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Rough Stuff Fellowship Easter 2014

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At long last I got to go to a Rough Stuff meet. The South West of England doesn’t have a local group, with most of the membership in the north, which seems like a terrible shame (for the south-west I mean!). The Easter meet has a new location each year, and this time they chose Dunster, just a few miles… Read more »

Cycling Around Paloma Alta, Betis and Sierra de Fates

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A trig point, Palomo Alta near Tarifa

Getting back on the bike after what seems like an age, then encountering more than my fair share of dead ends and no entry roads, some very rough stuff, cows, horses and donkeys, mad men with guns – it all makes for an excellent day out.

A Rocky Descent of Cerro Cuchillo, Cabo de Gata

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The bike propped against a stone hunting shelter/bunker, an information board outlining some of the local flora, and a rocky path!

A rocky descent which is requiring a good degree of walking. There is an information board which is highlighting some of the flora to be found, this area seems lusher than other parts, probably as what little rain falls is funnelled downwards. The bike is propped against what appears to be a shelter/bunker for hunting purposes, boar perhaps.

Decidedly Rough

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Sometimes things do get decidedly rough. Fortunately this didn’t block our path, but was a little comedic nonetheless. Once past this the track really did get beyond a bicycle, and ignoring the waymarkers along what appeared to be good track we came to a point where the cliff had fallen and it was necessary to indulge in some proper portage…. Read more »

Roughing It Between Los Escallos and San Jose

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Pouring over the maps last night, it appeared that the track between Los Escallos (where we are camped) and San Jose would be fairly straightforward. We had walked the first couple of kms our first evening here. However it quickly deteriorated into some interesting rough stuff. Walking has been necessary, and even a little portage on some scrabbly slopes. But… Read more »

From marathons to mud running – The Extreme Sports Phenomenon

BBC News – From marathons to mud running Marathon running has been booming for some time, triathlons have flourished recently and now people are flocking to gruelling assault courses. But how did recreational sport get so extreme? I’d been wondering a little bit about this myself. My own experiments with the Paleo Diet (still works a treat thanks!) and gym… Read more »

A Fantastic Romp in the Sierra d’Irta

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This is likely our last day at the current site, tomorrow we will head closer to Valencia so that we can fit in some sightseeing. We spied a campsite in the hills outside that is supposed to be a good area for cycling, so there will be some of that too! So today was a last chance to enjoy the… Read more »

A Castle, Vogons, The Unemployed, and a River Bed

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Enough sitting in front of the computer, which has been necessary for the last couple of days to take care of admin and investigating things for a new work project (yes, exciting eh?). So out on the bike, enjoy the air and the sunshine, and explore the local landscape. I had no specific plan for where to go, other than… Read more »

Colourful Prose in Celebration of the Bicycle

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I’m continuing to read Thomas Stevens autobiographical account of his circumnavigation of the globe by bicycle, between 1884 and 1886, the first person to have done so. As I read he is just south of Paris, France, having crossed North America from his starting point in San Francisco, via New York for his sea crossing to Liverpool, UK. His style… Read more »