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Post by: Andre Jute on January 17, 2020, 04:12:59 PM
This is the thread to post your rides, weather reports, and photographs, so everyone else will know where to come look for them. A few exceptions, also for the convenience of other members: If you're on a long tour and intend posting daily or at least regular reports, start a thread so you reports can be kept together; some keen photographers who post regularly may want to keep their quality photographs together in a separate thread; need I say that it's not that such posters aren't welcome, but that the convenience of readers should be considered. Vicarious thrills rule!

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Too miserable, gloomy, wet, cold, windy, for a serious ride but I had to go down to the Post Office's distribution centre for a parcel I missed at the door and, just to extend even a utility ride when I was already wet and miserable, on the principle that any fresh air is valuable fresh air, took a detour to photograph the clouds over a more inspiring vista. While I was standing on the footbridge with my iPhone, a local clergyman came by and said to me, "See the river to heaven into the clouds?" So there was! Since it snaked from side to side, I muttered to his disappearing back, "Lot of room for waywardness in there."
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Post by: John Saxby on January 18, 2020, 02:19:08 AM
Tremendous skyscape, Andre!

I've seen a few cyclists in Ottawa today, tho' not many: our wayward chinook with its mild weather has given way to uncompromising Saskatchewan weather -- -25 this morning, daytime high of -17 with a brisk northwesterly.  (it's worse elsewhere,however. Edmonton's LRT was stalled by cracked rails caused by the -40 weather there.  The forecast for Newfoundland this evening & overnight is 75 cms of snow, along with high winds and storm surges. 'Tis a night to stay inside, b'y.)

Will post some notes & photos from SE Queensland in mid-late March.

Cheers,  John
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Post by: RichardFM on January 18, 2020, 10:12:37 PM
This is an image from my  ride today. (https://i.postimg.cc/MZ5K9GvL/IMG-20200118-113833038.jpg)
This is the Usk Valley in South Wales.  It was  ride of just over 60km from Newport via Caerleon and Usk to the Clytha Arms for lunch and a pint and then back.
The ride was from a book called Lost Lanes Wales by Jack Thurston
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Post by: Andre Jute on January 19, 2020, 05:55:52 PM
Will post some notes & photos from SE Queensland in mid-late March.

Look forward to those, John.

What with Canadians riding in Australia, South Africans riding Patagonia, Americans all over the Balkans and Europe and icier countries to the north, Scots and Englishmen riding in Asia and Africa, -- and apologies for anyone whose ambitous rides I left out -- it really sounds like the forum is the Thorn International Outreach Club.

The ride was from a book called Lost Lanes Wales by Jack Thurston.


Good for Jack Thurston! I ride mainly on lanes and the smallest roads here in West Cork, so I'm very keen on their preservation.

That's a beautiful photograph, Richard; I especially like the deep perspective on those far hills disappearing into that brilliant blue sky. It's Wales from the memory box. "How brown was my valley in the winter" -- what Richard Llewellyn almost said.
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Post by: Andre Jute on February 14, 2020, 08:47:50 PM
I went out today, because the temperature, before taking the wind chill into account, was in double figures, 10C, and I was going stir-crazy inside. But the first thing I did was close my jacket's pit vents because the wind was getting overly familiar with my ribs, and then on the footbridge across the river I nearly had my bike's front wheel blown into the railings, a kiss on St Valentine's Day all the way across the Atlantic from Newfoundland. Can't say I recommend her choice of mouthwash.

I stop off at my doctor's surgery, mainly to get warm before crossing the river on the way back home. He insists on taking my blood pressure and while he's at it clamps the heart rate monitor on my finger. He remarks on how quickly my heart rate returns to 50bpm after exercise and I say, "In a racing car, in the middle of a race, when I was young, my heart rate was 45bpm. Medical science, such as it is, has failed me." He's not impressed. He tells me about this Tour de France cyclist who has a heart rate of 25bpm. "If he came into my surgery without telling me who he is, in a flash I'd have him in the ambulance on the way to the hospital, tagged for the Resuscitation Team. A heart rate that low, you could take one beat, go eat lunch, and when you return take up his wrist again for the next beat." I am very impressed with a cyclist so fit his heart rate is that low.

