Author Topic: Have you been out today?  (Read 2203073 times)

T42

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Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #22575 on: July 07, 2019, 10:30:37 am »
You're about 50k from my son's place in Le Blanc.
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Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #22576 on: July 07, 2019, 07:48:55 pm »
You're about 50k from my son's place in Le Blanc.

Limoges is closer to 100kms. Don't waste time doing the voie verte between Argenton and Le Blanc, it gains nothing over the nationale it parallels and has a lot of silly barrières which take you off the edge of the tarmacked central portion of the path. After Le Blanc it deteriorates into COR territory - fat tyres needed.
The club has a private season opener in the Brenne built around lunch at La Gabrière. Nice flat roads and you eat well. Recommended (although the hotel has changed hands so things might change a bit organisation-wise).

Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #22577 on: July 07, 2019, 08:04:41 pm »
100 km on-road round t'Moors. Up Carlton Bank as a warm-up, then the big climb up to Bilsdale Transmitter.

The road up is a bit rough, which I didn't really notice the other time I did it, but I had 2" offroad tyres then as I followed the shootin' tracks off the back and over the tops to Osmotherley.

It was a rough descent on 25 mm tyres, and the wind never managed to swing round from northerly to easterly, and it was across me the whole way home.

Reading all that, it sounds a bit whingy. It was a good ride, really, with the sort of dappled cloud that makes the views seem to go on forever.

Feanor

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Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #22578 on: July 07, 2019, 08:47:51 pm »
Local club ride cancelled last night, but I decided to do the route anyway.

It was a one-of 'special', which went to an actual destination on the coast: the town of Cullen.
But at 140k it was a bit longer than normal club rides.
Club riders here seem to want the rides over early in the day so they can do their ironing or flower arranging or whatever, so it had been planned as an early start from Inverurie, an hours ride from here. I'd not planned to ride there for the early start.

Since it cancelled, and I could choose my own start time, I ece'd it to 200, with not an Audax point in sight!

Met another club rider in Cullen who had also been planning to do this ride, but his backup plan was different.

Headwind all the way out, but some nice tailies on the way home.

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Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #22579 on: July 10, 2019, 12:11:00 pm »
Codsall - Market Drayton - Whitchurch - Chester - Llandudno

Anything for a free lunch  ;D

T42

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Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #22580 on: July 13, 2019, 04:57:46 pm »
Menacing weather so just a 20k toddle to the Planche des Vieux Cons, a local col aka Goetzenberg aka Zigeunerfels, the latter from a band of plundering wanderers* who set up shop nearby and were duly burnt out and massacred by the absolutely non-racist, respectable, God-fearing villagers from the two cowsnests a couple of hundred metres down in the valley. 1245 that was, villagers vs. pillagers, round 1 of 1, no rematch.  Anyway, it was steep & I was bugrified by the time I reached the top and bugrifieder by the time I got home.

The weather cleared up, of course.

* Zigeuner is usually translated as gypsy, but apparently it derives from 'untouchable' in Sanskrit so it's probably offensive these days.
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Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #22581 on: July 13, 2019, 08:30:52 pm »
86 rolling and warm km out to Mayfield then a bit of looping between Heathfield and Hailsham, crossing familiar spots from El Supremo audaxes and also taking in some of the cuckoo trail.

T42

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Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #22582 on: July 18, 2019, 10:25:32 am »
141k yesterday to my distal coffee-shop preference.  Beautiful day, not yet excessively betouristed, the usual storks, herons and fat-arsed fishermen along the canal, gratifying headwind on the last 10k to my turnaround point, whereat cheesecake with mirabelle ice-cream and a little too much coffee for my drug regimen, who cares?  This brings me back to the level of fitness I was at before medical inflictions at the end of May, how jolly.

Followed a tip from GCN (yes, well) and drank a good volume of Isostar with a bit of bicarb to cut the acid once I got home. I feel a lot perkier this morning than I usually do after such trips. Highly recommended.
I've dusted all those old bottles and set them up straight.

Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #22583 on: July 19, 2019, 10:17:04 pm »
Down from Clitheroe towards the Mersey Roads (supporting Bunbury, mainly with sarcasm).

Looking back at my route, I think I accidentally rode one of THE 100 GREATEST CLIMBS. I thought that road out of Whalley was a bit steep - it was pissing down, and I had to stay seated or my rear wheel would slip uncontrollably, even with my tent on the back. But there were alpacas at the top, and it was quieter than the main road.

