Author Topic: Have you been out today?  (Read 2431007 times)

Cudzoziemiec

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Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #22775 on: December 31, 2019, 03:38:18 pm »
I realised after the ride that even though we had a supplementary lecture about Isaac Newton and his work at the Royal Mint, we didn't touch on his Best Invention*, the cat flap.

I did consider mentioning that.  And pointing out that Enigma was broken by Polish mathematicians before the war, Turing's work was on scaling that up to an industrial process, and later the Lornez cipher.  But nobody likes a cleverclogs.
Well I don't think that is well known even in Poland. A dużo to im pomogło w tamten wrześniu(!)
Days become simply the spaces between dreams, spaces between the shifting floors of time...

Kim

  • Timelord
Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #22776 on: December 31, 2019, 04:36:59 pm »
I think there's a propaganda factor there.  Colossus was kept secret until some time in the 1970s (Lorenz was still in use well after the war), so the Plucky British Codebreaking Story revolved around Engima, and the USAnians took all the early-computer-molishing credit for ENIAC.
Careful, Kim. Your sarcasm's showing...

Cudzoziemiec

  • Waking up now, put the kettle on!
Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #22777 on: December 31, 2019, 05:17:33 pm »
It's surprising though that Polish governments of various stripes have not taken the opportunity to say, "Look how it was us who won the war before those Brits/Yanks/Sovs <delete and insert according to political preference> even knew it existed!"
Days become simply the spaces between dreams, spaces between the shifting floors of time...

Kim

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Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #22778 on: December 31, 2019, 05:41:09 pm »
Careful, Kim. Your sarcasm's showing...

Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #22779 on: December 31, 2019, 06:44:37 pm »
My last ride of the year was to Windsor and on my way back i did the Iceland shopping as I had the trailer on  about 5 miles today  :)
the slower you go the more you see

guidon

  • formerly known as cyclone
Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #22780 on: January 01, 2020, 07:06:57 pm »
After a decade of near inactivity I decided that I really ought to get out every day, even if for half an hour....With a recent doctors diagnosis of a borked back and no running or jumping cycling it had to be... thus to celebrate the new year et al off I went...A twenty or so km pootle round the skeggy lanes of central Brittany (only been here a month) experiencing the usual Breton weather (akin to Welsh). Good fun and will continue!  :thumbsup:

Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #22781 on: January 01, 2020, 08:01:35 pm »
24 miles to Chertsey and back with a friend who might be on here somewhere, he has limited Internet access,. Nice to get along the Thames cycle path between staines and Chertsey 🙂
the slower you go the more you see

T42

  • Old fool in a hurry
Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #22782 on: January 03, 2020, 02:31:49 pm »
46k practically non-stop round a favourite loop. Between moving off and getting home my foot touched the ground for only 7 seconds, which was exceptional for this area.  Year & years ago I managed a 100k loop entirely non-stop, which was miraculous. No track-stands, either.

Had to do the last 10k in blattering rain. Crawled in like a drowned Johnson, leaving a trail. MrsT: oh, is it wet?
I've dusted all those old bottles and set them up straight.

Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #22783 on: January 03, 2020, 03:14:09 pm »
Cycled back from the car dealer after selling my car.  He was a bit taken aback as I don't think they see many bicycles.
Sic transit and all that..

Kim

  • Timelord
Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #22784 on: January 03, 2020, 05:53:51 pm »
Usual short loop.  Got wow-dogged by a dog running out from behind a parked van on a country lane:

I'd clocked the owner herding a pair of smallish dogs on leads by the van's verge-side door, and as I got closer, additional barking that sounded like it was coming from another, more substantial dog, so I slowed down a bit.  But I was in the middle of the road to avoid slimy run-off on the left, so didn't have a lot of time to react when it appeared from behind the van on my right, and we collided as I emergency-stopped.  I felt the impact, stayed rubber-side up and was un-hurt.  The dog barked aggressively, ran down the road a bit, barked some more, and repeat, until it ran behind a (by this point stationary) oncoming car and into the adjacent field.  Owner was shouting at it (indeed, he was shouting before the impact), but had his hands full of other dogs, so couldn't restrain it.  He checked I was okay, and suggested the best thing I could do was carry on and get away from the scene, as the dog was probably scared.

I stopped out of sight round the next corner to straighten the chainring guard (cheesy sheet aluminium, so it being bent enough to rub the crank doesn't really mean anything), bike was otherwise fine.  I don't think the dog was seriously injured (it was hit at low speed by the chainring guard and probably my foot at shoulder level - nothing sharp, and its legs didn't get near the wheel), but I still feel awful about it.  :(
Careful, Kim. Your sarcasm's showing...

ElyDave

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Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #22785 on: January 04, 2020, 08:18:12 am »
50km on Monday and 60km on Thursday, both on two of my usual local loops.  Winds have been strong around here this week, so Monday was harder work than I expected as I ended up with a long into the wind leg.  Thursday better planned, some into the wind early on, then crosswind and motly tail/cross on the home leg.  Both nice and dry and decently sunny, no pub stops on either even thiough there were several en-route.
“Procrastination is the thief of time, collar him.” –Charles Dickens

Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #22786 on: January 04, 2020, 05:11:25 pm »
I did but annoyingly Strava (or my phone GPS) had some issues and reckoned I managed 16 miles when I only did 13 and that in some spots I was going nearly 800mph!!

Some was signal bounce when I was stopped but another section was a whole bit of open road when I was apparently here, there and everywhere.

