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Re: RIP Etrex 20

CTC Forum - On the road - 4 September 2014 - 7:44am
Aaaargh. Mine did the same earlier this year, but fortunately bounced into the long roadside grass and was OK. They're really pretty tough: I was halfway down a fastish hill at the time and it didn't hit the tarmac gently.

I rode with a lanyard for a while but it was a pain in the butt so I now use a strip of Black Tape (blesséd be His Holy Name) round the end that says Garmin to fasten it to the mount, which also takes care of the vibration problem. I park the tape on the crossbar between rides (I'm not half Scots for nothing).

Re: Touring Bike For Tall Person...

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 4 September 2014 - 7:40am
Consider a Rohloff hub as well. These build into a non-dished wheel which make spoke breakages much less likely.
I've on on a Thorn Raven Tour and I never have to touch the spokes. For most of my time riding this I was 15.12 (220) though now much lighter

Re: Mud and Biryani - 2 nights on the SDW

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 4 September 2014 - 7:27am
All the hall mark ingredients of a classic Farawayvisions blog post...food, mud, bikes and Dan's ass

Great photo's by the way. Really great.

I love reading your blog (I enjoyed the recent jaunt in Holland) , you have such a way with story telling that it is a delight to read anything you write.

Re: RIP Etrex 20

CTC Forum - On the road - 4 September 2014 - 6:40am
Didn't you find the lanyard hitch on the eTrex?

Its the two holes at the bottom end.

Re: A Ghost Story

CTC Forum - On the road - 4 September 2014 - 2:57am
Reminds me of the horse in Twin Peaks:

http://youtu.be/uIfYhiMFKAI?t=28s

Re: A Ghost Story

CTC Forum - On the road - 4 September 2014 - 12:23am
well I will never know now whether I dreamed that I woke up and sat up and then did in in fact wake up and find my self sat up. lol Maybe I dreamed of cycling back home and am still there at Shorn fort really. How solid are these ideas on dreams like that? I dont think I fell asleep as a) the horses proximity worried me - too anxious- and also worried some thieving toe rag would take my bike if I did fall asleep. Clearly the place was visited by the beer swilling crowd. I am paranoid about the theft of my bike, why I havent done any wild camping or bivvying yet. and was doing a reccy. It could be that I fell asleep for a moment and the large horse was a device to wake me up. I have had dreams/nightmares that seemed to have that effect, but they were abrupt and had nothing in common with the real situation.

Re: My second tour (I made it)

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 4 September 2014 - 12:12am
Congratulations

Your turn Vantage

Re: A Ghost Story

CTC Forum - On the road - 3 September 2014 - 11:58pm
mercalia wrote:Well the trouble with that was I wasnt asleep more a meditation. And I didnt dream sitting up and seeing the horse go back and forth then at the same moment wake up and see my self sat up when the horse had gone? I had been thinking of places to rough camp or just bivvy that I had found on my wanderings in Medway

It could have been a false awakening

Re: RIP Etrex 20

CTC Forum - On the road - 3 September 2014 - 11:26pm
What I hate in these sort of situations is that it is normally the very last car of a wave that runs over whatever it was you were about to try and retrieve.

Re: RIP Etrex 20

CTC Forum - On the road - 3 September 2014 - 11:24pm
Ouch!
My condolences. Although tbh, there have been times when I felt like deliberately chucking mine under a bus

Re: Inverness to Kilmarnock 5 day tour

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 3 September 2014 - 11:03pm
Agreed on ditching waterproof trousers! Am also definitely taking a light pair of campers for the evenings, nothing worse than being in damp shoes! I have loaded all this onto nike and weight is pretty good so quite pleased with it. Still debating on best route around Skye.

Re: Using a Marin Lombard CX (cyclocross) as a touring bike?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 3 September 2014 - 10:59pm
I have used my Marin Lombard 2012 model for touring. It loves it too. Had to persuade the Blackburn front rack to fit, but once installed it remained securely in place. (Over)Loaded it up with front and rear panniers and handlebar bag, excessive amount of kit really, could barely lift it. Pedalled all over Brittany; voie verts/green lanes of varying quality- everything from smooth tarmac to deeply rutted mud/stone, proper roads. Very stable indeed. Ignore the cynics' dismissal of the CX genre, my Lombard seems to eat it all up; it's my general utility bike which I use for commuting, shopping, day rides and touring. Probably done more miles than my van over the same period. Recent models seem to come better spec'ed than my 2012 model, I upgraded the brakes and replaced the drivetrain after wearing it out within 1 year (high mileage including some muddy, gritty trails so not surprising). Enough points and clearance to fit mudguards and front and rear racks, though did have to use clips to modify front rack and front mudguard, but easily done and very secure. As long as your racks and luggage all fit, I'd say that the Lombard is as good if not better for touring than many of the more dedicated models, certainly within the same price bracket.

