
Sounds good Basil!  I'll talk to Kim about best time for picking it up from you.  I believe the tandem is actually ready to ride having had a tired pump up recently. 

Well, I was going to mention that I leave for Waleslandshire directly from work on Thursday afternoon and do not return to Brum until Tuesday night.

However, I've just had a call from the hospital in Burton on Trent.  My 90 year old Dad (who lives in Lichfield) fell and broke his hip while I was out battoning.  :(
They're operating this afternoon, but obviously I'm going to be unavailable for a few days.

It may be that I have to stay in Brum rather than return to Llandysul at the week end.  If so, I'm sure there will be opportunities for a Country Girl meet at some point then.

I'll PM you when I know more.

Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Shropshire
Post by: Kim on May 22, 2011, 09:03:04 pm
Meep! GWS to your dad.

Battoning can occur as and when.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Shropshire
Post by: barakta on May 22, 2011, 11:22:45 pm
What Kim said!  Poor Mr Basil's Dad, hope he recovers soonest!
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Birmingham
Post by: Basil on June 07, 2011, 07:16:08 pm
The baton is about to start another epic journey.
1.2 miles.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Birmingham
Post by: Oscar's dad on June 07, 2011, 07:52:39 pm
The baton is about to start another epic journey.
1.2 miles.

Steady!!!

Is it heading towards East Anglia???
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Birmingham
Post by: Oaky on June 07, 2011, 08:08:30 pm
The baton is about to start another epic journey.
1.2 miles.

Steady!!!

Is it heading towards East Anglia???

Never mind that! The burning question is: has the baton been up the Country Girl?
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Shropshire
Post by: Oscar's dad on June 07, 2011, 08:38:43 pm
If it comes our way we could take it up The Cats!
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Shropshire
Post by: Polar Bear on June 07, 2011, 09:27:28 pm
Where is the baton just now?
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Birmingham
Post by: Basil on June 07, 2011, 09:49:07 pm
The deed is done.  :thumbsup:
The baton did indeed visit the Country Girl.  And was handed over to Barakta. (Aparently she's always up there.  Never leaves the place)

No doubt there will be pics soon.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Birmingham
Post by: Kim on June 07, 2011, 10:37:56 pm
So, with a little assistance from her steering, braking and shifting minion, barakta bravely trekked all the way[1] out to that great bastion of YACFness, the Country Girl...

(http://www.ductilebiscuit.net/gallery_albums/yacf_baton/IMG_2720.sized.jpg)

Basil was of course already there, so without further ado, handover #18 was completed:

(http://www.ductilebiscuit.net/gallery_albums/yacf_baton/IMG_2703.sized.jpg)

Barakta was impressed by the lightweight and durable construction of the baton, and any fears about having to ride home with a heavy load were put to rest.

(http://www.ductilebiscuit.net/gallery_albums/yacf_baton/IMG_2711.sized.jpg)

We had a drink and a natter, and then set off on our arduous journey:

(http://www.ductilebiscuit.net/gallery_albums/yacf_baton/IMG_2727.sized.jpg)

The ride home was eventful, taking us past some Country Girl regulars who wanted a lift, two sets of traffic lights (which were skilfully approached at crawling speed in order that they turn green) and some of the Raddlebarn Road's finest potholes.  The hilly bit was much more enjoyable in this direction, though the steering, braking and shifting minion took a left turn at speeds in excess of 8mph, causing the bike to lean at an alarming angle.  The minion was suitably chastised for this misdemeanor, and promises it won't happen again.

The you've-got-a-funny-bike nod and grin was received from a couple of commuter cyclists, and the minion was able to redeem herself by providing plenty of warning and taking a good impact-reducing line when negotiating the trench at the end of Luton Road.  We arrived home, where handover #19 then took place:

(http://www.ductilebiscuit.net/gallery_albums/yacf_baton/IMG_2765.sized.jpg)

The baton was then proudly placed on top of one of the scrolly LED signs, safely out of reach of the teetering piles of crap, until such a time as Kim works out where she's taking it next...

(http://www.ductilebiscuit.net/gallery_albums/yacf_baton/IMG_2814.sized.jpg)



[1] We took the scenic route to minimise sharp climbs and tricky right turns, so a massive 2.5km
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Shropshire
Post by: CrinklyLion on June 07, 2011, 10:59:19 pm
You could always just ride to York for the Tan Hill ride.....
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Birmingham
Post by: Kim on June 07, 2011, 11:06:07 pm
You could always just ride to York for the Tan Hill ride.....

I was thinking more like Warwick...

Still up for it, Warwickshire Lad?  If you hand it on to Polar Bear, it significantly reduces the risk of him selling me that recumbent   ;D

(Can't do this weekend, as I'm going rail assisted to Brizzle.  Can do most days this week or next though.)
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Shropshire
Post by: barakta on June 08, 2011, 12:28:26 am
Nice ride report minion o'mine  ;D 

I think I've finally warmed up-ish and blood sugar approaching normal.  Tomorrow I'll phone Kevin again for that trike of mine so i can do better distances than 5km and not get all vertigofail from no balance controls!
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Shropshire
Post by: urban_biker on June 08, 2011, 04:48:09 pm
That's the first time I've seen Kim riding an upright. You're taller that I though ;)
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Shropshire
Post by: LEE on June 08, 2011, 05:00:13 pm
That's the first time I've seen Kim riding an upright. You're taller that I though ;)

It's the first time I've seen inside the home of a Serial-Killer.

(http://www.ductilebiscuit.net/gallery_albums/yacf_baton/IMG_2814.sized.jpg)

Is that a body part wrapped in brown paper (on the shelf above the Furbie and the Mango Chutney)
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Birmingham
Post by: Kim on June 08, 2011, 05:57:14 pm
That's the first time I've seen Kim riding an upright. You're taller that I though ;)

That's a particuly upright example of the species, on account of the extra-springy low-end MTB fork.  I reckon it would ride a bit better if I devised some way of locking it out...


That's the first time I've seen Kim riding an upright. You're taller that I though ;)
It's the first time I've seen inside the home of a Serial-Killer.
Is that a body part wrapped in brown paper (on the shelf above the Furbie and the Mango Chutney)

It's a rackmount-Ethernet-switch-sized roll of bubble-wrap, awaiting an appropriately shaped tuit for me to sell the old switch on eBay.  (Don't suppose anyone wants a fanless 24 port rackmount 10/100 switch, do they?)

We keep the severed body parts in the freezer, obviously.   :demon:

Also, the chutney jars are in fact full of small change (barakta doesn't do exact change, for hand reasons) and miscellaneous pingfuckits.  And I'm surprised that nobody's commented on the radio-controlled bat.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Shropshire
Post by: Basil on June 08, 2011, 07:51:03 pm

And I'm surprised that nobody's commented on the radio-controlled bat.

 :-X Didn't dare.  :-\
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Shropshire
Post by: rower40 on June 08, 2011, 09:37:56 pm
And I'm surprised that nobody's commented on the radio-controlled bat.
That's just not cricket.

[Gets Coat...]
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Shropshire
Post by: Polar Bear on June 08, 2011, 09:59:05 pm
You could always just ride to York for the Tan Hill ride.....

I was thinking more like Warwick...

Still up for it, Warwickshire Lad?  If you hand it on to Polar Bear, it significantly reduces the risk of him selling me that recumbent   ;D

(Can't do this weekend, as I'm going rail assisted to Brizzle.  Can do most days this week or next though.)

Methinks I might have to take the bent for the transfer from AWL therefore increasing the likelihood of a very bent-oriented photo of the handover thus whetting Kim's appetite for a speedy bent.   ;)
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Shropshire
Post by: RJ on June 08, 2011, 10:07:12 pm
And I'm surprised that nobody's commented on the radio-controlled bat.

Radio-controlled bat?  Excellent  8) 8)

(Ummm - how bat-like is it?  I guess the wings are rigid ...) </animal flight nerd>
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Shropshire
Post by: clarion on June 08, 2011, 10:08:58 pm
And I'm surprised that nobody's commented on the radio-controlled bat.

Hasn't everybody got one?
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Shropshire
Post by: RJ on June 08, 2011, 10:10:52 pm
And I'm surprised that nobody's commented on the radio-controlled bat.

Hasn't everybody got one?

No!! IWOOT!!
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Birmingham
Post by: Kim on June 08, 2011, 10:32:45 pm
Radio-controlled bat?  Excellent  8) 8)

(Ummm - how bat-like is it?  I guess the wings are rigid ...) </animal flight nerd>

It's an ornithopter - the leading edges of the wings are rigid, with steering achieved by a wossname that jibbles the tension on the back of the wings where they meet the body.  It flies surprisingly well, though not in a particularly bat-like manner.  Main problem is that the steering mechanism doesn't allow for quick or tight turns, so when used indoors it tends to crash into things, stall and flap about alarmingly.  Which I suppose is relatively bat-like.

It does however make up for this by having glowing eyes  :thumbsup:

I've yet to try taking it to a sensible outdoor space to try it out properly, mainly because the wings are very fragile.

I-Fly Vamp Bat 27Mhz RC Ornithopter: Amazon.co.uk: Toys & Games (http://www.amazon.co.uk/I-Fly-Vamp-Bat-27Mhz-Ornithopter/dp/B0013YTTJU)
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Shropshire
Post by: RJ on June 08, 2011, 10:41:34 pm
Hehehe - splendid. 
It flies surprisingly well, though not in a particularly bat-like manner.
The separate tail is bird-like rather than bat ...
Quote
It does however make up for this by having glowing eyes  :thumbsup:

Absolutely!  All is forgiven ...
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - NOT Currently in Shropshire you idiots.
Post by: Basil on June 09, 2011, 01:07:45 am
 ::-)
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - It hasn't been in Shropshire for weeks.
Post by: Basil on June 09, 2011, 01:09:05 am
 :demon:
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Sorry, I'd better go to bed.
Post by: Basil on June 09, 2011, 01:10:50 am
 :-[
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently hanging on the wall downstairs, in Birmingham
Post by: Kim on June 09, 2011, 01:53:05 am
There, done my bit...   :facepalm:
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Shropshire
Post by: LEE on June 09, 2011, 05:30:36 pm
Kim, can you summarise the last handover sequence.

My last update was Blade to Basil in Brum.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Birmingham
Post by: Kim on June 09, 2011, 05:44:12 pm
Kim, can you summarise the last handover sequence.

I thought I had?  There were photos and everything.   ???


Quote
My last update was Blade to Basil in Brum.

...Followed by Basil to barakta in a different part of Brum[1], then barakta to me in another not quite so different part of Brum[2].

I'm waiting on a plan to take it down to Warwick/Leamington way and hand over to A Warwickshire Lad next week, maybe...


[1] The now legendary Country Girl pub, up in Bournville
[2] Our living room, down the hill in Selly Oak
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Shropshire
Post by: LEE on June 09, 2011, 08:22:01 pm
Page 1 updated
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Shropshire
Post by: slugwash on July 14, 2011, 06:02:51 pm
So, no apparent movement for more than a month. Is the baton sharing a sack with a brick at the bottom of a canal somewhere in the Midlands or will it be dug out from the depths of a saddle bag and got moving again in time for high summer?  ;)

I suffered a bout of achilles tendonitis on account of moving it down towards LE from Devon and into the depths of Cornwall you know  O:-)
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Birmingham
Post by: Kim on July 14, 2011, 07:22:45 pm
Sorry, yes.  I got a bit distracted.

I'm open to suggestions...
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Shropshire
Post by: LEE on July 15, 2011, 03:28:37 pm
It's a month until PBP so maybe we should start thinking about getting it to someone willing to transport it across the channel.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Birmingham
Post by: Kim on July 20, 2011, 02:49:48 pm
Anyone?  I'd really like to get rid of it this week(end)...
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Shropshire
Post by: rower40 on July 20, 2011, 03:48:16 pm
It's a month until PBP so maybe we should start thinking about getting it to someone willing to transport it across the channel.
I thought TEH ROOLZ stated that it had to go everywhere human-powered.  With possible exceptions for water-crossings?  Even so, it'll get to the French coast, then go Brest-Paris during someone's second-half of PBP.  Then have to wait for the first half of someone else's PBP next year.

If other conveyances were allowed, (e.g. Kim's Mordor-Eusless train) then the relay opportunities of the Dun Run have been heinously neglected.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Birmingham
Post by: Kim on July 20, 2011, 03:51:54 pm
I'm sure there will be rock'ard PBPers planning to ride to/from Paris...

I hadn't considered the Dun Run.  Should really have got it to London for that.   :facepalm:
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Birmingham
Post by: rower40 on July 20, 2011, 03:57:41 pm
I hadn't considered the Dun Run.  Should really have got it to London for that.   :facepalm:
There's always next year.  The difficulty would be in recording the baton-transfers, and ensuring that it only passed through the mitts of YACFers.  Retrieving it at the end would be easy; just attach a note to it to ask it be left at the cafe.  But in time for someone who was cycling home to take it onwards.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Birmingham
Post by: jogler on July 20, 2011, 04:34:32 pm
Anyone?  I'd really like to get rid of it this week(end)...:

If not this weekend,the one after if you are doing the Pie ride: or I could perhaps meet you on the 27th July south of Stafford & take it on the Pie ride myself
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Shropshire
Post by: Kim on July 20, 2011, 04:43:12 pm
Can't do the Pie Run, as I have a prior engagement to go smoking on the back of a lovely lady's tandem.

I have a provisional plan to meet rower40 somewhere Tamworth/Burtonish, if nobody nearer wants a look in...
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Shropshire
Post by: essexian on July 20, 2011, 04:45:10 pm
I can come down to somewhere on the canal between Wolverhampton and Birmingham to collect it, although it would need to be sometime between 10 and 11am..... I have to get home to do my chores! Not sure that's much help really.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Shropshire
Post by: Polar Bear on July 20, 2011, 10:58:31 pm
Just home and catching up. Happy to take the baton if you wish otherwise I could take it from Jogler.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Shropshire
Post by: Kim on July 21, 2011, 02:19:44 pm
Just home and catching up. Happy to take the baton if you wish otherwise I could take it from Jogler.

Righty.  What are you doing on Sunday?  I now have a provisional offer of some laid-back darkside action (in completely the wrong direction) with Johnny Thin of this parish on Saturday.

I think the Baton would be better off proceeding in a southeasterly direction to give it a chance at PBP, so Rugby is a better option than Derby.  (It also gives me significantly less Birmingham to ride through).
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Shropshire
Post by: Polar Bear on July 21, 2011, 02:41:02 pm
We'll be riding but no planned destination as yet.   Where do you fancy? 

I'll pm you some contact details.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Shropshire
Post by: rower40 on July 21, 2011, 06:42:35 pm
I think the Baton would be better off proceeding in a southeasterly direction to give it a chance at PBP, so Rugby is a better option than Derby.  (It also gives me significantly less Birmingham to ride through).
Fairy Nuff.  I'll have a chance at the baton on its way back north in a month or three.  (I could take it to York or similar.)
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Shropshire
Post by: Jaded on July 21, 2011, 06:48:03 pm
It's been so slow that my plan to take it to Tongue next week will have to be put back. October? Next July?
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Shropshire
Post by: mattc on July 21, 2011, 06:48:30 pm
It's a month until PBP so maybe we should start thinking about getting it to someone willing to transport it across the channel.

PBP? This is like the Mornington Crescent version of a LEJoG!

If it helps, I'll be in Cheshire over the weekend. Then Shropshire. Then Chester for train home via Crewe/Wolverhampton to Oxon ...

 then train/ferry to PBP in August.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Shropshire
Post by: LEE on July 22, 2011, 09:36:08 am
It's a month until PBP so maybe we should start thinking about getting it to someone willing to transport it across the channel.

PBP? This is like the Mornington Crescent version of a LEJoG!

If it helps, I'll be in Cheshire over the weekend. Then Shropshire. Then Chester for train home via Crewe/Wolverhampton to Oxon ...

 then train/ferry to PBP in August.

The Baton doesn't travel by train/planes/automobiles in Maninland Britain, only to cross seas too wide to use a Pedalo (where a bike is used to get to the Chunnel or Ferry terminal).
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Shropshire
Post by: Feline on July 25, 2011, 11:23:01 am
Maybe the baton should find it's way to Milton Keynes to accompany Teethgrinder and his posse on the ride to PBP!
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Shropshire
Post by: jogler on July 25, 2011, 02:57:09 pm
or maybe it could remain in the UK & progress around the country/forum
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Shropshire
Post by: Panoramix on July 25, 2011, 03:17:26 pm
Or may be it could stay for ever in Brum.


Edit: Rereading my comment and feeling a bit ashamed of what I wrote, I didn't want it to be a dig at Kim, but was pointint out that it should be moving and a jaunt in France would be cool as it would definitely pass through many hands in a short periode of time.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Shropshire
Post by: Kim on July 25, 2011, 03:33:40 pm
I spectacularly failed to get it to Polar Bear yesterday, as I got home from riding on Saturday, crashed out for 15 hours, completely missed his text messages, and spent most of Sunday feeling like death warmed up.  Barakta's been off work with viral lurgy all week, so I expect that's finally got me  :(

I'm feeling spectacularly tired but much less awful today, so I'm hoping I'll be able to get it moving some time this week (doing the FNRttS at the weekend, so anything too close to that is asking for trouble).  I can always cheat and get the train home if I'm feeling a bit rubbish.  I know I've had the baton for far to long  :-[
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Shropshire
Post by: inc on July 25, 2011, 03:49:21 pm
or maybe it could remain in the UK & progress around the country/forum

This ^^^   

Try and get as many forumers involved as want to. Although there seems to be a spectacular lack of interest in keeping it moving.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Shropshire
Post by: rower40 on July 25, 2011, 06:34:03 pm
I spectacularly failed to get it to Polar Bear yesterday, as I got home from riding on Saturday, crashed out for 15 hours, completely missed his text messages, and spent most of Sunday feeling like death warmed up.  Barakta's been off work with viral lurgy all week, so I expect that's finally got me  :(

I'm feeling spectacularly tired but much less awful today, so I'm hoping I'll be able to get it moving some time this week (doing the FNRttS at the weekend, so anything too close to that is asking for trouble).  I can always cheat and get the train home if I'm feeling a bit rubbish.  I know I've had the baton for far to long  :-[
Here's an off-the-wall idea: if you're still doing FNRttS on Charlotte's tandem, how about this? I get the train with you back from Euston to Mordor Central, then pick up the baton at your house, ride home to Derby (only 40 miles or so), and then onwards to the Holly Bush at Makeney to drop it off with anyone who wants it on the Derbyshire Pie Run.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Shropshire
Post by: Tewdric on July 25, 2011, 07:25:10 pm
or maybe it could remain in the UK & progress around the country/forum

It simply has to do PBP.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Shropshire
Post by: Polar Bear on July 25, 2011, 08:08:18 pm
Kim,  we could just rearrange.   I'll need to check my diary...   
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Shropshire
Post by: Kim on July 25, 2011, 08:44:25 pm
Kim,  we could just rearrange.   I'll need to check my diary...   

Works for me.  I'm not restricted timing-wise, but could probably do with another day off.

rower40: Not a bad idea, but availability of economical and less-than-optimally-psychic orange cardboard dictated that I book a middayish train back on Saturday, which would make the timing distinctly dubious for intercepting the pie run.  On the plus side, it means I don't have to leave the cafe in a rush and finally gives me an excuse to go and play with a Boris Bike.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Shropshire
Post by: rower40 on July 25, 2011, 09:18:05 pm
*Sigh of Relief when a brain cell kicked in to remind me what I'd signed up for*

Thanks for saving me a Transit Of Middle-Earth when wanting to sleep.  I can then crash out on something East-Mids-bound while you're having a Boris Bike $Silly_Adventure.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Shropshire
Post by: Polar Bear on July 25, 2011, 09:19:49 pm
Kim,  we could just rearrange.   I'll need to check my diary...   

Works for me.  I'm not restricted timing-wise, but could probably do with another day off.

rower40: Not a bad idea, but availability of economical and less-than-optimally-psychic orange cardboard dictated that I book a middayish train back on Saturday, which would make the timing distinctly dubious for intercepting the pie run.  On the plus side, it means I don't have to leave the cafe in a rush and finally gives me an excuse to go and play with a Boris Bike.

How about sometime next week?
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Shropshire
Post by: Kim on July 25, 2011, 09:22:38 pm
How about sometime next week?

Sure.  Preferably not Friday.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Shropshire
Post by: Kim on July 25, 2011, 09:26:09 pm
*Sigh of Relief when a brain cell kicked in to remind me what I'd signed up for*

Thanks for saving me a Transit Of Middle-Earth when wanting to sleep.

Yeah.  Getting between my place and town is reasonably painless, but I wouldn't want to try and escape the city in an easterly direction without a fully-alert spidey sense to avoid getting lured onto the Aston Expressway, or worse.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Birmingham
Post by: Kim on August 02, 2011, 05:10:39 pm
Okay, circumstances (https://yacf.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=50285.0) dictate that I won't be able to go on any long bike rides for a few days, so I found someone else to carry the baton for a bit to keep it moving:

(http://www.ductilebiscuit.net/gallery_albums/kitten/IMG_2905.sized.jpg)

(I think we can waive the usual handover rules for this one)
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Birmingham
Post by: Kim on August 18, 2011, 03:13:28 pm
In the interests of getting this thing moving:

It occurs to me that I, along with gerwinium of this parish, will be riding from Birmingham to Nottingham tomorrow afternoon, and returning at some loosely-defined point over the weekend.  As this won't be rail-assisted, it's legitimate for baton-passing.  Does anyone in that direction want to do a handover?  rower40?
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Shropshire
Post by: rower40 on August 18, 2011, 05:19:17 pm
Ok.  It'll prolly get stuck just as long on my mantlepiece as it did on yours.

PM me with your itinerary, and I'll try to work out where we can rendezvous.  I finish work at the very sociable hour of 1530, and could bike over to Nottingham after work.  Then pin inna map to work out who to pass it onto next.  Any takers in Loughborough or Leicester who want to progress the baton towards That London?
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Shropshire
Post by: Tewdric on August 19, 2011, 08:34:24 pm
It's a bit late now.    :'(
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Shropshire
Post by: border-rider on August 19, 2011, 08:37:42 pm
  Any takers in Loughborough or Leicester who want to progress the baton towards That London?

Surely it should be headed towards Scotland ?

It came up through the West Country and then we whizzed it up the Borders following the standard LEJOG general direction.  If we'd wanted a diversion it could have gone to Brest :(
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Derbyshire
Post by: rower40 on August 19, 2011, 09:06:37 pm
  Any takers in Loughborough or Leicester who want to progress the baton towards That London?

Surely it should be headed towards Scotland ?

It came up through the West Country and then we whizzed it up the Borders following the standard LEJOG general direction.  If we'd wanted a diversion it could have gone to Brest :(
I thought the idea was for it to pass through the grubby hands of as many YACFers as possible.  Detours, for the purposes of CAIK and PUB, are par for the course.  And skipping London bypasses a huge cadre of potential meets.

Anyway, the baton is chez moi at the mo.  I'll take it to anywhere that I can off-load it within a 100 (or so) mile radius of Derby.  Photos of the handover, in the shadow of Ratcliffe-on-Very-Painful Power Station, will appear eventually.  Also some bridges over the Trent.

One slightly eep-inducing idea was to ride to Peterborough, and thence to Mildenhall, next weekend.  But that's not only a bit far, but I'd need some assurance that there was someone to pass the baton on to, who was riding on home (rather than using cars or trains).
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Derby
Post by: Kim on August 20, 2011, 09:21:39 pm
Okay, so after Zev carrying the baton to the vet and back (no photos of the handovers due to lack of opposable thumbs):

(http://www.ductilebiscuit.net/gallery_albums/kitten/IMG_2905.sized.jpg)

I finally got a workable plan to pass it on...

One does not simply ride into Mordor!
(http://www.ductilebiscuit.net/gallery_albums/yacf_baton/IMG_3070.sized.jpg)

First stop was up the hill from my house, to make the obvious comparison with Old Joe:

This one's small...
(http://www.ductilebiscuit.net/gallery_albums/yacf_baton/IMG_3074.sized.jpg)

...and this one's far away.
(http://www.ductilebiscuit.net/gallery_albums/yacf_baton/IMG_3077.sized.jpg)


That done, I bravely rode to Mordor to meet gerwinium.  This involved a lot of standing around inhaling noxious fumes, while he attempted to escape from the bowels of Mt Doom:

(http://www.ductilebiscuit.net/gallery_albums/yacf_baton/IMG_3079.sized.jpg)


Eventually he surfaced, and we decided to do a handover there, as Mordor Central is one of Birmingham's most important, and aesthetically pleasing, landmarks:

(http://www.ductilebiscuit.net/gallery_albums/yacf_baton/IMG_3080.sized.jpg)

We then rode at best speed away from all the concrete, which eventually found us in Kegworth, Leicestershire.  Paths lead north, south east and west.  There was a rower40 there.

We went east, in search of a suitable landmark in front of which to do a handover...

(http://www.ductilebiscuit.net/gallery_albums/yacf_baton/IMG_3083.sized.jpg)

What that photo doesn't show is the enormous dungheap we bravely stood and faffed about with cameras next to in order to bring you the above image:

(http://www.ductilebiscuit.net/gallery_albums/yacf_baton/IMG_3089.sized.jpg)

So we didn't hang about.

(Ride report to be continued in the Bridges for CrinklyLion thread)


I must apologise for failing to get it moving sooner.  In the absence of a sensible plan with PB, I was totally up for taking it all the way to Milton Keynes in the hope that it could make its way onto the French Ride.  All I can say is that I got distracted by a kitten in need of rescue, and then did something horrific to my knees on the Exmouth Exodus that b0rked them for the following few days.   :(
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Shropshire
Post by: Canardly on August 20, 2011, 09:41:08 pm
Should not this thing be scouting an arrondissement or two about now?
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Shropshire
Post by: RJ on August 23, 2011, 09:01:10 pm
  Any takers in Loughborough or Leicester who want to progress the baton towards That London?

Surely it should be headed towards Scotland ?

