Citrojim's Ka, Saxo and Bike Tales

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Re: Citrojim's Activa, 207 and Bike Tales

Post by daviemck2006 » 16 Aug 2017, 15:59

You could get a caravan, and then get a volunteer to tow it as your backup vehicle for food and water stops and for sleep stops too.

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Re: Citrojim's Activa, 207 and Bike Tales

Post by CitroJim » 16 Aug 2017, 17:19

NewcastleFalcon wrote:
16 Aug 2017, 15:14
eg here's a site with Cycle-friendly B&B's slap a county/location in and up come the options.

https://www.bedsforcyclists.co.uk/searc ... =wiltshire

Click on Circles B&B in Pewsey (wherever that is) and up come the pics and the blurb. Then go to booking.com and see if it comes up cheaper!!


Neil, that's brilliant and just around the locality I'd be stopping for the night too... Great find and just what I'm after :D Thanks ever so!
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If push comes to shove I have a couple of tents that you could borrow, Jim.
The second word here is 'off' I'm sorry to say James :lol: I shall definitely not be roughing it in a tent after a hard day of cycling, no way!!!

I'm planning to travel as lightly as I can with just a 30 litre backpack and a small bar-bag for all my needs... I'll be stopping for lunch and dinner in carefully chosen eateries en-route... Ones that are amenable to my dietary requirements...
daviemck2006 wrote:
16 Aug 2017, 15:59
You could get a caravan, and then get a volunteer to tow it as your backup vehicle for food and water stops and for sleep stops too.
Now, as I see the Somerset run just a prelude to a much bigger one that would be just what I'd be looking for on the next one ;) Perhaps even better would be a nice motor home 8-)

Now, if anyone would care to join me on this little trip I'd me most delighted to have a bit of company ;) It will be fun and an adventure for sure...

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Re: Citrojim's Activa, 207 and Bike Tales

Post by Stickyfinger » 16 Aug 2017, 17:24

You are not parking a flipping snail box in my garden.....I will burn the thing if you do....:)

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Re: Citrojim's Activa, 207 and Bike Tales

Post by CitroJim » 16 Aug 2017, 17:29

Stickyfinger wrote:
16 Aug 2017, 17:24
You are not parking a flipping snail box in my garden.....I will burn the thing if you do....:)


:lol:

No danger of that on this trip Alasdair ;) For this one my mind is firmly made up to stay in bike-friendly B&Bs and dine in nice pubs... Ones that don't mind you walking in dressed in finest lycra and wearing cleats on my feet :)

The caravan will be for the next ride; the destination of which is still not known, not even by me - it's nothing more than just a twinkle in my eye at present...

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Re: Citrojim's Activa, 207 and Bike Tales

Post by CitroJim » 19 Aug 2017, 12:04

A most fantastic parkrun today :)

Many parkruns enjoyed a special guest appearance of a Rio 2016 athlete... We were most honoured to welcome Chris Clarke to ours :D

He really is a top bloke and a real pleasure to meet and chat with...

He took part in the run as tailwalker and joined us in the post-run cafe social and was one of the very last to leave...

Chris is a true credit to GB athletics :)

Here he is with me...
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And to put some icing on the cake I scored a new parkrun PB of 25m15s today!

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Re: Citrojim's Activa, 207 and Bike Tales

Post by taffy » 19 Aug 2017, 19:56

wow jim first pic ive seen of you dont you look well!

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Re: Citrojim's Activa, 207 and Bike Tales

Post by CitroJim » 20 Aug 2017, 04:37

taffy wrote:
19 Aug 2017, 19:56
wow jim first pic ive seen of you dont you look well!


I trust you're not confusing me with the other person in the picture Taffy! I'm the one on the right cradling the stopwatches and wearing barcode scanners around my neck :wink: :lol:

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Re: Citrojim's Activa, 207 and Bike Tales

Post by CitroJim » 20 Aug 2017, 14:53

Just returned from a most excellent cycle sportive of 67 miles with lots of testing hills :D

The ride was to raise money for our local hospice. Always good to do something for our local one and later in the year I'll be running for them too...

