Coronavirus cafes

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Re: Coronavirus cafes

Postby Marcus Aurelius » 23 Apr 2020, 10:02pm

My Garmin kept sending me the wrong way today. Fortunately I was never more than 20 miles from home, that was lucky.

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I stopped at a war memorial for today’s Corona cafe stop,

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It’s a lovely little gazebo thing, with benches to sit on. The weather was superb all day.

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Re: Coronavirus cafes

Postby colin54 » 24 Apr 2020, 7:20am

Much obliged for the directions eileithyia.

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Re: Coronavirus cafes

Postby eileithyia » 24 Apr 2020, 8:29am

colin54 wrote:Much obliged for the directions eileithyia.



No problem, obviously there are other ways, up Foxholes or any of the numerous tracks that lead up to the 'road'.
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Re: Coronavirus cafes

Postby T-800 » 27 Apr 2020, 3:00am

My Corona Cafe is at home after a ride 8)
When I ride solo I rarely do more than 40miles so eat a snack and drink on the go.
I do miss a swift post ride pint outside my local though....

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Re: Coronavirus cafes

Postby Oldjohnw » 27 Apr 2020, 3:08am

On Sunday, as with most cycling days (roughly 3/4 days per week) I did my 40 miles leaving home at about 11.00am, having a picnic lunch in the beautiful Borders countryside. Most people who pass me by, whether on foot, cycling, in cars, lorries or agricultural vehicles give a friendly wave and if feasible a verbal greeting.

Some days I just have my coffee out.

I have a collapsible stool as once off the bike I can't stand too long.
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Re: Coronavirus cafes

Postby CyberKnight » 27 Apr 2020, 4:59pm

My cafe stops consist of planning a route to a known cake stop and basically eating a flapjack or similar standing outside the gates.
Yesterday rode to cannock and you could get into the grounds through a pedestrian walkway so here i stood with my bar supping my water bottle before riding home.
I am limiting my rides to shorter distances , maybe 40-50 miles max .
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Re: Coronavirus cafes

Postby foxyrider » 27 Apr 2020, 8:03pm

I passed 6 - yes 6, open roadside tea/snack bars on todays ride so although i ate my sandwich enjoying a view of the Severn i felt obliged to support oneof the tea bars for a cuppa a little further down the road.

I could tell you where they all are but zen i would have to kill you :lol: but seriously, if you are riding in s Glocs i can point you to their locations by pm - don't want to attract crowds do we?
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Re: Coronavirus cafes

Postby colin54 » 27 Apr 2020, 11:28pm

Standing room only at the Long Flap Cafe today 'Somewhere in England', note the pillbox in the background.
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I was slightly alarmed to see next to my wheel, this sinister item, spooky, perhaps even spo-key.
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Nice just to stand still for 5 minutes and watch some Lapwing and Swallows swooping about over the adjacent fields.
I think I'm going to stick to the roads from now on though, the towpath was too crowded and tricky to keep a distance from other folk out for their exercise.

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Re: Coronavirus cafes

Postby reohn2 » 28 Apr 2020, 8:01am

Colin
It's the L&L canal west of Parbold but I can't quite remember the location :?
I know what you mean about the towpaths,especially near to towns such as Wigan

PS,there's things you can do with bottle tops.....
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Re: Coronavirus cafes

Postby colin54 » 28 Apr 2020, 10:07am

reohn2 wrote:Colin
It's the L&L canal west of Parbold but I can't quite remember the location :?
I know what you mean about the towpaths,especially near to towns such as Wigan

PS,there's things you can do with bottle tops.....

Hi John, Yeah, I turned around just before the DW stadium, it was too busy for me.
I know a little about bottle top re-purposing, my brother used to be a zob stick player in a jug band,
I might make him one for his next birthday, I think I'll pop back for the Corona ones today to start me off, it's summat to do.
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The pill box is just here, to the top left of the solar panels, I didn't realise, but should have known, that the Poplars were screening the sewage works, as I ride past it and under the canal often enough, wot an idyllic spot for a cuppa !
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Here's the road underneath the canal (Deans Lane), out the back of Newburgh with original uneven and worn flagstones and cobbles, always slick from water leaking through the bridge and a steep down hill approach past the treatment plant (on the left), it's also infested by black flies at this time of year, what's not to like ! I never touch my brakes on this bit, I bet a few have come a cropper in the past. I heard a bloke in a local cycle cafe complaining about cracking his helmet having come off at this spot a couple of years back. If you didn't already know, you can get onto the canal towpath here, up some stairs on the other side of the bridge from my picture.
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Have a good 'un one and all, take care out there !

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Re: Coronavirus cafes

Postby reohn2 » 28 Apr 2020, 11:39am

colin54 wrote:Hi John, Yeah, I turned around just before the DW stadium, it was too busy for me.

Yep towpath around Wiggin is looniesville ATM


I know a little about bottle top re-purposing, my brother used to be a zob stick player in a jug band

Such talent :)

I might make him one for his next birthday, I think I'll pop back for the Corona ones today to start me off, it's summat to do

I know where there's plenty,in fact enough for a forest of zob sticks :wink:


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The world loves a trier :)

The pill box is just here, to the top left of the solar panels, I didn't realise, but should have known, that the Poplars were screening the sewage works, as I ride past it and under the canal often enough, wot an idyllic spot for a cuppa !
https://www.google.co.uk/maps/@53.59310 ... !1e3?hl=en
Here's the road underneath the canal (Deans Lane), out the back of Newburgh with original uneven and worn flagstones and cobbles, always slick from water leaking through the bridge and a steep down hill approach past the treatment plant (on the left), it's also infested by black flies at this time of year, what's not to like ! I never touch my brakes on this bit, I bet a few have come a cropper in the past. I heard a bloke in a local cycle cafe complaining about cracking his helmet having come off at this spot a couple of years back. If you didn't already know, you can get onto the canal towpath here, up some stairs on the other side of the bridge from my picture.
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I know the area very well as you probably guessed,I was up that end last Wednesday,the photo of the sculpture I posted was at Halsall,It's to commemorate the navvies who dug the canal by hand in the 18th century.
I have a great book on the history of the L&L by Mike Clarke a very interesting,exhuastive and excellent read. AAMOF I'm re-reading ATM.
A good s/hand available copy here if you're interested:- https://www.abebooks.co.uk/servlet/Book ... 1-_-title1
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Re: Coronavirus cafes

Postby AndyK » 28 Apr 2020, 2:12pm

This was my home-made-flapjack-and-a-swig-of-water stop on Sunday.
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Re: Coronavirus cafes

Postby Grandad » 28 Apr 2020, 4:04pm

I think that to qualify as a coronavirus cafe there should be something to serve as a raised seat, otherwise it's a coronavirus picnic :D

First post is an example of what I mean. I have found several more field gate barricades since.

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Re: Coronavirus cafes

Postby Cyril Haearn » 28 Apr 2020, 4:07pm

Disagree, one sits when cycling, one should stand while taking a rest :wink:
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Re: Coronavirus cafes

Postby pedalsheep » 28 Apr 2020, 5:49pm

This was a mighty fine spot for a little light refreshment recently. Lifeventure insulated mug in a stubby mitt on the seat tube bottle cage

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