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« Reply #30 on: April 17, 2020, 01:28:08 PM »
Sport Tour out and about avoiding other cyclists!
Lovely photo John.

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« Reply #31 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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« Reply #32 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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« Reply #33 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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« Reply #34 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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« Reply #35 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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« Reply #36 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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« Reply #37 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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« Reply #38 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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« Reply #39 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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« Reply #40 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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« Reply #41 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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« Reply #42 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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« Reply #43 on: April 29, 2020, 10:33:27 AM »
All looking good.
John

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« Reply #44 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