Monthly Archives: July 2011

I Do Like To Be Beside The Seaside

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Yesterday turned into a bit of a war of attrition. A combination of a few too many miles over challenging ground. The hills were one thing. Sustrans who oversee the national cycle routes in the UK suddenly seem to have decided that nicely graded routes are boring, and that going out of your way to find a hill or challenging… Read more »

Things That Go Screech in the Night

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Well, The Royal Oak did a good job, although I think the twice cooke chips might have been cook three times as the potato had mostly vanished. Why do people fall for the idea that twice cooked it better? It just means ‘cooked and reheated’ because it’s more efficient. They maybe taste nicer only on the basis if the inceased… Read more »

Camping at Pencelli Castle

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What could be simpler? Roll into the first camp site you come to (having covered the requisite number of miles), get the last space available, pitch tent, do some work by returning a call and sending a couple of emails, then shower in the very respectable facilities so I feel completely human and fresh again, them walk 200 yards to… Read more »

Train Rhymes with Rain

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Say hello to Richard and Vicky, fellow cyclists from Bishops Lydeard, who I met at Taunton station. They were off to Newport as well, then onto St. David’s Head, but for some reason, they had to change trains at Bristol Temple Meads, where as I was changing at Weston-Super-Mare. I got off as appointed, waited 10 minutes for the connecting… Read more »

Wales and National Cycle Route 8 – Dry Run Complete

Today was testing day for the upcoming trip to Wales. I’ve packed and re-packed bags to try and make the load as sensible as possible, checked the bike over, fitted mudguards for the first time, and loaded up the old girl for a test of handling and load carrying capabilities. I was somewhat worried yesterday at the amount of weight… Read more »

What Technology to Take on a Cycle Tour – To iPad or not to iPad

Ok, so I’m planning on a cycle tour of Wales later this month, and I’m starting to think about what I need to take with me. I’ve done a quick test pack to see what I can get in the panniers, and find that I can use one pannier for clothing, and the other for most of the tent and… Read more »