Author Topic: YACF LEJoG Relay  (Read 109649 times)

LEE

YACF LEJoG Relay
« 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



The Story So Far:

1) LEE, on right,  (Andover) hands Baton to AndyH (Blandford Forum) in Romsey.


2) AndyH hands baton to Panoramix in Frome


3) Panoramix hands baton to Feline in Bristol


4) Feline to ParrettPedaller at the Cheddar Gorge (Feline using her tried and trusted Baton-handing-over pose)


5) ParrettPedaller to Slugwash in Willand


6) Slugwash to AikenDrum in Bodmin


7) AikenDrum starts the journey


8 ) AikenDrum to Jm1 in Penzance (I think)


9 ) Jm1 posts Baton through ParrettPedaller's door in Burrowbridge, nr. Bridgewater


10 ) ParrettPedaller to Feline at Glastonbury Tor


11) Feline to Tewdric at the Severn Bridge


12) Tewdric to Salvatore - Monmouthshire


13) LEE spots Baton on Salvatore's saddlebag - Hay on Wye (Brevet Cymru 400)


14) Salvatore to MV - Monmouthshire


15 ) Mal Volio to Inc - Weobly


16) Inc to Blade in Morville, Bridgenorth


17) Blade to Basil somewhere near the Netherton Tunnel (Brummish)


18) Basil to Barakta near Birmingham


19) Barakta to Kim also near Brum


20) Kim to gerwinium in Brum


21) gerwinium to Rower40 in Kegworth Leicestershire


22) Rower40 to Luke (Gordy) in Derby


23) To AndrewC


24) To Jogler


25) To Loadsabikes (Overseal, just sth of Burton on Trent)


26) To Tom_e at Grafham Water (sort of between Northampton and Cambridge)


27) To fboab at Bottisham


28) To Chris (?)


29) To Morrisette


30) To Oscar's Dad


(31) To Huggy


(32) To JenM


(33) To Tomsk


(34) To Bloomers in Finchingfield


(35) To Christophe in Hull/Humber Br.


(36) To Wowbagger in Little Baddow, Essex.


(37) Wowbagger to Ham in Southend
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/3PLGMsj647o&rel=1" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/v/3PLGMsj647o&rel=1</a>

The Baton's London day out with ham


To Andrij in That There Londno


MattH to Mr Bunbury (via a few others not photgraphed)


To Crinkly Uncle

clarion

  • Tyke
Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
« Reply #1 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.
Getting there...

Wowbagger

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Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
« Reply #2 on: November 12, 2010, 12:10:53 pm »
Baton? Surely a sweet potato lovingly wrapped in the yellowed thong of ambition?
Oh, Bach without any doubt. Bach every time for me.

LEE

Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
« Reply #3 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?

LEE

Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
« Reply #4 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)

Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
« Reply #5 on: November 12, 2010, 12:27:02 pm »
I could do Hungerford to...Chalfont St Peter, say...
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Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
« Reply #6 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)

jogler

  • mojo operandi
Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
« Reply #7 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 :(

Jaded

  • The Codfather
  • Formerly known as Jaded
Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
« Reply #8 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.
If you don't like your democracy, vote against it.

clarion

  • Tyke
Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
« Reply #9 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
Getting there...

Jaded

  • The Codfather
  • Formerly known as Jaded
Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
« Reply #10 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.
If you don't like your democracy, vote against it.

Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
« Reply #11 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.

LindaG

Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
« Reply #12 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?

Jaded

  • The Codfather
  • Formerly known as Jaded
Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
« Reply #13 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
If you don't like your democracy, vote against it.

LEE

Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
« Reply #14 on: November 12, 2010, 04:51:07 pm »
Any Cornish folks out there for the first few legs ?

rower40

  • Not my boat. Now sold.
Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
« Reply #15 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.
Be Naughty; save Santa a trip

rower40

  • Not my boat. Now sold.
Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
« Reply #16 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...
Be Naughty; save Santa a trip

Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
« Reply #17 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.

Wowbagger

  • Dez's butler
    • Musings of a Gentleman Cyclist
Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
« Reply #18 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.
Oh, Bach without any doubt. Bach every time for me.

Kim

  • Timelord
Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
« Reply #19 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
Careful, Kim. Your sarcasm's showing...

LEE

Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - VOLUNTEERS
« Reply #20 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

Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
« Reply #21 on: November 12, 2010, 10:00:11 pm »
Box Hill - Epping? Then the baton can tour East Anglia too.

Re: YACF LEJoG Relay - VOLUNTEERS
« Reply #22 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.

CrinklyLion

  • The one with devious, cake-pushing ways....
Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
« Reply #23 on: November 12, 2010, 10:06:41 pm »
I think much zig-zagging is required :)  It does sound like a Very Silly Bike Adventure!

Re: YACF LEJoG Relay
« Reply #24 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?