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PostPosted: Wed Mar 25, 2009 4:38 pm 
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after yesterdays awesome ride where i deviated form my usual canal path - puncture - walk home i ventured just off the canal path onto the reservoir . rode around that a few times and went on a path i spotted on google earth

was a wicked path , all uphill . ended along a road that leads pretty close to the house

so today i started from the road ready to blast it downhill

bugger , didnt see that yesterday when going the other way :cry:

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spent a long time wondering if i should go for it anyway , finally deciding not to as there might be an angry farmer waiting at the farm near the bottom :(

there was a public footpath sign just before the private sign . i hoped it would be nearly as good

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however at the end of the woods and across some fields it leads back to a road :(

i head back home and instead to the canal path , there was a path opposite the entrance to the reservoir i wanted to try

this is what the canal path looks like

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lots of wind today and the stuff on top of the water had gathered into one place

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this is the path opposite the reservoir . i stood in the middle of the road to get that pic :lol:

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lots of steady uphill

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at the top i could see the canal

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just on the right is where the bench was . i had a choice of where to go from here

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straight over ? looks like it hasnt seen any action in a while

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down ? i had a good feeling it went to the canal

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i went up

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this track went very far and was muddy :lol:

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it just kept going up and up

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of course i pushed all of this going up :lol:

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still going :lol:

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by now ive crossed a road or 2

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no idea where i am now :lol:

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i reach some really interesting uphill now . coming back down this on a rigid was amazing , i had to stop halfway as my arms were too pumped up :lol: i rimmed the front at least once . this bit coming back down was amazing 8)

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bugger , ive ran out of county :lol:

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i rode all the way back down , even through all the bottom bracket deep mud and ruts . had to dab a couple times when the front wheel would try to climb out the side of a rut and i came to a stop when the front wheel dug in and i dabbed a foot . the path going down did lead to the canal and i mustave looked strange to the couple walking their dog :lol: batteries in the camera ran out :( next time im going to see where a few of the paths leading off go


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PostPosted: Wed Mar 25, 2009 4:42 pm 
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Look like a fun ride. What bike are you riding?


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PostPosted: Wed Mar 25, 2009 4:48 pm 
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thats a 98 dmr trailstar

im knackered now , ready for some sleep :lol:


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you seem to like the ups as much as the downs! good to see some pics of a ride too!


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PostPosted: Wed Mar 25, 2009 5:11 pm 
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yeah ive lived in lincs for 4 years and i miss a good uphill

the ups are as fun as the downs

ill be going for a lower gear soon and hopefully itl dry . i think getting to the top of that is my new challenge . its difficult to pedal in the ruts so im not sure if ill ever manage it but ill give it a damn good go

it was about time i got some riding pics , i had to endure having the camera in my pocket though as i never ride with a bag


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Cool, nice little story you got doing on! 8)


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Nice route and it looked like the sun came out once or twice for you. :D Pity about the deep ruts but you might be able to get around the edges and only suffer a few scratches and grazes! :lol: When that lot dries you'll get up it OK.

Haven't you got an OS map of the area yet Perry?


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PostPosted: Wed Mar 25, 2009 9:48 pm 
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ive been cross referencing some routes on bikely ( fook all detail ) with google earth so i have a vague idea of where to go

would an OS map have all the bridle/public rights of way ?

can i find it online ?

havnt managed to get a loop yet . imagine the canal path being a straight horizontal and this starts by coming off it , going alongside then vertically . i need to join the 2 together nice and far from the house so i dont have to stop and turn around . be really nice to have a lap

i havnt bothered looking where i ended up yet :lol:


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Yeah, OS maps have rights of way, the 1:25000 are the best. You can go on www.streetmap.co.uk and look at your area though, I think it's 1:50000 but has all ROW on there.


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 26, 2009 12:04 am 
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ive been looking it over and ive worked out a loop but half is road . it does leave me with a nice long downhill though

the pic with the Leicestershire sign is only where i decided to stop and turn around . over the road the track carries on but i wasnt sure if it was another private road only leading to a farm but after looking at google earth and streetmap i can go along the road where i started , go past the private road and join the track further along , thatl then take me straight down to the canal path . nice and easy . either along the road and downhill or uphill then end along the road

the track is called viking way and it passes fanny wood :lol: the bit of good downhill is big wood


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