It doesn't really matter but still annoying.
Miles cycled 2014 = 3551.5 (Target 7300 :()
Miles cycled 2013 = 6141.4
Miles cycled 2012 = 4038.1

Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #22787 on: January 04, 2020, 05:54:30 pm »
60-odd miles over Bollihope, along some shootin' tracks and back along the main roads to preserve my knee, which I jarred a bit. Bit breezy, but mild, and it's just the best place.

Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #22788 on: January 04, 2020, 07:58:56 pm »
Just over 32km last night. Cold and crisp but roads quiet apart from the real back roads which were busier then usual but drivers courteous.

Slow and hard work. Highlight was what I believe to be two male owls in competition or adjacent territory having a hoot off. Close enough to hear the kinda reverb bit at the end of the hoot.

Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #22789 on: January 04, 2020, 11:11:02 pm »
60-odd miles over Bollihope, along some shootin' tracks and back along the main roads to preserve my knee, which I jarred a bit. Bit breezy, but mild, and it's just the best place.

I wish I'd found Audax, and this place, when I was at uni at Durham.
Miles cycled 2014 = 3551.5 (Target 7300 :()
Miles cycled 2013 = 6141.4
Miles cycled 2012 = 4038.1

Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #22790 on: January 04, 2020, 11:47:00 pm »
Come along to this, it'd be a decent ride via Bollihope from Durham :)

https://yacf.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=114443.0

Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #22791 on: January 05, 2020, 12:06:23 am »
I'm sure it would. But as I currently live in Eastbourne it might be a bit of a stretch.

Would be nice though.
Miles cycled 2014 = 3551.5 (Target 7300 :()
Miles cycled 2013 = 6141.4
Miles cycled 2012 = 4038.1

bludger

  • Randonneur and bargain hunter
Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #22792 on: January 05, 2020, 12:14:39 am »
Did some saturday night beer money delivery work on the fixed gear. It was actually pretty fun, made £25 in about two hours and got a free crepe. 44/17 is a fun ratio for lazy trundling. Would have gone on longer but I am doing an actual ride tomorrow.
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Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #22793 on: January 06, 2020, 02:44:21 pm »
60-odd miles over Bollihope, along some shootin' tracks and back along the main roads to preserve my knee, which I jarred a bit. Bit breezy, but mild, and it's just the best place.

I wish I'd found Audax, and this place, when I was at uni at Durham.

Same! (Plus also cycling...)

Wowbagger

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Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #22794 on: January 06, 2020, 02:58:24 pm »
Yes! A 17 mile Barling Loop with a new stoker, Rob. Rob is blind and was introduced to me by Stefan, aka Badger OTP. Rob has his own tandem but it's currently hors concours so we went on mine. He's a big lad - 6' 2" and I'd guess at least 17 stones, so it was quite an upper body workout for me keeping the bike on the straight and narrow.

Weather cool and breezy. Good cycling weather, but the headwind coming back along the sea front was hard work. We did overtake another cyclist though, which I doubt I would have done if I had been on my own.
Eating's a serious business. Don't bollocks around wagging your tail.

Jayjay

  • Layin' back a bit these days.
Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #22795 on: January 06, 2020, 10:05:43 pm »
Only to work and back. But I did get out in the sunshine on Saturday, trailer a-dangle for errands and sacks of dog feed.

T42

  • Old fool in a hurry
Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #22796 on: January 07, 2020, 04:24:54 pm »
82k cake-shop run remarkable only for the fact that I did it.  Felt bleh for first 20k and was musing on excuses for cutting it short, but after a half-decent climb I began to feel OK so I kept going.  Legs now feel as if someone's been a them with a rolling-pin: I haven't done over 50k on an outing since November and I haven't done many. Quite pleased.
I've dusted all those old bottles and set them up straight.

Kim

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Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #22797 on: January 07, 2020, 04:36:41 pm »
Yes! A 17 mile Barling Loop with a new stoker, Rob.

Good stuff, but remember:  No DunRuns until you've done a 50 miler without any nads-related grumbling!
Careful, Kim. Your sarcasm's showing...

Wowbagger

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Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #22798 on: January 07, 2020, 06:33:17 pm »
Yes! A 17 mile Barling Loop with a new stoker, Rob.

Good stuff, but remember:  No DunRuns until you've done a 50 miler without any nads-related grumbling!

I suspect he won't get that far. He has a very upright riding position and his arse takes all the pressure. He's in his 50s now but he told me that when he was young (he's been bind since birth) he was close to paralympic tandem level. Apart from our coffee stop after about 7 miles, we stopped again on the sea front about 5 miles later to give his arse a rest. i didn't bother with cycling gear - apart from gel mitts, I don't for rides under 20 miles unless I'm expecting rough terrain.

Today, a short ride <5 miles to Penny's place for a cup of tea and a good natter. I got both, and a spoffle with Molly the Black lab. Molly is on steroids because she has very itchy skin. She started a new batch today and they seem to be working. She slept most of the afternoon.

I actually had another purpose for the visit. I had offered to give Penny my seed and she said "Yes" - she has tried to cultivate mistletoe on her apple tree before, but without success. I forgot to take my white stick seeds with me. So I shall just have to go again.
Eating's a serious business. Don't bollocks around wagging your tail.

Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #22799 on: January 07, 2020, 06:47:17 pm »
wonderful encounter of a weasel taking a field mouse - it was that windy I don't think it even knew I was there (and wouldn't understand the light)
A wild wild day to be out, ran with the wind for 20 mile then took 3¼ hours to get back (looking forward to my tea the night)