On the way home I come over the motorcar bridge, on the quiet side of a big panel truck. The driver winds down his window to say to me, "Don't ride the countryside back of Aherne's bar [this is a bar at a crossroads in my summer riding grounds] or you'll be on your arse. The crosswinds were fierce, rocking my truck." I don't know his name but I see him in the little roads making deliveries and sometimes he comes to our door too. One of the advantages of riding the same lanes decades on end is that the people who use the lanes get to know you, which for an elderly cyclist is a really valuable resource. His predecessor in that truck picked me up one day when a sudden gust of wind in that area blew me off my bike, probably thirty years ago now.
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Post by: John Saxby on February 16, 2020, 03:29:34 PM
Fierce winds indeed, Andre.  Weather news from Foggie Olde signals that they're continuing.

"Rides of 2020"  for me remain strictly in the realm of visualizing--we just had the two coldest nights of the year, down around -27 with a stiff northwesterly, hence windchills around -35 at 7 AM.  Sunny days, tho' :-)

The plan is for visualizing to become The Real Thing just bef the vernal equinox here & the autumnal Down Unda -- stay tuned.

Cheers,  John
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Post by: JimK on March 29, 2020, 12:32:22 AM
I've got a regular short ride in my neighborhood that's mostly hill:

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It's all new houses up there, with empty lots and construction projects. How the housing market will fare under the changing financial situation... we shall see!

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Post by: Andre Jute on March 29, 2020, 02:06:51 AM
What's happening to your annual Australian holiday, John? Our niece, who lives in Adelaide, was in Japan with her grandchild and cut the visit short because the government down under announced that even Australians who had been somewhere else over two weeks would not be allowed back in. That was last week, so the screw may tightened even further in the meantime.

Jim: a pity to waste such fabulous views on empty and half-built houses.We've for years on our rides here looked at estates of fully finished houses that couldn't be sold, or unfinished houses which couldn't be finished because with all the contractor bankcruptcies and the government bailing out the banks, nobody knew who actually owned those houses. This in a country with a very serious housing shortage.

We were having new water mains laid on our street this last week, after months of planning and PR persons from the engineers coming to reassure us they won't wreck the historic street or the historic houses... With the lockdown since midnight last Friday, the street looks like Beirut, and I don't know when the workmen will be back. But I'll be able to get my bike out for a ride.
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Post by: JimK on March 31, 2020, 02:04:04 AM
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There are some great bike trails here. I heard that we'll have the hmmm was it the second longest bike path west of the Mississippi. One of the key connections, from the perspective of we folks up here at the north end of things, is a the connection from the Ogden / Weber River Parkways and the Denver & Rio Grand West rail trail.

Here's the River Parkway at the confluence of the Ogden and Weber Rivers:

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Right along the Parkway there are a couple bike design & manufacturing outfits. Enve Rims is the established player. Now Selle Royale - and Brooks! - are putting together a research facility:

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Here's the Denver & Rio Grand West rail trail:

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and the little section of the connection that has yet to be paved:

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Post by: Andre Jute on March 31, 2020, 09:51:02 AM
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Right along the Parkway there are a couple bike design & manufacturing outfits. Enve Rims is the established player. Now Selle Royale - and Brooks! - are putting together a research facility

Looks like you made the right move when you went West, Jim. Soon it will be the centre of the cycling world. Super photographs. That will be a stunning trail when it is finished.
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Post by: John Saxby on March 31, 2020, 01:31:33 PM
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What's happening to your annual Australian holiday, John?

Thanks, Andre.  We're back home in Ottawa, currently part-way through 14 days of self-isolation.  We reached Queensland on Fri/13th, and on Tuesday/17, learned of the Cdn gvt's advisory (which was categorical & comprehensive) for Canajans abroad to return home.  (An email from our supplementary health insurance provider said, "If you don't, we'll curtail your insurance.")  We rang our travel agent, and she, bless her, within 24 hrs had advanced our return flights by a month, to Wed/25th.

We left the Gold Coast on the morning of the 25th, and reach Ottawa that afternoon, with 28 hrs of travel--flights, and time to, at & from airports. Tip:  don't try this if you have any options.

Since then, we've been recovering from jetlag, catching up on emails, beginning spring cleaning, und so weiter.  We had laid in some supplies bef we left in mid-March (reflexes from a childhood on an Ontario farm, and years in Africa) and friends have augmented our larder.

