Bivvy a month 2018.

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Re: Bivvy a month 2018.

Postby frogatthefarriers » Fri Nov 30, 2018 5:49 pm

BAM 11/12 Penrhos Isaf

I'm still waiting for my bones to heal, so another quickie for me this month. Drove to Dolgellau, Parked by the old bridge at Llanelltyd and pedalled up the lane into Coed y Brenin forest. The weather was forecast to be heavy rain and strong winds and I didn't fancy either tenting (only got a cheap nasty tent) or hammocking (a tree might fall on me), so ended up in Penrhos Isaf bothy after 5 o'clock. Someone had left a full bag of kindling sticks by the stove, so I set about sawing some wood (green wet branches) hoping that the kindling would be enough to get them going.

It was. :grin:
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Having toasted my toes I set to cooking and eating my dinner - sausage, onion, spaghetti and a Dolmio sauce. A cup of tea, some halva and a good glug of some scotch that I'd got for my birthday. I hadn't sawed enough wood to keep the fire going for long so when it died down there was nothing to do but go to bed. At half past eight. Of course, going to bed that early, I'd had enough sleep by 3 o'clock so tossed and turned for another 5 hours. I was glad I'd opted for the bothy when I could hear the wind howling and rain beating down as I waited for morning.

The morning after..
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Half an hour of mostly downhill pedalling got me back to my car. Where I'd parked used to be the main road to Barmouth. I remember the long delays at this single lane bridge from the traffic lights that were there. I was surprised to see these still in the road :-
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I'll bet a lot of you here won't know what they are. (though quite a few will, I'm sure).
So one more bivvy and this years BAM campaign will be over....
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Re: Bivvy a month 2018.

Postby javatime » Sun Dec 02, 2018 6:56 pm

BAM Retrospective 2/2, 3/3, 4/4

I posted January 1/1 way back almost on time....

February 2/2 - Quick and fairly local after work. Down to the Severn Plain, Lasagne at the Plough in Pilning and a bit of football on the television then off to the Sea Wall near Severn Beach. A bit noisy from lorries leaving the distribution park nearby all night, but that is probably where our groceries probably come from so it seems coy to grumble. Decent night then early start and straight to work for a shower, coffee and breakfast. Just one picture of a misty bridge.

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March 3/3 - Another local one squeezed at the end of the month. Raced over to Leigh Woods. Well hidden but the music on the air was quite loud and I thought that the Quarry Rave Scene was in a revival....it wrapped up promptly at midnight with a finale of "Come on Eileen" and I realised it was a wedding reception across the fields at Abbots Leigh Village Hall. Home for breakfast, no photos !

April 4/4

A weekend of freebies...Had a comp. for Bespoked 2018 so enjoyed an hour on Friday wandering around the stands and catching up with old faces but there is only so much fancy lugwork and sparkle paint a man can take (and I wasn't too interested in the Campagnolo 12 Speed symposium....) so jumped on the Bristol to Bath Cycle Path, then the Two Tunnels to emerge in rural Wiltshire. Had a look in the ancient Packhorse pub at South Stoke - I had read that it was now a community owned asset with the locals taking over ownership so pleased that it had re-opened. Found a quiet place down the hill to cook noodles and spread out my bag.

Second freebie had been Lost Lanes West from Jack Thurston so spent Saturday doing two loops based on Bradford on Avon - first was Ride No 4 (Wildflowers and Watchtowers) that took a generally southward loop up to the brilliant gravel roads on the edge of the Imber Ranges before dropping back down through Farleigh Hungerford to Bradford on Avon. After a second late breakfast it was Ride No 5 (Wool Power ! ) which took a northern loop. I leapt off at Ford after quiet lanes and found a bridleway and cycle.travel route towards Marshfield / Pucklechurch / North Bristol and home.

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Re: Bivvy a month 2018.

Postby summittoppler » Tue Dec 04, 2018 12:44 am

12/12 done :-bd
Last tried and completed in 2014 and I must say I've bloody enjoyed it more this time round.
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and it tied in with Global Fat Bike Day, as per usual a video coming soon...
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Re: Bivvy a month 2018.

Postby htrider » Wed Dec 05, 2018 9:42 pm

First completion of 2018 there Jeff, well done :-bd
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Re: Bivvy a month 2018.

Postby summittoppler » Wed Dec 05, 2018 9:45 pm

htrider wrote:First completion of 2018 there Jeff, well done :-bd

Cheers bud, its been a great year. :-bd
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Re: Bivvy a month 2018.

Postby javatime » Sat Dec 08, 2018 3:25 pm

12/12 Last night - I am done.

With an ominous forecast for Friday headed out late afternoon from Bristol on the Festival Way with my pal - planned destination was the Glede Brewery (and Tap) that is located incongrously on an industrial estate in Clevedon. Took the work Px bike and panniers this time, quick to pack by throwing the stuff sacs into the panniers and we were mainly on lanes, but ...

The off road option along North Drove was possibly ill advised as the puddles got deeper and the predicted heavy shower hit as darkness fell but we picked up on the tarmac and rolled into the Tap that was a welcoming and friendly place. After a pint of Best and a Scotch egg we were revived and the strong westerly blew us back to Yatton along black back lanes to see my pal on the train home to Bristol in time.

I had planned to find Yorkhouse Cave in Brockley Combe to stay for the night - it looked good on Google ! - after negotiating a festive charity float in Claverham and thrashing around on the slopes above Brockley Combe I did find it - spacious but a bit damp and drippy so headed over the road to pitch in the woods. Was woken at 6.45 by Easyjet flight EZ3463 to Barcelona, then the ones to Edinburgh, Tenerife, Las Palmas, Dalaman, Nice ?...etc...etc. Quick brew and muesli bar, then back home around the quarries, Barrow Court, Ashton Court and over the bridge. Took a picture of the impressive crenelated stone/ wrought iron wall around Barrow Court - in its day it must have been a wealthy place...!

Will catch up on the retrospectives later....don't want to hog this topic today.

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Re: Bivvy a month 2018.

Postby RIP » Sun Dec 16, 2018 3:07 pm

As per Another Winter Bivi, which was a fantastic weekend. 12/12, 35/35. Just got to wait for some sadist to start the BaM 2019 thread and off we go again. It's a form of madness I tell you. Madness.

MaM there on the right, and Si on the left, otherwise known as The Man With A Lightbulb For A Head - handy in the dark Mynd woods.

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Re: Bivvy a month 2018.

Postby TheBrownDog » Sun Dec 16, 2018 3:26 pm

Am I right in thinking that despite the fact that we baled out half way through our Winter Bivvy ride (see the post in the People's Chilterns Winter Bivvy Front of Judea thread if you're interested), went back to the car and then drove to the pub and the field, this might still count towards BAM.

We don't seem to have contravened The Rules, and while even I, at my most sophistic, cannot deny it's not in the spirit of the endeavour, we still had several hours of grinding misery. We did. We suffered. A bit.
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Re: Bivvy a month 2018.

Postby RIP » Sun Dec 16, 2018 4:00 pm

Gets my vote Tim mate :-bd. You biked. You bivi'd. Didn't see any mention of a car anywhere in your write-up :wink:. No doubt the Authorities will be along to adjudicate :-SS.
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Re: Bivvy a month 2018.

Postby Scattamah » Sun Dec 16, 2018 4:01 pm

12 from 12...very happy camper to have finally knocked this on the head...so did it properly and did a back-to-back. Friday night up on Long Mynd with Mike, Andy and Steve. Saturday night in the garden at the Ragleth with Jase and Ben.

Top stuff to everyone that's nailed it this year...there's been some very interesting weather to contend with.

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