Re: A Ghost Story

CTC Forum - On the road - 3 September 2014 - 10:51pm
It wasnt a pony more a horse, seemed a very large one thats why I described it as a carthorse, not the scraggy things that were grazing. I was taken aback. This seemed like Alpha Male stuff. when it went "thru" the wall I think I heard it climb over some thing, but surely not over a 12 foot wall?

Is just water mist - I have seen that a lot in East Anglia on the Broads where I come from. it looks strange as u caught it frozen in time.

Re: A Ghost Story

CTC Forum - On the road - 3 September 2014 - 10:38pm
Having played explorers in many of the Medway forts in my youth, including Shornemead, I've since looked up more details on-line.

There are certainly some strange stories, many about passages that don't appear on the plans and some about apparitions.

I took this picture near Shornemead crossing in January 2013.



Some see a ghostly face in the will-o-the-wisp, I just think my camera's no good in the cold.

Phantom ponies are something I haven't come across before, I'll keep an eye out for them from now on though.

Re: A Ghost Story

CTC Forum - On the road - 3 September 2014 - 10:33pm
Well the trouble with that was I wasnt asleep more a meditation. And I didnt dream sitting up and seeing the horse go back and forth then at the same moment wake up and see my self sat up when the horse had gone? I had been thinking of places to rough camp or just bivvy that I had found on my wanderings in Medway

Re: A Ghost Story

CTC Forum - On the road - 3 September 2014 - 10:19pm
It sounds like you were having a dream about the horses in the stage just before waking up. So when you did wake it still seemed real.
Great story to tell the kids or grandchildren.

RIP Etrex 20

CTC Forum - On the road - 3 September 2014 - 10:13pm
So I'm cycling to work this morning along a shared cycle path beside very busy 4 lane road full of 50mph commuter traffic. I hit a small bump and I hear the unmistakeable sound of something falling off. I stop to check the bike. My etrex 20 has jumped out of its mount and vanished.

I backtrack and see it lying in the middle of one of the lanes. It looks undamaged. But the next wave of traffic is coming from the lights so no time to fetch it. It's right in the centre so the first 20 or 30 cars pass over but don't touch. Then the blast of a passing bus moves it and I watch helplessly as the next few cars smash it into small pieces.

Just thought I'd share the pain.

A Ghost Story

CTC Forum - On the road - 3 September 2014 - 10:13pm
I had a very strange experience today. Over the summer I have been exploring North Kent around the Gravesend/Medway. I came across the old Napoleonic forts at Cliffe and Shorne. I visited Shorne fort today. You can only get to it by cycle on the NCR 1 path - the road leading up to it Queens Farm Rd is cut off from it at the crossing which is locked to key holders - the pedestrian gate is welded shut.

Anyway I got there. The fort is just a semi circular wall about 12 feet high, a wall for a battery of guns to protect the Thames. A pretty forlorn place marred by the graffiti and beer cans littered around. These days it is open land for grazing pretty bedraggled horses/ponies ( when I looked )

shorne fort.jpg

It was a very sunny day, a time to do some sun bathing or just bask in the sun. The horses were munching the grass on the outer side of the fort, none were in the fort its self, so I didnt think I would be troubled by them. A few of them did look through the gun portals, just stood there watching me on the other side.
It was getting toward middle afternoon. I got my Lidl pillow out and found myself a nice comfortable grassy spot near the walls out of the wind. Shut my eyes and let the world go by warmed by the sun's rays away from the noise of London. This must have gone on for nearly an hour. About 3.30 I was disturbed by the sound of horses hoofs. I immediately thought one of the horses had decided to take a look on the side where I was, I sat up right and saw a large carthorse type horse move from the wall toward the centre of the fort.It didnt go very far, let out a neigh turned and went back the way it had come, after looking in my direction, through what I thought must be a breach in the wall to the outer side. This was my only concern. A breach I hadnt seen. The horse went its way through. I was worried about this as I hadnt seen this hole when I made a cursory examination of the fort. A short time after the horse had gone its way ( I didnt want to meet it!) I went to look at this wall breach - trouble was there wasnt any. Where the horse had gone the wall was intact, 12 feet of intact. Where had this horse come from and returned to?

Re: Police Thugs

CTC Forum - On the road - 3 September 2014 - 9:30pm
Hi,
Good Mick F.

My case the pc on phone asked me to describe the offender, he then said "I know him"
At my house he made no notes but passed judgement on my ctv evidence saying "six of one half a dozen of the other"
He laughed and left the house quoting me " In anger management you see yourself looking in the mirror"
I also videoed on ctc him going to the offenders house before me and being greeted by my aledged offender " Hi alright" then walked through the door
So how did my offender know he was coming and the greeting was not that of a pc coming to your house, is that what they normally say unless they phone first
When pc's come to my house as seldom as they do they either say who they are or just ask a question about a car down the road stuffed in a wall.

When I complaind he said (pc) that he did not know my offender...............................
Stinks rotten

Edited - P.S. the pc is now a Sergent ......promotion too..............

Re: My second tour (I made it)

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 3 September 2014 - 9:28pm
Well done!
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