For us and our family Down Unda, it was a big disappointment, but nothing more than a major inconvenience. Thousands upon thousands of others--and surely more to come--are dealing with a catastrophe.

'Midst everything, I managed a few short-ish rides along the coast & into the hills.  The Coast's autumn sunshine was marvellous :-)  Notes and photos to come.

Spring is just emerging here--mild wet weather, and best of all, a couple of days ago, I saw and heard two big Vees of geese, honking and wheeling northeastwards.  Magical sight and sound, makes me all weepy every time I hear the creatures.

Have used the time indoors to tweak my bikes, and I'm hopeful that I can resume riding in a week-plus.  Not sure about that Gatineau park across the river, however:  authorities have closed it to hikers, and the roads are rarely open to bikes before about the 3rd week of April.

Cheers,  J.

PS:  super photos, Jim!  Love that Wasatch range!!
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Post by: Andre Jute on March 31, 2020, 07:36:18 PM
If the Chinese Virus doesn't get you, 28 hours of travel surely will. I remember straight-through flights from Adelaide to London where over Switzerland I just wanted to die in my own bed. And that was when I was thirty. After one particularly gruesome flight, to arrive in London and find our hotel bookings given to someone else and facing another couple of hours to Cambridge, ever after on the way out we'd break for a week at Kuta Beach in Bali (if you haven't surfed Kuta, you haven't surfed -- just once will do, as it is a dangerous wave for the inexpert), and on the way back in Singapore for a few days of shopping and a visit to Jet Set tailors, who always had a bolt of really loud cashmere ready for me. ("This one loud enough for Mr Duke [John Wayne, the actor] but his wife say over her dead body.") Glad to hear you're taking it in good spirits though, and that you're recovering fast enough to be thinking of cycling. Just up the road here, on one of my regular rides, the Whooper Geese overwinter in a field every year, turning it white, then one day they're just gone north again at dawn. One can see them from the main road or better from the vantage of a country lane on the ridge above the other side of the river. Looking forward to your photographs and tales of tall rides in the Wild Outback.
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Post by: Bill on April 03, 2020, 03:43:28 AM
John, it doesn't look like you will be riding over in Gatineau anytime soon.

No riding around here, we are having the third pulse of old man winter in the last 3 weeks, a crisp -12 in the mornings, snow and highs of -8. All the x-c ski trails are closed, the only thing to do is work on my bikes in the hope that maybe I can get out next week.
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Post by: John Saxby on April 03, 2020, 03:23:25 PM
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it doesn't look like you will be riding over in Gatineau anytime soon

You're right, Bill, now that the bridges are closed for the foreseeable.

Mild weather here, and  in the city the snow is almost all gone.  Monday forecast is 12 and sunny :)  :)  There's been a lot of snow this winter, but the snowpack has steadily diminished, with mild temps and rain, so it appears that the extreme flooding of the past couple of years is unlikely to recur.

Our self-isolation ends next Thursday, so I'm plotting some rides westwards along bike paths and secondary roads.

Meantime, tweaking the bikes in my basement workshop.

Take care,  John
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Post by: Bill on April 03, 2020, 03:53:38 PM
More light snow and continued cold this morning.

In my basement working on bikes, but it is getting hard to source parts. I tried to place an order with SJS, realizing it would take a long time to get here, then I find out they are not shipping to Canada anymore.

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Post by: geocycle on April 03, 2020, 08:28:34 PM
Enjoying taking the RST down the trails on my pre work corona rides. This is the Lune estuary.
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Post by: Oggi on April 03, 2020, 09:48:50 PM
I’m lucky to live in the Peak National Park and can get to rides like this from home. Stay save and stay local folks.
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Post by: Bill on April 04, 2020, 03:21:31 AM
I’m lucky to live in the Peak National Park and can get to rides like this from home. Stay save and stay local folks.

