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Re: Waterproof walking boots and bottoms - would that do?

1 November 2015 - 10:50am
Thanks for the advice, and also for all the insights of what can go wrong!

I think I will try this:
1.when it's absolutely freezing, simply to waterproof bottoms and walking boots, see how that works
2.when it's raining and warm, not sure about this! Will experiment on a few things

Cheers
Martin

Re: Today's numpty count

1 November 2015 - 10:46am
Half awake Sunday morning pedestrians and drivers!

Well done for avoiding accidents there.

Cheers
Martin

Re: Tanking out 8 hours later - any way to avoid?

1 November 2015 - 10:44am
Hi guys!

Hope you had a nice Halloween

Update:

I had to go back last week to the dentist for filling

For the ride up, are used all your cycling energy conservation tips. I also drunk some energy recovery drink outside the dentist, to make sure that I'm topped up.

Had filling.

Dentist said not to eat for free hours, so you could imagine her I had to make sure I had enough food values inside me for the morning.

The upshot of it is that, was hungry in the morning but survived till lunchtime! Cycle home was a lots better! No tanking out feeling and, really just the next couple of days bit sore legs that's it

Thanks for the advice guys!

Cheers Martin

Today's numpty count

1 November 2015 - 10:42am
Three.

1. Waiting at the centre line to pull out and turn right at a t-junction. Driver pulls up on the left of me and tries to turn right with me

2. In the middle of the lane arm out signalling to turn right and as I get to the junction driver overtakes me.

3. Pedestrian strides out from behind parked van, phone in hand, headphones in, looking the wrong way. Fortunately I was not a car and could swerve round him.

Otherwise a glorious ride with fog and autumn leaves.

Re: Bus passes

1 November 2015 - 9:24am
Jon Lucas wrote:They must do these things differently in Cornwall. When I got mine in Bath last year, I just had to go to the council office with evidence of age and address and they issued it on the spot within 2 minutes. Does Cornwall have any local offices or would you have had to go to Truro?As far as I know, the bus passes are issued from a central point. Maybe where you got yours it was the central point.

I went to the local library and the chap did all the info on the computer, including taking my mug shot. It all went off on-line to an issuing office at Cornwall Council in Truro and came through the post.

Obviously, the name fields take your first name only, and not a middle name (no matter how you are called).

I had a devil of a job getting our health centre to use both my names, and eventually had to be hyphenated to Stephen-Michael. It was the only way two (or more) names could get into their data base.

When late father in law was in hospital very ill towards the end of his life, his name was above his bed, and the nurses kept calling him Alan. He was never known as Alan, but Roy. His name was an Alan Roy and very proud of his name and signed using both initials.

Same as me. I'm proud of my name and use it, but NEVER been known as Stephen by itself, and find it offensive that they can ignore my complete name.

Re: Bus passes

1 November 2015 - 9:07am
Up here in Scotland us oldies get a pass at 60!

I live just outside Aberdeen so am able to take a bus with my bike up to Inverness, over night in a Scottish Youth Hostel, (£14) and then cycle home the next day. 116 miles.
Heaven.
So enjoying semi retirement.
It took a year or more for me to get use to not working. Just didn't seem natural.
But now.........
No problems with that issue any more.

Re: Bus passes

1 November 2015 - 7:50am
Mick F wrote:Got mine through the post today.
I was due mine July 6th this year and went to the local library to organise it. All went well, and the chap said it would be through in a week or two.
Today, it duly arrived.

Good eh?
No it isn't.
My name is incomplete.

I have never ever been Stephen Fairhust.
Consequently, I have emailed the issuing authority and await a reply.

I refuse to use my bus pass until it is correct.

They must do these things differently in Cornwall. When I got mine in Bath last year, I just had to go to the council office with evidence of age and address and they issued it on the spot within 2 minutes. Does Cornwall have any local offices or would you have had to go to Truro?

Re: Taking detours on a day ride taught me about perspective

31 October 2015 - 10:50pm
mercalia wrote:what though when u have explored all the detours?You will have done a lot of cycling.

Re: Bus passes

31 October 2015 - 10:41pm
MikeF wrote:You mustn't use it fraudulently. Heard recently ..........
Bus driver with his/her own bus pass, can put his/her pass on the unit and record his/her presence.

This then means that one more passenger is on the bus. Each recorded passenger's fare is claimed back from the local authority that issued the pass.

Re: Bus passes

31 October 2015 - 10:30pm
Mick F wrote:Got mine through the post today.
I was due mine July 6th this year and went to the local library to organise it. All went well, and the chap said it would be through in a week or two.
Today, it duly arrived.

