Category Archives: Travel

Beach pipe

12°C, light rain, N. What is that thing? I features in the background of some of my beach shots. From a distance, especially in poor conditions, it can look sinister. This rain is an escape from the severe storms south: … Continue reading

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DofE 11 North Downs.

12°C, rain and strong Westerly gusts. Another late one: I have two likable groups to manage and assess. The tricky part is the way their routes diverge south of the hills. If all goes well, there would be a bit … Continue reading

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DofE 10: Cannock Chase

14-17°C, sunny. 9.2: Practice, independent travel with staff and instructors on mostly mobile checkpoints. I headed out on foot to the most easterly point on any of the routes. If groups go wrong here they could get lost in a … Continue reading

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The annual tent repair.

14°C, rain. The tent pole that most often breaks is the 2nd or 3rd from each end. This one broke on expedition late one night after dealing with an especially late group. Good that I had the foresight to take … Continue reading

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DofE 9: White Peak.

Sunshine and showers. 5-19°C.9.0: I thought I was driving home when the phone rang on the M6. “Are you available for a Silver Qualifier” in the White Peak? I pulled into Sandbach services to check. It would work as long … Continue reading

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DofE 8: North Downs.

20°C, sunny Silver Assessment: 3 days near London in the North Downs. On the face of it, this looks like typical bronze territory in rolling chalklands. The forecast is for ideal weather but the possibility of some behaviour to keep … Continue reading

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Crunchy sands

16°C, blazing sun with crisp shadows. A gentle outing along the coast. Much of the ground has dried out, that thick gummy mud has set leaving soft loose sand in places. This was a pleasant relaxing ride. Those dark bands … Continue reading

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Sunday fixed.

13-16°C, light wind and dry. A decent ride with variety in hills and flatlands. Home commitments left me with too little time to ride 100km which wouldn’t be much extra effort. Shame.

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Catch-up.

Sunny and warm week.In an attempt to make up for last week, I’ve been out at least once a day. Over the last 2 weeks, I’ve somehow gained 2 kilos in weight.

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DofE 7.0

11°C, very heavy showers including hail, lightning and thunder. 180 mile drive to camp. Looks like a nice campsite, all modern and plush. Bronze Qualifying in the East Cotswolds. I had a delightful group of year 9 girls. They were … Continue reading

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