Beauty. Enjoy it!
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Post by: Andre Jute on April 04, 2020, 10:23:09 AM
A beautiful photo, Geo. The interesting circular erosion in the middle ground behind the bicycle really lifts what was already a superb composition of a lowering sky and water to another level.
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Post by: JimK on April 05, 2020, 04:41:46 AM
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This is the rutted section of that rail trail - I was back out there today. The problem I have with riding it isn't really keeping my balance or anything. I guess I am learning why mountain bikers use dropper posts, not that I really understand how they work exactly. Maybe I just need snugger shorts. I walked my bike through this again!
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Post by: leftpoole on April 05, 2020, 11:12:36 AM
I will take advantage today, of the fine weather. I have been ill for a long time.
I have been isolated of course and have been doing my gardening.
A short ride later today but will not be a Thorn bicycle ride as I shall give my Brompton a treat.
John
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Post by: JimK on April 12, 2020, 12:21:03 AM
Managed to beat the rain here today. A boring ride in town. Too many people on the river parkway - I should have skipped that on a weekend! But I got in some hills at least:

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Average speed 9.7 - that seems to be the speed I ride, rather consistently!

I'm a numbers guy, that's my main way to relieve anxiety. Here is a scatter plot of my rides this year:

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Post by: leftpoole on April 12, 2020, 11:41:45 AM
Saturday, nice ride of 20 miles in countryside. A few cyclists about but really quiet and calm!
Sorry but I really cannot load photographs to this Forum, sorry.
John
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Post by: Matt2matt2002 on April 12, 2020, 01:49:14 PM
42 quiet country road miles yesterday
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Post by: John Saxby on April 12, 2020, 02:58:03 PM
Not yet out onto country roads, but on Friday/Saturday, a couple of short rides along two of our three rivers, the big 'un, the Ottawa, running more or less W-to-E, as the border with Qué; and the smaller Rideau, running S to N to drain into the Ottawa just E of Parliament Hill.

Friday was a raw day, cloudy and cool, around 3°, with a stiff northeasterly suggesting rain.  Yesterday was a mix of sun and cloud, but much more cheerful, though still cool, even in late afternoon. The wind had shifted to the NW overnight--hence no precip :)--but even in late afternoon, it was a brisk 6°, and the northwesterly, gusting to 50-60 km/h, made for a bit of  a workout.

I took the Raven for one ride, and my derailleur Eclipse for the second, to check the adjustment on my new long-cage RD. (This is the 42nd such device I've fitted, seeking well-adjusted performance. I do this each spring--season of eternal hope--and then replace it each fall/winter. Now, it's part of the annual seasonal cycle chez nous.)

These were my first rides of 2020 in Canada.  Last month, I managed three in Queensland, but have yet to do my notes and photos on that--it now seems long ago and far away.  Have included one photo from those rides, however--see if you can guess which it is.

The rivers are full, but not yet spilling the banks.  This year's snowpack further N and W up the Ottawa Valley was substantial, but has melted slowly and early.  Forecasts signal that the "once-in-a-century" floods which have marked two of the past three springs will not recur.

Motor traffic is light on the roads--think of a busy day in the low-carbon age--but my experience from two short rides suggests that dangerous/inconsiderate/WTF-ish behaviour by motorists has not diminished. Have to ponder that paradox :(

More to come in the weeks ahead, I hope.  The options are limited by the fact that the Québec government has closed the bridges to all non-essential traffic, and the Gatineau Park is also closed.

Safe riding, all.

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Post by: Andre Jute on April 12, 2020, 06:06:34 PM
John, your quiz will keep me awake. Give us a Clue. -- Andre

PS the quality of your photographs never cease to astound me.
***

I'm quite envious really, all you guys riding out, while I'm now dutifully staying indoors because my government -- big surprise as mostly they cannot find their backsides with both hands and a map to assist them -- actually seems to have a better grip on the pandemic than many, many others. In particular, they have all along advised the over-70s to "cocoon", meaning to stay inside and not go out at all even for the exercise permitted the rest of the populace.
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Post by: John Saxby on April 12, 2020, 06:22:36 PM
You're too kind, Andre.

Just keep at the puzzler -- you'll do it, I'm sure.)

Our regulations for social distancing do allow cycling and walking, but not en groupe.  I think that the public health authorities, as well as federal/provincial/municipal leaders, recognize that it's reasonable to make some allowance for exercise and trip to grocery stores (except for 14-day quarantines). Tragically, about half of the deaths in Canada have been among residents of nursing homes.

For me, le chanson du jour is Georges Moustaki's "Ma solitude", esp the lines:  "Je ne suis jamais seul/Avec ma solitude."

