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Andre Jute

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Rides 2020 +++ Add yours here +++
« 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."

John Saxby

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« Reply #1 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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« Reply #2 on: January 18, 2020, 10:12:37 PM »
This is an image from my  ride today.
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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Andre Jute

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« Reply #3 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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« Reply #4 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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« Reply #5 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