It did stop raining and I had a clear run through Salford, but once I was away from the urban stuff, the rain really came down. Luckily there was a handy pub in Dunham Massey where I hid from the rain.

Currently camping at Delamere. It was a lovely evening after the rain, and what a welcome shower that was.

bludger

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Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #22584 on: July 19, 2019, 10:35:38 pm »
Popped out to do some chores. Picked up some M520s from click and collect, some medical stuff, and got a load of car shampoo from Halfrauds for cleaning the bikes.

Treated myself to a new sponge too.
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Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #22585 on: July 21, 2019, 11:48:14 am »
36 mile cafe ride.  Slower average speed than for the entire Dun Run.  And I walked a bit of that!
Never tell me the odds.

Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #22586 on: July 21, 2019, 12:54:44 pm »
Yes, and I still am!

I’m about 25 miles into a (roughly 40 mile ride to Burton upon Trent and back. Having got passed the turnaround point and with the wind now behind me, I figured a pint and some nuts were due.

First ride on the (almost finished) Colnago. It’s dreamy.
L'enfer, c'est les autos.

Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #22587 on: July 22, 2019, 08:45:22 am »
(Yesterday) I did the Danebury 150 (comfortably 160 with a diversion and a couple of small errors). It was a lovely day out, on roads I wouldn’t normally ride. Felt a bit far by the end, which is often the way with audax ... and I think I was lantern rouge, the the 200 was still coming in.

Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #22588 on: July 22, 2019, 01:34:15 pm »
Yesterday. most enjoyable 27 mile cafe ride. I must confess to having difficulty with the second sausage.
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T42

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Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #22589 on: July 22, 2019, 03:58:08 pm »
This morning, a bit shy of 60k over a local set of lumps and home on the flat without a coffee stop.*  Hot with practically no wind.  Dunno what's up with my condition, I'm futterly ucked now.

*c.f. going to bed without any supper.
I've dusted all those old bottles and set them up straight.

Cudzoziemiec

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Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #22590 on: July 22, 2019, 04:52:42 pm »
A whole 40-odd km yesterday out to Iron Acton to see if there were any stragglers from the CTC barbecue (there weren't) and home again including a tiny bit of exploration which had to stop when I came up to a sign saying "Pedal and motor vehicles" strictly banned on account of it being ancient woodland. Nothing fell off, including the bits held on with sugru and electrical tape, which is the main thing.
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Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #22591 on: July 22, 2019, 07:51:25 pm »
Mr Deano, if you left Whalley towards Billington over the river Calder bridge and did a sharp left and was into serious climbing within 10m then yes that was the climb of Whalley Nab on the way to York. Possibly you were looking for the next left, a sharp hairpin and then a gentler climb towards York. Still the same wonderful Lancashire views from the top. 

T42

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Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #22592 on: July 23, 2019, 08:23:22 am »
A whole 40-odd km yesterday out to Iron Acton to see if there were any stragglers from the CTC barbecue (there weren't) and home again including a tiny bit of exploration which had to stop when I came up to a sign saying "Pedal and motor vehicles" strictly banned on account of it being ancient woodland. Nothing fell off, including the bits held on with sugru and electrical tape, which is the main thing.

When I hear of TdF chappies going downhill at >96 kph and think of doing the same on my bike with bar-bag, Road Morph & Raceblades, on our chip'n'lump-strewn roads, I get a kind of about-to-lose-bowel-control feeling.
I've dusted all those old bottles and set them up straight.

Cudzoziemiec

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Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #22593 on: July 23, 2019, 08:29:44 am »
A whole 40-odd km yesterday out to Iron Acton to see if there were any stragglers from the CTC barbecue (there weren't) and home again including a tiny bit of exploration which had to stop when I came up to a sign saying "Pedal and motor vehicles" strictly banned on account of it being ancient woodland. Nothing fell off, including the bits held on with sugru and electrical tape, which is the main thing.

When I hear of TdF chappies going downhill at >96 kph and think of doing the same on my bike with bar-bag, Road Morph & Raceblades, on our chip'n'lump-strewn roads, I get a kind of about-to-lose-bowel-control feeling.
Agreed but I'm not sure of the relevance to my post?
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Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #22594 on: July 24, 2019, 08:58:32 am »
Did another 4 mile round trip utility ride to collect a box of firewood on the trailer before all the thunder and lightning last night.  Managed to saw my thumb instead of a piece of wood and dripped claret all over the place but fortunately nothing too serious.  Still a good few boxes to collect which bodes well for some more evening rides.

