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Shake-Down Weekend

Posted August 9th, 2006

Spin, Friedel, Spin!Andrew eyes up the grapes....A couple weekends ago we did our first trial run fully loaded. We took the train to Ashford and cycled from there to the curling club, near Tonbridge, via the National Cycle Network Route 18. It was quite the challenge for us: a hot day, more hills than we’d expected and the weight of all the gear slowing us down.

Still, we managed a respectable 75km (including getting lost!!) and without a proper lunch too or many breaks. Once at the club we got our tent up and slept very soundly, then were able to fire up the stove in the morning and make ourselves a coffee and porridge. Not bad for a first go!

All in all we were pretty pleased with ourselves. We did learn a few things. Don’t leave your gear in the tent porch because the tent is very attractive to slugs which will crawl all over your stuff! Also, we really needed sleep sacks because our bags stuck to us in the heat. We have since made those out of old sheets. Oh, and we need to make sure we stop for good breaks. I think we would be in danger of exhaustion if we tried to go as hard as we did that day, every day.

Fully Loaded

Posted July 26th, 2006

First Time Loading the Bikes We tried loading up our bikes for the first time the other day and surprise, surprise… it worked fairly well! Everything fit (phew!) and the bikes didn’t feel too heavy. The only downside is now we feel tempted to get more stuff. We are trying to resist this temptation!

Cycling to the pub…

Posted July 9th, 2006

* WPG2 Plugin Not Validated *After a windy start, the day turned nice so we cycled to some pubs and took some silly pictures. Enjoying what we have left of this summer by the Thames. Who knows when our next one will be.

London Phone Box

Posted July 9th, 2006

A study of a London phone box, taken last summer when I’d just purchased my macro lens and now unearthed from the depths of our computer. * WPG2 Plugin Not Validated ** WPG2 Plugin Not Validated ** WPG2 Plugin Not Validated *

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A Year Ago

Posted July 9th, 2006

* WPG2 Plugin Not Validated *How time passes quickly. A year ago London’s world changed with the London bombings on the tube and a bus. We had a nervous few weeks but slowly life got back to normal and now we hardly think about it. I just came across these photos from 2005, when we had a moment of silence a week after the bombs. This year, we also had two minutes of silence at noon on July 7 but daily life is very much as it was before the bombs. Tube use is back to the levels seen before the bombs, tourists are back and all those bikes sold in the days after July 7 last year are now sitting idle.

Posted in London