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Big Circle Cycling

East Anglia has some big advantages for cycling – it can be quite speedy given that it’s undulating, it’s relatively dry (compared with, say, Wales) and there are an awful lot of quiet lanes with just the occasional tractor or … Continue reading

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The Leeds-Bradford Cycle SuperHighway

Because the cycling community has been mostly negative about the cycling superhighway I was expecting something pretty awful when I finally did the route from Bradford to Leeds. In the event I didn’t think it so very bad. It’s usable … Continue reading

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Bernard Charbonneau and Technology

I’ve just finished Charbonneau’s famous (in France, amongst the literate Greens) Le Systeme et le chaos, published back in 1967, revised in 1973, and recently republished. The basic thesis is very like the views of Ellul on technology – that … Continue reading

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TransAm Third Anniversary

It’s three years since the last TransAm – crossing the Southern Tier! It was a great ride, starting from the quiet sunny roads of Florida, edging around the Bay of Mexico, before taking on Texas and then mountain range after … Continue reading

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New Year, Same Route over the Moors

Nicely mild and a little bit foggy last weekend. Occasionally drizzly, and fewer people out than recently. But the sun did shine briefly during the afternoon. Sunlight on distant hills is a wonderful thing, as is the mystery of trees … Continue reading

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Road Etiquette, Winter Cycling

A car driver, and non-cyclist, was bending my ear about how the cyclists on the back lanes are not particularly friendly or polite. It is true that courtesy is required from both bikes and cars, which is mostly the case … Continue reading

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Late Summer Bike Rides

Probably the last bike ride this year up into the Dales this weekend.  When the clocks go back it’ll be a bit of a short day to get as far as Burnsall. I need to spend some time sorting out … Continue reading

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Back home…

On the way back we visited Liverpool’s U Boat Story Museum, which has a remarkable U boat cut into sections for easy viewing. The U boat is the U534 – I’ve linked in the wikipedia article. Fascinating because it was … Continue reading

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Monday 31st August 2016 – From Slemish Barn to Belfast, c. 40 miles.

We left about 10am and pushed on along lanes up over the moors near Slemish. We were high up on Carnalbanagh when I took a 360° video of slemish, moors, distant sea. even Scotland way away. then down, down, down … Continue reading

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Sunday 28th August 2016 – From Ballycastle to Slemish Barn, c. 45 miles.

Slemish is a volcanic plug that you can see from the road about half way between Carnlough on the coast and Ballymena. Slemish Barn is a very comfy hostel nearby, specifically at a place called ‘The Sheddings’ on my map, … Continue reading

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