Cheers,  J.
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Post by: Andre Jute on April 12, 2020, 11:54:48 PM
I looked up Moustaki and played that through. Nice. It's given me the idea to play my complete collection of Jacques Brel, especially relevant now that we are so much in need of a universal single digit ascending skywards in defiance of the atrocity the Middle Kingdom has wished on us. Brel's oeuvre is pretty much a collective middle digit. I was once asked by a pedalpal for good music to cycle to, and answered "Brel!" though I dissuaded him from earbuds in his ears while riding because a cyclist needs all his senses to survive.
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Post by: lewis noble on April 13, 2020, 01:10:07 PM
I've been doing some local rides out into the Peak District, which is adjacent to my home in Sheffield . . . . . roads very quiet, but quite a few cyclists about in the better weather.  Cycling still 'allowed', some interesting observations a few days ago on the home page of Cycling UK - but I sometimes wonder whether the number of cyclists about, albeit everybody taking care, distances etc. actually encourages some to resent their 'confinement' and go to public places etc. 

On the Audax now, I used the Sherpa more over the winter, as it feels better for me in heavy traffic and bad weather.  I was planning a return trip to Provence in late May, riding round the Sault / Ventoux / Touralenc circuit.  But that is not going to happen now, ferry crossings changed, campsite closed etc.  I was really looking forward to that - my breathing is sometimes more of a problem than it used to be, so I was keen to get this ride done while confident I still could.   But fortunately, a change of medication has cleared the old bellows up a bit, so I will plan to do the ride in the Autumn or, more likely, next year . . . .

Audax re-chained and rolling along sweetly . . . .

Stay safe everyone. 

Lewis
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Post by: leftpoole on April 17, 2020, 10:49:25 AM
Sport Tour out and about avoiding other cyclists!
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Post by: PH on April 17, 2020, 01:28:08 PM
Sport Tour out and about avoiding other cyclists!
Lovely photo John.
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Post by: Matt2matt2002 on April 19, 2020, 03:32:20 PM
Out for a 44 miler around the rolling Aberdeenshire roads, visiting the coast.
Sure cannae beat the sounds and smells of the rocky seashore.

Here in Scotlandshire the lockdown rules are clear.
However folks continue to split hairs and wangle their way around the rules.

A recent change allows folks to drive for a walk as long as their walk is longer than their drive.
Hence allowing more hairs to be split.

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Post by: John Saxby on April 19, 2020, 03:45:50 PM
Great stuff, Matt -- love the sun!!  (Were you using Rual's camera?)

44 miles is the stuff of envy.  Yesterday, I managed a mere 35 kms on Ottawa bikepaths, and the big river, reassuring and beautiful as it is--especially as it's still within its banks--ain't quite the seashore.

Cheers, mate.  John
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Post by: Matt2matt2002 on April 19, 2020, 04:55:27 PM
Kind words John.
Pop a Thorn in front of a camera and hard to take a bad picture.
Many thanks also for all those tips you kindly gave me for cycling out of USA into Canada.
All plans on hold now of course but one day.....
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Post by: lewis noble on April 19, 2020, 06:37:52 PM
Lovely photos Matt . . . . my wife's family were originally from Aberdeen, and she still has some cousins there . . . . and a good friend used to be a GP in Ellon. 

What is the name of the little community and harbour in the photos? and behind the distinguished looking fellow you took a picture of??!

We were out in the edge of the Peaks today, some of the roads up into the hills around the western border of Sheffield.  Beautiful day, quite windy on the tops.

Lewis
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Post by: Matt2matt2002 on April 19, 2020, 07:09:15 PM
Hi Lewis.
Nice to hear from you and thanks for the compliment. I have a natural ability to spoil a good landscape photo.

Small world. I rode through Ellon on my way to that coastal village, Colliston.

The Peaks? Good memories from my honeymoon, many many years ago. We didn't have time to cycle but I'm sure it's a great area.

Let me know if you find your way up North.
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Post by: Andre Jute on April 19, 2020, 09:13:32 PM
A recent change allows folks to drive for a walk as long as their walk is longer than their drive.
Hence allowing more hairs to be split.

John-from-Canada is right, your ride and its terminus is the stuff of envy. Super photos too, beautiful shots.