It came up through the West Country and then we whizzed it up the Borders following the standard LEJOG general direction.  If we'd wanted a diversion it could have gone to Brest :(

Quote from: OP
It doesn't need to go via the shortest route (in fact I'd insist it came via me in Hampshire somehow) and it doesn't need to be done quickly (it could take years and include every YACFer in the UK if need be).
Bang on course, then  ;)

Well, almost ...
 

It's a bit late now.    :'(
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Shropshire
Post by: rower40 on August 24, 2011, 10:12:20 pm
If plans don't work out, I'm going to have to attempt to ride to Mildenhall to hand the baton over to anyone who's wearing the right jersey.  Which will be a big ask.  111 miles.

If I fail in that ride, is it OK to admit failure, and resort to Public Transport to get home, and then re-start the baton delivery all over again?  Otherwise I'll have to hide the baton under a rock near the relevant railway station, or in the care of station master/policeman/shopkeeper/pub landlord.

Volunteers for the next leg gratefully received.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Shropshire
Post by: Kim on August 24, 2011, 10:15:00 pm
Worst case, I'd have thought Wobbly John should be able to take it...
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Shropshire
Post by: Basil on August 24, 2011, 10:17:13 pm
Gordy's camping w/e is only 10 days from now.  Can you get it there, or can you get it to someone who is going there and can pass it on?

Warning:  Could involve another pass through Mordor.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Shropshire
Post by: rower40 on August 24, 2011, 10:36:39 pm
Gordy's camping w/e is only 10 days from now.  Can you get it there, or can you get it to someone who is going there and can pass it on?

Warning:  Could involve another pass through Mordor.
That's a plan.  The baton might just get abandoned on someone's doorstep in a little basket, disguised as a kitteh full of TEH CUTE.

Paging Jogler...

OR, given that he's riding there from Derby on Friday, Paging Luke...
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Shropshire
Post by: bikepacker on August 25, 2011, 08:06:38 am
Gordy's camping w/e is only 10 days from now.  Can you get it there, or can you get it to someone who is going there and can pass it on?

Warning:  Could involve another pass through Mordor.

If this helps I shall be at Gordy's. On 16th Sept  I will be catching train to Scotland to ride via Ardnamurchan, NW and N coast to Dunnet Head. Although I have no plans to go on to JOG I could do so if you have no better route for the baton.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Shropshire
Post by: rower40 on August 25, 2011, 12:12:17 pm
If this helps I shall be at Gordy's. On 16th Sept  I will be catching train to Scotland to ride via Ardnamurchan, NW and N coast to Dunnet Head. Although I have no plans to go on to JOG I could do so if you have no better route for the baton.
Nooo!!!  The whole point AIUI is that the Baton itself must never go by motorised transport (with the possible exception of ferries where no cyclable bridge/tunnel is provided).  It's like the Ring and Eagles.  Or something.

But feel free to ride with the baton to some other YACFer and drop it off with them - then take the train home again.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Shropshire
Post by: Jasmine on August 25, 2011, 12:50:16 pm
Looking at the Google Maps volunteer page, Jogler, TonyCollinet, Hulver & pdm all live within their preferred distance of Rower40's current location and are in a general JoG direction.

You could PM them to ask if they want to meet half-way or even collect it from you...
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Shropshire
Post by: rower40 on September 02, 2011, 05:11:21 pm
The story in picture form:

I met Gerwinium and Kim at the junction-of-the-many-signposts:
(http://i293.photobucket.com/albums/mm63/rower40/Baton%20and%20Bridges/PICT0878.jpg)

then we performed the ritual of the handover in the shadow of Ratcliffe-under-AcidRain Power station:
(http://i293.photobucket.com/albums/mm63/rower40/Baton%20and%20Bridges/PICT0879.jpg)

After crossing Wilford bridge in That Nottingham, I pondered which category toll we should have been charged:
(http://i293.photobucket.com/albums/mm63/rower40/Baton%20and%20Bridges/PICT0881.jpg)

As we were debating the best way of getting Kim's and Gerwinium's mileage (?) to above 100km (?), I had to take a photo of this rather natty Brommie:
(http://i293.photobucket.com/albums/mm63/rower40/Baton%20and%20Bridges/PICT0883.jpg)

We proceeded downstream along the Trent to bag a few more bridges:
First, the Streetmachine resting in front of the one we'd just crossed (and not paid any toll for)
(http://i293.photobucket.com/albums/mm63/rower40/Baton%20and%20Bridges/PICT0885.jpg)

The recently-refurbished Suspension Bridge:
(http://i293.photobucket.com/albums/mm63/rower40/Baton%20and%20Bridges/PICT0887.jpg)

And the original and best Trent Bridge, with the view unfortunately dominated by a fupball ground. The eponymous cricket ground is hiding behind the white block of flats (or the block of white flats).
(http://i293.photobucket.com/albums/mm63/rower40/Baton%20and%20Bridges/PICT0890.jpg)

Fast-Forward a week or two, and I arranged to meet Luke at Derby station.  I was lurking outside the lift as he emerged.
(http://i293.photobucket.com/albums/mm63/rower40/Baton%20and%20Bridges/PICT0894.jpg)
(He's faking the smile.)

I await with interest any information as to where it goes next...
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Shropshire
Post by: Basil on September 02, 2011, 06:14:35 pm
I've just noticed it sitting amongst the cakes in Gordy's garden.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Shropshire
Post by: fboab on September 02, 2011, 10:21:43 pm
Surely it's coming South with Wow to do an Essex-Suffolk-Norfolk tour?
It needs to go on a MEMWNS ride, shirley?
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Shropshire
Post by: Deano on September 02, 2011, 10:25:04 pm
Fuckin' 'ell, Luke's gone feral!
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Shropshire
Post by: Oaky on September 02, 2011, 10:27:09 pm
Surely it's coming South with Wow to do an Essex-Suffolk-Norfolk tour?
It needs to go on a MEMWNS ride, shirley?

Absolutely!

And don't call me Shirley!
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Shropshire
Post by: Basil on September 02, 2011, 10:36:28 pm
No not Wowbager.  Trains not allowed.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Shropshire
Post by: fboab on September 02, 2011, 11:24:09 pm
Fuckin' 'ell, Luke's gone feral!
s'a bit rich coming from you, wild hairy man o the hills
Title: Staffs
Post by: Wowbagger on September 02, 2011, 11:41:18 pm
Perhaps I should send Jan back with the luggage and ride home.
Title: Re: Staffs
Post by: Oscar's dad on September 03, 2011, 08:28:20 am
Perhaps I should send Jan back with the luggage and ride home.

Good idea!  We East Anglians need that baton, you're our only hope it would appear!
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Shropshire
Post by: Ham on September 03, 2011, 09:32:09 am
...edging nearer London, then.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Shropshire
Post by: clarion on September 03, 2011, 09:08:00 pm
It's been transported by two more people today, and was last seen with a Crinklycub...
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Shropshire
Post by: Canardly on September 03, 2011, 09:30:10 pm
I've just noticed it sitting amongst the cakes in Gordy's garden.

Gordy has cake plants?
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Shropshire
Post by: Deano on September 03, 2011, 09:41:21 pm
Fuckin' 'ell, Luke's gone feral!
s'a bit rich coming from you, wild hairy man o the hills

;D

I've done and gone and had a shave.  Bit late, really.
Title: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Shropshire
Post by: andrewc on September 04, 2011, 08:59:00 pm
WTF am I supposed to do with this frakkin piece of wood I appear to have acquired ?  My next planned cycling venture is by train & ferry to foreign fields....

I was at JOG but earlier in the year, and a train was involved. What are the baton roolz ?
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Shropshire
Post by: Kim on September 04, 2011, 09:03:38 pm
AIUI, it must travel by bicycle (though I suspect we'll extend that definition to any form of human powered vehicle[1]), with the exception of water crossings.  So ferries are allowed, trains very much aren't.



[1] There was some debate as to the validity of SmallestCub's pushchair short-wheelbase, fully faired, direct-drive, recumbent tandem quadricycle for the purpose.  We reckoned it was broadly in the spirit of the thing.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Shropshire
Post by: Wowbagger on September 05, 2011, 08:35:47 am
You could give it a treat and get on the Mersey Ferry for a ride to Wallasey.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Shropshire
Post by: andrewc on September 05, 2011, 08:03:48 pm
The baton is now in Liverpool.......
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Shropshire
Post by: billplumtree on September 06, 2011, 07:37:22 am
wild hairy man o the hills
I've done and gone and had a shave.  Bit late, really.

Bit early, I'd say.  Unless you're packing a razor for your Iranistan etc trip...?
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Shropshire
Post by: tiermat on September 06, 2011, 07:41:32 am
The baton is now in Liverpool.......

Might it be an idea to get it transferred either in Morecambe or somewhere on our WotR ride on the 24th?  Get it over to the right side of the country :)
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Shropshire
Post by: LEE on September 06, 2011, 09:23:01 am
I'd better get updating the route map.  Should get some time this weekend to catch up on where the Baton has been
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Shropshire
Post by: shyumu on September 06, 2011, 04:52:00 pm
Crivens.  Liverpool already - I thought it was heading down to London first or perhaps I've lost track.  Not long before we see it in the northeast.  Might be cool to get it across the country on the WotR and perhaps Lindagordinho and I can meet up with Crinkly's second-coming second go, in a move north.  It could start a weave back over west.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Shropshire
Post by: Kim on September 06, 2011, 05:13:51 pm
The movements of the baton are primarily dictated by the availability of YACFers travelling by bicycle.  All the south-easterners at the camping weekend were rail-assisted, unfortunately.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Shropshire
Post by: clarion on September 06, 2011, 06:49:29 pm
Definitely doesn't mean the sarf will be missed out.  The baton isn't heading by the most direct route.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Shropshire
Post by: border-rider on September 06, 2011, 06:54:45 pm
Presumably it can come back down via E Anglia & the SE after it's got to JoG.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Shropshire
Post by: fboab on September 06, 2011, 06:55:53 pm
I have a cunning plan.
If we can keep it in the Northlands till the end of November, some foolhardy well 'ard Audaxer may bring it south after the AUK AGM.....
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Shropshire
Post by: mike on September 06, 2011, 06:59:05 pm
Hmm.  We're hiking in the lakes next week and I'm tempted to ride home to cambridge, what with not having a job to go to n'all.. Will see what the wifely reaction is to me taking a few days out.

liverpool's almost on the way, isnt it? 
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Shropshire
Post by: Tail End Charlie on September 06, 2011, 08:28:36 pm
The baton is now in Liverpool.......

If you can make next week, Monday or Tuesday and suggest a point half way (or on the Wirral), I could get it to Manchester.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Shropshire
Post by: andrewc on September 06, 2011, 10:39:17 pm
It may be in Liverpool for a while.  I won't be able to get any time off work next week, and for the 2 weeks after that will be cycling in forrin parts...
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Shropshire
Post by: notlobgp14 on September 07, 2011, 10:12:56 am
It looks like I could be the closest to AndrewC, using the google map of relay riders.  How far are you able / willing to ride out of Liverpool in the Ormskirk direction?  I could possibly meet on Friday afternoon / evening or Sunday morning.

Seems a shame to let the Baton linger too long in one place when lots of people are willing to carry it onward.

Yahudamoon, Chocolatebike and Tonycollinet are showing interest and are just southeast of me.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Shropshire
Post by: jogler on September 07, 2011, 10:35:28 am
Considering that general direction of travel I am neat to tonycollinet 7 could then send it east or south enroute down the country to the M25 village :demon: ;D
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Shropshire
Post by: Panoramix on September 07, 2011, 11:28:13 am
Presumably it can come back down via E Anglia & the SE after it's got to JoG.

Now that the PBP trip has been missed and the baton is quite North, it would be logical to do a LE JOG LE coming down on the East coast.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Shropshire
Post by: notlobgp14 on September 07, 2011, 02:01:03 pm
Now that the PBP trip has been missed and the baton is quite North, it would be logical to do a LE JOG LE coming down on the East coast.

'Dark Santanic Mills' me thinks?  ;) Quite North, but not past half way if we go off the Centre of Great Britain, Dunsop Bridge.  I live approx 10 miles south of Dunsop Bridge; as this is just short of 'the point of no return' the Baton can take a turn back to the 'Softy South'  ;D for the winter!!
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Shropshire
Post by: gerwinium on September 07, 2011, 08:42:19 pm
Maybe we can get Deano to take it down to Australia? I guess we might have a couple of forumites there ;).
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Shropshire
Post by: Kim on September 07, 2011, 08:48:48 pm
Good thinking.  It is downhill all the way...
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Shropshire
Post by: Deano on September 07, 2011, 08:58:21 pm
Get to fuck. I've got enough of my own shite (which I'm currently supposed to be packing).

I could drop it off on someone not too far away, mind.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Shropshire
Post by: andrewc on September 07, 2011, 11:04:20 pm
I've had a few offers to meet up at the weekend, but am not sure if i can commit to a meeting.

After last weekends exertions I have a Very Sore Arse*......., and don't want to do any riding until it's better .

*It's swollen & there's skin peeling off  :o    .........     nothing to do with Regulator being at the same campsite..... ;)
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Shropshire
Post by: tonycollinet on September 11, 2011, 09:36:35 am
Well I'm ready and able to give it a southward push in the direction of Joggler - if it is a little way to the north of me.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Shropshire
Post by: jogler on October 19, 2011, 06:57:24 am
Where is/who has the Baton now?
Are there any plans to move it on?
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Shropshire
Post by: Wowbagger on October 19, 2011, 11:47:58 am
Now that the PBP trip has been missed and the baton is quite North, it would be logical to do a LE JOG LE coming down on the East coast.

'Dark Santanic Mills' me thinks?  ;) Quite North, but not past half way if we go off the Centre of Great Britain, Dunsop Bridge.  I live approx 10 miles south of Dunsop Bridge; as this is just short of 'the point of no return' the Baton can take a turn back to the 'Softy South'  ;D for the winter!!

I think logic is the last criterion in the movement of this trophy. It needs a few WARTIES and MEMWNRs.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Shropshire
Post by: Canardly on October 20, 2011, 08:54:01 pm
The Olympics take place next year. There just has to be a role for our baton. You will never forgive yourselves etc.......
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Shropshire
Post by: Panoramix on October 31, 2011, 01:13:46 am
Who's got the baton now?
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Shropshire
Post by: andrewc on October 31, 2011, 10:19:46 am
It's festering in my flat in Liverpool.  I'lll have to get back on the bike and hand it on to someone.   Sadly my next planned ride is this weekend, but it involves the use of a train , so isn't allowed for baton purposes !
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Shropshire
Post by: Ham on October 31, 2011, 01:53:20 pm
Map updated  :thumbsup:

Oh, and as you said it was festering and it is today, after all......

(http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_vB5-At6IHoY/SnNPp9w7ZdI/AAAAAAAAAaI/Uwib_Z6t8Rc/s400/Fester.jpg)
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Shropshire
Post by: andrewc on October 31, 2011, 04:10:00 pm
Actually that's not too far off a good picture of me..............though I don't go in for frillies......... :o
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Shropshire
Post by: SteveS on November 01, 2011, 06:45:14 am
I've got the haircut... and the ears... and the nose... Only wish I looked that good.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Shropshire
Post by: delthebike on December 05, 2011, 08:39:30 am
Own up! Who gave the baton to the BBC prop dept?
(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-j9RswEKuo-U/TtyCxfLBGgI/AAAAAAAAGUE/GuqZCyPUQk0/s646/yacfbaton.png)
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Shropshire
Post by: LEE on December 05, 2011, 08:51:43 am
Own up! Who gave the baton to the BBC prop dept?
(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-j9RswEKuo-U/TtyCxfLBGgI/AAAAAAAAGUE/GuqZCyPUQk0/s646/yacfbaton.png)

You know what..I think I'm going to sue for breach of copyright.

They've defintiely used my Wickes DIY store Staircase-Spindles/Baton design.

Is that MattH leading the revolt?
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Shropshire
Post by: Basil on December 05, 2011, 08:57:41 am

Is that MattH leading the revolt?

That's definitely the lovechild of Clarion and Regulator on the left.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Shropshire
Post by: jogler on December 22, 2011, 06:41:24 pm
BUMP
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Shropshire
Post by: delthebike on December 22, 2011, 06:46:48 pm
BUMP
I quite agree, it's been in Shropshire for several pages! Should've given it to Deano.  ;)
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Shropshire
Post by: jogler on December 22, 2011, 06:57:34 pm
It occurs to me that the baton coukd get moved on during the Xmas holidays when folk are not limited to weekend riding
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Shropshire
Post by: andrewc on December 24, 2011, 11:30:54 am
The baton has been marooned in Liverpool since it was handed over to me.  :-[   I've not done anything more than a 5 mile commute since I got back from Belgium, as my waistline will testify...

I'm on leave until January 3rd, so will try to get a ride out organised...
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Shropshire
Post by: Wowbagger on December 24, 2011, 11:51:43 am

Is that MattH leading the revolt?

That's definitely the lovechild of Clarion and Regulator on the left.

Basil, please pass the mind bleach with that.  :sick:
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Shropshire
Post by: pdm on December 24, 2011, 12:07:48 pm
I may be able to transport it over the Pennines if it can be brought out to the western edge of this minor molehill.... Perhaps some of our Manchester contingent? From here there are, I believe a couple of us who can pass it on further to the South East so that the Lunnun crowd can play with it before it wends upward (? as part of LEL route scouting forays?)

I am sure the baton would like to experience Winnats and/or Edale on its travels?
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Shropshire
Post by: LEE on December 24, 2011, 12:23:34 pm
From the Baton Handover Rulebook....

Photos of its travels and the handovers would be obligatory of course


Last photo I see is Luke (is that Gordy?) in Derby station
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Shropshire
Post by: andrewc on December 24, 2011, 05:50:49 pm
It was forced into my grasp at Gordy's summer shindig.

(http://peter.chesspod.com/gallery/d/13440-2/DSC07651.JPG)

And from there it was pedalled all the way to Liverpool.    All my trips since have included some measure of public transport so couldn't be used for baton handover purposes.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Shropshire
Post by: gerwinium on December 27, 2011, 11:11:02 am
That looks a bit like taking candy from a baby, as I believe they say in Leftpondia. :)

I reckon we should plan a forum ride from Liverpool to York at some point It's all downhill from Huddersfield, and if you play your cards right you can get 3 power stations in, and possibly even CAKE at the end.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Shropshire
Post by: jogler on March 25, 2012, 08:55:17 am
Watch this space,more later :)
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Shropshire
Post by: jogler on March 26, 2012, 09:31:19 am
I shall be taking the baton off andrewc this forthcoming weekend.Who's next for possession?
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Shropshire
Post by: Oscar's dad on March 26, 2012, 09:33:08 am
I shall be taking the baton off andrewc this forthcoming weekend.Who's next for possession?

Whereabouts are you and where could you move it to?  More specifically, could you get it closer to East Anglia?
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Shropshire
Post by: hulver on March 26, 2012, 09:44:54 am
I shall be taking the baton off andrewc this forthcoming weekend.Who's next for possession?

You'll be near me then? We should arrange a ride to pass it over.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Shropshire
Post by: jogler on March 26, 2012, 09:48:00 am
I am near Cheadle,Staffordshire.It would need perhaps a couple of relays to get to East Anglia.
IIRC the notion was to send it south to tour that part of the country & then for it to head back up north.

There are a couple of yacf'ers not far from here who may wish to be seen with the baton ,so some handover journies may be of little distance

The last time this occurred on someotherforum the baton enjoyed a rather giddy route on the road around TheIsland.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Shropshire
Post by: Oscar's dad on March 26, 2012, 09:51:09 am
I am near Cheadle,Staffordshire.It would need perhaps a couple of relays to get to East Anglia.
IIRC the notion was to send it south to tour that part of the country & then for it to head back up north.

There are a couple of yacf'ers not far from here who may wish to be seen with the baton ,so some handover journies may be of little distance

The last time this occurred on someotherforum the baton enjoyed a rather giddy route on the road around TheIsland.

If it could be edged eastwards I might be able to collect it (*) and get it to East Anglia.  There are quite a few members over here who would love to have a bash and then we could send it in to London.

(*) Subject to negotiations with head office.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Shropshire
Post by: fboab on March 26, 2012, 11:19:03 am
Mr Smith & I will be heading to & from Ashbourne over the May Bank Holiday, if it's still around your parts (as they say, jogler) then. We'd like to bring it south and east for a bit.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Shropshire
Post by: essexian on March 26, 2012, 11:22:12 am
I am around on Friday if the baton comes this way: I have a day off.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Shropshire
Post by: jogler on March 26, 2012, 12:01:03 pm
Mr Smith & I will be heading to & from Ashbourne over the May Bank Holiday, if it's still around your parts (as they say, jogler) then. We'd like to bring it south and east for a bit.

are you audaxing?
300km Skeggy ride out of Alfreton?
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Shropshire
Post by: fboab on March 26, 2012, 12:18:49 pm
Mr Smith & I will be heading to & from Ashbourne over the May Bank Holiday, if it's still around your parts (as they say, jogler) then. We'd like to bring it south and east for a bit.

are you audaxing?
300km Skeggy ride out of Alfreton?
Yes & no. Perm-ing Up & Down some of them thar Hills. A wee holiday in the peaks. That we ride to.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Shropshire
Post by: JonBuoy on March 26, 2012, 12:51:26 pm
I am near Loughborough which is about 40 miles East-Angliawards from Cheadle.

It is also halfway towards the Rutland Water camping location...  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Shropshire
Post by: andrewc on March 27, 2012, 12:47:43 am
The baton was forced into my hands under protest! I go into hibernation from October onwards and this year has been a bit grim with illness & depression.

I had a good ride today & am making plans to do a ride to http://www.canalcentral.co.uk/ (http://www.canalcentral.co.uk/) at Maesbury in Marsh near Oswestry for an overnight camp next Saturday.   Hopefully I'll meet up with Jogler en route and hand the baton on to him.

If anyone's interested it's a nice quiet little site with it's own cafe  for breakfast and a pub / restaurant within walking distance http://www.thenavigation.co.uk/ (http://www.thenavigation.co.uk/)
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Shropshire
Post by: jogler on March 27, 2012, 09:10:06 am
I am currently planning to meet you at the campsite

ETA I have sent you my mobile # via PM
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Shropshire
Post by: Basil on March 27, 2012, 10:42:20 am
Jogler, don't forget there should be photos of each handover.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Shropshire
Post by: jogler on March 27, 2012, 11:51:10 am
I've not forgotten
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Shropshire
Post by: jogler on March 28, 2012, 06:43:46 pm
I'm intending to use a tarp & bivvy bag instead of a tent.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Shropshire
Post by: andrewc on March 28, 2012, 07:15:18 pm
Hard Man !   I think I'll be using my Shangri-La 3 with just it's ground sheet.   Have you seen the MLD Trailstar ? Looks interesting but you need 2 trekking poles for the pitch.  http://www.stevenhorner.com/?p=1003 (http://www.stevenhorner.com/?p=1003)

Are you planning on cooking or eating at the pub ?

Anyone else care to join us for an nights camping ?
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Shropshire
Post by: jogler on March 28, 2012, 07:36:36 pm
That MLD Trailstar looks a bit muttsnutts but it is expensive compared to my £30 DD tarp,which I shall use two walking poles with.
Since my last post my g.d. has expressed an interest in coming.I do think however that I might yet be relegated behind a day at Alton Towers with her friends.She is currently  :-\
If she does come I will have to use the Vaude tent.

I am planning on eating at the pub & limiting use of the cooker to boiling water for coffee.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Shropshire
Post by: Kim on March 28, 2012, 07:56:38 pm
Anyone else care to join us for an nights camping ?

Hmm, that's about 100k from here, and I've just bought a new tent...
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Shropshire
Post by: andrewc on March 28, 2012, 07:58:23 pm
Anyone else care to join us for an nights camping ?

Hmm, that's about 100k from here, and I've just bought a new tent...

 :D
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Shropshire
Post by: jogler on March 28, 2012, 07:58:29 pm
It's now Alton Towers on Friday & the weekend with the old wrinkly grand dad :thumbsup:

So we will be using this

http://www.outdoorfair.de/epages/61191849.sf/en_GB/?ObjectPath=/Shops/61191849/Products/Vaude-Mark-II-Light
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Shropshire
Post by: Kim on March 28, 2012, 08:05:28 pm
Are we talking the 31st or the 7th?
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Shropshire
Post by: jogler on March 28, 2012, 08:07:32 pm
Anyone else care to join us for an nights camping ?

Hmm, that's about 100k from here, and I've just bought a new tent...

You were a bit Wyatt Earp ( quick with the trigger finger) buying that tent.As I typed & tried to post on the thread I got the "someone has replied" message.
I reckon you have an excellent vfm buy :thumbsup:
You could get a train to Stone & g.d. & I could meet you there or elsewhere en route,or not as you wish.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Shropshire
Post by: jogler on March 28, 2012, 08:08:13 pm
Are we talking the 31st or the 7th?

31st
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Shropshire
Post by: Kim on March 28, 2012, 08:13:12 pm
That's probably a goer, then, assuming I can get all the urgent stuff that needs doing done tomorrow and fix the gears on my bike...
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Shropshire
Post by: jogler on March 28, 2012, 08:22:43 pm
Emily will be right chuffed 8)
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Shropshire
Post by: andrewc on March 28, 2012, 08:23:59 pm
 :thumbsup:

Maybe I'll find the tent peg I left in the ground last year!

Must remember to pack the baton......
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Shropshire
Post by: jogler on March 28, 2012, 08:26:16 pm
I must remember to pack a camera.

jogler slopes off to charge camera battery
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Shropshire
Post by: Kim on March 29, 2012, 12:36:55 am
...I also note that Gobowen has a station with infrequent but reasonably cheap trains to Mordor Central, which would make the emergency backup bike (and indeed getting home in time to go out for a pootle with barakta, should she express an interest in such a thing, to say nothing of the immunity from the baton afforded by rail assistance) an option.
Title: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Shropshire
Post by: andrewc on March 29, 2012, 09:44:01 am
It's a nice, quiet little site, from memory there is also some sort of minature railway....
I've got nothing planned for the Easter weekend yet, so using this as a base for some day rides could be a possibility.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Shropshire
Post by: jogler on March 29, 2012, 10:16:13 pm
Andrew,have you booked a pitch at Canal Central?
is it necessary?
do you know how much £ the camping fee is?
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Shropshire
Post by: andrewc on March 29, 2012, 10:58:18 pm
I've not booked, the last time I was there was April 2011 and there was only 1 other tent on the site http://yacf.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=46689.msg923863#msg923863 (http://yacf.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=46689.msg923863#msg923863)   They claim space for 10 tents, but I think they could get more in.

