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by AndreR
Wed Jun 05, 2024 11:28 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Tour Divide 2024
Replies: 76
Views: 2575

Re: Tour Divide 2024

Alpinum wrote: Tue Jun 04, 2024 11:08 am Anybody doing it on a cheap beach cruiser?

https://velo.outsideonline.com/gravel/g ... m-walmart/
Love that, it's bl00dy brilliant :-bd
by AndreR
Mon May 13, 2024 4:14 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Missing the point?
Replies: 57
Views: 3332

Re: Missing the point?

'an adventure trail' or 'adventure/gravel' means more people understand what it is. Goodness knows what yer visitor centre punter makes of it. Maybe we should stand at the entrance and do a survey :smile: . "Have you any idea what's being described here before you set off? Do you think you nee...
by AndreR
Tue May 07, 2024 2:08 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Water Filter
Replies: 18
Views: 747

Re: Water Filter

Surprised to see the issues reported with the Water to Go bottle. Bought one for a trip to Nepal and in 3 weeks had absolutely no issues with the bottle or with my tummy. 2 other party members did which was 50% of the group. Found it dead easy to use and drank from the bottle most of the time with o...
by AndreR
Tue May 07, 2024 10:49 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: WRT 24 thanks
Replies: 12
Views: 725

Re: WRT 24 thanks

I'll add another big thanks to Dee and Stu for organizing what has become my favorite event of the year! :grin: Another brilliant edition helped in no small part by Mr Climber and his intrepid gang who put up with me and were great fun to ride and bivi with over the weekend. Sleeping yards from a se...
by AndreR
Thu May 02, 2024 9:54 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: What is ádventure?
Replies: 31
Views: 1845

Re: What is ádventure?

I think this is a very personal thing? I know people who would consider booking a different Tui holiday to the one they do every year would be wildly adventurous :???: Others who feel going to a pub different to their local is an adventure too far :lol: Suspect an "Adventure Holiday" to th...
by AndreR
Fri Apr 26, 2024 10:16 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: The pickled egg (and other bar snacks) thread
Replies: 13
Views: 2893

Re: The pickled egg (and other bar snacks) thread

I have a Yorkshire friend who has fond memories of when she was a kid getting treated to a pickled egg in a bag of crisps back in the day! In Nepal a "packed lunch" in the remote regions was 2 hard boiled eggs, in the shell, wrapped in a Chapatti with a bit of foil round it. Surprisingly f...
by AndreR
Fri Mar 15, 2024 10:25 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: What are you reading now?
Replies: 414
Views: 53929

Re: What are you reading now?

Just finished Unreliable Memoirs by Clive James, first read it 40 years ago and revisiting following emigration to the UK and living here for 30 odd years made it quite a different experience. Very funny and documents a time past when the world was a very different place. Would recommend :-bd
by AndreR
Mon Mar 04, 2024 10:06 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Proposed Wind Farm near Glaslyn
Replies: 101
Views: 5297

Re: Proposed Wind Farm near Glaslyn

I'm afraid the plants and animals will have to go How do you see that working out for your children and grandchildren? I would point out that those plants and animals you are so quick to dismiss need exactly the same things your children and grandchildren will need. It is becoming increasingly obvi...
by AndreR
Mon Mar 04, 2024 9:53 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: What are you reading now?
Replies: 414
Views: 53929

Re: What are you reading now?

About a quarter way through One Man goes Trekking (With she who must be obeyed) by Ketan Joshi. very entertaining and funny and interesting at the same time. Interesting as English is possibly not his first language and it hasn't been edited to clear up the odd word usage and sentence structure. Not...
by AndreR
Fri Feb 16, 2024 10:59 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: End of an era - perhaps. UPDATE
Replies: 88
Views: 8241

Re: End of an era - perhaps. UPDATE

Great news!! :-bd I'm sure that's a weight of your and Dee's minds!
by AndreR
Thu Feb 15, 2024 10:54 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: What are you reading now?
Replies: 414
Views: 53929

Re: What are you reading now?

Having finished the very disappointing 'Goth - a history" I'm now on the interesting "The Silent Hills of Shropshire" by Malcolm Saville, it's definitely making me want to go and explore the Long Mynd much more! I hardly ever ride there. I don't live near the Long Mynd but have been ...
by AndreR
Mon Feb 12, 2024 6:03 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Who'd have thunk it, an interesting article on Road.cc?
Replies: 65
Views: 2815

Re: Who'd have thunk it, an interesting article on Road.cc?

I often think there's a lot of confusion between 'saving the planet' and 'saving ourselves'. If we'd like to save ourselves or at least extend our potential time here, then yes, behaviour needs to change. Yet, if we'd like to save the planet, then eradicating the human race as quickly as possible w...
by AndreR
Thu Feb 08, 2024 10:51 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: NC500 in 1925
Replies: 12
Views: 762

Re: NC500 in 1925

Lovely that, really captures the feel of the landscape and the vibe of the trip. Thanks for sharing. :-bd
by AndreR
Wed Feb 07, 2024 11:40 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: The post man's been ...
Replies: 11463
Views: 2057617

Re: The post man's been ...

