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by godivatrailrider
Tue Jul 23, 2024 4:28 pm
Forum: Anyone playing out?
Topic: Woods Rat Run - one goes slightly carefree in Dorset
Replies: 14
Views: 190

Re: Woods Rat Run - one goes slightly carefree in Dorset

That as a good read, thanks for the write-up. Sounds like you weren't so lucky with pub stops and camp sites, but weather looked pretty good! Think you're right that a nicer alternative to the seafront needs to be done. One that immediately comes to mind is looping through the forest back to Ringwo...
by godivatrailrider
Tue Jul 23, 2024 9:31 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: What are you listening to now?
Replies: 1163
Views: 226404

Re: What are you listening to now?

Seconds Out - Genesis .... possibly the best live album ever recorded
by godivatrailrider
Tue Jul 23, 2024 7:58 am
Forum: Anyone playing out?
Topic: Woods Rat Run - one goes slightly carefree in Dorset
Replies: 14
Views: 190

Re: Woods Rat Run - one goes slightly carefree in Dorset

Fab, I enjoyed all of that. Further motivation to get my (less cool) diamond frame / truss fork Jones out and do a proper trip instead of riding to the woods and back! :grin: They're too good to sit in a shed .... though I also have a black space frame / truss fork combo that's only ever been singl...
by godivatrailrider
Mon Jul 22, 2024 8:28 pm
Forum: Anyone playing out?
Topic: Woods Rat Run - one goes slightly carefree in Dorset
Replies: 14
Views: 190

Re: Woods Rat Run - one goes slightly carefree in Dorset

As for the KAW, when I rode it with Mike a few years back we did lots of off road diversions to cut out some of the tarmac. I'll see if I can get the gpx if you're interested. Oh that'd be a big help !... I'd alter it anyway to take in any close BCQ if they're not too stupid. Would appreciate that....
by godivatrailrider
Mon Jul 22, 2024 4:44 pm
Forum: Anyone playing out?
Topic: Woods Rat Run - one goes slightly carefree in Dorset
Replies: 14
Views: 190

Re: Woods Rat Run - one goes slightly carefree in Dorset

Yep - that was not boring at all! Some top route info, cafes, anecdotes, happenings, etc. Compliments on taking the trouble to write it up. There really is some nice riding around there isn't there, all those chalky tracks. Separate buckets for washing and rinsing? Luxury! Handcocks Bottom.... Monk...
by godivatrailrider
Mon Jul 22, 2024 4:22 pm
Forum: Anyone playing out?
Topic: Woods Rat Run - one goes slightly carefree in Dorset
Replies: 14
Views: 190

Re: Woods Rat Run - one goes slightly carefree in Dorset

Thank you… I have a startlingly good memory for routes, and with a combination of photos, OS maps and satellite imagery and following the route log on ride with GPS , its amazing just how clearly I recall it… I see your Bikemonger quote, on my walk back California Farm on the 2nd day, I walked passe...
by godivatrailrider
Mon Jul 22, 2024 3:47 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Woods Rat Run
Replies: 41
Views: 2188

Re: Woods Rat Run

All four boring reports up now
by godivatrailrider
Mon Jul 22, 2024 3:40 pm
Forum: Anyone playing out?
Topic: Woods Rat Run - one goes slightly carefree in Dorset
Replies: 14
Views: 190

Re: Woods Rat Run - one goes slightly carefree in Dorset

Day four - After another excellent shower and a brilliant breakfast it was off and continuing the previous climb for another nearly 4 miles up to the vantage point on the Wessex Ridgeway. https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/53872598197_673a335dd2_c.jpg I was still deviating as I wanted the BCQ in St...
by godivatrailrider
Mon Jul 22, 2024 3:04 pm
Forum: Anyone playing out?
Topic: Woods Rat Run - one goes slightly carefree in Dorset
Replies: 14
Views: 190

Re: Woods Rat Run - one goes slightly carefree in Dorset

Day three - the short day. Setting off from California Farm I quickly jumped on the Priest's Way to Worth Matravers, where it briefly started raining, so I put the waterproof on ( and found the little orange flag (SWMBO said it looked 'kin dumb so I ditched it the next day)) then onto Kingston where...
by godivatrailrider
Mon Jul 22, 2024 2:28 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: What are you reading now?
Replies: 426
Views: 55063

Re: What are you reading now?

The Cider House Rules - John Irving
I found A Prayer for Owen Meany a little too religiously nuanced... but the story was pretty clever. Enjoying this more.
by godivatrailrider
Mon Jul 22, 2024 2:23 pm
Forum: Anyone playing out?
Topic: Woods Rat Run - one goes slightly carefree in Dorset
Replies: 14
Views: 190

Re: Woods Rat Run - one goes slightly carefree in Dorset

Day two --- Up and moving by a leisurely 8 am. I wanted to visit Woods Cyclery in Lyndhurst which didn't open til 9am so a slow potter through the forest still got me there with 30 minutes to kill. Ah a Ferrari dealership opposite. Be rude not to look..... F*C*ING HOW MUCH :shock: :shock: :shock: :s...
by godivatrailrider
Mon Jul 22, 2024 1:11 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Woods Rat Run
Replies: 41
Views: 2188

Re: Woods Rat Run

Day One report here -> https://bearbonesbikepacking.co.uk/phpB ... hp?t=24790
more to follow
by godivatrailrider
Mon Jul 22, 2024 1:10 pm
Forum: Anyone playing out?
Topic: Woods Rat Run - one goes slightly carefree in Dorset
Replies: 14
Views: 190

