Today's Ride

CassidyAce

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A long time ago my late friend Pat Reddix started this venerable thread. When the now deceased magazine Privateer came to Northern California, I was not available to guide them, and for better or worse, I turned them over to Pat. I found the article today while working on the Mountain Bike Legacy Project and I scanned it into a .pdf. that is now on my website.


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I think of Pat each time I turn down this road (see photo) on one of my regular rides. The first time I did that ride, I was faced with several near-identical looking roads and I wasn't sure which was the one to get me where I wanted, but when I saw Fairfax Drive, I thought that's the one to try, cheers Pat, and it turned out right.
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CassidyAce

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Today's ride: 41 miles, about 15℃, sunny to start, raining for the last half-an-hour. I was going to take the Ridgeback which is riding sweetly thanks to a new bottom bracket and new jockey wheels, but I'm riding that five days a week as it is, so I decided on a road ride. I'm enjoying the ride to Sandwich at the moment, so I thought I'd head there again, but a little bit further, to Sandwich Bay. I didn't stop for many photos, but these guys looked worth stopping for:
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However, I think it's fair to say that they were a lot less interested in me than I was in them.

Sandwich Bay, itself, is a peculiar place. It's right next to Sandwich's famous golf course and it's a private estate, owned by the residents. Cyclists get in free but drivers have to pay £7 at the toll booth to drive in. It's five minutes' ride, then, to the beach, past driveways littered with German luxury 4x4s. The average house price is probably about £1.2 million but it's a bit Stepford Wives. It reminds me of Confucius's saying, that those whose actions are guided by self-interest will encounter much ill will. I get the feeling that quite a lot of self-interest has been associated with this place and I don't much like it. But the beach is lovely—Ramsgate is in the distance:
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Markybeau

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Yesterday's ride was a humble 5 miles. This time to Swinton Lock, also known as Waddington's, as it's behind the boatyard. This lock is normally only accessible by boaters, unlike the other lock I tend on a Saturday.

The barge in the photo is one of a pair. The other called Confidence. If you look closely you can see that she is indeed a 'cut and shut'. I'm not sure of the displacement but I believe it's getting on for 500 tonnes plus. She and her sister were built to transport components for a power station. Task completed, she has remained tethered here for upwards of 20 years now. Her sister is in the boatyard behind.Screenshot_20211010-202255_Gallery.jpgScreenshot_20211010-202329_Gallery.jpg
Glorious sunny morning.

About 16°c by 11am.
 

Markybeau

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I've not posted for a couple of days as I've not been feeling quite right. I thought I could push through it, but I'm not 20 years old any more. This morning felt like I shouldn't, but I did. Foolish.

I had a positive LF test this morning and, understandably, got sent home. I didn't ride back as I couldn't face it (so I must be ill). Honestly, I really don't know how I managed to get there this morning.

I've been tucked up in bed since about 3pm. I feel pretty awful. Whether it's the real deal I'll find out tomorrow.

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