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Forum: Europe 09-05-2011, 10:32 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 4,100
Posted By cristofa
... on my recent Penzance to Penzance via Land's...

... on my recent Penzance to Penzance via Land's End and John O'Groats (http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=715565) I rode a lot of fabulous roads (largely thanks to the excellent website...
Forum: Ride reports 09-04-2011, 07:49 AM
Replies: 82
Views: 14,394
Posted By cristofa
... never thought of that - too late now but if I...

... never thought of that - too late now but if I were to do the same thing around Ireland, do you suppose the Eire tourist board could be persuaded to cover the trip? :)



... that's the truth...
Forum: Ride reports 08-28-2011, 02:37 PM
Replies: 82
Views: 14,394
Posted By cristofa
... thanks Nick. I deliberately set a low daily...

... thanks Nick. I deliberately set a low daily mileage in order to get out of the 'must press on' mindset and, on the whole, it worked. I stopped in places which looked interesting. In a town or...
Forum: Ride reports 08-28-2011, 05:20 AM
Replies: 82
Views: 14,394
Posted By cristofa
Thanks Adrian I really hope it didn't come...

Thanks Adrian I really hope it didn't come across that I was complaining about the lack of comments on the content, and I certainly wasn't fishing for compliments; on the contrary! I just supposed...
Forum: Ride reports 08-26-2011, 11:51 AM
Replies: 82
Views: 14,394
Posted By cristofa
@patl ... "12 or 15 years" - that's a looong time...

@patl ... "12 or 15 years" - that's a looong time - better 'just do it'! I waited too long

@wamba ... thanks

@donnymoto :nod

@TrevorHeath ... Shropshire is about as intensely 'rural England'...
Forum: Ride reports 08-25-2011, 04:22 AM
Replies: 82
Views: 14,394
Posted By cristofa
<p><font face="verdana" color="#999999"> day...

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day eighteen - Grittleton to Penzance and home

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My first port of call on this...
Forum: Ride reports 08-24-2011, 04:12 AM
Replies: 82
Views: 14,394
Posted By cristofa
<p><font face="verdana" color="#999999"> day...

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day seventen - Oundle to Malmesbury

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Oundle is another old market town which...
Forum: Day Trippin' 08-24-2011, 12:49 AM
Replies: 1,487
Views: 576,075
Posted By cristofa
... get well soon and we are all looking forward...

... get well soon and we are all looking forward to your future posts
Forum: Ride reports 08-23-2011, 11:03 AM
Replies: 82
Views: 14,394
Posted By cristofa
<p><font face="verdana" color="#999999"> ...

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Thanks for all your kind remarks the journey is drawing to a close with only three more days.

day sixteen - York to Oundle

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Forum: Ride reports 08-22-2011, 05:05 PM
Replies: 82
Views: 14,394
Posted By cristofa
... oops, you're quite right of course, I went in...

... oops, you're quite right of course, I went in the wrong direction
Forum: Ride reports 08-22-2011, 03:49 PM
Replies: 82
Views: 14,394
Posted By cristofa
<p><font face="verdana" color="#999999"> day...

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day fifteen - Dunfermline to York

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Having crossed the Forth road bridge (1964 span 1,006 m)

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Forum: Ride reports 08-22-2011, 01:14 PM
Replies: 82
Views: 14,394
Posted By cristofa
... so I look it up in Wikipedia and find ...

... so I look it up in Wikipedia and find

"The town takes its name from Jan de Groot, a Dutchman who obtained a grant for the ferry from the Scottish mainland to Orkney, recently acquired from...
Forum: Ride reports 08-21-2011, 01:19 AM
Replies: 82
Views: 14,394
Posted By cristofa
<p><font face="verdana" color="#999999"> day...

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day fourteen - Inverness to Dunfermline

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Up over the Cairngorms in the...
Forum: Ride reports 08-19-2011, 03:39 PM
Replies: 82
Views: 14,394
Posted By cristofa
... I wondered if the mural artist was painting...

