Monthly Archives: Dec 2015

Stop all the clocks.

Warm and wet stormy winter continues. 2015 was a noteworthy year: 4,500 miles cycled, 1,000 each on the fixed hear and the cyclocross bikes. Multi-day hike, (done), Bivvy (first night), Bothy night, (done), Now is time to zero the odometers … Continue reading

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Slow mud.

9°C, strong SW, clear morning with high cloud building. I rode the Jake with MapMyRide+! Distance: 16.56mi, time: 01:38:29, pace: 5:57min/mi, speed: 10.09mi/h. The flooding has gone, but the mud is still deep on this saturated ground. Everyone seems … Continue reading

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Hanna, 2011

Film, Hanna, 2011 Hanna, brought up to be an assassin, leads in this road movie. Most of the introduction you need has been said elsewhere. This film has been out for years so you can find reviews out there. Saorise Ronan’s … Continue reading

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Loop round Llyn Idwal

14°C, strong SW but dry with clear summits. Two mile walk around this familiar lake. We found a dry and surprisingly green landscape. The lip of this corrie whipped up the wind that funneled up the Nant Ffrancen. Though grey, … Continue reading

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Red Warning: ride.

I rode Kona Jake CX with MapMyRide+! Distance: 14.50mi, time: 01:18:12, pace: 5:24min/mi, speed: 11.13mi/h. Not a hard ride, more for the fun of visiting this flooded landscape. Most of the water stood in fields. Where water overlapped roads, … Continue reading

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Red weather warning.

11°C, endless heavy rain, moderate SW wind. Certain flooding near here today. This is the third day of heavy rain. Fortunately, the place I am staying in is on a hill. That red patch is directly overhead. It’s the Met … Continue reading

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Before it rains!

14°C, strong SW (surprise!), cloud building, a front is soon to arrive. I rode CX Kona Jake with MapMyRide+! Distance: 14.63mi, time: 01:37:00, pace: 6:38min/mi, speed: 9.05mi/h. Met another cyclocross rider coming the opposite way. Another first. Pity the … Continue reading

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Long walk on the shortest day.

8°C, clear sky with building light cloud. The usual SW breeze, I hiked with MapMyRide+! Distance: 4.64mi, time: 01:14:11, pace: 15:59min/mi, speed: 3.75mi/h. Thick, slippery mud was impossible to escape. Both Ford crossings were impassible too, the water was … Continue reading

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Winter warm ride

12°C, brisk SW, and mostly dry, bar the last 8 miles. I rode Arrow with MapMyRide+! Distance: 61.18mi, time: 04:30:42, pace: 4:25min/mi, speed: 13.56mi/h. Mostly dry and not at all cold. There were heavy showers, but only in the … Continue reading

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14°C, brisk SW and more rain to come. Warm! Too warm to wear a winter coat. The garden is confused too. This plant doesn’t seem to suffer from the morning coffee grounds, the pot doesn’t receive rainwater naturally.

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