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 Post subject: Re: Today's Ride
PostPosted: Sun Jul 12, 2020 2:17 pm 
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The only pic from today's ride....

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Nice to see you ordered the whole cake ;-)


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 Post subject: Re: Today's Ride
PostPosted: Sun Jul 12, 2020 9:38 pm 
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Epic portions!


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 Post subject: Re: Today's Ride
PostPosted: Mon Jul 13, 2020 10:54 am 
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Not anywhere near as tasty as rwm's ride but yesterday's longer loop on last weeks Greenwich/Woolwich ride was superb. With London either hungover or evacuating across the country, it meant the roads were quiet and the path more so with just the hardcore who knew what a wonderful morning it was, out and about, running or cycling. The Thames was a plate-glass flat in places and even the whiff of Basil's sewage at Erith couldn't dampen my spirits.

Started at 10 and was 16/17 when I got home at 09:00. Next to nothing breeze and wall to wall sunshine.

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The big bridge (QEII) with the M25 in the distance. Next time I'm down this way I'll keep going as I've always wanted to check it out up close. Brekkie was calling so I scooted back through Barneshurst, Bexley and a cheeky lap or two in my local woods.

This morning I was back on the Hot. No pic's but another cracking morning; no breeze, 13 and hardly anyone about.


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 Post subject: Re: Today's Ride
PostPosted: Mon Jul 13, 2020 5:29 pm 
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Weather looks gorgeous down there al, not so up north unfortunately.

It had cooled down a bit today as the cloud cover had returned, so i decide to go for a gentle ride, which as happens sometimes, turned into many hours and much fun : :D
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Found myself heading to Clipstone so headed up a local hill which over looked Sherwood Pines.
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Then as i was feeling good and on a high from riding to the top without dabbing, i decided to ride up the Desert road. I used to ride up this on a bmx almost every day to build and ride jumps, next to where the jumps are now at Pines, and then on mtb's in the early 90's too. It is a looong slightly uphill, wet, sandy, tyre grabbing track, it is about 3 miles to reach the corner of the section of woods where the Pines jumps are now,, god i must have been fit back then :shock: :lol: The reason its called the Desert road is because it leads to an offroad area known as the desert, actually the whole area including Pines is used for dirt bikes, and every weekend hundreds of people, from those who had just borrowed a crosser from someone elses shed, to race teams in full factory trucks used to come and ride the track on the desert. It wasnt a legal venue and one month the police came every weekend and arrested every body there, now no one goes, well in vans anyway.
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This is overlooking part of the desert, there used to be no trees there years ago, all the tracks are still there but a lot of the open space is trees now.
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Then some nice open sandy trails leading back around to the trails at Pines, which is the trees in the picture.
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Some colour to the walls, this is on the very corner of the Pines jump spot, and the furthest point of the, red (i think?) trail.
There were a lot of people on the trails today, so i stayed on unmarked trails apart from one short fun section, and just rode through and out the other side of the Pines area.
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Inspired by al's cityscape shots, here is a representation of the local area around Pines, as with most of the area, it was built on top of the coal industry, the remains of Clipstone colliery.
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And inspired by rwm's ride pie shots, here are my trail treats, not quite in the same league tbh :lol:
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To quote that famous Yorkshireman, it was a grand day out, long, interesting and full of great trails and memories.


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 Post subject: Re: Today's Ride
PostPosted: Tue Jul 14, 2020 9:16 am 
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Looks like a classic adventure day - love it.

Tuesday morning mucky stoke. Mizzle, drizzle, a little humid at 13-15 degrees with the odd glimpse of sunshine. Trails are tacky in places but still super-quick. Watch out for wet roots.

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Tired, really tired.

Great ride in this morning. Good pace, and the first half of the journey was relatively quiet. Was quite busy on the towpath by the time I got to the boatyard at Broxbourne.
15°c and cool.

The ride home was a different kettle of fish. My legs felt fresh all the way, but the rest of me didn't. I got lost, knowing that I was getting lost, and that it was because I was tired.
18°c. Overcast, with light drizzle for about half an hour.

Just under 50 miles in total...I need to sleep now


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Some serious mileage there dude ^. No snaps from yesterday. Today it was milder, 15-16, but much more grey, even a little dim in places early doors. Signs that the shorter days are coming :(

A good thorough couple of loops with barely anyone around. Super cool but super depressing in equal measures, not least the volume of vehicles about. Unsurprisingly bad habits haven't changed.

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 Post subject: Re: Today's Ride
PostPosted: Thu Jul 16, 2020 5:05 pm 
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Love summer 8)


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Nice and warm, 17-18 degrees so proper sweaty after 10-15 minutes. Very quiet again so whilst the legs were tired, they got a good spin in. Here's the entrance to one of my favourite sections. Really narrow but downhill, tight and twisty with roots and plenty of narrow squeezes. Great to get your arms ripped to shreds.

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