... I wondered if the mural artist was painting to a tight brief, or allowed to do his own thing?
Forum: Ride reports 08-19-2011, 03:26 PM
Replies: 82
Views: 14,394
Posted By cristofa
... thanks - just a few more to come now. ...

... thanks - just a few more to come now.



... now I'd never heard of 'deep fried Mars Bars' so, consulting the trusty (?) Wikipedia, I find that it is indeed of Scottish origin, and here's...
Forum: Ride reports 08-18-2011, 12:41 PM
Replies: 82
Views: 14,394
Posted By cristofa
<p><font face="verdana" color="#999999"> day...

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day thirteen - Kirkwall to Inverness

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The minimalist Pentland Ferries...
Forum: Ride reports 08-18-2011, 04:08 AM
Replies: 82
Views: 14,394
Posted By cristofa
... thank you ... apart from the...

... thank you



... apart from the salmon – I had the camera in my hand – it just didn't occur to me to take pictures of my food – sorry! Also, I 'self-catered' most of the time and very few...
Forum: Ride reports 08-17-2011, 04:17 PM
Replies: 82
Views: 14,394
Posted By cristofa
<p><font face="verdana" color="#999999"> day...

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day twelve - on Orkney

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I wandered around Kirkwall a bit in the morning ...
Forum: Ride reports 08-17-2011, 04:10 PM
Replies: 82
Views: 14,394
Posted By cristofa
@ray_rev - thanks @Steve06 - also...

@ray_rev - thanks



@Steve06 - also thanks

... I'm a novice at this ride report business so your compliments are much appreciated.
Forum: Ride reports 08-17-2011, 05:02 AM
Replies: 82
Views: 14,394
Posted By cristofa
<p><font face="verdana" color="#999999"> day...

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day eleven - Ullapool to Kirkwall

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Out of the hostel window

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Forum: Ride reports 08-16-2011, 12:50 PM
Replies: 82
Views: 14,394
Posted By cristofa
... thanks for that link, that is very...

... thanks for that link, that is very interesting I should have persevered it looked big, but seeing the shots of inside the factory, it's much bigger than I imagined then I look in Goggle...
Forum: Ride reports 08-16-2011, 07:06 AM
Replies: 82
Views: 14,394
Posted By cristofa
<p><font face="verdana" color="#999999"> day...

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day ten - Invergarry to Ullapool

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The sun shone, revealing my surroundings and...
Forum: Ride reports 08-15-2011, 11:58 PM
Replies: 82
Views: 14,394
Posted By cristofa
... started out with the idea I would just ride...

... started out with the idea I would just ride and take each day as it came, but quickly realised this wouldn't work. In the event, I plotted the whole route before I left and did, indeed, pre-book...
Forum: Ride reports 08-15-2011, 05:15 AM
Replies: 82
Views: 14,394
Posted By cristofa
<p><font face="verdana" color="#999999"> day...

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day nine - the Isle of Islay to Invergarry

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The ferry crossing back to the...
Forum: Ride reports 08-14-2011, 05:14 PM
Replies: 82
Views: 14,394
Posted By cristofa
... unfortunately not. We met folk at...

... unfortunately not. We met folk at Bruichladdich who were visiting all the distilleries on Islay and, having been to one, I would be very interested to tour the others. A novice on the single malt...
Forum: Ride reports 08-14-2011, 03:30 PM
Replies: 82
Views: 14,394
Posted By cristofa
... is there another way? ... OK! but...

... is there another way?



... OK! but we did have an excellent African meal there



... apart from the one up beside Loch Awe, they were no better nor worse than elsewhere
Forum: Ride reports 08-14-2011, 01:55 PM
Replies: 82
Views: 14,394
Posted By cristofa
<p><font face="verdana" color="#999999"> ...

