Category Archives: Cycling

Bike Ride Addendum

26-7-18

Here are a few more images from my bike ride taken with an Olympus OM2sp which has just been serviced. I loaded it with Rollei Superpan film and used a 24mm Zuiko lens with a Red filter to get a bit of an infrared look.

Marin At Rest
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Gaulby Church
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My New Friends
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They were a really friendly pair, the bigger one got so close that she steamed up my lens filter.

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Bike Ride

25-07-18

Inspired by the heroic efforts of the riders in the “Tour de France” I thought It would be good to go out on the bike again. The weather forecast said it would be cooler and slightly cloudy today (78 deg F  – 26 deg C ) What I hadn’t reckoned with was the two visits to my garden during the night by foxes, the cat door went both times so I got up to check my cats were OK, they were. This left me a bit sleepy this morning but determined to get out on the bike as it was the 13th of June when I last took to the saddle.

Aerodrome
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The countryside was really dry and a golden yellow colour, there were birds of prey gliding high up on the thermal currents. It reminded me of California.

Kings Norton Church
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King Norton is a lovely little village and a good place to take a rest.

Chestnut Tree by the Church
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Chestnuts
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Last time I went out I managed 8.8 miles (14 Km) thought I would go a bit further this time and cycled on to the village of Gaulby. While taking a photo of Gaulby church two lovely horses came up to the fence for a bit of fuss. The round trip was 15 miles (24 km) and according to the cycle app an altitude gain of just over a 550 feet (167 m) and best of all the burning off of nearly 900 calories. These images were taken on my phone but I also took a film camera with me and hope to develop the film in the next couple of days.

 

Back in the Saddle

13-06-18

I haven’t been out on my lovely Marin MTB for at least 18 months. So this morning I got everything ready (water, banana, and new padded shorts!) and set off. The first group of people I encountered were school kids taking there cycling proficiency tests, they all shouted “hello”, and “look at him”, probably didn’t think anyone of my age would still be cycling, as I signalled to turn right the instructor said “now that’s how you do it”, gold star for me.

First Stop
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This is an old Aerodrome (still operating today) that used to put on airshows in the 1980’s, one of the main sponsors was a printing company that I knew and I got VIP tickets, and food and beer in their hospitality tent.

Farm Track  
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Turned off onto a farm track, it has some steep descents and is a lot rougher than the last time I rode down it. I was travelling at quite a speed (24 mph according to my phone app) when I saw a marker rope across the track, just managed to stop in time, it was there for the dairy cows going back to their field after milking. 

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Being sensible I took a shortish route this time out, 8.8 miles (14km) instead of the 18 miles (29km) last time I went out, and which left me aching for days. As I neared home the kids were still taking their cycling tests, and I got a “hello again” from them, probably amazed I had made it back in one piece. I really enjoyed the short ride and feel much better for it.