I can't remember the cost but certainly less than a tenner. It's a Camping & Caravanning Club Certificated Site, though they didn't ask for my card. ISTR I had trouble finding someone to pay !

If you are concerned I'll call up & book for 4 people / 3 tents tomorrow.

(http://www.campingninja.com/files/Photos-img1-407.jpeg)
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Shropshire
Post by: jogler on March 30, 2012, 07:09:53 am


If you are concerned I'll call up & book for 4 people / 3 tents tomorrow.


It would be a comfort to travel in the knowledge that there will be room at the Inn  campsite
TIA
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Shropshire
Post by: andrewc on March 30, 2012, 11:01:25 am
OK, we are now booked in.  £7.50 per adult and Emily gets in for free.  (I'm Andrew Clark if you get there before me & need to quote a name)

A good job you prompted me to check though,   there is a classic car show at the site on the Sunday, so it may be busier than the last time I was there http://forum.triumphdolomite.co.uk/viewtopic.php?f=7&t=20752 (http://forum.triumphdolomite.co.uk/viewtopic.php?f=7&t=20752)

Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Shropshire
Post by: Andrew Br on March 30, 2012, 11:50:12 am


Yahudamoon, Chocolatebike and Tonycollinet are showing interest and are just southeast of me.

At least one of us hasn't been following this thread very well  :-[

Must do better although it now looks like the baton is heading south.

Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Shropshire
Post by: jogler on March 30, 2012, 03:40:33 pm
OK, we are now booked in.  £7.50 per adult and Emily gets in for free.  (I'm Andrew Clark if you get there before me & need to quote a name)



thanks for that :thumbsup:
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Shropshire
Post by: Kim on March 30, 2012, 04:01:39 pm
You could get a train to Stone & g.d. & I could meet you there or elsewhere en route,or not as you wish.

I somehow missed this bit last night.

What sort of time would you be wanting to meet in Stone?

(I think I've got the gears on my bike working properly.)
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Shropshire
Post by: jogler on March 30, 2012, 04:08:53 pm
approx 0930hrs
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Shropshire
Post by: jogler on March 30, 2012, 04:37:59 pm
or Barlaston at 0900hrs
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Shropshire
Post by: jogler on March 30, 2012, 07:09:14 pm
We are ready to roll :thumbsup:
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Shropshire
Post by: Kim on March 30, 2012, 08:33:29 pm
I've just about managed to cram the arctic camping gear into two panniers, leaving not a lot of room for food or bike stuff.
Going to aim for Stone at 9:30, trains permitting.  They won't let me book any bike spaces.


It's looking like -4C overnight.   Without an array of ineffectual electric heaters.....we may have to burn the baton to keep warm!   :o


Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Shropshire
Post by: andrewc on March 30, 2012, 08:52:09 pm
Holy Moly!   Time to dig out the heavy bag!    Last minute faffage here, I'd planned to use Blue Meanie, but I've put on wide profile cantilevers since I last used him for camping & the panniers are not a good fit with them.

There is a pub, and they at least do fish & chips.  I'm just bringing a minimal cookset.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Shropshire
Post by: jogler on March 30, 2012, 09:00:54 pm
-4 you say.
I wonder if the pub .....?
 ;D
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Shropshire
Post by: jogler on March 30, 2012, 09:09:30 pm

Going to aim for Stone at 9:30, trains permitting.  They won't let me book any bike spaces.


I'll be at Stone rail station then at 0930 unless I hear from you to the contrary.I assume you still have my mobile number.If not advise here before 2200hrs.
Emily is meeting us at Market Drayton as a result of complications arising from her social life.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Shropshire
Post by: Kim on March 30, 2012, 09:31:07 pm
Yep, still have your mobile number.

I'm currently having second thoughts about the weather.  I was really cold at Kildale, and it can't have got down to zero inside the barn.  Even with a couple of jumpers and an extra silk liner I can't imagine -4 is going to be pleasant.  And I've been having a bad lung week...   :-\
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Shropshire
Post by: jogler on March 30, 2012, 09:36:58 pm
If you decide not to go let me know 'cause if I don't need to meet you at Stone I may alter my route.I'll check this thread before I leave in the morning.
AAMOI the local forecast for overnight Saturday is 0*.Still freezing but not quite as bad as minus 4
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Shropshire
Post by: andrewc on March 30, 2012, 09:54:27 pm
Met office doesn't have it that cold, Metcheck does. Accuweather has it close to freezing.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Shropshire
Post by: andrewc on March 30, 2012, 09:58:40 pm
The Akto is quite a warm tent as well, there isn't much internal volume to heat up.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Shropshire
Post by: Kim on March 30, 2012, 10:11:53 pm
Yes, part of me wants to do it for SCIENCE, to see how the tent performs.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Shropshire
Post by: andrewc on March 30, 2012, 10:20:03 pm
I've just topped up the hip flask with Jura, but that's no good to you !   
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Shropshire
Post by: andrewc on March 30, 2012, 10:43:10 pm
I've also got a little candle lantern to try, they are supposed to give off a bit of heat as well.

 Hilleberg's instructions used to recommend drying & warming a damp tent by leaving your stove running inside for a while......
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Shropshire
Post by: Kim on March 30, 2012, 10:53:30 pm
You can't dry anything out with a hydrocarbon stove, they give off vast amounts of water vapour!
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Shropshire
Post by: andrewc on March 30, 2012, 11:59:57 pm
I have just packed the baton in my panniers!
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Shropshire
Post by: Kim on March 31, 2012, 07:23:54 am
I appear to be up and wearing cycling kit.. Ohdear...   ;)
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Shropshire
Post by: andrewc on March 31, 2012, 07:33:45 am
You're ahead of me, I'm still in my dressing gown.   Must remember to get changed before I leave the flat....
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Shropshire
Post by: jogler on March 31, 2012, 07:58:09 am
I too am wearing cycling clothing but no dressing gown.I'll be leaving in the next few minutes.I'll be calling in the Outdoor Co-Operative in Stone en route to meet Kim at the station.
Title: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Shropshire
Post by: andrewc on March 31, 2012, 12:00:09 pm
It's a cool, overcast day and I'm currently at Chester having a snack break after riding down the Wirral.
Title: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Shropshire
Post by: andrewc on March 31, 2012, 04:56:35 pm
At the campsite waiting for the others.
A nice run down on quiet roads. Weather was dull but dry.
Title: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Shropshire
Post by: andrewc on March 31, 2012, 06:23:03 pm
Tent up, Kim & Jogler have arrived. Sadly Emily wasn't feeling too good. These young people & their partying....
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Shropshire
Post by: Canardly on March 31, 2012, 08:21:16 pm
It looks a particularly pleasant site that Drew. How does it pan out in practice and how is the pub?
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Shropshire
Post by: Basil on March 31, 2012, 09:05:28 pm
It looks a particularly pleasant site that Drew. How does it pan out in practice and how is the pub?

Hmm.  The silence would suggest that it is good.  :D
Title: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Shropshire
Post by: andrewc on April 01, 2012, 08:30:22 am
Everyone arrived, tents were erected, Kim & Jogler showered, I didn't because I forgot my wash bag.

Walked along the canal to the pub. Friendly enough place but only 1 real ale on tap (Exmoor Stag). I had scallops with black pudding as a starter, followed by sea bass stuffed with chilli & served with noodles. Jogler had soup & sea bass whilst Kim stuck to fish & chips.

Back to the tents & to bed (or to bag!)
A cold night, I got up for a hedge visit just before 6 & my watch was saying 0 c and the tent was all crispy!
Drinking tea & listening to strange noises from Kim's tent, something is stirring.....
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Shropshire
Post by: andrewc on April 01, 2012, 07:05:25 pm
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7110/6889660692_d4d2c7504c_z.jpg)

And it's on the move again.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Shropshire
Post by: jogler on April 01, 2012, 08:45:00 pm
The Baton is now resident chez joglerville.
More later 'cause I'm cream crackered,need a bath,food & an early night 'cause I have to be up early in the morning for work.I hope I can remember how to do it:it's been a while since I've had any of the stuff.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Shropshire
Post by: Kim on April 01, 2012, 09:05:22 pm
Much the same here.  Train crisis averted, home, showered, filled the dining room with wet tent and about to go and find food.

After narrowly avoiding becoming a Kimsicle overnight, I appear to have acquired sunburn - in the pattern consistent with a recumbent rider heading east on a hot day.   :facepalm:
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Shropshire
Post by: andrewc on April 01, 2012, 09:28:52 pm
A full write up with pictures can be found here http://yacf.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=58301.msg1200113#msg1200113 (http://yacf.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=58301.msg1200113#msg1200113)
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Shropshire
Post by: Oscar's dad on April 03, 2012, 09:55:33 am
So, where's it going next?
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Staffordshire
Post by: jogler on April 03, 2012, 09:58:00 am
I've amended the thread header to reflect the current location of the baton
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Shropshire
Post by: loadsabikes on April 03, 2012, 10:07:55 am
Where is it going next?
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Staffs
Post by: LindaG on April 03, 2012, 02:26:18 pm
Staffordshire's just down hill from Notts isn't it?
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Staffs
Post by: Kim on April 03, 2012, 02:29:14 pm
Staffordshire's just down hill from Notts isn't it?

Maybe if you squint at the hill sideways...
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Shropshire
Post by: LEE on April 03, 2012, 02:38:45 pm
Keep up the good work.  I've updated the photos on Page 1.  I lost track of the locations.  I'll updates the Bikely route if someone can look at the photos and summarise where they took place (photos are numbered).

All in all though it's working as I hoped it would. I hope it's initiated a few nice meet-ups.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Shropshire
Post by: jogler on April 03, 2012, 06:00:30 pm
  I'll updates the Bikely route if someone can look at the photos and summarise where they took place (photos are numbered).


# 24  Maesbury Marsh,just south of Oswestry
#23  Stone,Staffs

joglerville is very near to Cheadle,Staffs

hth
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Shropshire
Post by: loadsabikes on April 03, 2012, 06:17:53 pm
If you bring the baton to the Rutland weekend, I will take it on from there.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Shropshire
Post by: jogler on April 03, 2012, 07:19:40 pm
It can only be transported by bike.
It's approx 100km from here to the Rutland camp site & after last weekend's experience of a 100km ride carrying camping kit,it's an experience I'm not likely to repeat.
In fact I would prefer my next handover ride to be considerably less than a 100km,particulary if circumstances dictate that I have to do out & back journies on the same day.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Shropshire
Post by: JonBuoy on April 03, 2012, 07:23:47 pm
I may be able to help:


I am near Loughborough which is about 40 miles East-Angliawards from Cheadle.

It is also halfway towards the Rutland Water camping location...  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Shropshire
Post by: Polar Bear on April 03, 2012, 07:29:45 pm
Or, I could meet you at Stony Cove or somewhere else between us and cycle it home.  I could also catch the train to nearer to you and ride back with it.   From Rugby I could then punt it Northamptonshire / Leicestershire / Buckinghamshire / Oxfordshire etc. as desired.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Shropshire
Post by: Katie on April 04, 2012, 12:11:09 am
I'm doing a last minute "oooh this looks like fun!" and can pick up in Cheshire sort of area - I'm probably tonycollinet's best bet, and I can hand it over to Chocolatebike and/or Yahudamoon.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Shropshire
Post by: jogler on April 04, 2012, 03:40:05 pm
Does anyone wish to do a  baton handover during the course of the forthcoming Easter weekend?.
I prefer a ride south-ish or east-ish of my location.Less hills generally speaking.I had my fill of hills, for the time being ,last weekend.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Shropshire
Post by: mcshroom on April 04, 2012, 03:45:56 pm
Just checking back in - it was nicely on the way up to me but seems to have turned south again :(
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Shropshire
Post by: chris n on April 04, 2012, 04:01:59 pm
Does anyone wish to do a  baton handover during the course of the forthcoming Easter weekend?.
I prefer a ride south-ish or east-ish of my location.Less hills generally speaking.I had my fill of hills, for the time being ,last weekend.

Depending on post-Arrow legs, I might be up for a pint on Monday.  Somewhere between Tutbury and Uttoxeter?
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Shropshire
Post by: jogler on April 04, 2012, 04:04:11 pm
IIRC there was,before Andrewc had it pressed upon him at Stone ;D, an intention to get the baton down to the South East from where it would return north via a zig-zag meander across the width of the Island.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Shropshire
Post by: Oscar's dad on April 04, 2012, 04:13:23 pm
I have a cunning plan which might not work but fortune favours the brave.  If you chaps can keep edging it closer to East Anglia I might be able to secure a pass and do a long ride to retrieve the baton from wherever it is.  The only only problem is my window of opportunity isn't going to start opening until the end of April.

I shall be watching the baton's progress with great interest over the next few weeks.  I shall also be doing all I can to build up a good stock of Brownie points  ;D
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Shropshire
Post by: tom_e on April 04, 2012, 04:34:47 pm
I may have a similar opportunity to retrieve it down Cambridge way.  Provisional pass for a two day ride around the 29th April; I could fetch it from about jogler's range.  If it hasn't moved far already.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Shropshire
Post by: Oscar's dad on April 04, 2012, 04:47:57 pm
I may have a similar opportunity to retrieve it down Cambridge way.  Provisional pass for a two day ride around the 29th April; I could fetch it from about jogler's range.  If it hasn't moved far already.

Sounds very promising  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Shropshire
Post by: JonBuoy on April 04, 2012, 05:16:57 pm
Does anyone wish to do a  baton handover during the course of the forthcoming Easter weekend?.
I prefer a ride south-ish or east-ish of my location.Less hills generally speaking.I had my fill of hills, for the time being ,last weekend.

I am working on Friday but, depending on the weather, I am likely to be available Saturday-Tuesday for a meeting vaguely in the Burton area.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Shropshire
Post by: LEE on April 04, 2012, 05:27:00 pm
Reminder - March 17 2011

(http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5096/5535016038_af541ea747.jpg)

It must be nearly at JoG after a year
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Shropshire
Post by: jogler on April 04, 2012, 05:34:13 pm
Does anyone wish to do a  baton handover during the course of the forthcoming Easter weekend?.
I prefer a ride south-ish or east-ish of my location.Less hills generally speaking.I had my fill of hills, for the time being ,last weekend.

Depending on post-Arrow legs, I might be up for a pint on Monday.  Somewhere between Tutbury and Uttoxeter?

Does anyone wish to do a  baton handover during the course of the forthcoming Easter weekend?.
I prefer a ride south-ish or east-ish of my location.Less hills generally speaking.I had my fill of hills, for the time being ,last weekend.

Depending on post-Arrow legs, I might be up for a pint on Monday.  Somewhere beetween Tutbury and Uttoxeter?

That sounds ideal. I could contemplate riding fixed over that general terrain to make a "joint-fixed" handover.
Let me know if you wish to make some firm arrangements when you know about your legs.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Shropshire
Post by: tonycollinet on April 04, 2012, 11:47:40 pm
If that doesn't work, I could meet up somewhere - although I am possibly in the wrong direction.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Shropshire
Post by: jogler on April 05, 2012, 10:07:29 am
It must be nearly at JoG after a year

 ???
it's already more than a year since the relay started.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Shropshire
Post by: JonBuoy on April 09, 2012, 08:20:37 pm
Does anyone wish to do a  baton handover during the course of the forthcoming Easter weekend?.
I prefer a ride south-ish or east-ish of my location.Less hills generally speaking.I had my fill of hills, for the time being ,last weekend.

I am working on Friday but, depending on the weather, I am likely to be available Saturday-Tuesday for a meeting vaguely in the Burton area.

I assume that today's handover to Chris didn't happen (no mention here and it pissed it down all day).  The forecast for tomorrow looks quite reasonable and I am still available if that is any good for you.
Title: Re: YACF BATON Relay -
Post by: jogler on May 08, 2012, 10:39:14 am
I'm planning a ride from home (Cheadle-ish,Staffs) to Ticknall & return via Marston Montgomery this coming Saturday,12th May.
Anyone want to meet for a baton handover?
Title: Re: YACF BATON Relay -
Post by: jogler on May 24, 2012, 10:58:00 am
It's time this was on the move again.
Is anyone interested in meeting for a handover?

I'm near Uttoxeter in Staffordshire fyi
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Shropshire
Post by: Oscar's dad on May 24, 2012, 11:13:40 am
I, and a few others, are very keen that the baton has a tour of East Anglia.  I have a pass signed for Sunday 10th June.  If someone could get it part way from Uttoxeter to East Anglia I might be able to collect it and bring the baton to the land of the rising sun on the 10th.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Shropshire
Post by: jogler on May 24, 2012, 12:23:17 pm
I cannot meet on the following dates

26th May to 3rd June inclusive

9th June

unless the venue is close to me & is an evening/night ride.

hth
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Shropshire
Post by: shyumu on May 24, 2012, 02:11:48 pm
If we set fire to the baton we could have our own Olympic Torch for a while.  Maybe not for long though.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Shropshire
Post by: Karla on May 24, 2012, 03:41:02 pm
Give a man a fire, he'll be warm for a day.  Set him on fire and he'll be warm for the rest of his life.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Shropshire
Post by: Wowbagger on May 24, 2012, 04:02:59 pm
Jogler, do you not have a tent? In principle, I am prepared to lead Team, if necessary of 1, to meet you somewhere mid-way, eg Rutland Water, so that we can rescue this wretched baton from its current predicament.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Shropshire
Post by: jogler on May 24, 2012, 05:31:58 pm
I'll give that some thought Wowbagger if no one responds before the 10th June with an alternative proposal.

Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Shropshire
Post by: Canardly on May 24, 2012, 09:30:20 pm
Strewth I am located between the two of em. We really should be examining if relay can be hooked up to Olympic celebrations.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Shropshire
Post by: jogler on May 24, 2012, 10:57:48 pm
Strewth I am located between the two of em.

So can I meet you somewhere so that you can meet Wowbagger somewhere?
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Shropshire
Post by: Jaded on May 24, 2012, 11:00:14 pm
So, it seems that as far as the baton goes, that's Salop.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Shropshire
Post by: Wowbagger on May 24, 2012, 11:12:40 pm
Strewth I am located between the two of em.

So can I meet you somewhere so that you can meet Wowbagger somewhere?
You are in St. Neots, aren't you, Canardly? I could possibly visit my sister in St. Ives, meet you somewhere and then cycle home via Oscar's Dad's place in Witham. This won't be in the near future as I'm off to Scotland next week and most of June is already spoken for.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Shropshire
Post by: Oscar's dad on May 24, 2012, 11:14:16 pm
Is this a plan I feel coming together?
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Shropshire
Post by: Wowbagger on May 24, 2012, 11:15:51 pm
Could be...
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Shropshire
Post by: tom_e on May 25, 2012, 12:27:38 pm
I'm near St Ives and can move it on a bit from there sometime, but am likewise unavailable over the next few weeks.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Shropshire
Post by: Canardly on May 26, 2012, 11:32:30 am
Sounds like an excuse for a week end event to me.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Shropshire
Post by: loadsabikes on May 28, 2012, 12:26:23 pm
Jogler, is it possible for Canardly and myself to meet up with you on Monday 4th at a location convenient to your good self. We will be having a long weekend of camping/touring employing a very loose / totally unplanned agenda.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Shropshire
Post by: jogler on May 28, 2012, 12:39:20 pm
I can do 4th June.
How close to Uttoxeter do you wish get? or otherwise ;D
I imagine you will wish to be within striking distance of home for Tuesday?
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Shropshire
Post by: loadsabikes on May 28, 2012, 12:41:31 pm
Can you reccomend a localish campsite, then we can ride back to Rutland on tha Tuesday.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Shropshire
Post by: jogler on May 28, 2012, 12:44:27 pm
I'm looking at this

http://www.cyclecamp.co.uk/findacampsite.html

& I'll give it some thought too.

I might stay over with yourselves on the Monday night
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Shropshire
Post by: Canardly on May 28, 2012, 07:13:48 pm
http://www.campingandcaravanningclub.co.uk/siteseekerlite/aspx/details.aspx?id=6480
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Shropshire
Post by: jogler on May 28, 2012, 07:46:16 pm
http://www.campingandcaravanningclub.co.uk/siteseekerlite/aspx/details.aspx?id=6480

DEFINATLEY NOT  :hand:

how about

http://www.campingandcaravanningclub.co.uk/siteseekerlite/aspx/details.aspx?id=7105&returnPage=search.aspx%7cradius%3d20%7clocation%3dConkers%2c+++National+Forest%2c+++Conkers+Camping+and+Caravanning+Club+Site%2c+++DE12+6BD%7csiteTypes%3d1%2c++2%2c++3%2c++5&clearSearch=N
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Shropshire
Post by: loadsabikes on May 29, 2012, 05:26:49 pm
Conkers looks fine to me. Plenty of surrounding woodland for seekrit wild stuff should the site prove to be full.
Canardly and I will be lurking in the Peak over the weekend, so that is nicely on the way home. :)
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Shropshire
Post by: jogler on May 29, 2012, 05:38:09 pm
You must have read my mind regarding the secret wild thing.
Given that you are Peak-Lurking,& the Peaks are on my doorstep,do you wish to meet somewhere in the Uttoxeter/Ashbourne/Elsewhere area on Monday morning?
Or you may not?
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Shropshire
Post by: jogler on June 04, 2012, 09:57:41 pm
The Baton is now in the custody of Loadsabikes & Canardly,residing tonight at the Camping & Caravan Club site at Conkers.
Loadsabikes has the photograph of the handover.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Shropshire
Post by: fboab on June 05, 2012, 01:01:10 pm
Mr Smith & I were planning to ride over to Huntingdon next Sunday, any chance of an exchange there?
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Shropshire
Post by: loadsabikes on June 05, 2012, 06:00:40 pm
(http://img215.imageshack.us/img215/5033/dscn0559q.jpg) (http://img215.imageshack.us/i/dscn0559q.jpg/)
On the trig point at Beacon Hill

Ride report and more images of this weekend's baton collection mission to follow.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Shropshire
Post by: loadsabikes on June 05, 2012, 06:06:21 pm
Mr Smith & I were planning to ride over to Huntingdon next Sunday, any chance of an exchange there?
A distict possibility
Edit. Sorry, on checking the diary, I realise that I am in London next weekend. :-[
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in .Rutland
Post by: loadsabikes on June 06, 2012, 04:43:52 pm
The original plan had been for Canardly and I to spend a four day long weekend on a camping trip to the Peak District with a baton collection from Jogler on Monday somewhere on our return journey.

However, Saturday proved to be unavailable for Canardly due to real life so we settled on a Sunday start with a proposed trip to the East Mids CTC rally.
Sunday arrived and a call from Canardly to say that he had overslept and would be an hour late. 1/2 hour later and a further call to report that it was tipping it down with a forcast for another 9 hours of rain and should we postpone untill Monday.
I re-fettled a route and arranged for us to meet Jogler at 'Conkers' the camping club site in the National Forest just west of Ashby-de-la-Zouch on Monday afternoon.
07-30 Monday and Canardly arrived at chez loads. Bikes loaded, this was to be Canardly's first ride with full touring kit, and we were off.
We took the lanes through Rutland and made a quick stop at Wing for an early coffee fix to kick start the metabolism.
On along the lanes to Knossington where we met a posse from Cycle+ who were out on a day ride. Greetings exchanged, we continued along traffic free lanes to Mountsorrell where we stopped for lunch at the Waterside Inn on the banks of the river Soare. We were kept entertained by the antics of boaters and their less than expert use of the lock.
We called in at Beaumanor Hall, the location for the CTC meet, but it was very quiet, I suspect they were all on a ride.
From Woodhouse Eaves, the road rises steadily for 2km at 8% to the top of Beacon Hill. This took it's toll on Canardly's legs and he was very glad to reach the summit.
It was then pretty much all down hill to Whitwick and Peggs Green where we joined the A512 for the short run into Ashby.
The campsite at Conkers is just 6km west of Ashby where we were greeted by Jogler who had been awaiting our arrival for quite some time.
The site wardens very kindly provided us with mugs of tea, they had kept the site office open for our arrival.
With the Baton handing over ceremony completed, Jogler set off for home and we went to pitch tents and drink coffee.
The site was busy but the facilities are good and well maintained.
There is a large YHA on the site and we were able to book breakfast there for the following morning.
Having showered and changed, we adjourned to the local pub, the Navigation. This was a family run affair, with only the family in it. The kitchen had closed for the day, but Ruth, the Landlady, happily rustled up plates of ham sandwiches so all was not lost. We were both flagging so returned to the site and took to our tents.
Tuesday morning, up early and tents packed, we were in the YHA by 7.30 tucking into cereal and full english. Good value at £4.95 per head.
The forecast was not good for today, but it was dry if chilly as we began to retrace our route. We made reasonable progress and stopped at Beacon Hill for a photo call and we hoped, tea. They charge £2.50 per car to get in and all you get is grubby toilets and a trig point! Not even a tea hut!
Never mind, a hurtle down yesterday's purgatory soon had us back at Quorn and Woodhouse Station on the old Great Central Railway where we enjoyed tea and sausage baps and were treated to the arrival of the 12.39 from Loughborough, a rather splendid steam locomotive. Oh! that wonderfull smell of hot oil.
From here we just pressed on for home, managing to dodge the rain untill Rutland Water so dry for all but the last 5km.
An out and return trip of the fairly lumpy variety but great scenery 178km in all. Good stuff.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Shropshire
Post by: Canardly on June 06, 2012, 05:15:12 pm
My physiotherapist says the damage is not permanent/   :smug:
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Shropshire
Post by: loadsabikes on June 06, 2012, 05:32:49 pm
It's ok mate, you get to pick the next route!
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Shropshire
Post by: jogler on June 06, 2012, 06:47:20 pm
psssst,gotanypics?
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Shropshire
Post by: loadsabikes on June 06, 2012, 07:02:50 pm
(http://img819.imageshack.us/img819/3779/dscn0547s.jpg) (http://img819.imageshack.us/i/dscn0547s.jpg/)(http://img713.imageshack.us/img713/9978/dscn0557pw.jpg) (http://img713.imageshack.us/i/dscn0557pw.jpg/)
Canardly checking out his next touring stead!
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Shropshire
Post by: jogler on June 06, 2012, 07:20:18 pm
I was "impressed" with the amount of kit you were both carrying for an over-night  stand.No wonder Canardly was almost  Can'tNoMore  ;)
In an effort to reduce the amount of kit carried by limiting the carrying capacity of the next bike may I suggest...a unicycle ;D
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Shropshire
Post by: Canardly on June 06, 2012, 08:12:39 pm
Huge fun even with the lumpy bits (and they were lumpy). Loadsa kept me stoked with thermo nuclear gels, powders and other bit of technical wizardry that my marmite soldiers would not provide. Great to meet Jogler again who had to lurk around for ages mainly due to me crawling up hills so thanks to him. To be met by friendly faces and a mug of tea, the site warden having stayed open until you get there, well what can I say. Well worth the puffing and panting and huge learning curve. Great camping location btw most impressed with facilities. The only technical we had was me losing a cleat screw causing said cleat to lock in pedal half way up a very big lump. YHA breakfast superb for £4.95 and staff great but not a hostel that I would recognise when younger (car park was full) bike facilities were limited (loadsbikes has a photo of some important detailing).  I now know that I can do it and will be much better prepared next time. As always good company makes these things hugely satisfying. P.s. the peeps round about that there Moira, Coalville  and environs are luverly. Every single cyclist we passed or were passed by had a greeting or words of encouragement and also people out in their gardens, walking their dogs etc. Fantastic. Ps forgot to mention Cycling Plus hello guys nice to meet you, also CTC midlands we did pop in to Beaumanor thanks for the response Ray maybe next year.