...today and delivered 2 OS Maps centered on my address. :-bd Custom print in 1:25000 and 1:50000 with my Photos on the cover!! :cool: Going to make an effort to do more exploring locally this year.
by AndreR
Wed Jan 31, 2024 11:54 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Photos you have taken in the last month of which you like.
Replies: 1462
Views: 410478

Re: Photos you have taken in the last month of which you like.

Good to see the youths taking an interest in this :wink: Never thought of it like that, only 1 in the crowd was around 20, Looks like our generation is a dieing breed. Too interested in their gaming now I guess. Reckon for a certain age group "being into bike packing" involves following s...
by AndreR
Wed Jan 31, 2024 11:42 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: What are you reading now?
Replies: 414
Views: 53929

Re: What are you reading now?

gecko76 wrote: Tue Jan 30, 2024 7:59 pm Newby was there to climb Mir Samir (19880 feet) with his Diplomatic Service buddy Hugh Carless (who only died in 2011). On the way out they met with Wilfred Thesiger who declared them to be a couple of pansies for using sleeping mats.
:lol:
by AndreR
Tue Jan 30, 2024 1:51 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Sleeping Socks
Replies: 7
Views: 650

Re: Sleeping Socks

I use Heat Holders to sleep in when its cold and really like them, but then I don't especially suffer with cold feet. I have a friend who uses them as well and does suffer from cold feet and now uses them on Duke of Edinburgh as well.
by AndreR
Mon Jan 29, 2024 11:17 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: What are you reading now?
Replies: 414
Views: 53929

Re: What are you reading now?

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Stewart quotes from 'A Short Walk in the Hindu Kush' by Eric Newby in that book, which I highly recommend - not just an insight in Afghanistan but also the world in the 1950's.

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Really enjoyed Eric Newby, The last Grain Race was my fave and really enjoyed A Short Walk too.
by AndreR
Thu Jan 25, 2024 3:30 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: What are you reading now?
Replies: 414
Views: 53929

Re: What are you reading now?

Just finished The Man in the Tent by Toni Beardsall, He was struggling mentally and in middle age decided to take up camping and that led walking and then moved into a tent full time and much of it wild camping. Quite light hearted and an interesting read. :smile:
by AndreR
Thu Jan 25, 2024 11:56 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Have tarps lost their popularity?
Replies: 36
Views: 2286

Re: Have tarps lost their popularity?

I've used a flat Tarp for years and no bivvie bag and did so when back packing before taking up bike packing some years ago. Love this setup for all of the reasons listed already, especially the feeling that you are in the landscape rather than isolated from it in a tent. Been out in all sorts of we...
by AndreR
Mon Jan 22, 2024 1:21 pm
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: Winter Event 2024: Power Seekers - Watt did you do?
Replies: 38
Views: 5874

Re: Winter Event 2024: Power Seekers - Watt did you do?

Following on from my 1 minute trailer film earlier in this thread, I thought I'd best put a link up to the 6 minute version. Enjoy: https://youtu.be/PYnWcdtPIjY?si=Jo-OqpA-VhQkP8je Very pleased to have been invited to join in with the fun and have enjoyed the videos!! :grin: Cheers up a wet and win...
by AndreR
Mon Jan 22, 2024 8:37 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: What's your single best item you own for camping?
Replies: 29
Views: 2533

Re: What's your single best item you own for camping?

Swiss Army knife, bought in 1983 and been everywhere with me. Bit bigger than the normal pocket knife and lives in a pouch on my belt, it remembers the days when it was allowed on planes unchallenged! Blades are very worn and struggle to hold and edge now and it is nearly time to retire it and order...
by AndreR
Mon Jan 15, 2024 11:35 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: OT: Large travel bag recommendation
Replies: 7
Views: 530

Re: OT: Large travel bag recommendation

Alpkit do a 100l (think there is a smaller version as well) duffel with a weatherproof zip and it comes with backpack straps attached but no wheels. Love it's size as everything goes in it and I can travel with just 1 bag. Had mine a few years now and its been bulletproof! :-bd
by AndreR
Tue Jan 09, 2024 9:33 am
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: Winter Event 2024: Power Seekers - Watt did you do?
Replies: 38
Views: 5874

Re: Winter Event 2024: Power Seekers - Watt did you do?

Excellent summary there and thanks to John for inviting we to join his merry band! Had a brilliant time with some really lovely people! :-bd
by AndreR
Thu Dec 14, 2023 1:21 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Yay, it's cheery Friday.
Replies: 4069
Views: 568456

Re: Yay, it's cheery Friday.

Tomorrow will be a lot cheerier than it might have been. Emergency op to fix a torn retina yesterday, after a previous attempt with lasers two weeks ago. This time they used cryotherapy - freezing with liquid nitrogen. Scary stuff. Only a local anaesthetic. I don't think they actually pop your eyeb...