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40 fixed miles.

22°C, grey cloud with occasional sun. I could ride this bike all day, unless it’s windy. Though my legs are getting sore, that turgid feeling has gone. Rides like this remind me of a the way we can take several … Continue reading

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DofE 19: Milton Keynes.

22°C bright sunny after an early shower. A long drive for one day’s work. On paper, not a good return for my time. The time was made worse by many traffic jams, a lorry blocking the M42 roundabout, soon followed … Continue reading

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DofE 18; South Chilterns

22°C, sun, very dry with N breeze. 18.0: easy drive to the edge of the M25. Paccar Scout camp is huge, but my little bit is about an acre. We seem to have 4 clearings booked. 18.1; The cohort arrived … Continue reading

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Another Tuesday ride.

22°C, bright and sunny. Not quite the ride I wanted. Rather like 2 weeks ago, I took the Bannister Hill route with the same cafe stop. Energy wasn’t there though, I got up the climb well enough, bit getting round … Continue reading

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DofE 17: Dark Peak.

18°C, grey with slight drizzle. 17.0: a day filled with logistics. Google’s satnav took us round the long way to Edale. Then I had to ferry kids from Hope because the coach driver refused to drive to the carpark in … Continue reading

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DofE 16. New Forest.

Bright and sunny, tops will be 25°C Long drive after a full day’s teaching. The satnav chose a good route and there were no holdups. Still, I didn’t arrive untill 23.30. 16.1: we some instructors would have two groups today, … Continue reading

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Big ride= happy now.

18°C, brisk W, sunny and dry. In a way, heading out with a tail-wind is a good way to way up. The penalty happens when you ride back. All this DofE work has hit my cycling. That can mean twitchy … Continue reading

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DofE 15: Cannock Chase (again)

30°C, full sun, light wind. We were issued with detailed plans this morning and I am working as a Supervisor along with an Assessor, we have three groups to manage. We have a uniform tower and have radios for staff … Continue reading

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DofE 14: White Peak (2)

Pollen VH, 18°C, brisk SE, dry, full sun. 14.1 drive the minibus to Hulme End to meet coach B. The boss had split the year group and I met the northern half to issue kit. Soon, classic bronze route planning … Continue reading

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DofE 13 South Downs

22°C, light wind and deep blue cloudless above. A very long drive down near Brighton. I hope it’s worth it. Heathside has always been brilliant previously, so it will be again. Before the punters arrive, I have the field to … Continue reading

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