Has given food for thought for future forays. Jogler travelled a long way to deliver the baton. This forum is really something v special thinks.


Just for info.

At 248m (814 feet), Beacon Hill is the second highest point in Leicestershire and the site of a Bronze Age hill fort. A toposcope indicates landmarks that can be seen from the summit.

Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Shropshire
Post by: jogler on July 04, 2012, 06:23:11 pm
Have you or Loadsabikes moved the baton on?
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Shropshire
Post by: LEE on July 04, 2012, 06:29:12 pm
Who is who, and where, in photo above ?
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Shropshire
Post by: jogler on July 04, 2012, 06:41:33 pm
I'm wearing the yacf shirt & buff.The handsome one is Loadsabikes.Location was The Camping & Caravan Club site,National Forest at Overseal.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Shropshire
Post by: Canardly on July 04, 2012, 07:48:41 pm
Have you or Loadsabikes moved the baton on?

Not I. Loadsabikes has the said appendage safely secured in Rutlandshire thinks.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Shropshire
Post by: fboab on July 05, 2012, 05:30:44 pm
I think it may come this way next. Perhaps marcus could bring it over if he's coming arabella-wards.

(I nearly changed that for the shocking innuendo but then thought nah, isn't that what yacf is all about?)
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Shropshire
Post by: loadsabikes on July 07, 2012, 09:23:13 pm
Unless it is absolutely tipping it down, I am heading down to Braintree tomorrow (Sunday).
Then up the Eastcoast monday, tuesday, wednesday.
Probably won't have web access so call me if anybody can make a meet to take the baton.
Likely to overnight Monday-----Polstead
Tuesday-----Kessingland
Wednesday-----Cromer

07521366390

Subject to not drowning of course ;D
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Shropshire
Post by: Tewdric on July 07, 2012, 09:37:29 pm
You do know it can only travel by bike..
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Shropshire
Post by: loadsabikes on July 07, 2012, 09:40:40 pm
Oh yes.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Shropshire
Post by: Oscar's dad on July 09, 2012, 12:50:54 pm
Unless it is absolutely tipping it down, I am heading down to Braintree tomorrow (Sunday).
Then up the Eastcoast monday, tuesday, wednesday.
Probably won't have web access so call me if anybody can make a meet to take the baton.
Likely to overnight Monday-----Polstead
Tuesday-----Kessingland
Wednesday-----Cromer

07521366390

Subject to not drowning of course ;D

Oh BUGGER!!!  I live very close to Braintree and didn't see this in time. Sod, sod, sod.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Shropshire
Post by: loadsabikes on July 12, 2012, 08:36:32 am
The baton has returned to Rutland after a 450Km tour of East Anglia. Ride report to follow shortly :)
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Shropshire
Post by: Canardly on July 12, 2012, 08:11:57 pm
Sigh....(re Baton).... ;D
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Shropshire
Post by: Ham on July 12, 2012, 11:28:36 pm
OK...... looking at the map there are three candidates -  Gareth, Lucky, and Tom_e all of whom are cambridge based and have given a 50 mile radius which by my calculation takes in Rutland. Once in Cambridge it should be simple to get it to Essex, thence to Lod Nod.

If anyone has forgotten, the map is here http://maps.google.co.uk/maps/ms?ie=UTF8&hl=en&msa=0&msid=117648410814257943328.0004966163d636a2057b3&ll=54.495568,-3.383789&spn=9.939895,19.753418&z=6

Paging Gareth, Lucky & Tom_e ....

Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Shropshire
Post by: Oscar's dad on July 13, 2012, 08:40:00 am
And to think the baton was within 10 miles of my house

[shakes head in despair and shame]

 ::-)   :'(
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Shropshire
Post by: tom_e on July 13, 2012, 08:56:30 am
Yer, I know, I know.  Trying to figure out if I can get it in before family holiday without using up all my brownie points for the year...

edit: @loadsa - purely before I try to plan, are you available on Sunday (either for a ride or just a pickup)?
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Shropshire
Post by: loadsabikes on July 13, 2012, 09:29:48 am
Sunday looks the best day weather wise, would you like to meet at Grafham water about midday?
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Shropshire
Post by: fboab on July 13, 2012, 04:07:28 pm
Can we have it after tom_e then?
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Shropshire
Post by: tom_e on July 13, 2012, 08:07:48 pm
Roight, we haz a plan.  Loadsabikes cycles miles, and I pootle over to Grafham.  8)

Can we have it after tom_e then?

No prob, but we are on holiday week after next, so you will either need to come and grab it during next week or wait a couple of weeks for a more civilized handover.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Shropshire
Post by: loadsabikes on July 13, 2012, 08:18:54 pm
So, the baton to make it's second visit to Grafham water in as many weeks.
Mrs Miggins will make a guest appearance, any other takers for a spot of lunch around mid-day? :)
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Shropshire
Post by: Polar Bear on July 13, 2012, 08:24:58 pm
Will it get to Watlington in a couple of weeks do you think...   
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Shropshire
Post by: Canardly on July 13, 2012, 08:39:59 pm
Unfortunately I am required on a Sustrans run Sunday as they are short of Rangers. Remember the south side cafe is better for a decent lunch and there is also a nearby pub should boozahol and/or an alternative venue be required by visitors. (and the LA has just spent quarter of a million on improving the perimeter cycle path thereabouts). Hope all goes well.

There is a lovely lane which connects Brampton village with the reservoir for anyone coming by train to Huntingdon station. Basically head for the village green and carry on but take time to have a look at the protected ancient woodland to your right which is all that is left of a much larger forest way back when. Brampton also played a major role in WW2 in that an Allied air force HQ was stationed there (hotel being refurbished on your left). Samuel Peeps also had a house just outside the village and legend has it that he buried his gold here due to the threat of an invasion of London by the Dutch Fleet. (Tricky those Dutch folk!)

The redundant railway bridge you will cycle under is yet another example of the foresight employed by our transport planners.

Given my intention to attend a future anniversary event in a motor car with a bike strapped to the back  I cannot take the baton so dunno.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Shropshire
Post by: loadsabikes on July 15, 2012, 06:47:58 pm
The baton is now in the safe hands of Tom-E after a hand over at Grafham Water today.
Good to meet Tom and his family.
132Km round trip for Mrs Miggins and I and we didn't get wet!!! :)
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Shropshire
Post by: tom_e on July 15, 2012, 07:15:55 pm
A family day out for us in the end - mini_e1..3 in the trailers.
(http://tom-e.yacf.net/imgs/IMG_1530.jpg)

(http://tom-e.yacf.net/imgs/IMG_1533.jpg)

Good to meet you two and get close enough to make it easy for us! 
One thing about taking the kids 58km or so like this; results in tired parents and well rested children.  One of them trying to climb on me at the moment.  ::-) ;D
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Shropshire
Post by: Canardly on July 15, 2012, 08:26:05 pm
Well done you lot.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Shropshire
Post by: tom_e on July 16, 2012, 09:07:07 pm
As I warned before, we're now going on holiday next week.  So who is up for meeting in a pub on weekend 4/5 August?

Happy to head East a way boabwards, or meet up with others in Cambridge. Probably ought to visit at least one more round here before going essex and london?
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in Shropshire
Post by: Katie on July 20, 2012, 08:55:52 pm
Aaww rubbish, I've been manically busy with work (having moved from Manchester to Shropshire) come back to eagerly find the baton is in Shropshire (according to the thread title) only to discover it's really in East Anglia.  Bummer.

(Can someone update the map and dump my little pin somewhere near Baschurch in Shropshire?  Doesn't work on my phone.)
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently in East Angular
Post by: Kim on July 20, 2012, 09:08:01 pm
GPWM - may I suggest that the OP (who appears to have become Paul Metcalfe) at least remove the Shropshire bit from the first post, if they're not willing to keep it up to date with the current location.  While you can update the subject of individual replies, it doesn't persist or change how it appears in the threads listing.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently on Mars
Post by: Basil on July 20, 2012, 09:48:08 pm
Ooh look.  He's done it.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: fboab on July 21, 2012, 09:53:22 am
I'd love it to come thissa way but we don't have a weekend at home till Mildenhall. And even then...

I could train out to get it one evening in July?
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: jogler on July 21, 2012, 10:15:06 am
I could  :hand: out to get it one evening in July?

it's all about the bike
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: CrinklyLion on July 21, 2012, 10:18:59 am
I was assuming that Rboab was meaning that she'd get the train one way with a bike and then ride home.  I've no idea how far it is from the baton's current location to the clearing, but she's ded 'ard and all that.  She'd probably want to round it up to an evening's 200 diy by gps just for the POINTS  ;D
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: fboab on July 21, 2012, 02:53:28 pm
Really jogler, have you no faith in me??
'Get the train' is short for 'pick it up on a training ride'  ;)

Seriously- Crinkles has it right- train out, ride back. It's about 45 miles to tom_e's neck of the woods.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Jaded on July 22, 2012, 10:36:47 am
If the thread title doesn't have the current location in it then we are relying on people being interested in the relay per se.

Where is the baton now, btw?
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Kim on July 22, 2012, 12:40:59 pm
If the thread title doesn't have the current location in it then we are relying on people being interested in the relay per se.

Better than an inaccurate location, thobut.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Jaded on July 22, 2012, 12:47:35 pm
Maybe, but not having any location is a good way of being a bit cliquey.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently Somewhere Else
Post by: Basil on July 22, 2012, 01:24:05 pm
There you go.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - Currently Somewhere Else
Post by: Gaston Lagaffe on July 22, 2012, 01:39:06 pm
It's not here, but I'm not telling where here is O:-)

But Jaded and I know ;)
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: jogler on July 22, 2012, 04:35:27 pm
Really jogler, have you no faith in me??
'Get the train' is short for 'pick it up on a training ride'  ;)

Seriously- Crinkles has it right- train out, ride back. It's about 45 miles to tom_e's neck of the woods.

actually I think I must have had a brainfart to think any differently to Crinkles & yourself :-[
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Ham on July 22, 2012, 07:29:40 pm
I do try to keep the map updated with the location, tho
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - currently near Cambridge
Post by: tom_e on July 23, 2012, 09:07:46 pm
It's a good point actually, I'm not sure where it is either.  Somewhere in the house.  Unless one of the kids took it outside.  :-\

45 miles each and exchange halfway should be doable in a weekday evening if the polite lady oab is willing.  I'm only back online briefly right now before being away again for the rest of this week, so organise laters.

Anybody else in Cambridge wants to see it before it moves on, shout before next week?
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: RJ on July 29, 2012, 07:25:55 pm
Reminds me of the C+ Cakestop jersey's travels.

(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4003/4341466149_812041da93.jpg) (http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4003/4341466149_6ae90529ca_o.jpg)

Are you on it?

Me too.  Like it, I could take the baton to see Britannia ...

Or even (unlike the jersey) at the current rate of progress :demon: , on the fabled Embra trams ...
 ;)
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay currently having it's tea in CAMBRIDGESHIRE
Post by: fboab on August 01, 2012, 06:31:38 pm
Just heading out to get the baton.
See y'inna bit, tom_e.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: tom_e on August 01, 2012, 11:50:13 pm
Ashes to ashes...
(http://tom-e.yacf.net/imgs/IMG_1585.jpg)
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: tom_e on August 02, 2012, 12:00:14 am
Ok, so we didn't actually light that newspaper underneath.

Awkwardly posed handover piccy:
(http://tom-e.yacf.net/imgs/IMG_1584.jpg)

Decent ride out to meet up in Bottisham, tho' having taken most of the distance, boab may not be home till early hours.  I only went round a couple of housing estates in the dark trying to take an alternative route home.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Oscar's dad on August 02, 2012, 07:00:29 am
I say bitchy old bean, are you around on Sunday?
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay Languishing in Suffolk
Post by: fboab on August 02, 2012, 08:10:17 am
Sorry, OD, we're off to forn parts on Saturday, back late Sun 12th.

I got back just before pumpkin-time for a solid night ride and the longest solo ride on 2 wheels for an Awfully Long Time.

Next- Calling Woofage? Morisette? Tim C? I suspect I may cheat and give it to Chris S.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Canardly on August 02, 2012, 10:08:33 pm
and location now is? (well done guys).
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay Languishing in Suffolk
Post by: Oscar's dad on August 03, 2012, 08:14:13 am
Sorry, OD, we're off to forn parts on Saturday, back late Sun 12th.

That's fine.  We are off on holiday soon so hopefully it will still be around this region when we get back.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay IN SUFFOLK
Post by: fboab on August 03, 2012, 08:45:43 am
and location now is? (well done guys).

(http://i952.photobucket.com/albums/ae7/fboab/20120803_073031.jpg)
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay Languishing in Suffolk
Post by: Morrisette on August 03, 2012, 09:15:30 am
Sorry, OD, we're off to forn parts on Saturday, back late Sun 12th.

I got back just before pumpkin-time for a solid night ride and the longest solo ride on 2 wheels for an Awfully Long Time.

Next- Calling Woofage? Morisette? Tim C? I suspect I may cheat and give it to Chris S.

Morrisette is here :-)
I have a week off beginning August 13th........am also planning to do Mildenhall.
Shame I missed the Bottisham moment, as that is only seven miles from my house!
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: fboab on August 03, 2012, 10:09:13 am
Hi Morisette!
*waves*

I'll PM when we're back and arrange an assignation. You can be the Bearer of the Baton to Mildenhall.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Morrisette on August 03, 2012, 04:22:41 pm
Hey, sounds like a plan!

Never thought the legendary baton would get this far round....
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Oscar's dad on August 03, 2012, 04:31:39 pm
I can see the blessed thing slipping through my fingers again  ::-)
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: fboab on August 03, 2012, 06:17:46 pm
Not at all.
Perhaps the Legend that is bobb will take it to Essex thereafter.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Morrisette on August 22, 2012, 09:38:39 pm
Boab and I have a plan for another Baton Exchange - 7.30pm tomorrow in Barrow, Bury St Edmunds at the Three Horseshoes if anyone is in the area and would like to witness it!!!

Then hopefully I will take The Baton to Mildenhall on Saturday. All sounds like a good plan, doesn't it?!
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Canardly on August 23, 2012, 07:40:00 pm
Is there a way of recording summarising members of this parish who have had a hand in transferring this article from one end of the island to the other?
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: fboab on August 24, 2012, 08:15:58 am
I passed it on to Mr Smith.
(http://i952.photobucket.com/albums/ae7/fboab/20120823_192704.jpg)

He looks thrilled to have it.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay still in Suffolk
Post by: fboab on August 24, 2012, 08:17:34 am
but clearly he didn't want to let it go...
(http://i952.photobucket.com/albums/ae7/fboab/20120823_195600.jpg)

She's stronger than she looks, that Morrisette
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Morrisette on August 24, 2012, 09:01:18 am
Yes, I am now in possession of The Baton after what could probably be described as a Silly_Bike_Adventure. When people say they read maps like a girl, I am that girl. Luckily some sound advice from Boab and Chris got me home again! Riding through the lanes in the dark is something I haven't done very much of (my commute is on two main roads), a good experience, lots more wildlife (hares, bats, various large birds, a deer...) and very few people.

I would put in a photo if I knew how to do it!!

Anyway now I have the Baton and will be bringing it to Mildenhall for the WARTY. Who wants it next!
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay still in Suffolk
Post by: Kim on August 24, 2012, 12:49:10 pm
(http://i952.photobucket.com/albums/ae7/fboab/20120823_195600.jpg)

She's stronger than she looks, that Morrisette

That's also a rare photo of her from the front...
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: LEE on August 24, 2012, 01:02:51 pm
Photo chain looking good, see chain (http://yacf.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=40429.0)

The idea was that it gave YACFers an excuse to cycle and meet others.  That seems to have worked.  One day it may get to JoG but there's no rush....apparently.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay still in Suffolk
Post by: Morrisette on August 24, 2012, 01:41:48 pm

That's also a rare photo of her from the front...

Not sure that's a good thing!
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: fboab on August 24, 2012, 03:00:58 pm
Photo chain looking good, see chain (http://yacf.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=40429.0)
I like the chain... and yes, that is Chris S
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Oscar's dad on August 26, 2012, 06:06:20 pm
Rumour has it that bobb is now Holder of the Baton.  Can this be true???
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: JenM on August 26, 2012, 06:11:41 pm
Yes it is - the baton was passed over at lunch yesterday.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Oscar's dad on August 26, 2012, 06:13:10 pm
Yes it is - the baton was passed over at lunch yesterday.

 :thumbsup:

 ;D
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: bobb on August 27, 2012, 03:20:43 pm
Am I correct in thinking you would like it next?  :P

I can pass it on to you some time this week if you like...
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay (now in mid-Essex)
Post by: Oscar's dad on September 06, 2012, 05:48:57 am
I think we're missing a photo of the handover to bobb but yesterday evening at The Wheatsheaf in Writtle bobb handed the baton to me (I'm on the left):

(http://i95.photobucket.com/albums/l160/stevenr_01/utf-8BQ2hlbG1zZm9yZC0yMDEyMDkwNS0wMDMzNC5qcGc.jpg)

The deed was witnessed by токамак (in the background pretending not to be involved in such silliness) and the photo was taken by Huggy who may be along in a minute with a better snap.  A mate of The Mak and bobb's turned up whilst we were chatting and asked "What's that piece of wood?"  When handed the baton and told it's story, he was suitably impressed  :thumbsup:  Clearly a very fine fellow.

The plan is that I will hand it to Huggy during the course of our 200k ride on Saturday.  I am more chuffed than is reasonable to finally have the baton in my possession  ;D
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Morrisette on September 06, 2012, 09:21:41 am
I think Nutkin took a picture of mine and Bobb's Baton handover on the WARTY.

It seems to be going south again.....:-)
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: clarion on September 06, 2012, 09:54:25 am
Is that OD tugging on bobb's baton?
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Oscar's dad on September 06, 2012, 09:55:11 am
Is that OD tugging on bobb's baton?
Very much so  ;D
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: huggy on September 06, 2012, 01:05:11 pm
As requested by OD, here is another pic of the bobb-OD baton handover.  We all donned our red yacf jerseys, although mine is obviously behind the camera  ::-)

(http://i1087.photobucket.com/albums/j462/GHuggy/IMG_3528.jpg)

There may or may not have been a screech of tyres in the background as my camera flash blinded the oncoming driver  :facepalm:
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Oscar's dad on September 06, 2012, 01:09:36 pm
I think Huggy's shot does proper justice to bobb's cool hair. 
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: huggy on September 09, 2012, 10:48:06 am
The baton has now relocated less than a mile up the road in Witham but we cycled 203km to do it during a DIY Audax  ::-)

Actual handover occured in Dalham, Suffolk
EDIT: Is this one of the most gratuitous rides (http://connect.garmin.com/activity/220248640#) to handover the baton?!?

(http://i1087.photobucket.com/albums/j462/GHuggy/DIY%20200%20and%20yacf%20baton%20handover/DalhamSign.jpg)
(http://i1087.photobucket.com/albums/j462/GHuggy/DIY%20200%20and%20yacf%20baton%20handover/IMG_3535.jpg)

Who wants it next?  :)
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Tomsk on September 13, 2012, 08:23:59 pm
The Baton is currently in my care and will do the rounds of the MEMWNS reprobates for a bit until it moves on elsewhere. I could take it on Teethgrinder's 600 at the weekend, though...

There may be some photos somewhere.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: huggy on September 13, 2012, 10:33:35 pm
There may be some photos somewhere.
And here they are from the MEMWNS ride out to coast at Heybridge Basin where JenM, Tomsk, Huggy and OD (on photography duty) were in attendance.  What started out to be a reasonable early autumn ride turned in to a very wet one, after some time to dry out and a couple of beers later the first handover was made from Huggy to JenM......
(http://i1087.photobucket.com/albums/j462/GHuggy/IMG_3545.jpg)
.....and almost milliseconds later was passed on to Tomsk who looks like he was ready to make a Usain Bolt-esk dash back out in to the night
(http://i1087.photobucket.com/albums/j462/GHuggy/IMG_3546.jpg)
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Tewdric on September 13, 2012, 10:35:58 pm
He looks hopefully poised for an unconventional baton reception...
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Oscar's dad on September 14, 2012, 06:05:22 am
Excellent!  I think JenM may hold the record for being Keeper of the Baton for the least amount of time - it must have been in her guardianship  for under a minute!
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: JenM on September 14, 2012, 07:51:56 am
JenM Teflon....perhaps
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Oscar's dad on September 14, 2012, 07:53:32 am
JenM Teflon....perhaps

 ;D
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Tomsk on September 19, 2012, 09:28:07 am
Who's next - another midweek hangover, I mean handover? See the MEMWNS thread.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Oscar's dad on September 20, 2012, 09:48:44 am
Who's next - another midweek hangover, I mean handover? See the MEMWNS thread.

An option might be for you to give it back to me and I will give it to one of the bods doing our 600 DIY which starts a week on Friday (at 0700hrs).  Or if you fancy an early start you could meet us as we do the Witham > Braintree > Finchingfield leg.  In fact, I think bloomers and chief could be starting from their neck of the woods so they might be passing very close to you.  Just a thought.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Tomsk on September 20, 2012, 12:57:31 pm
Good thinking - I'll get in touch with them to suggest this - I could hand over in Finchingfield iIrc about 25km from the start, so about 08:00?
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Oscar's dad on September 20, 2012, 01:07:41 pm
Good thinking - I'll get in touch with them to suggest this - I could hand over in Finchingfield iIrc about 25km from the start, so about 08:00?

Yes, I think 8 to 8:30am should see all of us in Finchingfield. We can then take the baton on a completely pointless 600k round trip!
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Phil W on September 21, 2012, 10:59:32 am
Anyone keeping track of the mileage of this baton relay?  Could be the longest LEJOG relay ever..
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Wowbagger on September 21, 2012, 12:40:40 pm
The baton has not made its way to Southend yet.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Oscar's dad on September 21, 2012, 12:43:06 pm
The baton has not made its way to Southend yet.

You could always go and collect it from Great Dunmow.  Train to Braintree, ride along the Flitch Way, bunny hop the muddy bit at the GD end, collect from Tomsk, ride home.  Lovely day out.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: bloomers100 on September 24, 2012, 08:55:08 pm
I think Tomsk is coming to insert handover at Finchingfield. Should it stay in Essex or is there someone in Lincolnshire or Hull who wants it. We can't hang about though, Tomsk taught me that. That said I'm happy to take it on a trip to Hull and Back.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Tomsk on September 28, 2012, 05:47:44 pm
Successful hand-over this morning at Finchers; Baton is speeding north on Bloomers tasteful black and gold blinged Surly. He may have to use The Baton to beat off the admiring hordes.

I'm sure there will be pictures from this epic....
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: bloomers100 on September 30, 2012, 02:44:34 pm
There was a transfer of baton to Christophe on the Humber Bridge yesterday morning. It is back in Essex.

We nearly had to use it outside Asda's in Wisbech when the locals were kicking off with security.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Oscar's dad on September 30, 2012, 03:13:00 pm
Somehow I seem to have become the Mid-Essex baton handover photographer, taking over the mantle from Huggy.  Some are born great, others have greatness thrust upon them.  Anyhow, to business ...

Here we have Tomsk handing the baton to bloomers:

(http://i95.photobucket.com/albums/l160/stevenr_01/Withams600cam19.jpg)

The handover took place in Finchingfield and together with myself and Christophe, bloomers carried the baton to Hull as part of our

600k DIY audax (http://yacf.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=60807.0). 

The following morning, very early, bloomers handed the baton to Christophe who carried the baton back to Mid-Essex:

(http://i95.photobucket.com/albums/l160/stevenr_01/Withams600cam5.jpg)

The handover took place in the middle of the Humber bridge.  We didn't realise heights make bloomers very uneasy so he didn't want to stand near the railings with the rising sun in the background.

So basically, the baton has done a utterly pointless 600k round trip, reaching, I think, further north than it has before  ;D
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: bloomers100 on September 30, 2012, 05:04:36 pm
I don't look frightened do I.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Oscar's dad on September 30, 2012, 05:06:05 pm
I don't look frightened do I.

No, not really  ;D
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Wowbagger on September 30, 2012, 06:18:43 pm
The Baton clearly has developed a will of its own and is determined to visit Southend.