Woods Rat Run - one goes slightly carefree in Dorset

As previously mentioned SWMBO is a major tennis fan , especially Wimbledon, or the two weeks of Wimblemas as she calls it. I can watch a bit, but 11 am till 11 pm everyday is TOO MUCH! So I take this time to have some me time on my bike. I've done Fishguard to Ludlow, Chester to Betws y Coed to Wayf...
by godivatrailrider
Mon Jul 22, 2024 11:50 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Woods Rat Run
Replies: 41
Views: 2188

Re: Woods Rat Run

faustus wrote: Mon Jul 22, 2024 11:09 am Sounds good, you planning to write this up a bit, would be interested to hear more detailed thoughts, pictures, how the route/bivvy spots worked out for you...
Thought about it, but also thought it'd not be that interesting ...... I probably should
by godivatrailrider
Mon Jul 22, 2024 10:43 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Recommend me a decent stills camera
Replies: 34
Views: 1536

Re: Recommend me a decent stills camera

I keep thinking about a bikepacking camera and then realise my phone has that covered. I have a Panasonic TZ70 (iirc) tbh I'm not even sure where it is... probably in the motorhome... I just find it's something else to think about, charge, pack (somewhere it's easily accessible) ... then it's not in...
by godivatrailrider
Mon Jul 22, 2024 9:50 am
Forum: Anyone playing out?
Topic: Brompacking from Ludlow to Chepstow
Replies: 22
Views: 1102

Re: Brompacking from Ludlow to Chepstow

How about an urban Black Country pubcrawl-Brompacking escapade kipping in a disused factory or something. Your old manor. Or is that a bit too edgy :smile: . Pubcrawl you say .... If Pickers is OK widening out into a team effort we'll get our people to fax your people nearer the time.... Sept any g...
by godivatrailrider
Mon Jul 22, 2024 9:01 am
Forum: Anyone playing out?
Topic: Brompacking from Ludlow to Chepstow
Replies: 22
Views: 1102

Re: Brompacking from Ludlow to Chepstow

How about an urban Black Country pubcrawl-Brompacking escapade kipping in a disused factory or something. Your old manor. Or is that a bit too edgy :smile: . Pubcrawl you say .... If Pickers is OK widening out into a team effort we'll get our people to fax your people nearer the time.... Sept any g...
by godivatrailrider
Mon Jul 22, 2024 8:22 am
Forum: Anyone playing out?
Topic: Girona area for gravel biking any tips areas of interest!
Replies: 11
Views: 790

Re: Girona area for gravel biking any tips areas of interest!

Mr Sparkle wrote: Thu Jun 20, 2024 2:31 pm Hi Rich. SSEC was held over there in 2013. It was based in St Gregori and there were some excellent routes round there.

https://surlybikes.com/blog/post/ssec_2013_report
And there's rumours of SSWC '25 being there too... but they're just rumours...
by godivatrailrider
Mon Jul 22, 2024 8:21 am
Forum: Anyone playing out?
Topic: Girona area for gravel biking any tips areas of interest!
Replies: 11
Views: 790

Re: Girona area for gravel biking any tips areas of interest!

Mr Sparkle wrote: Thu Jun 20, 2024 2:31 pm Hi Rich. SSEC was held over there in 2013. It was based in St Gregori and there were some excellent routes round there.

https://surlybikes.com/blog/post/ssec_2013_report
Indeed it was ... I was there :-bd It's hilly, especially on a SS!
by godivatrailrider
Mon Jul 22, 2024 8:19 am
Forum: Anyone playing out?
Topic: Brompacking from Ludlow to Chepstow
Replies: 22
Views: 1102

Re: Brompacking from Ludlow to Chepstow

RIP wrote: Fri Jul 19, 2024 8:57 pm How about an urban Black Country pubcrawl-Brompacking escapade kipping in a disused factory or something. Your old manor. Or is that a bit too edgy :smile: .
Pubcrawl you say ....
by godivatrailrider
Mon Jul 22, 2024 8:16 am
Forum: Anyone playing out?
Topic: Brompacking from Ludlow to Chepstow
Replies: 22
Views: 1102

Re: Brompacking from Ludlow to Chepstow

Nice one :-bd Shame I wasn't on here while you were planning your ride, I could have directed you from Monmouth to Bigsweir Bridge along rideable disused railway lines (infact all the way from Monmouth to Chepstow off-road with only about 3 miles or so on tarmac, just not on a Brompton!). The lands...
by godivatrailrider
Fri Jul 19, 2024 3:39 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Pain and suffering
Replies: 22
Views: 503

Re: Pain and suffering

Dean wrote: Fri Jul 19, 2024 2:14 pm If you're planning to ride the route again, take this iron horse out the first time.

Image
That's the ticket !
by godivatrailrider
Fri Jul 19, 2024 12:38 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Pain and suffering
Replies: 22
Views: 503

Re: Pain and suffering

Are there any legal telescopic 'weed whackers' available? A good stick helps but they're often scarce when you need them... something you could easily fold up and carry but keep close to hand on the bike, whip it out extend it ( like the police truncheon things) clear the nettles and collapse it bac...
by godivatrailrider
Fri Jul 19, 2024 8:23 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Pain and suffering
Replies: 22
Views: 503

Re: Pain and suffering

I HATE nettles. It's ridiculous. But they're little barstewards ! There is no limit to how much you can be stung or seemingly how much a nettle can sting, being the last in the line of riders through a nettle patch, they're still just as vicious. I've often considered making a leg barrier, out of so...