Reflections,lets see 'em

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Re: Reflections,lets see 'em

Postby colin54 » 1 Dec 2016, 11:38am

reohn2 wrote:Colin
Did you have a puncture shortly after taking the ball photo :mrgreen:

PS, where was the Black Swan on the L&L?
I ask as a few years ago there was one in one of the Flashes in the Wigan/Leigh area.


The Swan was down the Leeds end all one summer looking a bit mournful without a mate, made some

weird noises 'n all as I recall.

I'm cycling down the Wigan end now, having moved over from Leeds, I was on the towpath coming

back from Rivington just yesterday, very nice with the settled weather this week.

Weird feathers on these Swans..

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Funnily enough I got my first puncture for a good while on the towpath last week ( Blackthorn ?),

it wasn't raining so I kept smiling.

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What's a Flash by the way, never heard that usage before?

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Re: Reflections,lets see 'em

Postby reohn2 » 1 Dec 2016, 10:51pm

colin54 wrote:P1030487 (640x479).jpg

The eyes have it :shock: .
The Wigan coalfields(most worked coal fields in Europe) have been worked for centuries,with one seam extracted over the top another,the resultant depression of the landscape causes it to flood,initially it was seasonal 'flash' flooding,but as more seams were worked it became permanent and the resultant lakes became known as flashes.
If you ride the L&L towpath from the centre of Wigan toward Leigh you'll pass Scotsman's flash on the right,Pearson's on the left,then another small one on the right,Turner's Flash(out of sight from the towpath)on the left.after the first railway bridge on the left there's Horrock's Flash.
After the next main West coast railway bridge and then the road bridge,there's a couple more small flashes on the right,after the next road bridge at the Dover lock inn there's another sizeable flash on the right.Then there's Pennington flash wildlife reserve after the swing bidge.
After that your leaving the Wigan coal field,so no more flashes.

Its a nice ride with a well surfaced towpath :) .

When a wer a lad the cut(as it was always termed) was flithy,coal was king and the canal traffic was all coal barges,there were five pits on that seven mile stretch of canal alone and another five within the five mile radius of Wigan :)
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Re: Reflections,lets see 'em

Postby rualexander » 1 Dec 2016, 11:10pm

Caledonian Canal

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Re: Reflections,lets see 'em

Postby colin54 » 2 Dec 2016, 10:09am

Thanks for that R2 , interesting. I've just had a look at those on the map, I've not explored down that way

yet, I may have a ride down there next week if it stays dry.

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Re: Reflections,lets see 'em

Postby syklist » 2 Dec 2016, 10:22am

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So long and thanks for all the fish...

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Re: Reflections,lets see 'em

Postby Audax67 » 2 Dec 2016, 10:37am

Practising for the TdF (apologies for the selfie):
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Mummy, there's a nasty man with a beard out here:
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Squelch, squelch, squelch the boys are marching:
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Re: Reflections,lets see 'em

Postby reohn2 » 2 Dec 2016, 11:20am

colin54 wrote:Thanks for that R2 , interesting. I've just had a look at those on the map, I've not explored down that way

yet, I may have a ride down there next week if it stays dry.

Give me a shout and I may be able to join you if you like,no pressure :) .
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Re: Reflections,lets see 'em

Postby al_yrpal » 2 Dec 2016, 11:31am

From a tour of the Hebrides - the harbour at Harris at 6 am

Al

ImageTarbet Harbour, Harris by A_Cockney, on Flickr

Heres the Ferry..

ImageThe Early Morning Ferry by A_Cockney, on Flickr

And another Tarbert , this time Tarbert on the Kintyre Peninsular..

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Touring on a bicycle is a great way to explore and appreciate the countryside and towns you pass through. CTC gone but not forgotten!

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Re: Reflections,lets see 'em

Postby Audax67 » 3 Dec 2016, 11:06am

A choice of gods:

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My favourite's the big Buddha towering over the crowd of cathedral-gawkers.
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Re: Reflections,lets see 'em

Postby francovendee » 3 Dec 2016, 6:12pm

Nice thread, makes a pleasant change from Brexit topics.

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Re: Reflections,lets see 'em

Postby reohn2 » 3 Dec 2016, 11:30pm

francovendee wrote:Nice thread, makes a pleasant change from Brexit topics.

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Re: Reflections,lets see 'em

Postby Vorpal » 4 Dec 2016, 12:17am

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Re: Reflections,lets see 'em

Postby colin54 » 9 Dec 2016, 10:18am

The best view of the M6...

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Re: Reflections,lets see 'em

Postby reohn2 » 9 Dec 2016, 10:45am

colin54 wrote:The best view of the M6...

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Ah! the L&L at Gathurst :)
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Re: Reflections,lets see 'em

Postby Audax67 » 9 Dec 2016, 11:16am

Oops:

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