(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/2/23/One_Ring_inscription.svg/454px-One_Ring_inscription.svg.png)
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Tewdric on September 30, 2012, 06:34:22 pm
It has to do *that* cyclepath..
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on September 30, 2012, 08:57:51 pm
After which it should head back west to do the original (and still the best) Sustrans path - just to increase the pointlessness to heroic levels! Then I guess it ought to turn north... (but - has it been to Wales yet? How about a series of handovers on estuarial crossings? Hmmm?)
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Ham on September 30, 2012, 09:08:35 pm
Ahem Ahem.

Some people live in London, doncher know?
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Canardly on September 30, 2012, 09:29:50 pm
Tee hee hexellent...
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on September 30, 2012, 09:46:01 pm
Ahem Ahem.

Some people live in London, doncher know?
You've got the Thames! A handover on Tower Bridge! Or maybe the Woolwich ferry? Or one of the tunnels?
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Kim on September 30, 2012, 10:33:44 pm
Different forumite on each river crossing?  There must be enough to go round...
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on September 30, 2012, 10:41:53 pm
I think we've got rather more forumites than estuarial crossings or even estuaries - but if we expand it to include any rivers and any crossings (bridges, tunnels, ferries where allowed - and of course fords) then I'm sure we, errrr, haven't got anywhere near enough forumites!
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Christophe on October 01, 2012, 11:15:16 am
Morning

I have the baton in my possession at the moment after our handover ceremony on the Humber Bridge on Saturday morning. If it survives being used as an offensive weapon by my children then will be passing it on in the next week. After lengthly discussion with Oscar's Dad and Bloomers over the weekend (well, 30 seconds or so) I understand that Wowbagger would like a go before finally leaving Essex. I'll post something on the MEMWNS thread to make arrangements later........
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: David Martin on October 01, 2012, 11:18:56 am
Is there a route map to show where the baton has been?

..d
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: clarion on October 01, 2012, 11:20:03 am
That would add an extra element to the relay, with forumites competing to create the most perfect track of a CDC.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Ham on October 01, 2012, 11:35:56 am
http://www.bikely.com/maps/bike-path/YACF-LEJOG-BATON-RELAY

May not have been updated in a while
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Wowbagger on October 01, 2012, 12:50:14 pm
Morning

I have the baton in my possession at the moment after our handover ceremony on the Humber Bridge on Saturday morning. If it survives being used as an offensive weapon by my children then will be passing it on in the next week. After lengthly discussion with Oscar's Dad and Bloomers over the weekend (well, 30 seconds or so) I understand that Wowbagger would like a go before finally leaving Essex. I'll post something on the MEMWNS thread to make arrangements later........

My Choir Committee Meeting this Wednesday has been postponed. I wonder, could the MEMWNR series head south this week? There's the Hoop, in Stock, or the King's Head, also close to Stock. Failing that, I should be out and about on Thursday and can arrange to be in the vicinity of Witham, but during the day.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Ham on October 01, 2012, 01:29:27 pm
The map suggests that I am the nearest Londoner to Southend, happy to ride out to collect at some stage, or meet out somewhere when the time is right.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Christophe on October 01, 2012, 01:34:41 pm
Morning

I have the baton in my possession at the moment after our handover ceremony on the Humber Bridge on Saturday morning. If it survives being used as an offensive weapon by my children then will be passing it on in the next week. After lengthly discussion with Oscar's Dad and Bloomers over the weekend (well, 30 seconds or so) I understand that Wowbagger would like a go before finally leaving Essex. I'll post something on the MEMWNS thread to make arrangements later........

My Choir Committee Meeting this Wednesday has been postponed. I wonder, could the MEMWNR series head south this week? There's the Hoop, in Stock, or the King's Head, also close to Stock. Failing that, I should be out and about on Thursday and can arrange to be in the vicinity of Witham, but during the day.

Wowbagger I doubt we'll be out to play this week as myself, Oscar's Dad and Bloomers did a 600km at the weekend so will be resting. I read on one of your posts earlier in the year that there is a place for curry in Stock (I woill need details please!).  I was going to suggest a culinary evening to celebrate 600 success for myself, SR series for Oscar's Dad and Bloomers and baton handing over ceremony. Are you around on 10th?
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: LEE on October 01, 2012, 01:40:08 pm
http://www.bikely.com/maps/bike-path/YACF-LEJOG-BATON-RELAY

May not have been updated in a while

Updated as best I could figure out.

Going forward please add:

Handover took place in - place, county
Baton now resides in - place, county

makes life easier.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: jogler on October 01, 2012, 02:07:57 pm
The baton came to Stone,Liverpool,onto near Oswestry,Uttoxeter then Moira where it was collected by Loadsabikes & Canardly.
hth
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Wowbagger on October 01, 2012, 05:07:30 pm
Morning

I have the baton in my possession at the moment after our handover ceremony on the Humber Bridge on Saturday morning. If it survives being used as an offensive weapon by my children then will be passing it on in the next week. After lengthly discussion with Oscar's Dad and Bloomers over the weekend (well, 30 seconds or so) I understand that Wowbagger would like a go before finally leaving Essex. I'll post something on the MEMWNS thread to make arrangements later........

My Choir Committee Meeting this Wednesday has been postponed. I wonder, could the MEMWNR series head south this week? There's the Hoop, in Stock, or the King's Head, also close to Stock. Failing that, I should be out and about on Thursday and can arrange to be in the vicinity of Witham, but during the day.

Wowbagger I doubt we'll be out to play this week as myself, Oscar's Dad and Bloomers did a 600km at the weekend so will be resting. I read on one of your posts earlier in the year that there is a place for curry in Stock (I woill need details please!).  I was going to suggest a culinary evening to celebrate 600 success for myself, SR series for Oscar's Dad and Bloomers and baton handing over ceremony. Are you around on 10th?
I'm not about on 10th Oct.

This Saturday, there is a WARTY planned in which is intended that we visit the Compasses, Littley Green.

Could a rendez-vous be arranged?

NB It is not guaranteed that this ride will go ahead on Saturday. However, I could always ride up to Witham on Sunday, collect the baton and ride back.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Oscar's dad on October 01, 2012, 05:17:31 pm
If you do come to Witham please let me know.  I will see if I can slip out to say hello.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Christophe on October 18, 2012, 10:21:16 am
After a couple of weeks rest the baton is due to be handed over to Wowbagger on Saturday morning and will be winging it's way to Southend after several tours of mid Essex and a 600km round trip to Hull with handover to me on the Humber Bridge.
Handover Ceremony will take place at Papermill Lock at the foot of the Mighty North Hill, spiritual home of the Mid Essex Mid Week Nocturnal Series.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Christophe on October 20, 2012, 02:35:16 pm
Met up at Papermill Lock this morning withth WARTY ride for tea and cake. A successful handover took place with Wowbagger.
The baton is currently being taken out for lunch at Littley Green before heading off to Southend with Wow

Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Oscar's dad on October 20, 2012, 02:36:41 pm
And the photo???
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Christophe on October 20, 2012, 02:40:02 pm
How do you  attach one? Been trying to work it out
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Canardly on October 20, 2012, 04:00:20 pm
upload to a photo hosting site which in turn will allow you to embed photo to forum by copying and pasting a forum code link with your post.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Wowbagger on October 20, 2012, 07:58:45 pm
(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-lXxd_b3vgnY/UILaM9gB87I/AAAAAAAAHMM/beQOp-_XodE/s640/pa208163.jpg)

Del took that one.

Tomorrow the baton will do PBP.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Jurek on October 20, 2012, 08:05:27 pm
(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-lXxd_b3vgnY/UILaM9gB87I/AAAAAAAAHMM/beQOp-_XodE/s640/pa208163.jpg)

Del took that one.

Tomorrow the baton will do PBP.

PBP?

You toy with us....  :P
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Wowbagger on October 20, 2012, 08:08:15 pm
Prittlewell - Barling - Prittlewell.

What else did you have in mind?
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: delthebike on October 20, 2012, 08:09:21 pm
PBP?

You toy with us....  :P
It is the most famous ride on the calendar! Prittlewell-Barling-Prittlewell. It's got everything that an Audax rider could want. Except distance, AAA points, bus shelters, any kind of hill, sheep, Co-op's, 24 hour garages, and teethgrinder has yet to do it!
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Canardly on October 20, 2012, 08:28:30 pm
I wonder how many miles that there baton has travelled must be a few by now?
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Wowbagger on October 20, 2012, 08:32:38 pm
PBP?

You toy with us....  :P
It is the most famous ride on the calendar! Prittlewell-Barling-Prittlewell. It's got everything that an Audax rider could want. Except distance, AAA points, bus shelters, any kind of hill, sheep, Co-op's, 24 hour garages, and teethgrinder has yet to do it!

Are you, as they say in the classics, upfrit, Del? You could be the official photographer.

And it has a Co-op and a couple of bus shelters.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Jurek on October 20, 2012, 08:35:18 pm
Class :thumbsup:
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Oscar's dad on October 20, 2012, 08:36:06 pm
I'm wondering if either Christophe or Wow skinny dipped the the canal as they both have form in that department.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Jurek on October 20, 2012, 08:40:34 pm
F**k me!

I've just checked. This nonsense has been going on almost the best part of two years  ;D

It's not really ever going to get there.

Is it?

C'mon.

Let's be honest  :D

EDIT: Where the hell is my risotto - sorry  - wrong thread.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: clarion on October 20, 2012, 08:41:19 pm
Patience, young padawan.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Jurek on October 20, 2012, 08:47:36 pm
Patience, young padawan.

I had to look up 'padawan'. :-[

I am not of that generation.

I still want to know where's my frikkin' risotto.

What's the matter with gas, these days?

I haz teh hunger.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Wowbagger on October 20, 2012, 08:50:29 pm
What's the matter with gas, these days?
As a sop to the climate change hippies, the government has decided to start piping nitrogen to the plebs' cookers.

Sorry, Jurek. You're just not "one of us".
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Wowbagger on October 20, 2012, 09:03:03 pm
PBP?

You toy with us....  :P
It is the most famous ride on the calendar! Prittlewell-Barling-Prittlewell. It's got everything that an Audax rider could want. Except distance, AAA points, bus shelters, any kind of hill, sheep, Co-op's, 24 hour garages, and teethgrinder has yet to do it!

Are you, as they say in the classics, upfrit, Del? You could be the official photographer.

And it has a Co-op and a couple of bus shelters.

Bugger. I've just seen the forecast. I think PBP will have to wait for another day.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Jurek on October 20, 2012, 09:12:40 pm
PBP?

You toy with us....  :P
It is the most famous ride on the calendar! Prittlewell-Barling-Prittlewell. It's got everything that an Audax rider could want. Except distance, AAA points, bus shelters, any kind of hill, sheep, Co-op's, 24 hour garages, and teethgrinder has yet to do it!

Are you, as they say in the classics, upfrit, Del? You could be the official photographer.

And it has a Co-op and a couple of bus shelters.

Bugger. I've just seen the forecast. I think PBP will have to wait for another day.
Wuss.
 :P
 :-*
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: LEE on October 22, 2012, 04:20:21 pm
F**k me!

I've just checked. This nonsense has been going on almost the best part of two years  ;D

It's not really ever going to get there.

Is it?

C'mon.

Let's be honest  :D


Being honest...it really doesn't matter when/if it gets there.

Just as long as it keeps moving and getting people to meet up......who cares?
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: LEE on October 22, 2012, 04:21:04 pm
(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-lXxd_b3vgnY/UILaM9gB87I/AAAAAAAAHMM/beQOp-_XodE/s640/pa208163.jpg)

Del took that one.

Tomorrow the baton will do PBP.

Going forward please add:

Handover took place in - place, county
Baton now resides in - place, county
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Wowbagger on October 22, 2012, 04:23:45 pm
I have yet to master the art of going backwards on my bicycle. I believe Nutty could cycle backwards on fixed, and I dare say there are others as well.

The handover took place at Paper Mill Lock, Little Baddow, Essex.

The baton currently resides in Prittlewell, in the Unitary Authority area of Southend, within the county of Essex.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: LEE on October 22, 2012, 04:25:59 pm
Apologies...I work for an American IT company.

We're forever going forward, blue-sky thinking and socialising information.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Ham on October 22, 2012, 05:05:38 pm
A plan! if it is still about in a couple of weeks time, a foray to Sarfend and back, one Saturday or Sunday. Fancy a ride, Andrij? Although if I can manage it, I might try to skive one weekday.....
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Wowbagger on October 22, 2012, 05:38:06 pm
A plan! if it is still about in a couple of weeks time, a foray to Sarfend and back, one Saturday or Sunday. Fancy a ride, Andrij? Although if I can manage it, I might try to skive one weekday.....

That would work. Perhaps we could meet half-way? The Hoop, in Stock, serves excellent beer and food.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Ham on October 22, 2012, 05:56:09 pm
Final details to be resolved as and when; I had a fancy for a handover by a Southend chippie, but Stock sounds excellent, too.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Wowbagger on October 22, 2012, 06:49:46 pm
We could do that. We could find one near the pier, or possibly the Southend Radio building, architect Mr. S. Legg-Bandage, which is very close to the pier.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Oscar's dad on October 22, 2012, 07:11:48 pm
We could do that. We could find one near the pier, or possibly the Southend Radio building, architect Mr. S. Legg-Bandage, which is very close to the pier.

Or at the end of the pier.  You could go on that little train.  I'm sure Wow can book your tickets on-line.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Oscar's dad on October 22, 2012, 07:12:26 pm
We could do that. We could find one near the pier, or possibly the Southend Radio building, architect Mr. S. Legg-Bandage, which is very close to the pier.

Or at the end of the pier.  You could go on that little train.  I'm sure Wow can book your tickets on-line.

Oh hang on, scrap that.  The baton can't travel by train can it?
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: LEE on October 23, 2012, 12:44:18 pm
No it can't
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Ham on October 23, 2012, 01:21:37 pm
Looking like  Andrij and myself on the 11th somehow or t'other
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Wowbagger on October 23, 2012, 05:38:03 pm
Looking like  Andrij and myself on the 11th somehow or t'other

11th November is right out, I'm afraid: I have a concert in the afternoon and a rehearsal in the morning.

I suppose you could come to the concert and we could do the transfer outside the Cliffs Pavilion!
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Wowbagger on October 23, 2012, 11:37:42 pm
Today was a Great Day in the history of le baton. Today it did PBP.

I invited my good friend, photographer and chaperone Delthebike, who came along to take pictures, make sure I didn't cheat and to join me in an ale house. It was a misty day and not at all conducive to photography. Given that I am also in a lot of them, I think that Del found it quite a challenge to make the photographs attractive. However, I digress.

Just to prove we'd been there, there is an obligatory photograph of Prittlewell.

(http://peter.chesspod.com/gallery/d/17582-2/pa238193.jpg)

Next we tackled the nastiness which is Sutton Road. See how the local motorist carefully ignores the "No Overtaking" sign.

(http://peter.chesspod.com/gallery/d/17588-2/pa238195.jpg)

Le baton is in view at this point, just to show that it's on the ride. Note the lop-sideed Carradice and shorts. There will be evidence of beards later, but I didn't stretch to sandals. It is October after all.

(http://peter.chesspod.com/gallery/d/17594-2/pa238197.jpg)

I'm going really well at this point. That hill must be about 1 in 3 but my wheels are going so fast they are  a blur.

(http://peter.chesspod.com/gallery/d/17597-2/pa238198.jpg)

It wasn't long before we arrived in Barling. Le baton takes pride of place on top of the road sign.

(http://peter.chesspod.com/gallery/d/17606-2/pa238201.jpg)

Despite being in the heart of rural France, we found a British flag. I put my hat on sideways and stuck my fist in my top to try to look Gallic.

(http://peter.chesspod.com/gallery/d/17612-2/pa238203.jpg)

It being France, there was evidence of a vineyard.

(http://peter.chesspod.com/gallery/d/17621-1/pa238206.jpg)

Since this was an audax, it was clearly necessary to fall asleep in the bus shelter. Note that I am keeping le baton safe at all times.

(http://peter.chesspod.com/gallery/d/17633-1/pa238210.jpg)

After we left the bus shelter Del noticed un très petit escargot on my jacket. We felt it wasn't big enough to eat so we let it escape.

(http://peter.chesspod.com/gallery/d/17639-1/pa238212.jpg)

Because Barling is such a sprawling metropolis we felt it was sensble to take another photograph.

(http://peter.chesspod.com/gallery/d/17645-1/pa238214.jpg)

We stopped at l'église de tous les saints for another photograph

(http://peter.chesspod.com/gallery/d/17651-1/pa238216.jpg)

and shortly met les canards.

(http://peter.chesspod.com/gallery/d/17663-1/pa238220.jpg)

It being France, there was un chateau

(http://peter.chesspod.com/gallery/d/17660-2/pa238219.jpg)

where we indulged in some urgent carbo-loading.

(http://peter.chesspod.com/gallery/d/17684-1/pa238227.jpg)

To prove that I had been there, I bought some flapjack in the Co-op in Wakering and made sure I had that all-important till receipt.

(http://peter.chesspod.com/gallery/d/17699-2/pa238232.jpg)

It being a long ride, it seemed appropriate to find another bus shelter and found this luxury brick-built affair, constructed into the wall of Great Wakering church.

(http://peter.chesspod.com/gallery/d/17717-1/pa238238.jpg)

Eventually, exhausted but triumphant, we complete our quest and, back in Prittlewell les Champs d'East Street, celebrated with a nice cup of tea and some flapjack.

(http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-ouSukzoU1Iw/T977SMjC7cI/AAAAAAAAATA/9Zbrlz4zJFs/s1600/63brevet_card.JPG)

A brevet card.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Oscar's dad on October 24, 2012, 07:17:01 am

Next we tackled the nastiness which is Sutton Road. See how the local motorist carefully ignores the "No Overtaking" sign.

(http://peter.chesspod.com/gallery/d/17588-2/pa238195.jpg)


I think you're being a bit harsh on the driver of the grey car.  The road sign only prohibits the overtaking of black cars by red cars  ::-)

Anyhow, a very good effort by you and Del.  I hope the baton has enjoyed it’s time with us Essex folk as it has done lots of silly things  ;D
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Jurek on October 24, 2012, 07:56:02 am
F**k me!

I've just checked. This nonsense has been going on almost the best part of two years  ;D

It's not really ever going to get there.

Is it?

C'mon.

Let's be honest  :D


Being honest...it really doesn't matter when/if it gets there.

Just as long as it keeps moving and getting people to meet up......who cares?

You're right, of course  :D
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: LEE on October 24, 2012, 03:52:44 pm
(http://peter.chesspod.com/gallery/d/17621-1/pa238206.jpg)

(http://peter.chesspod.com/gallery/d/17699-2/pa238232.jpg)

Stop pretending you've done a 600km Audax.

FYI. the only time I've ever considered sleeping in a bus-shelter (the Midhurst 600) they were all bloody full of bloody cyclists.  No room at the crappy Inn.

By the time I'd found one unoccupied it was daybreak and I wasn't tired any more.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: LEE on October 24, 2012, 04:14:15 pm
(https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-nTiVzkVIrg4/UIgFj9mV1KI/AAAAAAAAAgE/mcInyuGQKT0/s640/lejog%2520relay%2520oct%25202012.jpg)

Apologies if I missed a few bits.

There must be a good opportunity to get this into that there Lundun for some concentrated handover action.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Oscar's dad on October 24, 2012, 04:16:40 pm
I'm not sure what Wow is doing with the baton and his left hand in the top bus shelter photo  :hand:
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: delthebike on October 24, 2012, 04:23:11 pm
I'm not sure what Wow is doing with the baton and his left hand in the top bus shelter photo  :hand:
As the chaperone I can categorically state that no untoward baton fiddlin' took place. (while I was looking anyway)  :)
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Kim on October 24, 2012, 04:31:03 pm
Stop pretending you've done a 600km Audax.

I thought he was pretending to have done a 1200km Audax...
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Oscar's dad on November 14, 2012, 05:31:52 pm
Is the baton coming to the Christmas Do?
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Ham on November 14, 2012, 06:00:16 pm
Inneresting question..... if I still have it, that'll be a maybe.

(as I haven't quite yet got it)
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Wowbagger on November 14, 2012, 07:17:03 pm
We could always exchange batons at the Christmas do!
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Ham on November 14, 2012, 07:50:42 pm
That could be a problem for me as if I were able to make it, my plan is to be rescued by Mrs Ham by car..... not part of the approved transport arrangements for the baton.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Dez on November 17, 2012, 02:05:36 pm
Wowbagger hands the baton over to Ham:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3PLGMsj647o
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Oscar's dad on November 17, 2012, 02:16:44 pm
Epic!  It needs a soundtrack.  Not sure what though.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Dez on November 17, 2012, 02:30:39 pm
Epic!  It needs a soundtrack.  Not sure what though.

It has one. Try turning your speakers on... ;)
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Wowbagger on November 17, 2012, 02:52:42 pm
Wowbagger hands the baton over to Ham:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3PLGMsj647o

Such a shame... Ham's readjustment on landing must have cost him points.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: bloomers100 on November 17, 2012, 03:40:58 pm
Beautiful. Setting the bar high there chaps. Makes the grainy phone saps look a bit pants  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Basil on November 17, 2012, 04:33:42 pm
I cried a little bit.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Oscar's dad on November 17, 2012, 05:01:02 pm
Epic!  It needs a soundtrack.  Not sure what though.

It has one. Try turning your speakers on... ;)

Oh yeah, sorry  ;D  Very moving!
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Wowbagger on November 17, 2012, 05:06:35 pm
For completeness, I include the route that Del and I took when we ventured forth with the baton a couple of weeks ago.

http://www.bikehike.co.uk/mapview.php?lnk=http://peter.chesspod.com/routes/PBP.gpx
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Wowbagger on November 17, 2012, 05:07:50 pm
Beautiful. Setting the bar high there chaps. Makes the grainy phone saps look a bit pants  :thumbsup:

That's no way to talk about your friends!
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Ham on November 17, 2012, 05:12:41 pm
You would have thought that I could have got that handover right after all the practice we had  :demon:

A fuller report will be forthcoming in the fullness.

The Baton is now safe chez ham, who's next? I think it should criss cross London a bit.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Andrij on November 17, 2012, 06:07:39 pm
Beautiful work there, Dez. :)

Ham, I have some ideas bubbling up, will be in touch.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: jogler on November 17, 2012, 06:25:36 pm
Beautiful work there, Dez. :)

Ham, I have some ideas bubbling up, will be in touch.

keep taking the tablets:you'll be reet ;D
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on November 17, 2012, 09:32:53 pm
That captures the heroic nature of the YACF LEJoG Relay endeavour.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Phil W on November 17, 2012, 11:14:15 pm
It must get to the LEL 2013 start at Loughton and be carried forward to Edinburgh - best chance going of it ever reaching JOG
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Ashaman42 on November 18, 2012, 10:00:40 pm
But then it must come back from Edinburgh to Loughton with someone else and then work it's way north again.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Ham on December 12, 2012, 06:27:44 pm
Just reminding folks wot I have wot someone might want. For all I know someone might have a long felt want.

Dependent on factors might be able to deliver anywhere in M25 one day early next week. (actually, thre is a chance I won't but we'll cross that bridge as they say)

Note: handover should be London Centric, this is too important to happen just anywhere.... so even if a local person (kicks Andrij under the table) would like it, Manor Park will NOT be the handover venue.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Ham on January 06, 2013, 03:21:19 pm
A New Year, an old stick.

I have it, who wants it next?
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Wowbagger on January 06, 2013, 04:30:30 pm
It surely has to do LE even if it doesn't come back to L again afterwards.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: LEE on January 06, 2013, 04:32:01 pm
There is potential for many handovers now it's in London
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Ham on January 06, 2013, 05:11:05 pm
I should warn peoples I have a handover plan.............
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: shyumu on January 07, 2013, 06:43:08 pm
I would be a little disappointed if the baton shot from London to Edinburgh without being able to help it on the way through the northeast and possibly the northwest.  (This is me being a little sad at feeling left out)

I thought from the map that there was a good spread of volunteers across the country to pass the baton north (when the southern team had lost interest or managed to pass it around everyone).  I've been quietly and patiently waiting my turn.  I also thought the relay was a good excuse for a longer ride and a chance to meet up on the most convoluted relay ever.  (This is me trying to find community-building reasons why the baton shouldn't ride LEL)

Would carrying the baton on LEL count as riding in two events at the same time?  Would you get disqualified for taking part in a LEJOG relay while also taking part in an Audax?  (This last comment was me being really silly and doesn't warrant a reply)

Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Basil on January 07, 2013, 07:26:54 pm
I think that that baton riding LEL would be fine, as long as it does the whole ride and ends up back in L.  It can then re-commence its rather random haphazard journey northwards
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: shyumu on January 07, 2013, 09:59:21 pm
Will anyone make the baton a little LEL jersey to wear on the ride?
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: LEE on January 09, 2013, 11:44:46 am
A group photo of YACFers with the Baton, on LEL, would be nice.

However I think we really need to make sure it ends up back on London for some serious handover action before it heads up North again.

Also, don't forget..the baton only travels by bike (exceptions are public transport, in order to negotiate large bodies of water, where there is no obvious alternative.  e.g. Cowes Chainlink Ferry.  Eurotunnel to France.  But you really must cycle to the point of embarkation)
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: RJ on January 09, 2013, 12:43:19 pm
<In Edinburgh> *twiddles thums*  ;)
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: clarion on January 09, 2013, 01:30:54 pm
I should warn peoples I have a handover plan.............

So what became of this?  Or should I pop over to collect it? ;)
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Ham on January 09, 2013, 02:54:44 pm
I should warn peoples I have a handover plan.............

So what became of this?  Or should I pop over to collect it? ;)

Are you volunteering? YHPM
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: loadsabikes on February 24, 2013, 04:27:47 pm
what has become of the baton? It appears to have been hijacked onto another thread.
Lets get it back on here so that we all know where it is.
It appears to have somewhat taken root in that London! :)
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: clarion on February 24, 2013, 04:34:20 pm
It's in London, with Ham.  A planned handover to me had to be abandoned because of bad weather, and we haven't had a chance to rearrange.  Sadly, I'm too ill to ride atm, so it may have to go to someone else, and we'll hope for it to come our way.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Ham on February 24, 2013, 05:37:12 pm
Volunteers volunteers volunteers

Please?
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Ham on March 01, 2013, 08:15:46 pm
Come on Londoners..... is there nobody out there?