Another medal to add to the ever growing collection!
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And my utterly awesome steed that does so well to carry me on these rides :) I love this bike immensely!
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Here's the ride on Strava

Now resting my legs - they ache a bit!

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Re: Citrojim's Activa, 207 and Bike Tales

Post by van ordinaire » 21 Aug 2017, 02:20

f-w-i-w, Pewsey's sort of on Jim's route but while it's got a railway station doesn't appear to be on any useful road.

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Re: Citrojim's Activa, 207 and Bike Tales

Post by CitroJim » 27 Aug 2017, 18:20

van ordinaire wrote:
21 Aug 2017, 02:20
f-w-i-w, Pewsey's sort of on Jim's route but while it's got a railway station doesn't appear to be on any useful road.


If it has a good cycle-friendly B and B it could well be on the route Van ;)

It been a good week this week and an excellent weekend.. Nothing much to say about the cars as they're barely used.. I did check over both and run the Activa up to exercise its suspension and charge the battery...

Other than that I've been doing much cycling and running...

I passed through Little Horwood today and en-route I bagged this lovely finger-post telling me the way ;)
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Sadly it seems the Shoulder of Mutton pub adjacent to the rally field is now closed down :(

A big event yesterday was my duty as Run Director at Linford Wood parkrun. Unbeknown to me a couple of photos of me in action were taken :)

It's a duty I'm very proud and honoured to be able to undertake :) It's a lot of work but very satisfying when it goes well, as it did yesterday :)

Me briefing some of the volunteers... I'm the one wearing the blue and white tabard just in case of any confusion ;)

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And this is the only time you'll ever see me operating a clipboard :lol:

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The tabard I'm wearing is far too big and only fits me where it touches. It's an XL and I need an XS :lol:

Next Saturday I'll be a parkrun tourist in Wiltshire... Looking forward to it :)

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Re: Citrojim's Activa, 207 and Bike Tales

Post by Hell Razor5543 » 27 Aug 2017, 18:25

Jim, if you are (on your long distance meanderings) planning on passing through Reading let me know. I can, at least, provide hot water (although I will have to get proper de-caff tea for you). I cannot promise much (well, anything really) in the way of sustenance, as my cooking is not up to much. I would have to buy in flapjacks and so on.

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Re: Citrojim's Activa, 207 and Bike Tales

Post by CitroJim » 27 Aug 2017, 18:30

Hell Razor5543 wrote:
27 Aug 2017, 18:25
Jim, if you are (on your long distance meanderings) planning on passing through Reading let me know. I can, at least, provide hot water (although I will have to get proper de-caff tea for you). I cannot promise much (well, anything really) in the way of sustenance, as my cooking is not up to much. I would have to buy in flapjacks and so on.


Thanks James :D

Sadly, I'm not planning on going anywhere near Reading as I'm trying to avoid all big town and cities... My plan is to stick to quiet back-roads and lightly-used B Roads only whilst avoiding any busy intersections those roads may have with major highways..

I'm currently struggling on how to avoid Oxford and Swindon at the moment ;)

It's proving tricky... A bit like going to Kent and avoiding London and the Dartford Crossing!!!

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Re: Citrojim's Activa, 207 and Bike Tales

Post by Hell Razor5543 » 27 Aug 2017, 18:39

I wonder if the Kennet and Avon canal towpath might be worth considering?

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Re: Citrojim's Activa, 207 and Bike Tales

Post by CitroJim » 27 Aug 2017, 18:51

Hell Razor5543 wrote:
27 Aug 2017, 18:39
I wonder if the Kennet and Avon canal towpath might be worth considering?


An excellent suggestion James but sadly not as I can't ride my road bike along such surfaces James...

The route must be on normal tarmac roads only...

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Re: Citrojim's Activa, 207 and Bike Tales

Post by Zelandeth » 28 Aug 2017, 14:10

The tow path is probably smoother than some of the roads around here these days!