Good eh?
No it isn't.
My name is incomplete.

I have never ever been Stephen Fairhust.
Consequently, I have emailed the issuing authority and await a reply.

I refuse to use my bus pass until it is correct.You mustn't use it fraudulently.

Re: Bus passes

31 October 2015 - 9:25pm
Got mine through the post today.
I was due mine July 6th this year and went to the local library to organise it. All went well, and the chap said it would be through in a week or two.
Today, it duly arrived.

Good eh?
No it isn't.
My name is incomplete.

I have never ever been Stephen Fairhust.
Consequently, I have emailed the issuing authority and await a reply.

I refuse to use my bus pass until it is correct.

Re: Old A roads

31 October 2015 - 8:44pm
It would be good. I can see the A429 putting people off in the middle section, but it's really not that busy. Below Bath to Exeter could be problematic because it's lots of A roads or just gone completely. The A46 to Lincoln has been dualled and I'm not sure how much of the old road was left for the length. Pitty really as I think it would make a really good full ride. Oh well.

Re: Old A roads

31 October 2015 - 4:38pm
There's an as yet incomplete Sustrans route that aims to run along the quieter bits of the Fosse, and detour onto minor roads when the original route is busy - NCN 48, aka Fosse2. It was the brainchild of the (now retired) East Midlands manager Patrick Davis, I think.

Long-distance touring routes aren't really Sustrans' main priority these days so I wouldn't expect it to be completed any time soon, but it's moving on in small steps - I managed to get the Moreton-Stow section signposted as a link from our Cotswold route (though someone has since nicked one of the signs, grrr). Much of it isn't yet signposted but you can follow the dotted lines on a site that shows proposed NCN routes, such as OpenCycleMap.

Re: Old A roads

31 October 2015 - 2:44pm
Not sure about Watling street, but the Fosse way is quiet B road or lane for most of the way from Bath up to Coventry ish. It gets a bit difficult to follow it though Leicester. I think trying to cycle the length of the Fosse would be quite interesting

Re: Old A roads

31 October 2015 - 12:27pm
Si wrote:Only a short bit but the old a5 near hints/weeford near Tamworth. Lovely bit of rolling road cutting through a bare sandstone escarpment, you can just imagine the Romans marching up a down there almost 2000years ago.

Ah yes, Watling Street. I love the way it drives a straight course right across the Midlands, blithely ignoring most modern communities (which of course weren't there when it was originally built). Does anyone know if any other lengths of it are now relatively quiet, or are most sections part of the modern highway?

This summer I cycled a short length of the A5 from Llangollen to Chirk, which was a wonderful ride, along the escarpment overlooking the Dee valley. Most traffic accessing Llangollen seems to use the A539 to the north of the river, leaving the A5 relatively quiet. It's a narrow winding road, perfect for cycling.

Re: Old A roads

31 October 2015 - 12:18pm
Flite wrote:The A6, Kendal to Shap. Quiet and spectacular

That's good to hear. It's a road I've long wanted to ride along, but haven't yet. I try to go up to the Lakes once a year, but haven't yet explored the area between the Lakes and Dales, which is now becoming part of the national park. Must do so soon.

Re: Waterproof walking boots and bottoms - would that do?

31 October 2015 - 10:46am
Or the opposite side of the coin , you get all your waterproofs on then within 5 minutes the sun is blazing !!! and by the time you find somewhere to stop your like a boil in the bag meal

Re: Old A roads

31 October 2015 - 9:15am
Sinister, dexter, sinister, dexter, sinister, dexter ....

Re: Old A roads

31 October 2015 - 9:10am
Only a short bit but the old a5 near hints/weeford near Tamworth. Lovely bit of rolling road cutting through a bare sandstone escarpment, you can just imagine the Romans marching up a down there almost 2000years ago.

Re: Old A roads

31 October 2015 - 8:31am
drossall wrote:The old A120 (now B1256) from Bishop's Stortford to Braintree is OK. There must be loads of these roads.
+1 though it would be even better if they reduced the speed limit. I've asked ECC to do this, but was told that it is still considered a 'commuting' route and therefore [we cannot inconvenience the holy motorist].

The old A130 (now Southend Road / Main Road) from Howe Green to Rettendon hasn't been substantially improved by losing traffic to the new road. There are a couple of nasty junctions on the road, and the reduced traffic means that the remaining traffic goes far too fast (typically exceeding the already high speed limits). I'd rather do extra distance and go via the Hanningfield Reservoir or Bicknacre and Danbury.

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