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by dodger
3 Nov 2016, 3:56pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: A simple pleasure
Replies: 12
Views: 1844

Re: A simple pleasure

Cornish miles don't have any definition. They are as long as people want them to be. For example, whichever route I approach Constantine, the signs always show 4 miles, and I'm sure there are loads of other places the same.
by dodger
28 Oct 2016, 4:26pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Winter touring destination
Replies: 13
Views: 1710

Re: Winter touring destination

Majorca or Fuertaventura are my preferred options.
by dodger
28 Oct 2016, 4:25pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Supported cycling holiday
Replies: 14
Views: 2074

Re: Supported cycling holiday

"Backroads" - usually South and West Ireland but some tours in Cotswolds and Lakes.
Not cheap but consistently happy customers according to my niece who is a tour guide for them.
by dodger
13 Oct 2016, 4:06pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: It's that time of year again: hedge clippings
Replies: 22
Views: 2565

Re: It's that time of year again: hedge clippings

Why can't hedge trimmers have a simple angled rotating brush on the back, a bit like those road sweepers use? That way at least the clippings that escape will be swept right into the side of the road. Around here I notice that the speed of cutting helps determine the size of debris left. The ones wh...
by dodger
8 Oct 2016, 10:44pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Cornwall at the end of October. Silly idea?
Replies: 10
Views: 766

Re: Cornwall at the end of October. Silly idea?

The weather CAN be great or awful. Watch the advance forecast. A great route is the St Ives to Lands End road. Narrow twisting roads but relatively quiet in October - EXCEPT half term, which is usually the last week in October, so be wary of traffic, especially friday and saturday. Avoid cycling on ...
by dodger
16 Sep 2016, 4:25pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Velodysse - Arcachon to Bordeaux
Replies: 14
Views: 1174

Re: Velodysse - Arcachon to Bordeaux

Hi Mrs HJ
Interested in your route from Bayonne to St Jean. I broke off my trip to Santiago after many days of foul weather and a lousy forecast so never got round to planning this bit. Perhaps the route would have been more interesting in the sun!
by dodger
9 Sep 2016, 5:49pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Velodysse - Arcachon to Bordeaux
Replies: 14
Views: 1174

Re: Velodysse - Arcachon to Bordeaux

Rode most of it 3 years ago and it was fine - mainly tarmac and mainly boring.
by dodger
7 Aug 2016, 8:10pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: All roads lead to Limerick
Replies: 1
Views: 133

Re: All roads lead to Limerick

A voracious young woman called Mabel
Liked to have her way under the table
But a fellow called Jim
Gave up on her whim
And said "I confess I'm not able"

Not my best but OK for a quick try!
by dodger
28 Jul 2016, 5:02pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: VIDEO, GoPro: one of the most scenic mountain roads in Europe: La Palma, Roque de los Muchachos, 2426m
Replies: 6
Views: 545

Re: VIDEO, GoPro: one of the most scenic mountain roads in Europe: La Palma, Roque de los Muchachos, 2426m

What a super video. My idea of fun cycling; a bit like downhill skiing.
Let a machine do the work getting you to the top then cruise down again - several times.
Yes, you feel you deserve the down after labouring on the up, but why not take the chance to go down more than once?
Great stuff.
by dodger
21 Apr 2016, 10:11pm
Forum: Cycling UK Topics and Discussions
Topic: Charity chief executives should be on the board of trustees
Replies: 3
Views: 494

Re: Charity chief executives should be on the board of trust

Charity CEOs are employed by the Board of Trustees. It is therefore an ambiguous position for them to be on that board. It is normal for the Chairman to be the one who appraises the CEO's performance and discusses this with other trustees. However, CEOs should attend and report to the Board, make re...
by dodger
14 Apr 2016, 8:12pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: French Riviera
Replies: 13
Views: 712

Re: French Riviera

Lovely area but a word of caution - It's a thief's paradise, so carry all your valuables (concealed) at all times and use the best bike lock you can. Better still, travel with a partner and don't leave your bikes unattended.
by dodger
12 Feb 2016, 10:18pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Why are cycle paths so bumpy? And narrow?
Replies: 14
Views: 993

Re: Why are cycle paths so bumpy? And narrow?

If you watch workers laying tarmac for cycle or footpaths, they tend to unload it from the tarmac lorry a pile at a time, then rake it flat and roller it. This means that the point where the pile first falls is a bit denser than the rest of the raked-out part and after a little while the less dense ...
by dodger
4 Feb 2016, 6:25pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: WESTERN ISLES
Replies: 28
Views: 1795

Re: WESTERN ISLES

The hostels are a definite then.
Timing to be decided!
by dodger
4 Feb 2016, 1:04pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: What % of your income goes in tax
Replies: 14
Views: 552

Re: What % of your income goes in tax

I fully accept that we must all pay a contribution to running the country, but what I hate is the way that our taxes are wasted or spent on things we disagree with. The various governments have, for example, wasted billions on ill-conceived schemes that happen to be the flavour of the day or wheezes...
by dodger
4 Feb 2016, 12:50pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: TRAINS (AGAIN)
Replies: 24
Views: 787

Re: TRAINS (AGAIN)

Seems I might be too quick to condemn. Despite being quoted £146 + sleeper each way, there is a return fare on Great Western site of around £160ish. (Depending on when you book). But still needing overnight travel. Thanks for the info. I'll try some different times and single/return fare combination...