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PostPosted: Tue Nov 17, 2020 10:52 am 
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Excellent!

Milder 12 degrees this morning, staying 12 to 08:30. Same cheeky breeze but lighter cloud with more glimpses of sunshine as it brightened. Odd scattered small, isolated patches of drizzle on the downs. Took a similar direction to yesterday but went up Rushmore Hill instead of down; so through Orpington via the by-pass, off at Chelsfield where I took the wrong turn and ended up back through Green St Green before going up said Rushmore Hill. Then took the road skirting on top of the downs through Knockholt to Tatsfield before turning back through Biggin Hill to Bromley Common back to HQ. A solid 27 miles again.

Took a picture of a killing machine (another one to the left out of shot).

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 Post subject: Re: Today's Ride
PostPosted: Tue Nov 17, 2020 9:32 pm 
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al-onestare wrote:
That looks ace - where is it?

Moderate breeze, 9-10 degrees with no change by 08:30 this morning. Grey with glimpses of sun through pink and orange shades of cloud. Headed out through the edge of Bromley Common up to Biggin Hill where it was appropriately windy before heading off onto Jail Lane and the meandering minor roads to Downe past Darwin's home-office of many years. Back up one of the very few 20% climbs around here to Cudham, Horns Green then a blast back through Knockholt, Green St Green, Orpington and home. A solid 27 miles to start the week. The main roads were very busy. Some lock-down this is :roll: :roll: :facepalm:

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Nice photo's Al, no wonder you want to bloody downside :lol:


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PostPosted: Wed Nov 18, 2020 10:58 am 
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:lol: You know this ;-)

Brighter morning, high cloud, 12 degrees start and no change even with the sun out on return at 08:30. No breeze in the suburbs, a little wind on the downs.

Took a similar route to yesterday, but this time the slog up Cudham Lane. I used to take this route to volunteer at Emmetts Garden with all my gear in my big-old backpack; change of clothes, steel capped boots, etc. It's amazing how much easier it is to cycle without the extra kg's! :lol: As a rewards, I got to Hawley's Corner and carried straight on to Tatsfield taking in some roads I've not been up including a lovely 15% incline on Stock Hill, at Biggin Hill. The traffic is terrible coming back through Bromley Common so I'll go via Keston and Hayes next time. A solid 25 miles banked.

I took a little side detour right at the top to one of my favourite vistas around here. The M25 was close to solid as you can see at the bottom of the valley. To the left is the lane down to Brasted (a wicked 15-18% decent/climb) and the lane off that going to the right before the M25 is Pilgrims way which I took the other day (to the left it'll take you all the way to Canterbury - that's on my Christmas break riding list as I've always wanted to do it).

What you can't hear were the pheasants - there must have been at least 20-30 of them making a right old racket!

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 Post subject: Re: Today's Ride
PostPosted: Wed Nov 18, 2020 11:07 am 
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8) is that the sun? haven't seen that for a while now.


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Yep, it's been hiding in the last week down here. Didn't last long so glad I caught it ;-)


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 Post subject: Re: Today's Ride
PostPosted: Wed Nov 18, 2020 6:04 pm 
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Wet, muddy, slippy and wet. Warm though.

Got ready to go out this morning and just as i was going to it turned black and rained, sat down for an hour or so, got bored, so decided to go out anyway. Just as i set off it stopped. It was very warm, by the time i got off-road i was sweating. To stop me moaning, halfway through the ride it turned cold and rained, very heavy, even under the tree i took shelter under. After a while it returned to drizzle so i set off again, only now the trails had turned to slush and the next sections were all uphill, spintacular :|

Apart from all that, it was a good ride, plenty of places i hadn't been for a while, even made it up to the viewpoint, a relentless climb with the last section over grass, steep, wet, underlying mud type grass. Pretty pleased with myself for not giving up. And the views from the top are pretty far, one of those tops you can see 4/5 different counties, can never remember which, though today it was drizzle day so could not really see the hill i was on never mind anything worthwhile, cold and windy too, didn't stay there for long that's for sure.

Great muddy fun ride.


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Chilly 11 degrees to start that reduced to 8-9 by 08:30 with a stiff northerly breeze. Even with the mileage, lungs and legs pumping, it was cold. At least it was dry after yesterday evenings showers although there was a thin layer of grey cloud blocking out the sun again.

Switched to the other side of the downs, connecting a few routes together and adding in new pieces. Out through Petts Wood and the Crays, up to Chelsfield, Well Hill (so much easier with gears) across then down to Shoreham, keep heading south to and out through Otford, back onto Shoreham road to Eynsford, up the downs again into Swanley and a slower downhill blast thanks to a headwind, to the edge of Sidcup, take a left for HQ. A solid 26 miles.

Here's looking down the blast to Shoreham after clearing Well Hill:

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Here's looking across Darenth valley towards Otford, complete with token Kent oasthouses:

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 Post subject: Re: Today's Ride
PostPosted: Fri Nov 20, 2020 11:32 am 
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Is anyone else riding apart from mkone and me? Poor show.

Super Friday ride: chasing the sun. Cold 2 degrees that didn't change by the time I was home, touching 0 in the secluded spots on the Downs. Decided to take in some new roads up the other side of the Downs, so took the quickest exit out of suburbia up Court Road up to the A21/M25 roundabout which at that time of day is "ok". Straight through Badger Mount before a left onto Shacklands road that I usually go up. Going down back to Shoreham and Filston Lane to Otford. Instead of heading back down the valley I headed up the hill to Romney Street, taking in a pleasant 14% slog where I was rewarded with the sun. The whole ride to this point had been a real pleasure with the sky turning wonderful shades of pink, orange and yellow.

It got better as I headed down Bower Lane where I could see to the city, probably the last point before it disappears from view. Everything looked so tiny. To my right hand side I could see the QEII bridge which looked like a toy, over and beyond to Essex. I was shifting it at this point so I'll save those shot for another day.

Back at Eynsford I took the usual route back up and through Crockenhill, back up Leesons Hill and onward to HQ. Smiles for miles :D

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Looking down on Shacklands. Please excuse my thumb; I was holding the phone through a fence :lol:

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Basking in the glorious sun at the top of Romney Street - a whopping 650ft above sea level :lol:

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PostPosted: Sat Nov 21, 2020 10:45 pm 
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Only covered about 40 miles this week in two rides - Thursday and today. Muddy, slippery and busy. Not been posting as I've been occupied with other stuff.

My conditioning from the summer has all but disappeared, or you might think, more honestly I'm not used to the hills yet. My lungs burn and my thighs howl. Yorkshire ain't flat like Herts and Essex.


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PostPosted: Mon Nov 23, 2020 12:37 am 
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al-onestare wrote:
Is anyone else riding apart from mkone and me? Poor show.

Yep. But aside from the short commute to work, it's down to just a Sunday ride of two to three hours at the moment - and, by and large, the same three routes. Still, it was a nice ride, mainly on country lanes, from Canterbury to the little hamlet of Barfrestone today.
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The little church dates back to the 12th century: I'm not a huge fan of churches but this one always gives me a peaceful vibe and it has a convenient little step for sitting on and munching some cake.
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A little late autumn sun - a nice change after the pretty brutal weather on last Sunday's ride.
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And back to civilisation. (That's Canterbury Cathedral, just visible on the skyline.)
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