I have a few logistical problems at the moment, but The Mission needs to continue.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: marcusjb on March 01, 2013, 08:27:22 pm
Hmmm - thinking ahead - would it like a little trip to Edinburgh and back?

Happy to carry it for a good section of LEL.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: hatler on March 01, 2013, 08:31:49 pm
Ham, Are you ever down Sunbury way these days ?
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Snakehips on March 01, 2013, 08:44:07 pm
Where is it ?
Where is it supposed to be going ?
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Ham on March 01, 2013, 08:45:11 pm

I confess I have some plans for the handover, that WILL involve a third person to record the event and if you'd be interested, would you be able to do a midweek handover? There's an office in Bedfont I can work at, Heathrow could be the backdrop for a handover? Wednesday?  Failing that soddit I can ride anywhere in London, just have to fin the time.

I'd be happy ferrying the baton back to the LEL off (just up the road from me, anyway) but it really is high time someone else had a crack.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Ham on March 01, 2013, 08:45:55 pm
Where is it ?
Where is it supposed to be going ?

It's in London atm, it will end up at some stage in JoG,it has a life to live before then.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Kim on March 02, 2013, 12:01:42 am
And there was me assuming that this thread would be inundated with volunteers as soon as the baton got within a gnat's hair of the M25...
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Jaded on March 02, 2013, 12:12:40 am
21st Nov 2010 Andover
1st March 2013 London
 :thumbsup:
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Basil on March 02, 2013, 01:17:02 am
C'mon Londoners.  Shovel it about a bit.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: clarion on March 02, 2013, 07:45:20 am
I'm a very willing volunteer!



Just not a capable one right now :(
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: loadsabikes on March 02, 2013, 09:36:49 am
C'mon Londoners.  Shovel it about a bit.
I think they are all still hibernating ;)
With the exception of Mr C of course, are you feeling any better?
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Oscar's dad on March 02, 2013, 09:51:49 am
If this carries on I'll meet up with Ham and bring the blessed thing back to Essex! 
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: loadsabikes on March 02, 2013, 09:53:24 am
And I'll ride to you and wisk it Norff!
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: jogler on March 02, 2013, 09:58:16 am
If this carries on I'll meet up with Ham and bring the blessed thing back to Essex!

At least it will be on the move again.It can always go back to London later.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Oscar's dad on March 02, 2013, 10:06:55 am
A bit later I will have a look at my work schedule for the next couple of weeks and see if I can ride home from the London office one evening.

Come on you Londoners, get your backsides out of Look Mum No Hands, hop on your trendy fixies and get The Baton moving again  ;D
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Ham on March 02, 2013, 10:11:53 am
Not ver' good, is it?

 :-[  :-[  :-[  :-[  :-[
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: jogler on March 02, 2013, 01:38:13 pm
If it can be passed back to me in the next few weeks It may be possible to relay it to Darlington thereafter to move it northwards et al.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: loadsabikes on March 02, 2013, 03:10:59 pm
We could meet at Cobblers!!! Not sure if I could get Canardly to ride Beacon hill again though.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: jogler on March 02, 2013, 03:38:27 pm
I think you mean Conkers

http://www.campingandcaravanningclub.co.uk/siteseekerlite/aspx/details.aspx?id=7105&returnPage=search.aspx%7cradius%3d20%7clocation%3d(52.7362916559109%2c+++-1.60400390625)%7csiteTypes%3d1%2c++2%2c++3%2c++5&clearSearch=N

n'est pas?
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: loadsabikes on March 02, 2013, 11:05:35 pm
That as well!!
You knew what I meant.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: jogler on March 03, 2013, 08:59:19 am

That as well!!
You knew what I meant.

That's 'cause I'm sick-ick physcic ;D.
I'll have a chat with our man in Darlington to see if he wishes,or not, to carry north from joglerville.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Canardly on March 03, 2013, 06:29:45 pm
If we are going up that damn hill again Im staying in a hotel......!  ::-)
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: loadsabikes on March 03, 2013, 06:41:30 pm
Wot! half way up ;D
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Ashaman42 on March 03, 2013, 08:03:35 pm
Is there any chance of the baton heading Sussex way? I'm right on the coast (Eastbourne) so possibly a bit too far for me to get it from that London but if someone else can get it a bit nearer?
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Deano on March 03, 2013, 08:05:49 pm

That as well!!
You knew what I meant.

That's 'cause I'm sick-ick physcic ;D.
I'll have a chat with our man in Darlington to see if he wishes,or not, to carry north from joglerville.

Probably not a goer, as I'm catching the train back to Darlo from Derby.

Still, all pretty academic if it's still down in London!
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Ham on March 03, 2013, 08:09:39 pm
Is there any chance of the baton heading Sussex way? I'm right on the coast (Eastbourne) so possibly a bit too far for me to get it from that London but if someone else can get it a bit nearer?

Technically, I'd happily ride it down (only about 75 miles?) but organisation might be an issue. Life at the moment is a bit chaotic, but I may well take you up on that.

AND I am sure there must be some Lunnoners that really WANT to take it, but are probably a little put off by the responsibility.

My message to you all: You CAN do it.

Step forward now some volunteers.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Wowbagger on March 03, 2013, 08:10:55 pm
Is there any chance of the baton heading Sussex way? I'm right on the coast (Eastbourne) so possibly a bit too far for me to get it from that London but if someone else can get it a bit nearer?

Technically, I'd happily ride it down (only about 75 miles?) but organisation might be an issue. Life at the moment is a bit chaotic, but I may well take you up on that.

AND I am sure there must be some Lunnoners that really WANT to take it, but are probably a little put off by the responsibility.

My message to you all: You CAN do it.

Step forward now some volunteers.

Couldn't Julian take it for a while? It would make a beautiful gavel.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: clarion on March 03, 2013, 08:18:52 pm
I'm still keen, and may be back awheel by the end of the week...
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Ham on March 03, 2013, 09:05:19 pm
Anyone can take it, all it needs is immersion in the Thames (7 times) to cleanse the body, 13 laps around Parliament square to cleanse the spirit and a climb to the top of Highgate Hill to prepare the legs.

I lie.

No previous experience required.

(And Clarion, it would be most EXCELLENT if you were back in some sort of shape, but really there should be more of us in this here London .....)
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: jogler on March 03, 2013, 09:17:34 pm


Probably not a goer, as I'm catching the train back to Darlo from Derby.



O.K.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Ashaman42 on March 03, 2013, 09:20:15 pm
Is there any chance of the baton heading Sussex way? I'm right on the coast (Eastbourne) so possibly a bit too far for me to get it from that London but if someone else can get it a bit nearer?

Technically, I'd happily ride it down (only about 75 miles?) but organisation might be an issue. Life at the moment is a bit chaotic, but I may well take you up on that.


My life is chaotic too but I would certainly cycle towards London and meet you somewhere in the middle.

Shall we leave it a bit and see if a few more Londoners want it first and if not try and arrange something?
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Valiant on March 05, 2013, 05:19:30 am
I'll take it. Where's it going? To clarion? :D


It'll be my first yacf ride in years!
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Ham on March 05, 2013, 07:02:03 am
Yer on!

Y(W)HPM
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Oscar's dad on March 05, 2013, 07:13:15 am
Hooray, it's moving! Well done Sam!
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: clarion on March 05, 2013, 07:16:05 am
Yay!
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Valiant on March 05, 2013, 01:47:21 pm
So where am I taking it? Who want's it next? I could take it to Phil but would be a err 100metre ride lol
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Ham on March 05, 2013, 01:57:33 pm
I was going to organise a handover ride, but with Mrs Ham having an op scheduled, it's all a bit up in the air - I'll give you a call.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Kim on March 05, 2013, 02:00:04 pm
So where am I taking it? Who want's it next? I could take it to Phil but would be a err 100metre ride lol

There's already form for that sort of thing:

https://yacf.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=40429.msg963350#msg963350
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Oscar's dad on March 05, 2013, 02:39:24 pm
So where am I taking it? Who want's it next? I could take it to Phil but would be a err 100metre ride lol
100 metres is long distance!  We did it in the same pub without stepping outside!
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: LEE on March 05, 2013, 03:53:48 pm
YACFers in a relationship may want to post photos of the shortest distance travelled for a handover.

(This could get interesting)
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Valiant on March 05, 2013, 04:25:37 pm
Oo er
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Wowbagger on March 05, 2013, 04:29:20 pm
YACFers in a relationship may want to post photos of the shortest distance travelled for a handover.

(This could get interesting)

And if you haven't got a baton handy, then perhaps you might practise with something else...
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Valiant on March 05, 2013, 04:34:49 pm
Root vegetables may make a good stand in.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: JenM on March 05, 2013, 04:38:14 pm
As I was party to the swiftest handover of the baton recently (photos are somewhere), I would like to categorically state that I am not in a relationship with either Oscar's Dad or Tomsk!!!!!
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: LEE on March 05, 2013, 04:39:35 pm
Root vegetables may make a good stand in.

Or winter broth.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Oscar's dad on March 05, 2013, 05:31:22 pm
As I was party to the swiftest handover of the baton recently (photos are somewhere), I would like to categorically state that I am not in a relationship with either Oscar's Dad or Tomsk!!!!!

Excuses me madam  :o  all I did was take the photos.  Post #843 on page 34 is the one you want  ;D
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Ham on April 13, 2013, 08:21:07 am
SATURDAY 13th APRIL RELAY MOVEMENT ALERT

I'm going to be riding around London this morning, and the baton is coming along. So if anyone has the fancy to become the holder I can be contacted on my mobile. To avoid spam collectors replace ABC with the numbers 079. May be best to text, too, and I can call back ABC57 529723. In the first instance, I 'd say anywhere inside the M25.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: clarion on April 13, 2013, 08:38:01 am
Ah.  Now, I'm in Central London, but I am at work :(

Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Oscar's dad on April 13, 2013, 08:40:42 am
Glad the baton is moving. Let's hope we get a handover. Fair winds you Londoners, yacf expects!
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Valiant on April 13, 2013, 04:32:16 pm
Oh boo I missed it :(
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Ham on April 13, 2013, 05:17:15 pm
THE BATON'S BIG DAY OUT
==================

Understandably because there was no warning, there was no handover possible. But, I had decided that it was time to show the baton the sights - after all, it hasn't been to London before, and it is getting quite old.

I quickly realised what a significant artefact I was carrying, and here's the photographic proof:

MORE !!! Monumental than the Monument
(https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-MM3T98rdd3o/UWmBy4-XgWI/AAAAAAAAm8A/Djud-GXUjaQ/s640/IMG_0895.JPG)

TALLER!! Than the Shard
(https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-NvjarCjiLYY/UWmBzUlewNI/AAAAAAAAm8I/x28J1Fq9fXA/s640/IMG_0899.JPG)

AMAZED!! by Tower Bridge
(https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-pF9F3u-TcJo/UWmBzgUAgbI/AAAAAAAAm8Q/pGKLm5slXKE/s640/IMG_0903.JPG)

SPINNY-ER!! Than the London Eye
(https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-sw_PLcizRcU/UWmB0BRGe8I/AAAAAAAAm8Y/Mw-HVyG6Mb4/s640/IMG_0907.JPG)

BONGY-ER!! Than Big Ben
(https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-BQiPT-X5RCg/UWmB0uhYI0I/AAAAAAAAm8c/nQqmiWy489o/s640/IMG_0911.JPG)

STICKY-ER!! Than Churchill's Stick
(https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-rZsYUsuiTwI/UWmB1BBkPKI/AAAAAAAAm8o/oSZGahU5szI/s640/IMG_0912.JPG)

STANDING!! To attention outside Buckingham Palace
(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-dEYve_MRA7A/UWmB1mA3J7I/AAAAAAAAm8w/qw8CZGKeX6o/s640/IMG_0913.JPG)

ALMOST!! As big as the Telecom Tower
(https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-frzmQoTn3Zc/UWmB2Cq-8sI/AAAAAAAAm80/jIh97EA-uow/s640/IMG_0915.JPG)

I'm goign to be riding east to west on Wednesday evening over to HEathrow, then not back till next week.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Wowbagger on April 13, 2013, 05:23:47 pm
Warning: bad-taste joke that's escaped from POBI.

(click to show/hide)
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Valiant on April 13, 2013, 06:00:44 pm
haha that is awesome!
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Oscar's dad on April 13, 2013, 06:36:29 pm
Excellent!
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: LEE on April 13, 2013, 08:07:29 pm
The Baton will soon have been on the road for two and a half years !!!! (Three years in November).

Keep up the good work.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: jogler on May 02, 2013, 07:03:39 pm
Any plans by anyone to move the baton on?
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Basil on May 02, 2013, 07:14:45 pm
Is it STILL in London?  And not moving around it?
Don't let it ever go back there.  They're flipping hopeless. 
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Dibdib on May 02, 2013, 07:29:40 pm
I'm almost tempted to attempt a cycle home from London to Swindon, in order to move Teh Baton Of Awesum on its way.

Alas, taking it to the sunny sights of Swindonia would probably be less fun for the baton.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Canardly on May 02, 2013, 08:15:09 pm
Is the baton doing LEL?
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: fungus on May 02, 2013, 08:27:47 pm
Is the baton doing LEL?

Brilliant idea  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Ham on May 02, 2013, 09:15:33 pm
Still 'ere....
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: iddu on May 03, 2013, 08:14:23 am
Is the baton doing LEL?

Brilliant idea  :thumbsup:
Dunno, but if it's still in THAT LONDON mid-july it can have a jaunt to Thee Howling Wastelands of CrimmeriaThe North/folk somewhere along the route, for a change of scenery...
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Katie on May 06, 2013, 01:25:50 pm
Still doing my periodic six months of posting to YACF regularly, six months off thing...

How on earth did it get back darn sarf again?

I've now moved from Shropshire to Manchester (and updated map accordingly) and willing to shift it somewhere within about 25 miles of Stockport...
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Wowbagger on May 06, 2013, 01:32:00 pm
It was carried by a swallow..
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Dibdib on May 06, 2013, 01:32:42 pm
It was carried by a swallow..

An African swallow or a European swallow?
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: RJ on May 06, 2013, 09:25:44 pm
Is the baton doing LEL?

Brilliant idea  :thumbsup:

Could it do LE this year, stay up here and do a sedate grand tour of Scotland, before completing EL in 2017?    The necessary documentation can be arranged - probably  ;) That should be enough time to see the sights, without troubling the average speed too much ...

EDIT:  maybe making this thread a sticky would help keep the baton moving along?
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: loadsabikes on May 20, 2013, 10:51:21 pm
I am going to do the Oxford--London ride on 7/8th June and the Smithfield nocturn meet on the saturday evening.
Can the baton meet up on Saturday and I will then be off on a mini tour back north the following week via the east coast.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Ham on May 20, 2013, 11:00:04 pm
Saturday night is a no-no because I'm at the theatre (Open Air, To Kill a Mockingbird)

You in London all day?
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: loadsabikes on May 20, 2013, 11:05:25 pm
Ham, yes I will be about all day so could meet up, where do you suggest?
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Chris S on May 20, 2013, 11:28:28 pm
Are we allowed to carry it again?

If so - we'll happily take it to Edinburgh on LEL at the end of July, for its Scottish trip.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: LEE on May 20, 2013, 11:31:55 pm
Saturday night is a no-no because I'm at the theatre (Open Air, To Kill a Mockingbird)


Open air?  that's handy, can I suggest an air rifle?

What play are you going to see?

 

Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: jogler on May 20, 2013, 11:53:52 pm
Are we allowed to carry it again?

No reason why you shouldn't

If so - we'll happily take it to Edinburgh on LEL at the end of July, for its Scottish trip.

cracking idea :thumbsup:
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Ham on May 20, 2013, 11:56:20 pm
First thing would probably be most useful. Will you have a camera operator with you?
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: loadsabikes on May 21, 2013, 12:02:36 am
Not sure where the Oxford ride gets into London or at what time but firstish thing should be ok.
Chris, I can drop it off to you as I head noorff the following week.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: loadsabikes on May 21, 2013, 12:09:11 am
Just read the Oxford post. We arrive at the cafe Paolo in Acton at 06-30 sat morning. Is that early enough?
From there, i will be pootling back to SE london for a snooze at my daughter's before the evening racing.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Chris S on May 21, 2013, 12:16:39 am
We're not riding to London for LEL - we'll be driving to the start.

Ideally, we'd collect it at the start of LEL. We're staying at Tynan's before the start, if that's any use.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: loadsabikes on May 21, 2013, 12:24:26 am
What about collecting from Kirton control on the way up.
I am volunteering there for the duration.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Chris S on May 21, 2013, 07:47:21 am
What about collecting from Kirton control on the way up.
I am volunteering there for the duration.

That would work  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Ham on May 21, 2013, 07:53:59 am
Cafe Paolo 6:30? You're on! That also means that the event will be properly recorded.

I haz plans.

edit: paging Andrij...... paging Andrij ......
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: jogler on May 21, 2013, 09:13:09 am
What about collecting from Kirton control on the way up.
I am volunteering there for the duration.

Be mindfull that the baton cannot travel on the train,bus or car etc.
Cycle only
 :)
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: LEE on May 21, 2013, 09:21:03 am
What about collecting from Kirton control on the way up.
I am volunteering there for the duration.

Be mindfull that the baton cannot travel on the train,bus or car etc.
Cycle only
 :)

See above.


I like the idea of taking the Baton sightseeing.

Maybe we could all take the time, when we have the baton in our possession, to show it some local sights.

See Ham's perfect examples on previous page

(https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-MM3T98rdd3o/UWmBy4-XgWI/AAAAAAAAm8A/Djud-GXUjaQ/s640/IMG_0895.JPG)
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Chris S on May 21, 2013, 09:23:34 am
Agreed. But it's only getting to see The South.

There are interesting sites in The North too. LEL provides the perfect opportunity for a rapid transit north, by bike.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: jogler on May 21, 2013, 09:26:08 am
Is the baton an AUK member or will the £2 insurance supplement be appropriate? ;D
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: LEE on May 21, 2013, 09:31:09 am
Agreed. But it's only getting to see The South.

There are interesting sites in The North too. LEL provides the perfect opportunity for a rapid transit north, by bike.

Gets it nearer to JoG as well (although, as I found out on my own LEJoG, it's still a surprisingly long way)
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Deano on May 21, 2013, 09:33:52 am
I'll be at Barnard Castle if anyone wants to drop it off there (I'll be cycling home).
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: jogler on May 21, 2013, 09:39:10 am
Agreed. But it's only getting to see The South.

There are interesting sites in The North too. LEL provides the perfect opportunity for a rapid transit north, by bike.

Get's it nearer to JoG as well (although, as I found out on my own LEJoG, it's still a surprisingly long way)

my bold

Yes indeed.
Untill I got to Edinburgh I failed to realise that JoG to Edinburgh is approx a third of the total distance. :o
My perception of how LARGE Scotland is was certainly amended.

Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: hulver on May 21, 2013, 09:39:32 am
Are we allowed to carry it again?

If so - we'll happily take it to Edinburgh on LEL at the end of July, for its Scottish trip.
I've not carried it yet, and I'm doing LEL. I'd love to carry it some of the way North (or back South again if somebody wants to collect it from a control).
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Chris S on May 21, 2013, 09:41:21 am
I'll be at Barnard Castle if anyone wants to drop it off there (I'll be cycling home).

How about it does a relay between YACF riders Northbound, and then gets deposited with someone like yourself southbound, so it at least gets to visit Scotland. It could be transferred from rider to rider at controls going north, easily enough.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: jogler on May 21, 2013, 09:41:45 am
This idea is growing legs wheels :thumbsup:
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Deano on May 21, 2013, 09:44:26 am
I'll be at Barnard Castle if anyone wants to drop it off there (I'll be cycling home).

How about it does a relay between YACF riders Northbound, and then gets deposited with someone like yourself southbound, so it at least gets to visit Scotland. It could be transferred from rider to rider at controls going north, easily enough.

Great potential for confusion amongst sleep-deprived riders and volunteers - I like it :thumbsup:
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Chris S on May 21, 2013, 09:46:04 am
I'll be at Barnard Castle if anyone wants to drop it off there (I'll be cycling home).

How about it does a relay between YACF riders Northbound, and then gets deposited with someone like yourself southbound, so it at least gets to visit Scotland. It could be transferred from rider to rider at controls going north, easily enough.

Great potential for confusion amongst sleep-deprived riders and volunteers - I like it :thumbsup:

Definitely. What could possibly go wrong?
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on May 21, 2013, 11:01:38 am
If the baton's going to be at Cafe Paolo's at the end of the Oxford-London ride, I'm looking forward to meeting it! Funny thing, it's often mentioned but doesn't seem to post itself. Does it have a YACF jersey?  ;D
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: LeBaton on May 21, 2013, 09:59:08 pm
No, I don't have a YACF jersey, I feel left out.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: loadsabikes on June 03, 2013, 11:59:19 pm
Lebaton, see you at the cafe saturday morning.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: clarion on June 08, 2013, 05:58:56 pm
M. Lebaton at breakfast:
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v326/ado15/IMG_4033_zps34191bb4.jpg) (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/ado15/media/IMG_4033_zps34191bb4.jpg.html)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v326/ado15/IMG_4037_zps1bf0ba82.jpg) (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/ado15/media/IMG_4037_zps1bf0ba82.jpg.html)

Double moving handover:

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v326/ado15/th_MVI_4042_zps43d99f69.jpg) (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v326/ado15/MVI_4042_zps43d99f69.mp4)

Sadly, the clip was cut off at the beginning when I uploaded to my PC, but you can (just) see the handover from Ham to Andrij
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: LeBaton on June 20, 2013, 12:03:50 am
Well it was very pleasant to be properly handed over for the first time, what with being a relay baton if you start being handled by people with one hand stuck on their hips, the talk is going to start and it isn't going to end pretty. I'm looking forward to how my keepers-to-be are going to top the moving handover now.

I'm being looked after very well by loadsabikes, but I'm starting to feel unloved and ignored again, I'm never happier than when I'm being talked about (as long as it isn't in connection with those hands on hips, obviously).
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Pedal Castro on June 28, 2013, 09:11:30 pm
I'm being looked after very well by loadsabikes, but I'm starting to feel unloved and ignored again, I'm never happier than when I'm being talked about (as long as it isn't in connection with those hands on hips, obviously).

I'm not a million miles from loadsabikes so happy to look after you for a while. Off to France soon so you may need to bring your passport though.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: loadsabikes on June 30, 2013, 06:02:53 pm
If you can make a weekday or evening ride this week we could arrang something.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Chris S on July 14, 2013, 06:04:41 pm
So. Is there an LEL plan sorted?

If not, can we get one arranged, or is the baton off on its summer hols now?

We're still happy to escort it North if its getting bored with London  ;).
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Pedal Castro on July 14, 2013, 07:22:04 pm
No we didn't manage to sort out a handover, so unless loadsabikes can meet me en route to P'boro station tomorrow it will miss out on a trip to France.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: loadsabikes on July 18, 2013, 09:46:06 am
Sorry PC, missed that one.
Chris, baton will be at Kirton control from Sunday 28th for the duration. ou could collect it on your way up.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Chris S on July 18, 2013, 09:59:45 am
Sorry PC, missed that one.
Chris, baton will be at Kirton control from Sunday 28th for the duration. ou could collect it on your way up.

Awesome.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: LeBaton on August 19, 2013, 05:13:14 pm
Where am I? What am I doing?
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Karla on August 19, 2013, 05:18:05 pm
Based on Chris's post, I believe you were passed to him at Kirton and then to MattH at Market Rasen.  You now enter the land of certainty, where you were passed to me at Pocklington and I passed you to CrinklyUncle at Appleton Roebuck on a Wednesday night ride to the pub.  You've now passed back to the land of conjecture again, but since CU didn't go on the KttR ride on Saturdy, I believe you're still at his house.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: fboab on August 19, 2013, 05:19:05 pm
God, I don't know. I found you in Kirton, in the care of Loadsabikes, and gave you a trip over the Humber, to the edge of the Grim bit. I showed you POCKLINGTON, and gave you to MattH. How can you have lost yourself?

OMG. Are you in a drop bag? You must REEK by now....
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Oscar's dad on August 19, 2013, 05:21:15 pm
Blimey, that's a lot of handovers.  Where are the photos???  It would appear that the admin has all gone a bit Pete Tong  :o
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: fboab on August 19, 2013, 05:24:51 pm
The Mighty Charlotte captured loadsa handing over to me. No one (except probably DrMekon) saw the me-Chris-me interaction, so it never happened. I think Bunbury snapped the fboab->MattH handover.

Beyond that, wasn't me guv, I wasn't there...
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: CrinklyUncle on August 19, 2013, 05:38:07 pm
Mr Bunbury has photos from MattH to him and from him to me.

You are now at our house in York.

For your next adventure, I was thinking of a trip around the solar system carried between each planet by a different rider, as there are a few of us around here.

Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Kim on August 19, 2013, 05:53:02 pm
For your next adventure, I was thinking of a trip around the solar system carried between each planet by a different rider, as there are a few of us around here.

Bonus points for getting as many baton-based 2001: A Space Odyssey references in there as possible.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: shyumu on August 19, 2013, 06:25:15 pm
At last!  The baton has made it's way to Yorkshire.  There must be an opportunity to get said baton on short hops to Northallerton, Darlinton, Teesside and then westward to billplumtree.  Will the baton be ECE'ing the Tees & Cake or KttR audax events shortly?
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Karla on August 19, 2013, 10:12:20 pm
I don't have any pics of Boab handing LeBaton to Matt.  However, here's one of him handing it to me

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7281/9547805011_31e9395029_c.jpg)


... and here's one of me handing it to CU.

