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Fords
« on: 27 September, 2011, 12:43:17 pm »
Fords (and low water crossings). In this topic, photos should show:
  • a cyclist riding through
  • while there's water flowing (no fair riding it when it's dry!).
Bonus points if the cyclist falls in.

I'll start with the low water crossing near Shaftenhoe End in Hertfordshire. The brook, labelled "Comberton Bottom" on OpenStreetMap, and which delineates the boundary between Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire, is culverted, so normally the road is dry (as seen on Google Street View), but after weeks of rain have saturated the fields, a storm can cause the brook to overflow the road.



(Cyclist: me. Photo: Nigel Deakin. The car was parked up because the driver had dropped his glasses in the stream when he was out jogging earlier in the day. I thought he had no chance whatsoever of finding them, but I was wrong.)

Kim

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Re: Fords
« Reply #1 on: 27 September, 2011, 03:50:36 pm »
Paging rower40.  Rower40 to the dry-it-out-and-hope-it-still-works courtesy phone please...   ;D
Careful, Kim. Your sarcasm's showing...

rower40

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Re: Fords
« Reply #2 on: 27 September, 2011, 03:56:27 pm »
Paging rower40.  Rower40 to the dry-it-out-and-hope-it-still-works courtesy phone please...   ;D
Any sympathy I was feeling about your invasion force of buzzing yellow-n-black stripey insects is fast receding.

Crinkly has already posted the picture of me getting up after NOTHING HAPPENED.  Not sure where it is.
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Kim

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Re: Fords
« Reply #3 on: 27 September, 2011, 04:15:05 pm »
I thought it was in the mild touring thread, but all I could find was this one of Em's particularly well-plaited hair:

Careful, Kim. Your sarcasm's showing...

Re: Fords
« Reply #4 on: 27 September, 2011, 04:19:58 pm »
Charlotte fails to dip a toe into Nutty's Slimed Bottom! 



edit: It's just occurred to me that putting a finger into Oaky's Wet Ring might be another ford name here.  ::-)

clarion

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Re: Fords
« Reply #5 on: 27 September, 2011, 04:34:33 pm »
I thought it was in the mild touring thread, but all I could find was this one of Em's particularly well-plaited hair:



Why is that in this thread?  There's Nothing Happening there.
Getting there...

Re: Fords
« Reply #6 on: 27 September, 2011, 04:35:55 pm »
Before Oscar's dad or Oaky get a chance to post it there is video of me, finding that the Castle Arce ford is tooooo deep for a tour-loaded bike:

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/5jCDj9mwURs&rel=1" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/v/5jCDj9mwURs&rel=1</a>

There's also video of the Hall's Hase Pino tandem fording a stream.

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/UqvDwU5eTzc&rel=1" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/v/UqvDwU5eTzc&rel=1</a>
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clarion

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Re: Fords
« Reply #7 on: 27 September, 2011, 04:39:56 pm »
That takes trust.
Getting there...

Kim

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Re: Fords
« Reply #8 on: 27 September, 2011, 04:45:05 pm »
Why is that in this thread?  There's Nothing Happening there.

If you look carefully, you can see the ford in the background.
Careful, Kim. Your sarcasm's showing...

David Martin

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Re: Fords
« Reply #9 on: 27 September, 2011, 04:51:36 pm »
Not on YouTube but on Flickr, and I don't seem to be able to embed their videos..

http://www.flickr.com/photos/davidmam/5462437882/

And on my LEJoG..

DSC00383 by davidmamartin, on Flickr
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Re: Fords
« Reply #10 on: 27 September, 2011, 04:57:53 pm »
Wobbly John and David Martin: great videos!

Here's a ford on the River Glem between Hawkedon and Thurston End in Suffolk. (Rider: Nigel. Photo: Averil.)


clarion

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Re: Fords
« Reply #11 on: 27 September, 2011, 05:07:41 pm »
Why is that in this thread?  There's Nothing Happening there.

If you look carefully, you can see the ford in the background.

Do I need to remind you of the rules of this thread?

In this topic, photos should show:
  • a cyclist riding through
  • while there's water flowing (no fair riding it when it's dry!).

A ford in the far distance with Nothing Happening, like, for instance, this one:



doesn't qualify. ;)
Getting there...

Kim

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Re: Fords
« Reply #12 on: 27 September, 2011, 05:17:19 pm »
Yeah, but Em's just ridden through it.  Totally qualifies, I reckon.
Careful, Kim. Your sarcasm's showing...

Re: Fords
« Reply #13 on: 27 September, 2011, 05:37:40 pm »
Clarion!  :P



clarion

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Re: Fords
« Reply #14 on: 27 September, 2011, 07:17:20 pm »
Crikey, who's that?
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Re: Fords
« Reply #15 on: 27 September, 2011, 09:22:49 pm »
Crikey, who's that?

Tim Hall

Identifiable by the PINK sorry Magenta bike

clarion

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Re: Fords
« Reply #16 on: 27 September, 2011, 10:14:38 pm »
I thought it was, but his hair looks a bit sparser than reality in that shot.
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Wowbagger

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Re: Fords
« Reply #17 on: 27 September, 2011, 10:18:03 pm »
That's because once he pulled his bike out he started fishing for his toupée.
Bach without a doubt.

Pingu

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Re: Fords
« Reply #18 on: 28 September, 2011, 10:01:28 pm »
Forth Finale:


ford by The Pingus, on Flickr

Re: Fords
« Reply #19 on: 29 September, 2011, 10:30:43 pm »
Ford on the River Rib at Barwick in Hertfordshire.


Re: Fords
« Reply #20 on: 30 September, 2011, 09:32:01 am »
Does this count?  I didn't take a photo while cycling through it - the water was over the top of the wheels and I was concentrating too much on not stopping and falling over.

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Re: Fords
« Reply #21 on: 30 September, 2011, 10:23:55 am »
That Picasa URL doesn't work when embedded here; try swapping it for this URL.

And where is that low water crossing?

Riggers

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Re: Fords
« Reply #22 on: 30 September, 2011, 10:37:47 am »
Certainly never seen cycling south of Sussex

Re: Fords
« Reply #23 on: 02 October, 2011, 07:44:46 am »
Useful source:

http://www.wetroads.co.uk/index.htm

4x4 bias, but helpful data.
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Re: Fords
« Reply #24 on: 02 October, 2011, 10:33:34 am »