We have a 2km limit and I've just discovered how much of urgent interest lies within a 3km radius... But there's an exception for the over-70s: they're advised to stay indoors regardless. Not that today would have been a riding day anyway: dull and overly cool and with a constant heavy drizzle blown in your face by the wind in the green and beloved isle.
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Post by: lewis noble on April 20, 2020, 07:49:26 PM
Thanks Matt, yes,my wife recognised Collieston, she was taken there sometimes as a child when staying with relatives in the Granite City.  She remembers it being approached by a road underneath a low bridge - still the case?

It looks like a nice ride from Inverurie . . .

Lewis

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Post by: lewis noble on April 26, 2020, 07:37:04 PM
In addition to enjoying cycling, I'm also, I confess, a bit of a ferroequinologist. (Train Spotter).  And of course, part of the enjoyment of cycling is looking at the landscape, seeing how everything fits together, and how it might have been formed and used.

I reckon the bridge on the approach to Collieston is a relic from the old Great North of Scotland Railway Boddam branch, which left the Aberdeen to Peterhead line at Ellon.  The branch was constructed in the 19th century, to Boddam via Cruden Bay, in an attempt to attract tourists to the coastal scenery, planned golf courses etc.  A large hotel was built at Cruden Bay, but the venture was a commercial failure - passenger traffic stopped in 1932 I think, the branch closed altogether in 1945 - much earlier than most closures.  The Peterhead line is also now closed. 

Surprising perhaps that the bridge has lasted so long.  Maybe now used for farm / livestock access? 

Not much to do with Thorn bikes, I'm afraid, but it is to do with the pleasures of seeing from a bike.

I'll stop now.

Lewis
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Post by: leftpoole on April 27, 2020, 12:02:42 PM
Lewis,
As I write I am smiling.
Why am I smiling?
Your just so sad report!
Yes I write with humour...
I hope you are well?
I am getting out around every 3-4 days for my Thorn excercise. Forced to choose between chat to next door neighbours over the fence or cycling,,,,,,
All the best,
John
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Post by: Swislon on April 27, 2020, 06:46:45 PM
Out on my regular 30 miler route I always stop here for a comfort break. A man of routine !
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Post by: Matt2matt2002 on April 27, 2020, 10:11:40 PM
Out on my regular 30 miler route I always stop here for a comfort break. A man of routine !

Ha ha. Yes I have those. 😄
Nice bike.
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Post by: Matt2matt2002 on April 28, 2020, 05:33:00 PM
Lucky with the weather today.
Looks like April will be a high ( for me ) milage month.
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Post by: leftpoole on April 29, 2020, 10:33:27 AM
All looking good.
John
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Post by: leftpoole on April 29, 2020, 10:47:15 AM
Near Berkeley in Gloucestershire. Actually right by the Salutation Inn.
But the most important part, is the yellow bicycle!
John
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Post by: leftpoole on April 29, 2020, 11:00:59 AM

Pop a Thorn in front of a camera and hard to take a bad picture.
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Absolutely full agreement!
John
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Post by: JimK on May 01, 2020, 12:56:20 AM
Various fighter jet squadrons have been flying in formation here and there in the USA as a show of support for first responders. Usually they'd be at air shows but those are all cancelled. They have to get their flying hours in one way or another! Anyway it made a nice excuse for a bike ride - actually one of my regular neighborhood rides.

The local scenery:

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F-35s in formation:

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Post by: leftpoole on May 01, 2020, 12:19:20 PM
What!!!!!!!!! No blur from those no doubt speed airplanes. Great photograph.
John
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Post by: John Saxby on May 01, 2020, 09:57:40 PM
Are those from Ft Douglas, Jim?  My father-in-law used to be the base commander there in the early 1970s -- it was his last posting before he retired.

Nice photo of the Wasatch Front!

Cheers,  John
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Post by: JimK on May 02, 2020, 02:20:08 AM
The F-35s are based out of Hill Air Force Base which is maybe 15 miles south of where I live. We can hear the jets rumbling quite often, but they mostly fly west to the practice weapons range there, so we don't really see them from here. I ride to the southwest quite often though, right underneath their usual flight path. From the mountainside where I'd perched to wait for the fly by, I could see Hill AFB on the southern horizon:

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Ft. Douglas has a small Reserve presence but mostly it has been turned over the University of Utah, I gather:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fort_Douglas
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Post by: leftpoole on May 08, 2020, 10:57:48 AM
Ride. I think that Lewis will like these.
John
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Post by: lewis noble on May 08, 2020, 01:49:54 PM
Thanks John, yes, I remember that we met you at the cafe there in . . . . . .2007?? or thereabouts . . .