(http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2860/9550610968_f63a83ef58_c.jpg)
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Oscar's dad on August 20, 2013, 06:52:49 am
 :thumbsup:
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on August 21, 2013, 10:08:32 pm
When did the Bunbury-Crinkly Uncle handover take place? That looks like snow outside the window and it's making me feel all... cold.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: clarion on August 22, 2013, 08:02:57 am
York is Oop North in the frozen, snowy wastes, you know.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: phantasmagoriana on August 22, 2013, 08:24:54 am
It was last Wednesday. There was no snow.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on August 22, 2013, 01:00:25 pm
Something weird with the lighting. I guess you've had armies of Viking slaves out sweeping up the snow and ice, taking down the igloos, herding away the reindeer, fighting off the walruses and warding off the witches.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: LEE on August 23, 2013, 12:51:23 am
Take a look at the original post on page 1 and the photos.

Of all the threads I've started this is my favourite.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: LeBaton on August 23, 2013, 07:27:38 am
Ah yes, it almost has a life of its own
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on August 23, 2013, 12:39:39 pm
Take a look at the original post on page 1 and the photos.

Of all the threads I've started this is my favourite.
Some of the people in the early photos are almost recognisable as the same people today.  :D

I like this one:

12) Tewdric to Salvatore - Monmouthshire
(https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/_eT0LQ33VtbE/TcAInJzDCzI/AAAAAAAAAJg/fQR_8j5orpU/s512/DSCF1189.jpg)

Salvatore manages to appear quizzical and bemused in one.  :D
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: shyumu on August 27, 2013, 03:03:28 pm
Crinkly Uncle, I'm planning on cycling down to York - do you still have the baton - can we do a handover?  I can take it north and it will have access to the Ralph Cross audax and access to anyone doing an ECE.  Also plenty of parishioners nearby to aid the baton on it's journey.  Deano, Lantern Rouge, Ruthie (nee Lindagordinho) etc.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Deano on August 27, 2013, 09:37:48 pm
Someone will probably have to do something special to get it to Scotland (or out west, if the baton wants to see Cumbria).
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: RJ on August 29, 2013, 01:07:11 pm
... Scotland ...

At this rate it'll need a passport  ;)
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Kim on August 29, 2013, 01:13:43 pm
At this rate it'll need a passport renewal  ;)
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: phantasmagoriana on August 29, 2013, 01:15:13 pm
It could go to Scarborough on Friday night!
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: LeBaton on August 29, 2013, 01:23:50 pm
You know how to show a stick a good time, eh?

And my pass the port is in perfect order, thank you. To the left.

Well, do you know the Bishop of Norwich?
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: CrinklyLion on August 30, 2013, 05:11:56 pm
M. LeBaton has gone from here
(https://fbcdn-sphotos-c-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-prn2/1175670_10151765936566839_465113036_n.jpg)
to here
(https://sphotos-b-cdg.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-frc3/1240600_10151765936991839_672326753_n.jpg)

With an epic interplanetary adventure in between.  Handover pics to follow when the photographer has had an opportunity to upload them!
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Tewdric on August 30, 2013, 05:16:34 pm
Has it still got it's little enamel welsh flag on the bottom?  Anyone got a Saltire lined up to match?
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: RJ on August 30, 2013, 05:30:13 pm
Has it still got it's little enamel welsh flag on the bottom?  Anyone got a Saltire lined up to match?
I'm sure by the time it gets here I can rustle up a matched pair from one of the tartan tat shops on the Royal Mile ;)

EDIT:  or make one myself  :demon:
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: clarion on August 30, 2013, 05:55:29 pm
It had lost the Welsh flag by the time I saw it arrive from Oxford into London :(
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: CrinklyUncle on August 31, 2013, 03:11:46 pm
Pictures from LeBatons trip around the solar system on 30/08/2013:

Handover to SmallestCub at the Sun
(http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2808/9629774841_a8976f220c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/74277693@N03/9629774841/)

Mercury
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7340/9629773897_2a66ed15f7.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/74277693@N03/9629773897/)

Venus
(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5472/9629772243_e24df30413.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/74277693@N03/9629772243/)

Earth
(http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2838/9629769887_35341d7dda.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/74277693@N03/9629769887/)

Mars
(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3802/9629768063_236b8082d1.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/74277693@N03/9629768063/)

Jupiter
(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3683/9629765987_b8e8fd1df8.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/74277693@N03/9629765987/)

Saturn
(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3746/9629763811_6b6958c7c4.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/74277693@N03/9629763811/)

Uranus
(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5472/9632995254_2306bf58a3.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/74277693@N03/9632995254/)

Handover to EldestCub at Uranus
Video on youtube (http://youtu.be/CRLIZHY0Ukk)

http://www.youtube.com/v/CRLIZHY0Ukk

Neptune
(http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2833/9629759865_b09ac57c96.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/74277693@N03/9629759865/)

Pluto
(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5530/9632991114_ec660695be.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/74277693@N03/9632991114/)

Handover to CrinklyAuntie at Pluto
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7324/9629756209_5091bf947c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/74277693@N03/9629756209/)

Handover to CrinklyLion at The Blacksmiths Arms in Naburn
(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5327/9632988244_da16d9d9a8.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/74277693@N03/9632988244/)

LeBaton is now at the Den in York ready for its next trip.


Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Ashaman42 on September 01, 2013, 12:23:48 am
A lovely set of photos. The cubs are super. I'm a bit far from York but if Le Baton heads south again before hitting JoG I'd love to be a part of the relay.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: clarion on September 01, 2013, 09:48:50 am
There is no reason it should stop after JoG.  It started a while before getting to LE, after all.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: LeBaton on September 01, 2013, 10:02:37 am
I was MOST impressed with the Cubs handling of my sensitive parts and sensibilities, my compliments to them.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: andrewc on September 01, 2013, 10:27:46 am
SmallestCub has had previous experience of baton wrangling..

(http://farm7.staticflickr.com/6079/6134169930_47d55775ce_b.jpg)
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: CrinklyLion on September 01, 2013, 10:56:51 am
And who would have guessed that M LeBaton was mighty enough to form a bridge (hurray for bridges!) all the way from the Earth to the Moon!
(https://fbcdn-sphotos-e-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash3/1240591_10151765936571839_999856115_n.jpg)
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on September 01, 2013, 12:42:54 pm
On the subject of the baton stopping - does anyone see any good reason why it should ever do so? I'm looking forward to meeting it on its way south and listening to its tales of the northernmost places, ideally as it nestles in my saddlebag or somewhere while I pedal it somewhere-wards. Whether north, south, east or west is to be determined, though I don't think I'll be taking it to the moon - at least, not without a return journey!!!
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Basil on September 01, 2013, 12:51:13 pm
I thought the link to the map was in the OP.  I can't seem to find it.  Where should I be looking?
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Ham on September 01, 2013, 02:33:25 pm
This is the link https://maps.google.co.uk/maps/ms?ie=UTF8&hl=en&msa=0&msid=117648410814257943328.0004966163d636a2057b3&ll=54.495568,-3.383789&spn=9.939895,19.753418&z=6

Not sure what happened to the OP
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: LEE on September 01, 2013, 02:41:55 pm
It got difficult to figure out where it went.
If someone can give me a summary I can update it.

As for the Baton's journey ever stopping, as far as I'm concerned it should try to get to JoG and then we can set it free on another journey.  Until then it can take as long as it wants to get there.  (would be nice if it made it though).
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Basil on September 01, 2013, 02:47:36 pm
Thanks Ham.  Wow, that's two missing links you've helped me out with just this week end.

Actually, I meant the one that showed the route so far, but Paul's post explains that.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: fungus on September 01, 2013, 03:52:30 pm
LeBaton hasn't seen the delights of Tamworth yet  ;)
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: CrinklyLion on September 22, 2013, 07:46:46 am
Having sojourned awhile on the mantelpiece in the CrinklyDen M. Le Baton is once more on the move and heading north.... 

(https://fbcdn-sphotos-h-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash3/523511_10151813977771839_1104782348_n.jpg)
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Polar Bear on September 22, 2013, 08:28:03 am
If M. Le Baton can make it to Aberdeen next June I will be happy to show him the sights of Shetland from Sumburgh Head to Muckle Flugga lighthouse.  He'll need to be met from the ferry at Aberdeen on the way south though.  :)
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on September 23, 2013, 11:45:10 am
Good storage in the background.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: interzen on September 23, 2013, 11:53:49 am
Meanwhile, in Darlington:

(https://www.interzen.co.uk/landfill/media/images/P1020281.JPG)

<- Deano   Kim ->
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Chris S on September 23, 2013, 12:21:43 pm
Is that Wowbagger in the background, photo-bombing your picture?
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: interzen on September 23, 2013, 12:38:48 pm
Is that Wowbagger in the background, photo-bombing your picture?
Nope. I think it's the 'other' train driver.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Oscar's dad on September 23, 2013, 12:41:14 pm
Is that Wowbagger in the background, photo-bombing your picture?

No, it's a prototype Wowbagger action figure perched on Deano's (is that he?) arm.  I'm reliably informed that Wow has signed a merchandising deal and they'll be in the shops for Christmas.  Expect queues similar to when the Cabbage Patch Dolls were all the rage one festive season many moons ago.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on September 23, 2013, 12:44:37 pm
Come on, OD, that's ludicrous. Who would buy a Wowbagger action figure without a Tilley hat?
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: interzen on September 23, 2013, 12:45:16 pm
Is that Wowbagger in the background, photo-bombing your picture?

No, it's a prototype Wowbagger action figure perched on Deano's (is that he?) arm.
In that case I reckon we're being severely short-changed in the beard department.

(and yes, that's Deano)
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: interzen on September 23, 2013, 12:45:57 pm
Come on, OD, that's ludicrous. Who would buy a Wowbagger action figure without a Tilley hat?
Optional extra, innit - yours for only £99.99 plus £3.68 postage and packing plus 5 tokens from empty cornflake boxes. Please allow up to 14 days for delivery, terms and conditions apply.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Oscar's dad on September 23, 2013, 01:07:11 pm
Like I said, it's a prototype!  Clearly the market-ready version will have a Tilley hat and luxurious facial hair!
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Kim on September 23, 2013, 02:28:37 pm
I thought the winter action figure came with a red Altura and matching bobble hat?  The Tilley comes with the summer model...
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Oscar's dad on September 23, 2013, 02:34:47 pm
I thought the winter action figure came with a red Altura and matching bobble hat?  The Tilley comes with the summer model...

I gather the standard action figure will come with Wow's summer wardrobe.  The winter wardrobe will be available as an optional extra.  The winter wardrobe is causing problems.  Naturally, for the sake of authenticity, the bobble hat will have to be hand knitted by the inestimable Mrs Wow and there is some doubt as to whether she can keep up with demand.  Morphy the Dog will also be available as an optional extra.

Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on September 23, 2013, 02:42:09 pm
I'd like to know if there are any other options planned. Presumably there will be a Mrs Wow action figure - will both figures be available in a set complete with tandem? I'd like to suggest some additional extras - a pint of beer, slice of cake and plate of curry. And a tent, obviously.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Jaded on September 23, 2013, 03:01:15 pm
You forgot the copy of the Guardian.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Deano on September 23, 2013, 03:09:46 pm
I'd like to know if there are any other options planned. Presumably there will be a Mrs Wow action figure - will both figures be available in a set complete with tandem? I'd like to suggest some additional extras - a pint of beer, slice of cake and plate of curry. And a tent, obviously.

Does the tandem come with pre-broken flanges on its Rohloff hub?
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: clarion on September 23, 2013, 03:13:32 pm
I thought the winter action figure came with a red Altura and matching bobble hat?  The Tilley comes with the summer model...

I gather the standard action figure will come with Wow's summer wardrobe.  The winter wardrobe will be available as an optional extra.  The winter wardrobe is causing problems.  Naturally, for the sake of authenticity, the bobble hat will have to be hand knitted by the inestimable Mrs Wow and there is some doubt as to whether she can keep up with demand.  Morphy the Dog will also be available as an optional extra.



That's why the Winter action figure is being issued only as a special Limited Edition.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Deano on October 06, 2013, 08:14:48 pm
Yes, the baton is in Darlo.

(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5490/9884256645_b7fcc05bb8_z.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/30024450@N04/9884256645/)

Here it is at the town clock:

(https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/57044735/P1030241.jpg)

Notice that the baton is smaller than the clock. HOWEVER, in Ham's photo the baton is clearly larger than Big Ben.

(https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-BQiPT-X5RCg/UWmB0uhYI0I/AAAAAAAAm8c/nQqmiWy489o/s640/IMG_0911.JPG)

Therefore Darlo Town Clock is larger than Big Ben.

So who wants it next? I can deliver it to somewhere Durham-Teesside-Northallerton ish on Saturday, if anyone's around, or I'm riding down to York for Gerry's Autumn Brevet on Sunday.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: LEE on October 07, 2013, 07:20:45 pm
Is that Camberwick Green?

(https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/57044735/P1030241.jpg)
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Kim on October 07, 2013, 07:58:37 pm
Yes, the baton is in Darlo.

(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5490/9884256645_b7fcc05bb8_z.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/30024450@N04/9884256645/)

It's been there too long.  Spiders have got to it.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: CrinklyLion on October 07, 2013, 08:00:40 pm
Is that Camberwick Green?

Well... it _is_ just up the road from Toytown.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: LeBaton on December 17, 2013, 08:39:48 am
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KuXXLkmCt8c

A piece of wood has feelings you know. Bereft and abandoned, not a bauble round my base. It's Christmas and nobody cares for a summer stick.

<sniff>
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: shyumu on December 17, 2013, 09:35:05 am
Would love to take the baton for a jolly around Teesside.  I'm available on Wednesday this week.  And I'm off over Christmas so it could possibly do a longer journey to meet another carrier.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: shyumu on December 19, 2013, 09:22:41 am
A good amount of beer was enjoyed at the handover to the Toytown / Teesside leg of the relay last night.  Weather was darned blustery night, tress down, rain etc.  Looking forward to taking the baton for a jolly around the Tees valley this weekend.  Photos to follow.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: LeBaton on December 19, 2013, 09:41:55 am
 :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: shyumu on December 24, 2013, 03:02:51 pm
'Twas a dark and stormy night... no really, it was.  I met up with Deano in The Cleveland Bay (http://www.clevelandbay.co.uk/) for a pint.  I was early and set about taking advantage of the guest ale (as an aside, I propose that the formula n+1 might be applied to the number of beers needed in one evening):
(http://i245.photobucket.com/albums/gg53/shyumu/02_zpsddd42f41.jpg) (http://s245.photobucket.com/user/shyumu/media/02_zpsddd42f41.jpg.html)

And once himself arrived, hand over photography ensued, conscripting the not insubstantial skills of the good lady Landlord. (Handover from Deano to Shyumu in Egglescliffe near Yarm)
(http://i245.photobucket.com/albums/gg53/shyumu/03_zpsb4343ca8.jpg) (http://s245.photobucket.com/user/shyumu/media/03_zpsb4343ca8.jpg.html)

I then hid away as the worst of the storms passed over.  Meanwhile some garage based fettling took place, gear cables to be replaced.  Christmas Eve dawned bright and sunny so a test ride with the new cables gave me an opportunity to take Le Baton to Great Ayton.
(http://i245.photobucket.com/albums/gg53/shyumu/05_zps1c346ba4.jpg) (http://s245.photobucket.com/user/shyumu/media/05_zps1c346ba4.jpg.html)

As well as meeting Captain Cook's lifesize replica we had a special treat when Father Christmas turned up at Suggitts for a coffee.  Le Baton sat by Santa's side and I think there was some whispering about Christmas lists.  It seems Le Baton is on Santa's 'nice' list.
(http://i245.photobucket.com/albums/gg53/shyumu/ba8ab030-730a-40da-a1a4-02eb3baa6df8_zpsb9a14a2c.jpg) (http://s245.photobucket.com/user/shyumu/media/ba8ab030-730a-40da-a1a4-02eb3baa6df8_zpsb9a14a2c.jpg.html)

Still a bit of Teesside touring to be done this holiday season, but until then:
Merry Christmas Everyone
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Chris S on December 24, 2013, 03:05:13 pm
* like *
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: fboab on December 24, 2013, 04:42:08 pm
Is it wrong to say our Deano seems to be in the early stages of the Santa Clause?

Deano's looking well.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Andrew Br on December 24, 2013, 09:56:25 pm
You're spoiling that baton.

What are the rest of us going to do to entertain it after that ?

Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: shyumu on December 25, 2013, 12:13:57 pm
Merry Christmas to 'Le Baton'... Santa delivered the following gift.
(http://i245.photobucket.com/albums/gg53/shyumu/DSCF4467_zps13617309.jpg) (http://s245.photobucket.com/user/shyumu/media/DSCF4467_zps13617309.jpg.html)

A Spa Day!
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: clarion on December 25, 2013, 12:18:03 pm
:thumbsup:
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Ruth on December 25, 2013, 12:25:50 pm
 ;D
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Chris S on December 25, 2013, 01:34:35 pm
Fboab and I both give that a resounding  :thumbsup:.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: LeBaton on December 25, 2013, 01:54:10 pm
My silk feels as smooth as skin, I am truly pampered, the best Christmas ever.


 ;D ;D
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: shyumu on December 27, 2013, 04:18:35 pm
Le Baton and I felt it wise to ride off calories from too many mince pies, so although it was blowing a storm outside we took a ride along the Tees to see some of Stockton and Middlesbrough's industrial heritage.

The Infinity Bridge (http://www.bridgesonthetyne.co.uk/infinity.html), Stockton-on-Tees
(http://i245.photobucket.com/albums/gg53/shyumu/11_zps35aec26a.jpg) (http://s245.photobucket.com/user/shyumu/media/11_zps35aec26a.jpg.html)

Newport Vertical Lift Bridge (http://www.bridgesonthetyne.co.uk/newport.html), Middlesbrough
(http://i245.photobucket.com/albums/gg53/shyumu/13_zps8404734c.jpg) (http://s245.photobucket.com/user/shyumu/media/13_zps8404734c.jpg.html)

The Transporter Bridge (http://www.bridgesonthetyne.co.uk/trans.html), Middlesbrough
(http://i245.photobucket.com/albums/gg53/shyumu/14_zps69d6f6b8.jpg) (http://s245.photobucket.com/user/shyumu/media/14_zps69d6f6b8.jpg.html)

Finally on the way home we stopped by the MIMA (http://www.visitmima.com/) (Middlesbrough Institute for Modern Art)
(http://i245.photobucket.com/albums/gg53/shyumu/16_zpsd58512ae.jpg) (http://s245.photobucket.com/user/shyumu/media/16_zpsd58512ae.jpg.html)

Just one more sleep til we see Deano again and hand the baton back for the next leg.  As daisyhill pointed out to me, what I've done for the yacf lejog is the equivalent of one of the runners in the 4x100 Olympic Race taking the baton, running off the track to visit friends and family in the stands, and then run back to the circuit and give the baton back to the first person to carry on.  Bloody useless me, but happy with it.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Kim on December 27, 2013, 05:19:59 pm
Never mind that, those are some top quality bridges.


(Mental note: go up north, do a bridges ride.)
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: shyumu on December 27, 2013, 05:35:08 pm
Never mind that, those are some top quality bridges.


(Mental note: go up north, do a bridges ride.)

Quite a nice source of information on these bridges here (http://www.bridgesonthetyne.co.uk/estyarm.html)

And a short video (http://www.thenorthernecho.co.uk/video/regional/115416/?page=1) of the opening of the Transporter Bridge, with "man falling off moment"

I also understand that to avoid the Toll, many people would climb the ladders at either end and cross the top of the bridge, often carrying a bicycle on their shoulders.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Peter on December 27, 2013, 05:47:55 pm
I think you can still get taken across the top of the Transporter, though I think you have to book it.  One of my many brothers got that for his birthday present.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Deano on December 28, 2013, 07:11:58 pm
Well, we took le baton out for a ride around Langleydale today.

Steve GT took charge of it for the day:

(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3717/11609012536_a78c48dcbf_z.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/30024450@N04/11609012536/)

...and we went to some charming places:

(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3669/11608608194_3639cc6de5_z.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/30024450@N04/11608608194/)

(I told him not to stand there, honest).

...before heading out into the Pennines for a bit:

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7307/11608684874_f79e81ef40_z.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/30024450@N04/11608684874/)
(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3697/11609035666_78d1c87706_z.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/30024450@N04/11609035666/)
(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5487/11608537693_16a60d8b3f_z.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/30024450@N04/11608537693/)

...but the last extra loop was a loop too far, and after fixing a puncture at the most exposed place possible and descending with numb fingers into Middleton-in-Teesdale, we found a warm welcome and a not-too-cold table at the Teesdale Hotel:

(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3771/11608528033_5f9cf9bbce_z.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/30024450@N04/11608528033/)

...then we headed back to Darlo for the final handover of the day:

(http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2860/11608517993_0c01203052_z.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/30024450@N04/11608517993/)

Next, le baton will be heading west.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: shyumu on December 28, 2013, 07:29:31 pm
What an absolutely fantastic day out - thank you Deano and Steve GT for the invitation.  Some new roads for me, I really enjoyed myself.  The beer today was especially groovy.  Tailwind from Middleton-in-Teesdale to Ingleby Barwick in bright sunshine.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Steve GT on December 29, 2013, 12:03:36 pm
Another thank you to Dean for organising the ride. It is always a great pleasure to cycle in new surroundings.
Getting a visitation from the p*nct*re fairy at the worst possible spot on the ride was no fun  ;)
Looking at the photos I must lay off the cake next year!
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: mcshroom on January 28, 2014, 04:18:10 pm
Just had a bit of a mad thought. I'm planning to tour between Newcastle(ish) and Aberdeen in the middle of March.

If the baton is still in the North East then (and one of the residents of Furry Boots Toon was willing to take it at the end), it may be possible for me to transport our wooden friend quite a long way north.

Hmm
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: clarion on January 28, 2014, 08:59:33 pm
But...but...that's taking it in the right direction!  Isn't there something in the rules forbidding that? ;D
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Deano on January 28, 2014, 09:08:19 pm
I still may be able to bring it west, M, but I can fetch it up to the toon if you like. Or we could ping Slowcoach so it can see Durham first.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Ruth on January 28, 2014, 09:17:50 pm
Me and Slowcoach have been promising each other a ride for ages.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Basil on January 28, 2014, 09:52:47 pm
Me and Slowcoach have been promising each other a ride for ages.

er,


*don't be so bloody juvenile, Basil.*
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Ruth on January 28, 2014, 09:55:54 pm
Basil, you filthy beast.

I liked that film with Grace Kelly about your local. Did they give you a bit part?
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Basil on January 28, 2014, 10:14:49 pm

I liked that film with Grace Kelly about your local.

que?
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Ruth on January 28, 2014, 10:25:50 pm


The Country Girl! (https://yacf.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=6884.msg1611293#msg1611293)
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Wowbagger on January 29, 2014, 12:52:24 am
Me and Slowcoach have been promising each other a ride for ages.

er,


*don't be so bloody juvenile, Basil.*

No, don't. That's my job.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: SlowCoach on January 30, 2014, 04:24:39 pm
SlowCoach is far too slow off the mark here - and also far too innocent to  understand what the ambiguity might be that Basil's noted  O:-)

I'm sure a brief sojourn around Durham could be arranged. Perhaps the baton might like a tour of the Tyne Bridges that was briefly mentioned a month or so ago. I'm busy this weekend - going to look at some possible accompaniment for a pot of Marmite. If my trip's successful - I'm definitely up for a ride or two.

My main concern is quite how the baton moves North - last time I looked at the map (which was probably a year or more ago, to be honest) there seemed to be rather a dearth of YACFers between Durham and Edinburgh - unless Fboab can be persuaded out. My legs aren't up for doing a run too far over the border in a day, and besides, I'm not sure quite how some of these Border Reivers would take to my sassenach accent. The other possibility would be for us to take le baton for a drink at Tan Hill and see if anyone could be persuaded to meet us round Kirkby Stephen way.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: LeBaton on January 30, 2014, 06:24:12 pm
Drink??? Someone say Drink??  ;D
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Deano on January 30, 2014, 06:58:16 pm
SlowCoach is far too slow off the mark here - and also far too innocent to  understand what the ambiguity might be that Basil's noted  O:-)

I'm sure a brief sojourn around Durham could be arranged. Perhaps the baton might like a tour of the Tyne Bridges that was briefly mentioned a month or so ago. I'm busy this weekend - going to look at some possible accompaniment for a pot of Marmite. If my trip's successful - I'm definitely up for a ride or two.

My main concern is quite how the baton moves North - last time I looked at the map (which was probably a year or more ago, to be honest) there seemed to be rather a dearth of YACFers between Durham and Edinburgh - unless Fboab can be persuaded out. My legs aren't up for doing a run too far over the border in a day, and besides, I'm not sure quite how some of these Border Reivers would take to my sassenach accent. The other possibility would be for us to take le baton for a drink at Tan Hill and see if anyone could be persuaded to meet us round Kirkby Stephen way.

Not that i'd refuse an invitation to Tan Hill, but Slowcoach has also missed something ;D

https://yacf.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=40429.msg1634006#msg1634006

Mcshroom's offering to take it from Newcastle to Aberdeen (I think furrythingy is Aberdeen).
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: SlowCoach on January 30, 2014, 07:07:58 pm
For some reason, my poor befuddled mind thought Mcshroom was going North to South and not the other way round. Seems an excellent idea to take le baton on a tour of the hostelries and cake shops of the North East until then...
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: phantasmagoriana on January 30, 2014, 07:09:09 pm
It needs to do the west coast too, at some point...maybe once it's got to JoG it could go back to LE again?! :D
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: RJ on January 30, 2014, 08:22:14 pm
Just had a bit of a mad thought. I'm planning to tour between Newcastle(ish) and Aberdeen in the middle of March.

If the baton is still in the North East then (and one of the residents of Furry Boots Toon was willing to take it at the end), it may be possible for me to transport our wooden friend quite a long way north.

Hmm

But please not in a one-er ...
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Ruth on February 06, 2014, 07:15:11 am
Just had a bit of a mad thought. I'm planning to tour between Newcastle(ish) and Aberdeen in the middle of March.

If the baton is still in the North East then (and one of the residents of Furry Boots Toon was willing to take it at the end), it may be possible for me to transport our wooden friend quite a long way north.

Hmm

But please not in a one-er ...

I only just worked out what you meant by one-er.

