Monthly Archives: December 2011

A Walk Through The French Rural Idyll

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Here are some lovely pictures. I had created some lovely words as well, easily equal to ‘I wandered lonely as a cloud’, but the the iPhone ate them, and now the only words I have to offer all have 4 letters in them. Your loss I’m afraid. Write to Apple and complain. Or just enjoy the pictures, as much as… Read more »

Making Life Interesting with a Payload and BOB Yak Trailer

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Today’s setup, this time with the trailer in tow and about 10kgs of payload. Not a great deal, but given the quality of the rough stuff, enough to make life interesting. I am absolutely loving the BOB Yak trailer. It is a joy to ride with. On today’s rough stuff there were plenty of boulders with drops and narrows that… Read more »

Rough Stuff, Boulders and Still a Lovely Walk/Ride

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Once we ran out of road, it was onto the rough stuff. The track was rubble strewn for much of its length, frequently steep enough to lose traction, making progress slow, an much needed to be walked. We really wanted to get into the snow line, just for the thrill of it. Unfortunately time and energy was going to run… Read more »

A Valley of Rustic Buildings

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A great ride up from Campan along the Valley du Lesponne, lots of lovely rustic farm houses, barns and other buildings, many just oozing with character. Quite a climb, 10kms and probably 1:15, just enough to keep the legs under pressure, not enough to cause suffering. The pace slow enough to fully enjoy the view.

Off to Find the Snow – By Bike

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Here we go again, off on a cycling adventure. I could do the Col du Tourmalet, but mel wants to come to, so we chose a slightly off road route. Suspect we won’t be able to do a circuit as the snow line is now lower. Fridays ran settled as snow above about 1200m by the looks of things. Still… Read more »

Bad Apple – Stop Bloody Spell Checking!

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One thing that I tend to find irritating when using the iPad/iPhone is the spell checker. It does ok 50% of the time, and does stupid things the rest. I don’t know whether to blame the OS or Google Translate, but it is #*%^ing stupid to try spell checking words that are typed in French into English. The app is… Read more »

Oh My Lourdes

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A damp day, so a good day to go tramp around the religious theme park that is Lourdes. We came for salvation, but this being France in November, everything is shut. Oh well, I’ll just have to live with my sins for a bit longer. How many plastic effigies of the Virgin Mary does one need anyway? And why do… Read more »