I was brought up in the southern Cotswolds, my brother still lives there. 

Been out on one of my regular looped rides this morning, up to Ringinglow / Stanedge, easily reached from where I now live in Sheffield, beautiful weather, lots of cyclists about . . . .

Take care everyone

Lewis
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Post by: Andre Jute on May 08, 2020, 10:54:19 PM
Jim, that panorama really is the business. I can remember when making something like your photograph require some tens of thousands of heavy equipment lugged into the countryside, and then at least half the time even professionals came home without something usable, and even then it was tricky splicing the negatives so they matched. Actually, I can remember further back, when the pano would have to be together from actual prints by a "paste-up artist" with steady hands (a usually weird person who looked and behaved as if she had sniffed too much of the spray glue which was her main tool and environment), but prefer not to...

These modern electronic cameras are wonderful!
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Post by: JimK on May 22, 2020, 10:24:08 PM
I got out today, mostly places I've been already but one new little twist:

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A local denizen I hadn't seen before:

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but mostly a lot of ranch land:

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Right at the mouth of Ogden Canyon I thought maybe I could ride up the BST, the Bonneville Shoreline Trail - people do ride on that, but it was mostly too technical for me. Narrow rocky curves...

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But walking the most treacherous bits, I got up to the canal road, with a nice view of downtown Ogden:

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That's the municipal airport - the Air Force base seems maybe over a ridge from this vantage point. But you might make out an Interstate highway or two, plus some railroads... the town's nickname is Junction City.
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Post by: Andre Jute on May 23, 2020, 08:18:07 AM
What I found really fascinating in your last photo, Jim, is the layered mountains in the perspective distance growing hazier and hazier. From your map and the photo it looks like Ogden is in a bowl between mountains and a lake. I'm suspicious of places with a Little Mountain indicated on the map (bottom left on Jim's map); it's a sure tip-off that nearby is a Bloody Great Big Steep Mountain labelled "Shortcut for Cyclists".
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Post by: Oggi on May 23, 2020, 05:32:40 PM
The roads and tracks in the Peak District have been remarkably quiet but are getting busier. This is the Pennine Bridleway crossing Dam Dale, it’s a pity that beyond here it has been ruined by the 4x4 brigade.
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Post by: lewis noble on May 23, 2020, 06:56:12 PM
Interesting photo, Oggie . . . . Is that near Peak Forest??  I haven't ridden out that way for quite a while, my usual haunts are nearer Sheffield . . . .

Very windy the last few days, strong gusts . . . .

Lewis
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Post by: JimK on May 23, 2020, 07:02:47 PM
I learned about the local terrain from John McPhee's book Basin and Range. Reno and Salt Lake City are getting pushed apart so the crust has cracked and the various bits then tilt to form ranges and the gaps fill up with sediment to form basins. Here's a map with the rough direction of that photo - the closest mountain is Antelope Island. Behind that is probably Stansbury Island.

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Little Mountain is curious. I rode out there one time. The road ends at a gate with military warning signs. They test nuclear warheads out there, far as I can tell. They don't actually detonate them, happily, but I think they blow up conventional explosives etc. nearby to see how the warheads survive. Near as I can tell. On the east side of Little Mountain are a couple mineral extraction outfits. One is Western Zirconiium. Zirconium? I had to look that up! Ha, it's used in explosive detonators, what a coincidence!
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Post by: Andre Jute on May 24, 2020, 12:08:16 AM
You're a grand man, Jim, for taking the trouble to post an additional map. Ten minutes of virtual orienteering and I saw the topography from a cyclist's perspective. Everything is bigger in the States.
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Post by: Matt2matt2002 on May 24, 2020, 10:14:34 AM
Great idea for the map to accompany the pictures. I'll try that next time I'm out n about.
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Post by: Matt2matt2002 on May 25, 2020, 11:20:29 PM
Off to the coast today. Clear blue skys, minimal traffic and rolling hills.
What's not to like?
Also managed to find 4 geocaches.
Raven purred along for the 55 miles.
18° and the same tomorrow.
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Post by: leftpoole on May 26, 2020, 10:58:53 AM
I am uncertain as to where these photographs were taken (Map too small) but surmise either Ireland or Scotland.
Looks a lovely place but I assume cold and snow in Winter?
John
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Post by: Matt2matt2002 on May 26, 2020, 11:51:09 AM
I am uncertain as to where these photographs were taken (Map too small) but surmise either Ireland or Scotland.
Looks a lovely place but I assume cold and snow in Winter?
John
Thanks John, for your comments. Not sure why the map came out so small. I must have reduced it twice instead of once.
Scotland. Aberdeenshire. Grampian region. The Highlands are to the north of us.
I'm 18 miles west of Aberdeen city.
My ride took me 25 miles north east to the coast near Collieston.
Weather? The prevailing winds are from USA but we are protected quite well by the Cairngorms.
So it's colder and dried than my previous address on the West coast.
No snow to speak of for 2 years now. Suits me, but our ski resorts suffer.
Our immediate vicinity has plenty of country lanes to buzz around so short rides of 25 miles are a dream.
With my Raven and location, I feel truly blessed.
Matt
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Post by: leftpoole on May 27, 2020, 10:54:10 AM
Matt2matt2002