I was thinkin 'onesie'.

But you mean one single long trip, don't you :facepalm:
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: RJ on February 11, 2014, 10:12:53 pm
Yup.  Just 'cos it'd be nice to show the baton the sights before everything gets stowed out for the Festival  ;)
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Deano on February 24, 2014, 03:53:34 pm
I'm riding up to Berwick this weekend.

Anyone in the borders fancy a hands-across-the-divide-stylee handover of le baton?

I won't carry it just on the off-chance, as I'll probably be train-assisted on the way back to Darlo.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: mcshroom on March 14, 2014, 09:53:31 pm
Right I Now have the baton in Newcastle.

(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-pmurVGX2LLY/UyN9klaJj7I/AAAAAAAAEo4/doNKVldHWZ8/w902-h677-no/IMG_20140314_184339)

Anyone fact meeting me in Edinburgh (Tuesday), Dundee (Thursday) or Aberdeen (Friday) to receive it? :)
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: David Martin on March 14, 2014, 10:35:06 pm
Can do Dundee. Thursday sounds fine. Pm for details.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Deano on March 14, 2014, 10:47:17 pm
Yes, Mcshroom has le baton now.

*evil cackle*

Free! Free! I'm finally free!

*evil cackle*
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: David Martin on March 14, 2014, 11:03:36 pm
Time for the baton to get some decent history. Standing stones, Scott's ship. Pictish runes etc. And with a bit of wrangling, the snow roads.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Kim on March 14, 2014, 11:14:20 pm
Pah!  It's been to the Country Girl, how much history do you need?   ;D
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: jogler on March 14, 2014, 11:30:12 pm
Time for the baton to get some decent history. Standing stones, Scott's ship. Pictish runes etc. And with a bit of wrangling, the snow roads.

don't forget Edward Longshanks :demon:
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Basil on March 15, 2014, 08:09:59 am
Pah!  It's been to the Country Girl, how much history do you need?   ;D

It also traveled through the Netherton Tunnel (of the famous Tunnel Ride) on my leg to Brum.
 :thumbsup:
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: LeBaton on March 15, 2014, 08:48:58 am
(muffled voice)

Dark in here
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: mcshroom on March 18, 2014, 06:38:29 pm
I had to put the cover over this morning or you and the rest of the pannier would have been soaked. Other than that you've been travelling al-fresco. Hope you've enjoyed the Coast and Castles so far :)

I'm currently sat in Edinburgh (avec le Baton)
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: mcshroom on March 18, 2014, 06:56:48 pm
Oh, and from yesterday

(https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-cg2qUYANuYw/Uy4VjdAhJOI/AAAAAAAAFYY/4uDBqUGo8ns/w919-h553-no/IMG_20140317_101438)
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Chris S on March 18, 2014, 08:00:21 pm
* like *

(Finally!!)
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Wowbagger on March 18, 2014, 08:46:07 pm
I'm going to pour myself a wee dram.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Wowbagger on March 18, 2014, 08:51:41 pm
What happens if the Scots vote for independence when the baton is still up there? Will it be a bit like the Elgin Marbles or the Scone of Stoon? Forever to be internationally haggled over?
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Oscar's dad on March 18, 2014, 08:59:34 pm
I suspect the SAS will be sent in to get it. Who dares wins.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: clarion on March 19, 2014, 08:45:31 am
I do hope that Le Baton will continue his travels even if he gets to John O'Groats so soon.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Wowbagger on March 19, 2014, 08:46:59 am
There will have to be another challenge. I believe he hasn't yet visited the Emerald Isle.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Canardly on March 19, 2014, 08:02:51 pm
That is if Russia doesn't Annexe Scotlandshire first of course. (there may be a few Russian nationals in them there hills).
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: David Martin on March 20, 2014, 07:14:12 am
I suspect the SAS will be sent in to get it. Who dares wins.
SAS is already in Scotland and a potential recipient of the baton.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: David Martin on March 20, 2014, 05:15:46 pm
And the Baton brings typically seasonal weather to Dundee. Received from mcshroom on a blustery and rather soggy day before leading him to his abode for the night. (http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7131/13291575634_1feaa1a7de_c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/davidmam/13291575634/)
DSC_1130 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/davidmam/13291575634/) by davidmamartin (http://www.flickr.com/people/davidmam/), on Flickr
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Oscar's dad on March 20, 2014, 05:36:27 pm
Many moons ago, when Discovery was moored on the Thames and I was a Sea Sprout I spent a weekend aboard.  There was a competition to see which Sprout could collect the most newspapers which were then sold to a recycling company to raise funds.  I was well placed in the competition so won a place on the Discovery weekend. 

One of the activities was rowing navy whalers down to Greenwich.  I was so weedy I couldn't manage the weight of the oars so spent the trip sat in the bows on a coil of rope.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: David Martin on March 20, 2014, 06:02:12 pm
That would have been the early 80's then.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: David Martin on March 20, 2014, 06:10:12 pm
CHECKING OUT THE HOOVES
(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3688/13292307963_e264443870_c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/davidmam/13292307963/)
DSC_1142 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/davidmam/13292307963/) by davidmamartin (http://www.flickr.com/people/davidmam/), on Flickr
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: fboab on March 20, 2014, 07:20:18 pm
FUCK YEEEEAAAAH
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Oscar's dad on March 20, 2014, 07:54:46 pm
That would have been the early 80's then.

A bit earlier, I left school at 16 in 1980.  I'd say 1977 (ish)
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Oaky on March 20, 2014, 08:33:04 pm
It also traveled through the Netherton Tunnel

Is that some kind of Black Country euphemism?
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: David Martin on March 25, 2014, 01:43:40 pm
And the baton has been passed on with the help of a friendly gorilla..
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7427/13402918115_e4b1f52a12_o.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/davidmam/13402918115/)
baton relay (http://www.flickr.com/photos/davidmam/13402918115/) by davidmamartin (http://www.flickr.com/people/davidmam/), on Flickr
It is now in the custody of Sas, and I have custody of some caik.. (many thanks).
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: sas on April 20, 2014, 01:43:31 pm
I've just made some more cake, and remembered I still have the Baton. If anyone's passing near Dundee give me a shout.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: RJ on June 23, 2014, 11:07:06 pm
It's bypassed me ::-)  :-[
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: RJ on June 24, 2014, 01:09:05 pm
A couple of thoughts: LEJoG-JoGLE ??  Glasgow 28th July - 3rd August?? (Not that I'll be able to help with the second of those directly).
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: sas on June 24, 2014, 06:17:35 pm
No-one said it has to go in the same direction (I'm pretty sure it's backtracked several times). Though recently it's been sitting on my desk.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: LEE on June 24, 2014, 09:06:21 pm
No-one said it has to go in the same direction (I'm pretty sure it's backtracked several times). Though recently it's been sitting on my desk.

Don't you have a free weekend?  400Km up, Photo, and 400km home. Done.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: mcshroom on October 18, 2014, 10:08:07 pm
Erm, has it moved yet? :)
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Si_Co on October 21, 2014, 01:13:18 pm
By my calculations, and ICBW, if we had used the shortest B-road route and attached the baton to a snail, forced said snail to move for 20 hrs per day up said route, assuming no speed loss from baton carrying, the baton would be in JoG now  :demon:

EDIT: garden snail, not snail otp.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Wowbagger on October 21, 2014, 01:23:53 pm
Have you factored in that Snail has hurt her knee?
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Si_Co on October 21, 2014, 01:24:25 pm
just edited wow
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: sas on October 21, 2014, 06:05:24 pm
Erm, has it moved yet? :)
In a word, no. Are you offering to cycle up here?  :D
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: mcshroom on October 21, 2014, 06:33:02 pm
Not in this wind. Anyway I've done that once already ;D
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: LEE on February 26, 2015, 09:04:29 am
Hint ...hint
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: sas on February 26, 2015, 10:07:37 am
Yes, I've still got it. It's getting embarrassing.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: LeBaton on February 26, 2015, 10:22:49 am
We are forming an attachment though. The sort where I am neglected and may be able to collect appropriate damages at some stage.

Time I was going SOMEWHERE.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: LEE on February 26, 2015, 10:44:03 am
I'm thinking that it would be wonderful if it managed to get aboard the Steve Abraham record attempt at some point, if only for a few miles.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Ruthie on February 26, 2015, 12:37:29 pm
Bit gutted when I missed it round this way. Maybe on the   way back.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: T42 on February 26, 2015, 01:03:19 pm
Has it already done PBP?
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Wowbagger on February 26, 2015, 04:50:11 pm
There is a plan of a trip, involving Mrs. Miggins, Loadsabikes, myself and possibly others yet to express an interest, in which we cycle from Edinburgh to Orkney. No dates have yet been fixed, but the last exchange of PMs makes it likely that it will be July some time. LAB, I And possibly others will be discussing details this coming weekend.

Should this plan bear fruit, then I am certain that the Baton would be very welcome company.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: loadsabikes on February 26, 2015, 09:15:58 pm
Great minds and all that.
It does however mean that at least one of us will need to ride up to Edinburgh with said baton.
It would be good to actually get the bloody thing to JOG, only my third time of carrying it.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Wowbagger on February 26, 2015, 10:47:25 pm
It's already in Dundee, or so I believe.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: sas on February 27, 2015, 12:13:35 am
It's already in Dundee, or so I believe.
It is indeed.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: loadsabikes on February 27, 2015, 05:38:25 am
Phew! My legs have just sighed in relief.
Oxford must be the Scottish spelling of Dundee ;D
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: sas on February 27, 2015, 10:25:39 am
It's been a while since I've used this forum :D
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: LEE on February 28, 2015, 02:51:10 pm
Sounds like there's a real possibility that it could complete its journey in a smidge under 5 years then.

Remember that it cannot travel by motorised transport where it is possible to cycle the same journey.

If we can't come up with a way to continue its journey without resorting to a train, maybe Wowbagger could, on reaching John O'Groats, take it to Orkney, put it inside a sealed food bag and bury it.

I just had a thought !!!!!

Once its journey is complete why not give it a new life on the Geocaching circuit?  You can buy a "token" and then track it's journey via the Geocache website.

Do we have any forumites who combine Cycling and "caching"?
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Ruthie on February 28, 2015, 03:26:40 pm
Five years isn't nearly long enough!  Send it back down again.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on March 09, 2015, 11:24:18 pm
I think Andy Gates does/used to do some geocaching. Also maybe Francis wotsit of Stroud?

But absolutely no way can Wowbagger bury the baton. If it's to die in Orkney, it surely has to be given a Viking funeral with FIRE.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Wowbagger on March 09, 2015, 11:28:27 pm
I reckon it needs to start a return trip. Can we get it back in time for Teethgrinder to take it to PBP?
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: clarion on March 10, 2015, 04:23:11 pm
Five years isn't nearly long enough!  Send it back down again.
Absolutely!  Like The Flying Dutchman, or that owd bloke I always saw riding round the Peaks, the baton should keep travelling for all eternity.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: sas on March 10, 2015, 06:58:16 pm
I don't care whether someone wants to take it north, south, east, west, or up (in a bicycle powered spaceship, obviously :D). But it's about time it got moving.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: sas on July 02, 2015, 03:59:36 pm
<Cough>. I don't spend much time on here anymore...but I've still got the baton!

On an unrelated note, we've got a new server at work, and it's been given the hostname.... narwhal ;D
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Wowbagger on July 02, 2015, 09:02:26 pm
I think there are plans for us to collect it from Dundee on our trip from Edinburgh to Orkney, which starts on 17th July - at least, I leave home on 17th July. JenM has plotted a route and we have some camp sites in mind.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: LEE on July 03, 2015, 02:57:39 pm
November 2010 - LEE hands Baton to AndyH near Romsey, Hampshire

(http://i170.photobucket.com/albums/u249/freddered/Baton2.jpg?t=1290419588)

March 2011 - Lands End !!!

(http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5096/5535016038_af541ea747.jpg)

To be continued.....
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: sas on July 19, 2015, 03:13:06 pm
It's finally moving again!
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CKSFfGtUYAUD-8E.jpg) (https://twitter.com/crucifixkiss/status/622770455057952768)
sas handing the baton over to Wowbagger at the Fife end of the Tay Road Bridge.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Oscar's dad on July 19, 2015, 03:18:01 pm
 Nice one chaps :thumbsup:
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Deano on July 19, 2015, 03:18:25 pm
Hurrah!
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: madcow on July 19, 2015, 05:50:03 pm
We was there last week , but  Dundee marked the apex of our journey so there would have been  no point in picking up the baton.
May the tail winds be with you, Wow.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Oscar's dad on July 19, 2015, 06:07:31 pm
Wow joins an elite club of yacfers who have looked after The Baton more than once!
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Wowbagger on July 19, 2015, 09:43:03 pm
I am going to hide it when I have finished with it. Do we have an archaeology thread?
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Wowbagger on July 19, 2015, 09:44:53 pm
Wow joins an elite club of yacfers who have looked after The Baton more than once!
Has anyone held it in two countries and two kingdoms?
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: LeBaton on July 19, 2015, 10:05:59 pm
I am, as you might expect, well used to holding my own baton.

Monseigneur Wow, it is a pleasure to be in your company one more time.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Wowbagger on July 19, 2015, 10:42:11 pm
Of course I have a bit of a problem in that I am going to get on a train on Thursday to give me more time on Orkney. I wonder if Jen could take it to the Crask Inn for safe keeping.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Wowbagger on July 21, 2015, 07:54:55 pm
A plan has been formed, the details of which will be revealed later. O:-)
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: LEE on July 22, 2015, 10:19:08 am
Nice work Wow!!

Is there a remote possibility of Baton getting to PBP?

Any McYACF types cycling down to Paris?
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Wowbagger on July 22, 2015, 04:04:53 pm
We are not going to JoG. Jen  is going to Dunnett Head which is the most northerly point on the UK mainland and therefore beats JoG. That is Plan A. Either she leaves it there or it comes back to England by train.

Alternatively I could invoke rule 17b (iv)* and take it to Hoy where it can spend the rest  of eternity gazing at its big brother.

*Rule 17b (iv): Where a Baton has become becalmed for a period of not less than1 year, single track rail transport may be used provided that the cost of the single fare is less than 10 pence per mile and the current Baton holder has twice carried the said Baton over passes exceeding 2000'.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Wowbagger on July 22, 2015, 09:58:47 pm
There has been a handover. Could this be the home straight?
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on July 23, 2015, 11:13:39 am
So is the idea to leave it at JoG/Dunnet Head for eternity (and beyond!)? That might seem to be implied, but I rather like the idea that, once it has finally reached that point, it turns round and heads for... somewhere, anywhere, as long as it is with a YACFer. It could do PBP, maybe even the Transcontinental next year(!), or it could simply be passed from hand to hand, exploring the roads and lanes, cake stops and pubs of YACF-land.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: mcshroom on July 23, 2015, 11:16:58 am
I think the problem is finding someone who's riding back from Dunnet head to hand it over to as it doesn't travel by train/car. Anyone up in the far North up for picking it up for safe keeping/returning south?
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: LEE on July 23, 2015, 12:07:58 pm
This is 5 years in the making and Dunnet Head is about 12 miles from JoG.

You know it makes sense.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: IanDG on July 23, 2015, 12:09:48 pm
I think the problem is finding someone who's riding back from Dunnet head to hand it over to as it doesn't travel by train/car. Anyone up in the far North up for picking it up for safe keeping/returning south?

Maybe I could arrange for it to visit the Western Isles?
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Deano on July 23, 2015, 12:13:04 pm
Any chance of getting one of the National 400 riders to collect it this weekend?
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: IanDG on July 23, 2015, 12:15:10 pm
Any chance of getting one of the National 400 riders to collect it this weekend?

I'm a volunteer at the HQ for the finish cycling to and from Ullapool. Unfortunately back in work on Monday so can't arrange a longer stay :(

Do have a slot where I could do a mini tour in the North in early September tho'
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: mcshroom on July 23, 2015, 12:20:25 pm
Late September/Early October I'll be touring round the north coast and over to Lewis. We won't be getting any closer to Dunnet Head than Lairg/Tongue however.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Wowbagger on July 23, 2015, 08:23:48 pm
It's a shame I didn't apply Rule 17b(iv). I met a couple of blokes on the train who are starting a Jogle tomorrow. It would have been in Cornwall in time for PBP.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: clarion on July 24, 2015, 10:54:10 am
It needs to keep moving.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: JenM on July 24, 2015, 03:05:19 pm
I'm in the Crask Inn tonight and Melvich tomorrow if someone wants to collect. After that I shall leave it Dunnet Head.

Wifi is sporadic so may not get any updates
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: IanDG on July 24, 2015, 04:42:44 pm
It needs to keep moving.

Would probably be stuck in one place for too long if I picked it up and brought it to Stornoway.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on July 27, 2015, 10:43:16 am
Presumably it's marooned at Dunnet Head now.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: JenM on July 27, 2015, 12:07:49 pm
RIP @ Dunnet Head
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: mcshroom on July 27, 2015, 12:10:04 pm
Just read this thread. If you could have persuaded the Crask Inn to hold it for a while then we could have p[icked it up in September and taken it to windy :(
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: LEE on July 27, 2015, 12:16:21 pm
So what exactly is the situation?  No photos?

Did it just get thrown away? I rather hope not.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: IanDG on July 27, 2015, 12:21:00 pm
So what exactly is the situation?  No photos?

Did it just get thrown away? I rather hope not.

In a jar bobbing around on the North Sea?
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: JenM on July 27, 2015, 12:30:55 pm
Photos will follow in a week or so. A final resting place was found in a hole in a wall.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Ruthie on July 27, 2015, 01:06:28 pm
Aw  :(   :'(
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Aunt Maud on July 27, 2015, 01:17:39 pm
You never know, <contemplates a trip to JoG> it may reappear some time next summer for a trip back down, as I have a perm card from Mr. H. ::-)  </contemplates a trip to JoG>
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: LeBaton on July 27, 2015, 03:32:07 pm
(http://static1.crated.com/S5_5e72y4icR_7pyEqvDU7afrrk=/fit-in/960x960/filters:quality(90)/crated/thumbs/art/2014/05/08/1c6a3575c8a70fd342134855b3417018/960.jpg)
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: JohnR on July 28, 2015, 08:04:33 am
You never know, <contemplates a trip to JoG> it may reappear some time next summer for a trip back down, as I have a perm card from Mr. H. ::-)  </contemplates a trip to JoG>

If you want company on your ride, let me know, I'd like to cycle in Scotland again, else we may have to mount a rescue bid for le baton.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Wowbagger on July 28, 2015, 09:05:43 pm
Given that I arrive in Thurso at about 12.30 tomorrow I contacted Jen for a description of the baton's whereabouts with a view to taking it to JoG. Her reply was thus:

Quote
Well it's down a whole in a wall approx 100 - 200 metres from the Dunnet Head sign. You will need to demolish the wall to find it.

On that basis I am reluctant to search for the proverbial needle in a haystack.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Canardly on July 28, 2015, 09:12:37 pm
Quite clearly a replacement  chair leg   piece of Scottish timber baton is needed for the JOGLE return journey. Jen has honourably placed the baton at the most northerly point via bicycle thinks, and that is an acheivement in itself. So lets not get too critical.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Ruthie on July 28, 2015, 09:13:44 pm
Oh, well that's a bit of a shame.  Oh well.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Wowbagger on July 28, 2015, 10:44:15 pm
Depending on time, weather and energy, I might potter out to Dunnett Head and capture the spirit of the Baton and take it to JoG. Watch this space.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Kim on July 28, 2015, 10:47:18 pm
Depending on time, weather and energy, I might potter out to Dunnett Head and capture the spirit of the Baton and take it to JoG. Watch this space.

If you're doing that, it's only appropriate that you fashion a re-incarnated baton out of whatever materials happen to be to hand.  Maybe you could knit one out of midges or something?


(I once retrieved a hammer from a couple of metres down a cavity wall, but that was a bit more magnetic than the baton is...)
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Wowbagger on July 29, 2015, 06:47:41 am
I am not going to get the time to do this. My ferry doesn't get into Scrabster unit 12.30 and it's a 50 mile round trip. Why is everywhere in Scotland so far from everywhere else?
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: JenM on August 02, 2015, 07:59:50 pm
The handover from SAS:

(http://i1217.photobucket.com/albums/dd396/jcm56/P1010240_zpspiosrxck.jpg) (http://s1217.photobucket.com/user/jcm56/media/P1010240_zpspiosrxck.jpg.html)

At Dunnet Head before being hidden in a discrete hole in the wall:

(http://i1217.photobucket.com/albums/dd396/jcm56/P1010258_zps2ot56rpx.jpg) (http://s1217.photobucket.com/user/jcm56/media/P1010258_zps2ot56rpx.jpg.html)

(http://i1217.photobucket.com/albums/dd396/jcm56/P1010259_zpsu87s2x9l.jpg) (http://s1217.photobucket.com/user/jcm56/media/P1010259_zpsu87s2x9l.jpg.html)

Wowbagger will no doubt post the last 'hand'over!
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Polar Bear on August 02, 2015, 09:33:29 pm
Do you have a piccie of the 'hole' or can you tell us where it is in relation to the last image.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: JenM on August 02, 2015, 10:24:27 pm
I do not have a picture of the hole - its 50+ metres from the 1st picture in the wall going up the hill.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Wowbagger on August 03, 2015, 01:10:45 pm
(https://scontent-lhr3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xft1/v/t1.0-9/p180x540/11753283_1466191047033433_2709579699257436102_n.jpg?oh=8f5c456c1337f7710e036e85df4b6cdf&oe=564DDB4B)

The final handover. Auchnahillin campsite on a cold and slightly midgy July evening.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Polar Bear on October 04, 2015, 11:51:52 am
Dunnet Head is one of those places that I have yet to visit.   

I'm going to have to devise a way of getting JenM's photographic memory image of LeBaton's last resting place out of her cranium so that a rescue bid might be attempted.

Anybody want to sell a set of thumbscrews? 

Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: harry_hauler on November 02, 2015, 09:05:33 pm
Relaxing after a veggie chilli in the Foresters Arms on Saturday, I had an idea: an enterprising YACF'er could post the baton as a geocache.
That way we get a whole load more people looking for it - and then we can ask them where they found it  :)
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: iddu on July 29, 2016, 12:04:44 am
I do not have a picture of the hole - its 50+ metres from the 1st picture in the wall going up the hill.

Hmm.

Had a poke around, but no immediate joy.

There's the path/gate to the lighthouse, a run of wall, an old gate, another run, another gate...

Between (a) lhg/og#1, (b) og#1/og#2, or (c) beyond og#2?

If it's not pissing down (still) tomorrow might go back for another look, but really need clue...otherwise so close, but so far, mission FAIL  :(
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: iddu on July 29, 2016, 04:50:24 pm
Could've taken one of the (loose) stones out & hid behind.
Could've used one of the existing (BIG) holes for sideways hide.
Could've made a burial cairn, from collapsed content.

Could've...Could've...Could've...

Had 2nd & 3rd poke in the rain, but despite scope couldn't see anything in likely looking holes; might now be under a bit that's futher collapsed.

Unless Jen wants another trip, for accurate location, or you manage to build a slice'n'dice memory extractor, 'fraid it's Requiescat in Wall.

So near, after so much time & effort, yet so far :(

Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Wowbagger on July 29, 2016, 06:31:06 pm
Full marks for effort, sir. It has been there about a year (I just had a facebook message commemorating a year since my visit to Thurso).
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: iddu on July 26, 2019, 09:50:24 pm
FMR..

8 years, 8 months, 14 days, 6 hours, 33 minutes and 13 seconds - can we Guinness that?

Raise the flags, bring out the beer...

News at Ten later.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Deano on July 26, 2019, 09:56:18 pm
Bloody hell, iddu, that's commitment. I thought the baton was gone forever.

The greatest comeback since Lazarus rose from the dead? ;D
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Canardly on July 26, 2019, 09:58:09 pm
Seems I was wrong about the brass plaque.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: iddu on August 02, 2019, 11:08:06 pm
...

(click to show/hide)
Ta DA - more HAPPY DANCE ;D

My, that's all changed since I was last there.

Now, M. LeBaton - what do you want to do next?  We'll go on a 200 tomorrow, just to stretch the legs, like...
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Deano on August 02, 2019, 11:14:45 pm
*applause*
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: mcshroom on August 03, 2019, 12:29:34 am
Yay ;D
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: IanDG on August 03, 2019, 06:35:34 am
 :thumbsup:
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Oscar's dad on August 03, 2019, 06:47:08 am
So am I to understand that the baton has been retrieved from it’s hiding place in the wall?
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: LeBaton on August 03, 2019, 07:26:04 am

Now, M. LeBaton - what do you want to do next?  We'll go on a 200 tomorrow, just to stretch the legs, like...

Well thank'ee kindly sir

As you know


I like bikes and travel, and I'm a floozy for new places


so your suggestion is perfect. If we make it to a hostelry I would feel privileged to buy you a drink. If I had money. Or pockets. Or hands, come to that. But the thought is there.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on August 03, 2019, 08:21:39 am
Great stuff! YACF medal for the Baton Extraction hero!
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: phil w on August 03, 2019, 08:57:01 am
Suggest the Baton now does a JOGLE relay.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: iddu on August 03, 2019, 12:52:17 pm
Be damned if I'm spending 4 years getting him back up there  8)

Currently having lunch at Kew Bridge, ready for the return leg.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Wowbagger on August 03, 2019, 04:24:11 pm
Can someone get it to the start of PBP in the next 16 days?
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Wowbagger on August 03, 2019, 05:38:20 pm
Where is the baton currently residing?
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Wowbagger on August 03, 2019, 05:43:36 pm
I'd do it myself except I have to spend the next fortnight in executor mode for my late and greatly loved Aunt Phyllis.
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: iddu on August 03, 2019, 08:49:31 pm
Where is the baton currently residing?

With me, West Berks; I have no plans for attending on an event (bar mine) in the next fortnight, but if a participant wants to call by I’m sure he’d enjoy a trip to belle France...
Title: Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
Post by: Canardly on August 03, 2019, 10:22:25 pm
Given the expertise in this place, is it not time to insert a tracking chip in said baton given the huge effort taken to recover it?