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days six to eight on the Isle of Islay

The Hebridean islands off the west coast of Scotland seem to have a mystique and fame out of proportion to their...
Forum: Ride reports 08-14-2011, 01:42 PM
Replies: 82
Views: 14,394
Posted By cristofa
... I met a lot of cyclists doing LE-JOG at...

... I met a lot of cyclists doing LE-JOG at hostels along the way and, having done it with a motor, I have huge respect for those who do it under their own steam - there are quite a few hills between...
Forum: Ride reports 08-14-2011, 05:35 AM
Replies: 82
Views: 14,394
Posted By cristofa
<p><font face="verdana" color="#999999"> day...

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day five - Glasgow to the Isle of Islay

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Alison took the bus to the Islay ferry...
Forum: Ride reports 08-14-2011, 12:10 AM
Replies: 82
Views: 14,394
Posted By cristofa
<p><font face="verdana" color="#999999"> day...

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day three - Ambleside to Glasgow

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The weather had cleared a bit in the morning...
Forum: Ride reports 08-13-2011, 10:01 AM
Replies: 82
Views: 14,394
Posted By cristofa
<p><font face="verdana" color="#999999"> OK,...

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OK, here's day two - Welsh Bicknor to Ambleside

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Over breakfast I took the...
Forum: Ride reports 08-13-2011, 12:31 AM
Replies: 82
Views: 14,394
Posted By cristofa
<p><font face="verdana" color="#999999"> day...

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day one - Penzance to Welsh Bicknor

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I live in Penzance, which is just 10...
Forum: Ride reports 08-12-2011, 12:36 PM
Replies: 82
Views: 14,394
Posted By cristofa
Land's End to John O'Groats

<p><font face="verdana" color="#999999">11 June last year inmate ghte wrote of my <i>west to east</i> RR "Great report, loved the beautiful scenery and glad you by-passed the big cities. Looking...
Forum: GPS 101 - Which GPS For Me 06-24-2011, 04:11 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 634
Posted By cristofa
whole ride route or daily route?

Am using Basecamp to plan a leisurely ride around Britain of about 2,000 miles. Is it better to plot the whole ride, or divide it into daily chunks?

I'm using a Zumo 500, BTW, if that makes any...
Forum: Ride reports 07-03-2010, 07:28 AM
Replies: 282
Views: 19,711
Posted By cristofa
The time a ride takes is irrelevant to how...

The time a ride takes is irrelevant to how interesting or entertaining the ride report will be.
My first ride report was about a one-day ride on the island of Madeira - a lot of people said nice...
Forum: Ride reports 06-21-2010, 04:32 PM
Replies: 408
Views: 231,475
Posted By cristofa
a lot of work to record the trip and put the...

a lot of work to record the trip and put the report together - very much appreciated - thank you


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Forum: Ride reports 06-20-2010, 05:17 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 5,031
Posted By cristofa
I'm just overwhelmed by all your kind remarks -...

I'm just overwhelmed by all your kind remarks - thank you!

@G-Wing; I did have the Zumo set to avoid main roads but, as I am learning how to use it, I find what it does is magic but the software...
Forum: Ride reports 06-16-2010, 06:07 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 5,031
Posted By cristofa
Thanks! I wish I had got back on a bike sooner,...

Thanks! I wish I had got back on a bike sooner, though. You know how it is when something, like vision,
disappears very gradually you don't really notice its departure. That was me with the sensory...
Forum: Ride reports 06-13-2010, 04:21 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 5,031
Posted By cristofa
There's something I forgot to put in the report...

There's something I forgot to put in the report ...

Having just driven cars for the last 25 years, I had forgotten how isolated you are inside the
cabin to smells that you pass. On the bike...
Forum: Pics, pics, pics... 06-12-2010, 03:30 PM
Replies: 7,340
Views: 2,495,331
Posted By cristofa
warnings

... just to be on the safe side

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