Thanks for picture Ernie
Monday, 8 September 2014
Sunday, 7 September 2014
Great cycling group - just need to stick the pace.
Accommodation at Bath University is a dream compared to the cold campsite this morning. Back to tents tomorrow - argh. No more photos as camera as succumbed to a common HTC one m8 flaw that it doesn't like the vibrations from bikes. Ah well.
Saturday, 6 September 2014
Got very hot today; drank over seven 750ml bottles and still ran out. I fell off the bike early, long story but not all my fault....needed patching at the first pit stop and forgot to eat there althiugh luckily shoved banana, cadbury dairy milk in pocket. Only remembered once I'd run out of energy! So exhausted
Longest climb I've done in a days too at over 2,500m. I know others at work have recently done 5,000m but it was tough.
Up at 05.15 again tomorrow
Friday, 5 September 2014
- the person behind is going to break it up into 10 mile chunks
- the person next to him has apparently been thinking of nothing else all year
- someone else says it's the first 40 mins each day that gets to you!
- and for another it is their fourth time.
- the sanest person appears to be the one next to me in his Crocs.
I feel the adventure has just begun...
Wednesday, 3 September 2014
- There is approval in principle (pending formal approval) that Navigant’s Foundation will match donations up to a cap and therefore each pound given is worth up to twice as much to the two charities
- Even a modest donation is of huge value and will certain have an impact on me to get through the hillier sections of Devon – each day’s route can be viewed at the Ride Across Britain LIVE TRACKING website where you may be able to see quite how far back I (Rider 0690) am each day.
- DEVON DAY 2 is this Sunday 7 September and woken up at 05:30am I should be on the road at around 07:00; the route and climb of nearly 6,000ft looks tough for me
- I do own a bike and have been out training across southern England for this since by July email. There is some evidence of the bike and training in this photo of me (I’m in the middle!) at the top of Box Hill only a few weeks ago.
- The bike was picked up in a HGV yesterday by European Bike Express.
- Enterprise Rent-A-Car even rang me up today and it looks like they will be able to pick me and the bike up direct from the the end of Day 5. I'm impressed but will just have to make sure I don't break a leg on the way up.
Wednesday, 9 July 2014
|I quite like the zebra! - Turn to us for Direction[s]|
|Day 1 - I've never come across gears that are linked to brake levers- apparently this is very normal now!|
Monday, 7 July 2014
Saturday, 9 October 2010
|From Screen Captures|
Wednesday, 6 October 2010
I set out with some Goals, these were to:
- cycle from Orkney back to Kent before my son's 15th birthday; done with time to spare!
- look at engineering works to show how great examples of both current and historical engineering works are all around us and help to make our country the success it is; I believe I had a good go at this and whilst I could have done more, some people found it a little too technical!
- visit my family across the country; well I managed to visit my parents, brothers and sister and most of their children. Thank you for putting up with me and my thoughts are very much with my brother Angus who shortly after I met up with him and Robert had an accident and has yet to recover.
- reflect on the implications of the big changes I (and perhaps we all) need to make as we move to a low carbon economy; well I have done this but reached no firm conclusions. I will return to this on another blog.
So I thought I would round up with some lists
2 Loughborough (junctions, quality and quantity)
3 York (cycling facilities)
4 Inverness and area around south to Aviemore (old A9 and commuting)
5 Sheffield (plus whole region from Derby to Market Harborough)
Places that catered for my cycling least
955 miles (1,635 km) cycled including about 1 mile walked (some hills, tunnels and foot bridges)
356 photos taken
20 blogs written (almost daily)
9 kilometres (5.6 miles, 29,600 ft, 9,031m) total vertical climb
8 serious near misses; incl. 2 by me (skidding on wet rivets on old rail bridge and narrowly missing curb, 6 by others - 1) head-on young guy racing level crossing barrier closing from side road near Doncaster, 2-5) local coach in Derbyshire, HGVs near Perth, St Albans and Woolwich having no idea what they were doing! 6) 50+ year old woman driving in Tain where shopping is far more important than watching the road. General knowledge of Highway code rules 139, 158 and 188 fairly poor with at least 1:100 drivers - at least the time I met them!
1 new rear wheel but no punctures
|Slideshow of all photos as per map above|
Tuesday, 5 October 2010
Notwithstanding that the journey all the way to Barnet on A5 via St Albans (nice but didn't look around much), Colney, M25 junctions 22 and 23 via Blackhorse Lane, South Mimms certainly got me close to certain good and poor aspects of highways design.
|London Cycling Guides - these are really excellent and are available free on line from tfl.gov.uk|
Route 1 takes a little diversion across this footbridge and then around Hackney Marshes. It is completely unnecessary, today it required a splash through 300mm of water and a trek across muddy playing fields just to get to the same canal towpath I was on already! I wasn't very impressed with myself for not noticing that on the TfL cycle guides.
|First sight of Isle of Dogs|
After turning west away from the Hackney Cut of the River Lee Navigation and along side the Hertford Union Canal, the route took me through Victoria Park and then south through Mile End Park, between Mile End and Limehouse. I have to admit not being at aware of the existance of the very pleasant series of parks. On leaving the park, I almost made a fateful mistake on turning right on CS3, Cycle Superhighway 3, which although it was clearly signposted to Tower Gateway did look very inviting!
|Millwall Inner Dock from Pepper Street towards One Canada Square|
|Several hundred extras being allowed to cross Romney Road for a the next of the Pirates of Caribbean films, On Stranger Tides (due for release in 2011) part of which is being shot near Greenwich Park and the National Maritime Museum (thanks for the help on this one - see comments and this link). The characters looks very believable to me!|
According to its Wikipedia entry the Thames Barrier started construction in 1974 and although largely finished in 1982 was not officially opened until 1984. The concept of the rotating gates was devised by Charles Draper. The barrier was designed by Rendel, Palmer and Tritton for the Greater London Council and tested at HR Wallingford Ltd. The site at Woolwich was chosen because of the relative straightness of the banks, and because the underlying river chalk was strong enough to support the barrier. It is the world's second largest movable flood barrier (after the Oosterscheldekering in the Netherlands)
The cycle route continues past the Riverside Resource Recovery (RRR), energy from waste facility. According to the company's website, the Riverside Energy from Waste facility at Belvedere in the London Borough of Bexley, is Cory Environmental's single most significant development project. With an average annual capacity of 585,000 tonnes, it will be an important strategic river-served waste management facility for London, helping the capital to manage its own waste, keeping over 100,000 HGVs off the capital's congested roads each year and making a real contribution to London's ability to meet its landfill diversion targets. Looks a little like an incinerator to me.
|Dartford Salt Marshes with the Dartford River Crossing (QEII bridge, 1991) just visible in the gloom!|
|Further along the same stretch the route utilises the old A2 surface for several mile. The path meanders pleasantly with new landscaping on either side.|
|Looking the other way from the way I left 20 days ago, across the bascule bridge taking me across onto St Mary's Island, Peel Port's Chatham Dockyard can be seen beyond the first basin.|