Thank you! Indeed it sounds great. Not sure I could cope up there in Winter all the same.....
I have lived where I am now (edge of Bristol edge of Cotswolds) three times! The two times in between I lived in Dorset (Bridport, Bournemouth, Poole and  Christchurch) Much warmer all year of course. I really do miss the New Forest for cycling (roads only) which was a few miles from home (actually in Hampshire) and I do, of course certainly on a daily basis, miss the sea! Having a view of the sea at anytime of year is wonderful. Strangely there are people born and raised in Poole who have never been to the beach or even seen the sea!
I have been to Scotland (all the way in a day to John O'groats!) it was a long long way and in 1974 in a Lotus Escort. I was tired out for a week. It was the month when Nixon resigned from Watergate scandal if I have the year correct. It was very hot weather (August) and I and my then girlfriend enjoyed ourselves.....
Anyhow once again well done and thank you.
John
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Post by: Andre Jute on May 27, 2020, 10:57:20 AM
I like the nose of your Brooks saddle cosying up to the colourful but shy platitude. Well spotted, Matt!
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Post by: Bill on June 06, 2020, 05:52:53 AM
Rode Banff Alberta to Castle Junction last week, this is Vermilion Lake and  Mt Rundle .
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Post by: leftpoole on June 06, 2020, 07:19:28 AM
Rode Banff Alberta to Castle Junction last week, this is Vermilion Lake and  Mt Rundle .


Oh, wow! Look at that!
John
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Post by: Bill on June 07, 2020, 05:03:12 PM
This is Highwood Pass, the highest paved road in Canada. Closed to vehicular traffic from Dec 1 to June 15, they were removing snow at the summit last week.
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Post by: Matt2matt2002 on June 07, 2020, 09:13:14 PM
This is Highwood Pass, the highest paved road in Canada. Closed to vehicular traffic from Dec 1 to June 15, they were removing snow at the summit last week.

Is it me or....?
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Post by: John Saxby on June 08, 2020, 02:00:38 AM
Matt, pls do pay attention to the dates, eh?  You can and must go there, likewise the Highway to the Sun in Glacier Park, Montana, due south -- but only if the road has been opened.

(Not making this up  ;) )

Cheers,  John

PS to Bill: great photos!
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Post by: Andre Jute on June 08, 2020, 02:54:01 AM
Amazing photographs, Bill. And an adventurous ride, to say the least. Thank you for sharing with us.
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Post by: Bill on June 08, 2020, 03:13:58 PM
Highwood Pass opens again for regular car traffic next week -June 15. Last week there were a couple of maintenance vehicles removing snow at the top in preparation for opening. Might be an opportunity to ride it again this week while it is still car free.
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Post by: Bill on June 12, 2020, 07:52:05 PM
One more Highwood Pass photo from June 11, riding from the North gate.
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Post by: John Saxby on June 13, 2020, 03:19:05 PM
Fabulous landscape, Bill.

Below, my photographic memory of the neighbourhood.
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Post by: Andre Jute on June 13, 2020, 11:19:45 PM
"...and upon reaching the peak at 7239 feet, I turned around and rode down to the bottom, just so as I could say I climbed it twice!"

Green with envy.