Wowbagger

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Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #22595 on: July 24, 2019, 09:09:10 am »
Yesterday.

I had intended to ride from Edinburgh to St. Andrews but the sleeper arrived 2 hours late. I caught a train to Markinch so I did get 21 lovely rolling Fifey miles, arriving with about 45 minutes in which to find lunch before my course started.
Oh, Bach without any doubt. Bach every time for me.

Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #22596 on: July 24, 2019, 11:58:23 pm »
Mr Deano, if you left Whalley towards Billington over the river Calder bridge and did a sharp left and was into serious climbing within 10m then yes that was the climb of Whalley Nab on the way to York. Possibly you were looking for the next left, a sharp hairpin and then a gentler climb towards York. Still the same wonderful Lancashire views from the top.

That's the one. I was heading south and didn't like the look of the main road, so it seemed the natural choice. It was a bit steep, I had to stay in the saddle otherwise my rear wheel was skidding.

Can't say much for the Lancastrian views - it was siling it down.

Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #22597 on: July 28, 2019, 09:19:28 am »
At the Cotswold Water Park cafe.  Thought I'd give the LHT a run out this week.  Headwind all the way.
Never tell me the odds.

BrianI

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Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #22598 on: July 28, 2019, 10:05:03 am »
Nope. Not allowed for another few weeks at least :-( Darned laparotomy :-(

Cudzoziemiec

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Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #22599 on: July 29, 2019, 02:30:10 pm »
It was Sunday morning so the traffic was quiet and I wanted to get there quickly, so I blatted straight up the A38 to Gloucester. In the outskirts I took to the towpath and very soon – thunk, chunk, bump! Flat front tyre. The S&G was to one point the world's broadest canal but its towpath is narrow, not an ideal environment in which to change a tube. Air was gushing out of an old patch, no new holes visible, nothing in the tyre, so put a new tube in and off. I haven't been to Gloucester since last summer, when I'd seen from the other side of the canal they were resurfacing the towpath, looked like tarmac. It turns out they've put a tarmac base down, presumably for durability and all-weather use, with gravel on top. I presume the gravel is because it matches the canal aesthetic and is kinder to the feet of runners, small children, dogs and tow horses, not that I've ever seen a horse along there. It also makes a pleasing crunching sound underwheel.

Stopped at the Comfy Pew and had some "cauliflower wings," which were pleasant in an odd way, then out across Alney Island and up through Maisemore and Hartpury. The hill between these two is one of my favourite places to ride a bike, especially for the views of the Cotswolds to the right, the Malverns straight ahead and far off to the left the Black Mountains. In the next village, Ashleworth, someone was selling homemade jam from their garden. There was a choice of rhubarb jam or rhubarb chutney... I got a jar of jam. A Carradice saddlebag is a very useful thing to have! Meandered up some lanes I'd never taken before, which turned out to lead me in a loop back to where I'd been five minutes earlier.

Just after Ashleworth is a low-lying flooded area that's an important site for water birds. Occasionally there are hordes of twitchers there, mostly middle-aged men in odd clothes getting obsessive about things other people find bemusing; if they had bicycles they'd be audaxers. Yesterday there was only one. Apparently most birds are moulting at this time of year so it's a bit dull for them, but he did get very excited when he spotted a roebuck. "That's a truly wild animal! One of only two native British deer species! He's a wonderfully healthy specimen, look at his coat!"

Continued up to Tewkesbury then headed down the A38 back to Gloucester, because it's pretty much the only alternative to retracing. About halfway along there is a signpost to a village called The Leigh with one of those brown historic building signs to St Catherine's Church. I've often ridden past it but never been for a look, so I went to find it. As soon as I walked in, an elderly lady came up to me. "Have you come to join our service?" No, which is just as well as I'd have been 45 minutes early. Soon a slightly less elderly lady joined us and started talking to me. She'd been a maths teacher. Her husband's family apparently find the idea of a woman teaching maths odd. It turned out she'd taught at my sister's school (which was nowhere near Tewkesbury)! I didn't establish whether she'd actually taught my sister, it seemed wisest not to enquire too deeply, just in case...

Had some pancakes when I got back to Gloucester. The Three Choirs Festival is on. My observations indicate the average age of the audience to be around 70, large groups attracted from (judging by accents) Netherlands, Scandinavia and USA. I can see andrewc attending in a couple of decades time!

Then back down the lanes, meeting no more bird watchers or festival goers. My sugrued rear light (photos to be posted elsewhere) survived intact, my knees were tired. There was cake at home. Was.
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