Monday, 11 January 2016

We Can Be Heroes

It seemed only fitting on the day Bowie passed away to do what so many have done and steal one of his most potent lines as my theme for a blog I've not so much neglected as abandoned.


Anyway, I'm still here, and heroes or not, we can all do something bigger or better than we've done so far, at least until our bodies start to fail us. So far so good for me, so I have some plans for this year.

Firstly (although it won't come first it is the first big one), I'll be doing the round island walk again this year. At 48.1 miles, it's a long walk in one day and a genuine achievement for most of us who do it. I'm hoping to have a companion or two this year, too. That's in June. There's another much shorter walk in August that I also hope to do.

Second, and more in keeping with the theme of this blog, a few of us are planning to attack the Alps again, if only for a few days. With luck we'll conquer two of the biggest TdF cols. I would love to be crossing the Alps or the Pyrenees on my 60th birthday this year, but as it's in October, getting something done a little earlier in the year will be a good backup for the memory store.

On our Paris to Venice ride we crossed the Timmelsjoch in mid September, with overnight snow persisting beside the road near the top, so a few weeks later might be tricky.

 

You can guess I've already started boring my grandchildren (and anyone who'll listen) with tales of the Pyrenees (coming up for six years ago now).

If I'm going to do the walks and the rides, I will need to get on with some training! I'll get there, though, using the tried and tested methods described in my book :-)

http://www.amazon.com/Bicycle-Touring-Beginners-prepare-adventure-ebook/dp/B00J5LY30S


So, while I wasn't completely idle in 2015, I do plan to do quite a bit more in 2016. What will you be doing?

Roy

Sunday, 21 September 2014

Le DeTour - 3 men on the JOGLE: End of Detour

Success! The Other Three reach their target a mere 5 minutes later than planned (blame the fog). Well done, Guys!

Le DeTour - 3 men on the JOGLE: End of Detour: Guess where we were today....? We had a comfortable night's sleep, and got up later than usual. We noticed the weather outside was ...

Saturday, 20 September 2014

Le DeTour - 3 men on the JOGLE: Cornwall at last!

The penultimate leg sees The Other Three enter Cornwall, encounter mechanical problems and eat a lot of bananas - and survive all three experiences while remaining friends:

Le DeTour - 3 men on the JOGLE: Cornwall at last!: Day 15 Friday 19th Sept This morning we awoke to strong winds, fortunately easterly, and a grey overcast sky. After an delicious breakfa...

Friday, 19 September 2014

Le DeTour - 3 men on the JOGLE: "How to get out of Wales with three bicycles"

Wednesday's wanderings, finding a way out of Wales:

Le DeTour - 3 men on the JOGLE: "How to get out of Wales with three bicycles": Day 13, Wednesday 17th Sept - Two weeks since we set out from home! We started the day at John H's house, having breakfast whilst t...

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Le DeTour - 3 men on the JOGLE: Wye oh Wye

A misty start but it turned out nice again. The Other Three reach Ross on Wye. 

Le DeTour - 3 men on the JOGLE: Wye oh Wye: Day 12 Tuesday 16th Sept One of the things that makes the blog particularly difficult is remembering what happened during the day. Fair...

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Le DeTour - 3 men on the JOGLE: The salt of the earth, a big lift and a bigger coi...

Hard to believe it's day eleven already, but the team have reached Shrewsbury on Schedule:

Le DeTour - 3 men on the JOGLE: The salt of the earth, a big lift and a bigger coi...: Day 11 Monday 15th Sept We had decided not to leave too early from Wigan to let the traffic ease off. So we had a relaxed breakfast bef...

Monday, 15 September 2014

Le DeTour - 3 men on the JOGLE: Tree mendous cycle paths and other stories

Offroading on the road to Wigan for The Other Three:

Le DeTour - 3 men on the JOGLE: Tree mendous cycle paths and other stories: Day 10 Sun 14th Sept We spent a lot of today's route off-road on what proved to be an eclectic mix of surfaces. This was in an att...